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March 25, 2016
 

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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‘Bomber Bob’ Inducted to Patriot Guard Riders

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Record-setting NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson retires

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Around the Air Force: June 15

On this look Around the Air Force, AWACS aircraft support an exercise in the Baltics, an Airman’s invention saves the Air Force money and JTACs train with partner nations during Saber Strike 18.