A.L.L. and ABL Photo Section



“There are only two revolutionary weapons systems in the entire DOD budget: the F-22 and the Airborne Laser. There are no others.”


 Gen Ronald R. Fogelman, Former Chief of Staff, USAF



The roots of Airborne Laser, or ABL, and The First Laser Warriors.







                                        The Dream                                             The Reality

The A.L.L., or Airborne Laser Laboratory (its shield in the upper left, and the aircraft upper right), and its tough crew of idealists were the inspiration for The First Laser Warriors, along with the more modern maturing of Air Combat Command and Missile Defense Agency's upcoming Airborne Laser (lower picture)

The A.L.L., an early airborne project at the Air Force Weapons Laboratory at Kirtland AFB in New Mexico, showed that an airborne laser could indeed shoot down missiles, and paved the way for the ABL(X) and "First Laser Warriors."  http://www.fas.org/spp/starwars/program/all.htm



And, of course, how I always picture her...






Copyright John D. Gonglewski, 2010