As we continue to build faster, more maneuverable jets, the effects on the human body are becoming more extreme. During a sharp turn in an F-35, an Air Force Pilot can experience as much as 6Gs, which is six times the force of gravity, making it hard to do simple movements of the hand. Thankfully, Air Force pilots wear G-suits and are specially trained to handle this type of force when flying.
Today, Air Force pilots routinely fly faster than the speed of sound, but there was a time when it was considered impossible. Then in 1947, the Air Force broke the sound barrier for the first time in manned flight with its experimental Bell X-1 aircraft. Since that day, we have continued to push the boundaries of speed achieving five times the speed of sound called hypersonic flight.
WHEN AN AIRPLANE TRAVELS THROUGH THE AIR, ITS VIBRATION PRODUCES SOUND WAVES THAT ARE MOVING MOLECULES OF AIR THAT HAVE PUSHED TOGETHER.
Lasers were once considered a matter of science fiction. But today they are a part of our daily lives. You can find them in everything from grocery stores to home entertainment systems. And in the Air Force, we are exploring new innovative ways to utilize these concentrated beams of light, including equipping aircraft with laser systems that will add to our national defense.
The Airmen of the U.S. Air Force are some of the most highly trained specialists in the world. But there are places even they can’t go—yet. With the development of autonomous robotics, soon even the most hazardous areas will be accessible. Today, work is underway to develop these aerial and ground robots so that we may eventually be able to enter dangerous environments without putting human lives at risk.
ABLE TO NAVIGATE SMALL SPACES AND RELAY DATA BACK TO RESCUE TEAMS SEARCHING FOR SURVIVORS IN COLLAPSED BUILDINGS
INFILTRATES HAZARDOUS AREAS WITHOUT DETECTION AND SUPPLIES REAL-TIME HD VIDEO TO GROUND FORCES
> 1 MILLION
An RPA isn’t operated by just one person, but a team made up of a pilot, sensor operator, mission intelligence coordinator and ground commander working as a cohesive unit. And because an RPA is armed and equipped with a full range of surveillance technology and can loiter in the sky for hours, they enable the commanders to better locate, monitor and engage the enemy.
FOR DAYS, ENEMY COMBATANTS PREPARED FOR AN ASSAULT ON A MILITARY OUTPOST. THEIR AMBUSH, HOWEVER, WAS MET WITH HEAVY FIRE AFTER AN RPA, MONITORING THEIR EVERY MOVE FROM ABOVE, ALERTED THE OUTPOST BEFOREHAND.
A CONVOY TRAVELING THROUGH THE AFGHAN MOUNTAINS PULLS OVER TO REST. TO HELP MAINTAIN THEIR SAFETY, AN MQ-1 PREDATOR KEEPS A WATCHFUL EYE OVER THEIR LOCATION THROUGHOUT THE NIGHT USING MULTIPLE SENSORS TO IDENTIFY ANY APPROACHING THREATS.
GROUND TROOPS ON PATROL IN SOUTHERN AFGHANISTAN SUDDENLY CAME UNDER HEAVY ENEMY FIRE. WHEN THEY REQUESTED A BIRD’S-EYE VIEW TO ASSESS THEIR SITUATION, AN MQ-9 REAPER WAS LAUNCHED, AND WITHIN MINUTES LOCATED A SECURE ESCAPE ROUTE LEADING THEM TO SAFETY.
Today, the Air Force operates the largest GPS constellation in history with more than 30 satellites. Originally developed and implemented as a military navigation system, today we share it with the rest of the world while still relying on it for a variety of tasks from guiding precision weapons to delivering humanitarian supplies on the other side of the planet.
THE GLOBAL POSITIONING SYSTEM (GPS) IS A CONSTELLATION OF MORE THAN 30 SATELLITES ORBITING THE EARTH OPERATED BY THE AIR FORCE AND USED BY THE ENTIRE WORLD.
GPS SATELLITES COMMUNICATE WITH GPS RECEIVERS ON EARTH BY BROADCASTING A RADIO SIGNAL (WEAKER THAN THAT OF A LIGHTBULB) THAT CAN REACH THE RECEIVER IN A FRACTION OF A SECOND.
From the first heavier-than-air aircraft to the modern multi-role fighter, the world has witnessed the evolution of flight in a relatively short amount of time. But the one constant has been the physics governing it. The motion of an airplane through the air depends on the relative strength and direction of thrust, drag, gravity and lift. If the forces are balanced, the aircraft will cruise at constant velocity. If the forces are unbalanced, the plane will accelerate in the direction of the largest force.
A PLANE’S WING IS CURVED MORE SEVERELY ON THE TOP THAN ON THE BOTTOM. THEREFORE, AIR PASSING AROUND THE WING MUST TRAVEL FASTER TO COVER THE GREATER DISTANCE OVER THE TOP THAN ACROSS THE BOTTOM. THIS RESULTS IN LOWER AIR PRESSURE ABOVE THE WING, PULLING IT AND THE AIRCRAFT UPWARD.
DRAG IS THE FORCE THAT RESISTS FORWARD MOTION AND ACTS AGAINST THRUST. DRAG IS CREATED PRIMARILY BY FRICTION BETWEEN THE PLANE AND THE ATMOSPHERE. IF THE FORCE OF DRAG IS TOO GREAT, THEN A PLANE WILL MOVE SLOWER AND WILL LOSE LIFT.
THRUST IS THE FORCE THAT PUSHES OR PULLS A PLANE FORWARD THROUGH THE AIR. IN A JET ENGINE AIRPLANE, THRUST IS A RESULT OF EXHAUST RUSHING OUT OF THE ENGINE’S NOZZLE. THE GASES MOVE BACKWARD SO QUICKLY, THEY PROPEL THE PLANE FORWARD.
EARTH’S GRAVITY PULLS THE PLANE DOWNWARD, GIVING THE PLANE WEIGHT. WHEN THE FORCE OF LIFT EXCEEDS THE PLANE’S WEIGHT, THE PLANE RISES.
BATMAN [Battlefield Air Targeting Man-Aided k(N)owledge] is an advanced research program that develops wearable technologies for Special Warfare team members to increase their situational awareness. The project is continually looking at auditory, visual and tactile interfaces to relay information more intuitively and help lighten the load for Airmen, both in the physical and cognitive sense.
ACCESS GPS MAPS TO MAINTAIN SITUATIONAL AWARENESS AND LOCATE TEAMMATES DURING A MISSION
HEADS-UP DISPLAY (HUD)
SEE-THROUGH HELMET-MOUNTED DISPLAY THAT PROVIDES BATTLEFIELD INFORMATION AND MULTI-SENSOR FEEDS
ASSIGNS SOUNDS TO DIRECTIONS SO THAT SOUTH IS AUDIBLY DIFFERENT THAN EAST OR WEST, WHICH WILL INCREASE AWARENESS AND MANEUVERABILITY
DURABLE CHEST-MOUNTED COMPUTER THAT FEEDS INFORMATION TO THE HUD AND ENABLES AIRMEN TO PROCESS AND TRANSMIT REAL-TIME INTELLIGENCE
ENABLES AIRMEN TO SIPHON ELECTRICITY FROM FOUND SOURCES TO KEEP WEARABLE SYSTEMS POWERED AT ALL TIMES
Since its inception, the U.S. Air Force has been developing the fastest, most powerful aircraft in the world. From the X-1 that broke the barrier of sound to today’s F-35 that redefines how pilot and plane interact by combining supersonic speed, advanced stealth capabilities and integrated avionics. If it could be imagined, the Air Force turned it into reality.
EVERY HELMET IS CUSTOM MOLDED TO FIT ONLY THE PILOT IT BELONGS TO.
SIMPLIFIES DECISION-MAKING BY GATHERING, FUSING AND DISTRIBUTING INFORMATION FOR THE PILOT
SPHERE OF VISION
PILOTS SEE EVERYTHING THE F-35 SEES WITH 360-DEGREE EXTERNAL VIEWING CAPABILITY.
INFORMATION IS DISPLAYED ON THE HELMET’S VISOR FOR QUICK, UNIMPEDED ASSESSMENT.