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WIN: The First Eagles; How Yanks took the skies in World War I

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Today is an age of unparalleled military might in the skies for the United States. The U.S. Air Force boasts more than 5,600 aircraft and 450 intercontinental ballistic missiles. Sixty-five Air Force satellites orbit the Earth. More than 332,000 active personnel man this mighty arsenal, to which more than $140 billion of America’s budget is devoted. Today, in an era in which unmanned military drones are the cutting edge of aerial warfare, it’s difficult to imagine a time when the United States didn’t rule the skies. Yet, only 100 years ago, the U.S. military consisted of a measly five aircraft, with no training programs or recruitment procedures in place. German dirigibles, not airplanes, were feared as “ominous weapons” of warfare.…

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