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Behind the Uniform

Photo credit: Devin Mitchell

Seeing military personnel in pictures really doesn't give us insight on who is really behind those uniforms, but photographer Devin Mitchell wants to show everyone in his latest photo series, titled "The Veteran Art Project". With the help of Photoshop, and some clever photography techniques, he's created images of uniformed men and women standing in front of their mirror images. Mitchell says, "The military community has expressed their interest in using my art to communicate how many of them feel to be living double lives while serving in the military. People who have never served have shown interest in knowing more about the diversified aspects of what causes veterans to feel that way." Continue reading for more.

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F-15E Strike Eagle

The McDonnell Douglas (now Boeing) F-15E Strike Eagle is an American all-weather multirole fighter, and has been deployed for military operations in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Libya. During these operations the F-15E has carried out deep strikes against high-value targets, combat air patrols, and providing close air support for coalition troops. This amazing video shows them flying through the Cascade Mountains. Click here to view the first image in this week's WINS gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a real-life Fruit Ninja.

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Abandoned Missile Silo

Photo credit: Imgur

The Titan I Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) was the United States' first multistage Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) from 1959 until 1965. Incorporating the latest design technology when designed and manufactured, the Titan I provided an additional nuclear deterrent to complement the U.S. Air Force's SM-65 Atlas missile. A group of friends stumbled upon an abandoned Titan I missile silo in the Colorado countryside, and decided to explore. Continue reading to see the creepiness that ensued.

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Funny Soldiers

Let's face it, being on active duty in a battle zone can be stressful to say the least, and humor is one channel some soldiers use to calm themselves. Whether it positioning themselves in the perfect spot to make it appear as if they're eating soldiers climbing down from a helicopter, or just playing Quiditch, you'll find them here. Continue reading to see more.

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F-35 Helmet

What you're looking at above is the high-tech F-35 Joint Strike Fighter helmet, developed by Vision Systems International along with Helmet Integrated Systems, Ltd. This Helmet-Mounted Display System (HMDS) fully utilizes the advanced avionics architecture of the F-35 and provides the pilot video with imagery in day or night conditions. Consequently, the F-35 is the first tactical fighter jet in 50 years to fly without a HUD. A BAE Systems Helmet tracker using the optical tracker from Carl Zeiss Optronics South Africa has been selected as a potential replacement. The Helmet-Mounted Display System was fully operational and ready to delivery in July 2014. Continue reading for more.

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Boeing X-37B

Nobody, not even internet users, know what the Air Force's X-37B secret unmanned spacecraft was working on (or watching) for the past two years. It landed at 9:24am local time on October 17, 2014 at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, according to the Air Force's 30th Space Wing. What we do know is that its size doesn't allow for much more than avionics equipment, fuel for the thrusters, and a mysterious cavity about the size of a truck bed that could that could possibly contain sensors, experiments, hardware, or even a bomb. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for a viral video about the largest collection of James Bond memorabilia.

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C-5 Galaxy

Photo credit: VN

No, this isn't a new design for the space shuttle, just Lockheed's C-5 Galaxy. It's used to provide the United States Air Force (USAF) with a heavy intercontinental-range strategic airlift capability, one that can carry outsize and oversize cargos, including all air-certifiable cargo. Lockheed proposed a twin body C-5 as a shuttle carrier to counter the Conroy Virtus, but the design was turned down. The C-5 is among the largest military aircraft in the world. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a hawk attacking a drone in mid-air.

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Blitzer Railgun

A railgun is basically an electrically powered electromagnetic projectile launcher based on similar principles to the homopolar motor. A railgun comprises a pair of parallel conducting rails, along which a sliding armature is accelerated by the electromagnetic effects of a current that flows down one rail, into the armature and then back along the other rail. Continue reading for more.

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Sikorsky S-97

Similar to Sikorsky's groundbreaking X2 technology, the S-97 Raider also features a pair of fixed coaxial rotors made of rigid, counter-rotating blades along with a six-blade pusher propeller for reduction in hub drag as well a low acoustic signature, high cruise speed and improved high/hot hover performance. Continue reading for a live unveiling video and more information.

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Boeing Death Ray

Boeing has unveiled HEL MD (High Energy Laser Mobile Demonstrator), a truck-mounted weapon that uses an invisible laser beam to exact targets, the rounds are capable of taking down drones from the sky and even missiles in inclement weather. It's equipped with a 10-kilowatt solid state laser and a radar system mounted atop a heavy truck at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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