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Little Girl with Lipstick, 1922 // by Norman Rockwell by Miguel Catalan

U.S. military ‘flying jeeps’ as seen in Avro Canada’s company literature - In 1955 the U.S. Air Force took over funding of Avro engineer ‘Jack’ Frost’s VZ-9 Avrocar ‘Project Y-2′ with the hope of developing a supersonic large disk fighter aircraft, designated as Weapons System 606A. Progress with the design was slow - by April 1961 the NASA Ames prototype model was able to reach a speed of 100 knots (190 km/h or 118 m/h), and while this test had the best results so far, more modifications were still necessary to correct an unstable pitch problem. A USAF/NASA flight evaluation of a second prototype was made in June 1961 - the results were very disappointing showing a range of control problems. In March 1961, U.S. funding ran out. In December 1961 the U.S. military officially cancelled the Avrocar and related WS-606A supersonic VTOL (vertical take-off and landing) programs.  (image via wikipedia)

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Special Tactics Airmen with the 24th Special Operations Wing participating in Exercise Emerald Warrior at Hurlburt Field, Fla., May 4, 2016. Emerald Warrior is a U.S. Special Operations Command sponsored mission rehearsal exercise during which joint special operations forces train to respond to real and emerging worldwide threats. (U.S. Air Force photo illustration by Senior Airman Jeff Parkinson)

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An empty M4 Carbine magazine and 5.56 mm bullet casings litter the ground after the Task Force Raptor, 3rd Squadron, 124th Cavalry Regiment, Texas Army National Guard firearms re-qualification course at the Djiboutian Police Range in Djibouti City, Djibouti, Aug. 29, 2012. To pass the M4 Carbine assault rifle portion of the course, Soldiers were required to hit all 10 designated targets four times each, scoring at least 23 out of 40 possible hits. (U.S. Air Force photo illustration by Staff Sgt. Christopher Ruano)