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This week in Edwards flight test history

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March 26, 1958: The first launch of the Zero Length Launch (ZEL) program, of an F-100D took place from a truck-mounted launcher. North American test pilot Albert W. Blackburn was at the controls. A follow-on to the ZELMAL program, ZEL was designed to launch tactical fighter planes after loss of their normal runways in wartime.




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Headlines – January 21, 2019

News The Missile Defense Review is out. Will Congress fund it? – The Missile Defense Review, formally unveiled Jan. 17 at the Pentagon by President Donald Trump, calls for major investments from both new technologies and existing systems.   Trump says U.S. backs NATO ‘100%,’ after report he discussed withdrawal – Days after a report...
 
 

News Briefs – January 21, 2019

Taiwan holds live-fire exercises following China threats Taiwan is holding live-fire military exercises following extended threats against the island by China. Artillery and assault helicopters fired at targets off the west coast city of Taichung on Jan. 17, while Mirage fighter jets took off amid rainy conditions from the air base at Hsinchu to the...
 
 
Photograph by Peter Merlin

Advanced imaging reconnaissance satellite launched from Vandenberg

Photograph by Peter Merlin The NROL-71 prior to launch. Following a long string of delays, the nation’s newest advanced imaging satellite launched into orbit from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., on January 19. The top-...