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5 Things You Didn´t Know
the Air Force Invented

Popular Mechanics, by USAF Secretary Heather Wilson

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Posted By:earlybird, 11/19/2017 8:13:13 AM

When the U.S. Air Force was born out of the Army Air Corps just after World War II, the country was experiencing tremendous advances in science, medicine, and military technology. In honor of its 70th anniversary, Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson shares five noteworthy technologies, developed to enable and protect servicemen and -women, that now improve the lives of civilians. 1. The satellite constellation behind the Global Positioning System, which the Air Force manages, enables everything from synchronized bank transactions to smartphones. 2. Commercial airliners cruising at 36,000 feet would be inconceivable without pressurized airplane cabins, which debuted with the


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Rumblehog, 11/19/2017 3:35:46 PM     (No. 11456513)

#6 "Happy hour" was also invented in the Air Force Officers Club.


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Reply 2 - Posted by: dvc, 11/20/2017 12:23:07 AM     (No. 11456722)

Hmm. A bit skeptical about pressurized cabin and fly by wire. My guess is that they were invented by aircraft companies in response to a need for the capability, a request by the AF.

Perhaps the term "invented" is a bit too strong for the aircraft stuff, but perhaps she is right. AFAIK, the Air Corps/Air Force never actually designed or built an airplane, only contracted for them to general performance requirements.

I do know that sat comms were researched/invented by AF personnel, a friend did a significant part of that work when he was an AF engineer.

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