First air force jet ace

The U.S. Navy's planned attempt to destroy a de-orbiting spy satellite using a ship-launched missile this month is making headlines -- but if the attempt is successful it won't be the first time the United States government has used a missile to shoot a satellite down.

More than 22 years ago, on Sept. 13, 1985, U.S. Air Force Maj. (now retired Maj. Gen.) Wilbert "Doug" Pearson became the first pilot ever to shoot down a satellite, when an ASM-135 ASAT anti-satellite missile launched from his F-15A Eagle at an altitude of 38,100 feet in the Pacific Missile Test Range some 200 miles west of Vandenburg Air Force Base, Calif.

Writing in 2001 for the Air Force Flight Test Center's (AFFTC's) Web article series Moments in Flight Test History , Dr. Raymond Puffer, the AFFTC's historian, noted that Maj. Gen Pearson's successful ASAT mission -- dubbed the "Celestial Eagle Flight" -- made him "the first and only space ace." [ Satellites Gallery: Science from Above ]

Air Force ACE is a Korean StarCraft professional team composed of members of the South Korean Air Force. Its current roster contains 11 players .

The Air Force team was founded in late 2006 when they announced that enlisted former pro-gamers Clon , ChRh , and H.O.T-Forever would be allowed to participate in the winter preliminaries. In South Korea, military service is mandatory for males (for 2 years at the time, though it has been reduced since then to 18 months), and the team thus attracted pro gamers who wanted to practice and compete during service. In April 2007, these 3 players, as well as Boxer , Mumyung , Sunny , fOru , and Rage , formed the core of the official team under the name Air-Force Challenges E-Sports (ACE). Air Force ACE first participated in proleague during the Shinhan Bank 2007 season.

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