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Headlines – February 15, 2019

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News Former Air Force tech sergeant who defected to Iran charged with spying – A former Air Force counterintelligence specialist, a technical sergeant, who defected to Iran about five years after leaving the Air Force, has been charged with revealing classified information as well as research about her former colleagues to representatives of the Tehran…

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News Briefs – February 15, 2019

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Pentagon official assures Iraqis of limited U.S. military role The top Pentagon official assured Iraqi leaders Feb. 12 that the U.S. will stick to its limited military role in Iraq, a message aimed at recent talk by some Iraqi politicians of forcing a U.S. troop withdrawal. Pat Shanahan, the acting secretary of defense, said that…

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High Desert Hangar Stories: Tony LeVier and the wall

Posted February 15, 2019 by Bob Alvis

With all due respect to the rock group Pink Floyd, back in 1950 there were very few “bricks in the wall” known as the sound barrier. Today, a multitude of pilots have added their names to the fraternity of those that have gone supersonic, but let’s look back at when it was just a handful.

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Defense

Army engineers get hands-on with futuristic tiltrotor aircraft

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Courtesy photograph From left: Army aerospace engineers Andrew Kreshock, Dr. Matthew Floros, Bell Innovation Team Manager Andrea Chavez, and Army aerospace engineer Dr. Hao Kang tour a Texas facility where aircraft manufactor Bell is working on its Joint Multi Role Technology demonstrator. Army aerospace engineers visited an aircraft manufactuer in Texas, to explore potential areas…

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Explore to flight: Educators launch a lunar buggy through engineering design process

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NASA photograph by Elvia Valenzuela A group of educators participated in a workshop to learn how to use the Engineering Design Process to create, build and test a lunar buggy. A group of educators learned how to apply the Engineering Design Process into their classroom lessons and designed a lunar buggy at a workshop with…

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Defense

DOD unveils its artificial intelligence strategy

Posted February 15, 2019 by Terri Moon Cronk

DOD photograph by Amber I. Smith Defense Department Chief Information Officer Dana Deasy and Air Force Lt. Gen. John N.T. Shanahan, the director of the Joint Artificial Intelligence Center, hold a roundtable meeting on DOD’s artificial intelligence strategy at the Pentagon, Feb. 12, 2019. The Defense Department launched its artificial intelligence strategy Feb. 12 in…

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Airbus abandons iconic A380 superjumbo, lacking clients

Posted February 15, 2019 by Angela Charlton and Jon Gambrell

European plane maker Airbus said Feb. 14 it will stop making its superjumbo A380 in 2021 for lack of customers, abandoning the world’s biggest passenger jet and one of the aviation industry’s most ambitious and most troubled endeavors. Barely a decade after the double-deck, 500-plus-seat plane started carrying passengers, Airbus said that key client Emirates…

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Defense

Shanahan: Important work remains in Afghanistan

Posted February 15, 2019 by C. Todd Lopez

DOD photograph by Lisa Ferdinando Acting Defense Secretary Patrick M. Shanahan shakes hands with Afghan commandos at Camp Commando, Afghanistan, Feb. 11, 2019. Important work remains to be done in Afghanistan, Acting Defense Secretary Patrick M. Shanahan told reporters traveling with him while en route on his first trip to the country Feb. 10. “I…

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The Golden Era of Test Flight: Another iconic aerospace hero has flown west

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NASA Test Pilot John A. Manke, Sr., age 87, passed away Jan. 31, 2019. A long-time resident of the Antelope Valley, Manke was born Nov. 13, 1931, in Selby, S.D. Manke attended the University of South Dakota before joining the U.S. Navy in 1951, during the Korean War.

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Defense

Red Flag strengthens F-35A maintainers

Posted February 15, 2019 by Micah Gabarino

Air Force photograph by R. Nial Bradshaw Airman 1st Class Monique Fajardo, 4th Aircraft Maintenance Unit, launches an F-35A Lightning II at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. Pilots and maintainers from the 388th Fighter Wing’s 4th Fighter Squadron and 4th Aircraft Maintenance Unit are participating in Red Flag 19-1 at Nellis AFB. This is wing’s…

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