It’s amazing to think that U.S. Airmen have been involved in the nation’s space program since the first American astronauts were selected in 1959. From Buzz Aldrin to Eileen Collins, the Air Force has a long history of developing quality candidates who have excelled in the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Astronaut Program. Here’s an informative graphic outlining some of the requirements to be selected for NASA’s astronaut program.
How well do you know the Air Force and its Airmen? Do you know how many people it takes to fly, fight and win in air, space and cyberspace? We’ve compiled a few eye-opening facts about the officers, enlisted Airmen and civilians who make up our total force. Some of the numbers may surprise you.
By Tech. Sgt. Steve Grever
Air Force Public Affairs Agency
The C-130 celebrated its 60th anniversary of service in 2014, and the venerable aircraft is still a mighty workhorse for the Air Force today. It’s illustrious history has seen the C-130 take on many modifications to accomplish a variety of Air Force missions to include airlift, aeromedical, personnel and cargo airdrop and weather reconnaissance to name a few.
While there have been hundreds of different variants of the C-130 since 1954, the current C-130J model has five variants that continue to prove that the C-130 is one of the Air Force’s most flexible and resilient airframes in its history.
Take a look at the infographic below to learn more about the general characteristics and missions of each of the C-130J’s five variants.