Retired Col. Francis Kane, a leader in the development of Global Positioning System satellites, was inducted into the Air Force Space and Missile Pioneers Hall of Fame during a ceremony March 2 at Lackland AFB, Tex. More than 150 family and guests watched as Maj. Gen. Richard Webber, 24th Air Force commander, unveiled a portrait of Kane that will hang in the hall of fame, which is located at Peterson AFB, Colo., and honors those who have made lifetime contributions to the Air Force space program. Webber said Kane, the hall of fame’s 50th inductee, is someone who “has influenced life as we know it, not only in military operations, but in all areas.” Among his contributions, Kane led the Air Force’s nascent navigation satellite program in the late 1960s. He is currently president of the Schriever Institute in San Antonio. (Lackland release)
In a nighttime ceremony contrived to continue concealment of many of its features, the new B-21 bomber rolled out of Northrop Grumman's Palmdale, Calif. plant Dec. 2. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said the aircraft's advanced technology represents "deterrence, the American way."