Today in AFJ History

1962: Ruggedized computing

The Librascope L-2010. (Photo taken from a 1963 survey of computing devices for Aberdeen Proving Grounds.)

From the archive: October 13, 1962

Portable Computer Figures At AUSA

A small, high-capacity, generalpurpose digital computer for use in a wide range of rugged military applications was introduced by General Precision’s …

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1870: Negotiations in Indian country

Chief Red Cloud (seated, second from left), Young Man Afraid Of His Horse (standing, second from left), and other Native Americans in a photo dated between 1860 and 1880.

From the archive: October 1870

Editor’s note: These talks, held at Fort Laramie in the first week of October 1870, followed the 1868 treaty that ended the two-year Red Cloud’s War.

Secretary …

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1962: Double the fleet!

The guided-missile frigate USS Dale is readied for launching at Camden, N.J., in 1962.

From the archive: October 6, 1962

Shipbuilding Program Must Be Doubled

Navy shipbuilding programs must be doubled if the U.S. Fleet is to maintain present strength and carry out assigned roles in …

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1870: Lower the flag, consul

Kalama, Queen Consort of Kamehameha III, 1817-1870.

From the archive: ca. 5 October 1870

The daily papers publish a dispatch from San Francisco which states, on the authority of some anonymous correspondent at Honolulu, that Commander [William T.] Truxton, of the sloop-of-war Jamestown, requested Consul [Thomas] …

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1962: Starfighters aim for space

1962: Starfighters aim for space

F-104A Starfighters were to be used to train Air Force space pilots.

From the archive: September 29, 1962

Lockheed Starfighter Gets Space Mission

Three Lockheed F-104A Starfighters will be specially equipped with …

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1957: Curtains for the 1st Armored?

1957: Curtains for the 1st Armored?

The Defense Department considered axing the 1st Armored Division in 1957.

From the archive: September 28, 1957

Manpower Reductions

Secretary Charles E. Wilson’s order for a military manpower cutback to 2,600,000 will …

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1899: COIN in the Philippines

1899: COIN in the Philippines

Wounded U.S. soldiers at Santa Mesa, Manila, 1899.

From the archive: September 23, 1899

Editor’s note: As the U.S. tried to take control of the Philippines in the wake of the Spanish-American …

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1957: Can women fire missiles?

1957: Can women fire missiles?

Nike Hercules surface-to-air missiles at Fort Hancock, N.J.

From the archive: September 21, 1957

WAC Tested for Missile Billets

The Army has launched a test to find out if women soldiers can …

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1950: For helicopters, a baptism of fire

Navy corpsmen carry a wounded man from a U.S. Marine Corps HO3S-1 evacuation helicopter to a hospital in Korea on Oct. 3, 1950.

Navy corpsmen carry a wounded man from a U.S. Marine Corps HO3S-1 evacuation helicopter to a hospital in Korea on Oct. 3, 1950.

From the archive: Sept. 16, 1950

Flying ‘Eggbeaters’

Lt. …

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1964: Bomb-hunting submarine

The Aluminum, the world's first aluminum-hulled submarine, would recover a hydrogen bomb lost in the Mediterranean Sea.

From the archive: September 12, 1964

Editor’s note: No one knew it at the time, but the Aluminaut — built for research — would in 1966 be used to recover a hydrogen bomb lost …

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