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The US Air Force's secretive X-37B spaceplane landed on May 7 after 718 days in orbit — just 12 days shy of a full two years. What was it doing up there in the sky? The government won't say. Even the spaceplane's budget is a secret. But the X-37B's landing wasn't so stealthy. The spaceplane caused a sonic boom that woke up people living near NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

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By most standards, Robert F. Dorr lived the most all-American, patriotic life anyone possibly could. He served in the Air Force, he was a diplomat with the State Department from the 1960s to the 1980s, and he went on to be a successful author and TV pundit about military affairs. But as a teenager, Dorr was investigated by the FBI for potential espionage. His crime? He kept writing to Boeing asking for photos of their planes.

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Back in May, the US Air Force announced that they had received over 4,600 entries in their crowdsourced naming contest for the new B-21 bomber. The announcement even said that they'd narrowed it down to 15 finalists. So, naturally, I did what any weirdo blogger does: I filed a Freedom of Information Act request to see the list. Today I got a letter from the US Air Force officially denying my request.

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When you got one of the biggest guns in the world, you can't just pop in a new magazine and start firing again. Well, you can but the new magazine is ginormous and requires multiple Air Force guys to get the gun reloaded. It takes time to get giant bullets on board. Here's the interesting process on how the largest combat jet gun gets reloaded.

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This image looks almost comically serene — and that might in fact be the whole point. This is a security forces Airman shortly after being plunged into a pool as part of his Pre-Ranger Training Assessment Course.