AFMC Command News

  • World War II paratroop reenactors land at museum

    The C-47 Skytrains Tico Belle (top) and Placid Lassie approach their drop zone near the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on April 27, 2022, at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The two planes were among those used to drop troops on Normandy for D-Day during World War II. (U.S. Air Force

  • Slow down: Become an expert at your job, and the promotions will come

    Kathryn Sowers didn’t aim to be a senior executive. She joined the civilian ranks as a financial management trainee. She noted that many trainees she speaks with now are in a hurry to move up, but she advises them to become experts in their jobs and the promotions will come.

  • Female Fitment Program: a 75-year journey

    The Air Force Materiel Command History Office takes a look at the 75-year journey of the Female Fitment program and efforts to better meet uniform needs of women warfighters.

  • Flashback: Lockheed NF-104A Aerospace Trainer

    ­In October 1961, the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School at Edwards Air Force Base received the new designation of Aerospace Research Pilot School (ARPS) which reflected the increasing role relative to manned spaceflight. Recognizing early that a need for a vehicle to give students a realistic

  • The Summer Before 9/11

    This September marks 20 years since our nation came under attack. Most people can vividly remember where they were on 9/11 and repeat that event in full detail; however, when you ask them what the nation, or the Air Force, looked like in the summer before 9/11, they struggle to find a memory.

  • A Look Back at…Northrop Flying Wings - Part 1

    This is the first in a series of articles that will take a historical look back to the early days of aviation and traces the birth of John Northrop’s dreams for an all-wing design for aircraft.

  • A Look Back...Fairfield Air Depot

    The Fairfield Air Depot provided expertise to the establishment, layout, and manning of new depots and sub-depots around the nation. Until the day it closed in January 1946, the depot provided the backbone of the logistics function that Air Force Materiel Command manages to this day.

  • Propulsion Test Branch at Arnold AFB helping power the Air Force since 1950s

    The Engine Test Facility (ETF), which is part of the AEDC Propulsion Test Branch at Arnold Air Force Base, was the first facility on base, with its construction completed in 1953.Equipment making up the ETF test cells, such as the motors and compressors, were confiscated from a Bavarian Motor Works