Defense

Tracking Santa

Posted December 10, 2018 by

The North American Aerospace Command is responsible for tracking every flight over the U.S. and Canada. They’re so serious about their job that not even Santa gets a free pass when he delivers his gifts on Christmas. Find out how they accomplish this amazing feat.

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Thunderbirds release 2019/2020 show season schedule

Posted December 7, 2018 by

The Thunderbirds have the privilege and responsibility to perform for people all around the world, displaying the pride, precision and professionalism of American Airmen. In every hour-long demonstration, the team combines years of training and experience with an attitude of excellence to showcase what the Air Force is all about. The sharply choreographed, drill-style ground…

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Blue Angels release 2019 air show schedule changes, 2020 air show schedule

Posted December 7, 2018 by

Navy photograph by PO3 Michael Lopez F/A-18C Hornets assigned to the U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, perform an aerial demonstration during the Naval Air Station Jacksonville Airshow. The show celebrated the Blue Angles’ heritage, which traces back to 1946 at the squadron’s birthplace of NAS Jacksonville, Fla. The show also featured aerial…

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Air Force selects Wright-Patterson AFB to host F-35 support organization

Posted December 5, 2018 by

The Air Force selected Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, as the preferred location for the F-35 Lightning II Hybrid Product Support Integrator organization which supports the entire F-35 enterprise to include joint and international partners.

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Maker Hub, AFRL ‘sprint’ to innovation

Posted December 5, 2018 by John Harrington

Air Force photograph by John Harrington Joe Althaus, Wright Brothers Institute Rapid Innovation Program manager, determines the power consumption of a piece of equipment as Isaac Weintraub, Air Force Research Laboratory’s Aerospace Systems Directorate electronics engineer, observes during a rapid innovation session at AFRL’s Maker Hub. Rapid prototyping such as this supports Secretary of the…

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Nuclear bomb kit reaches major milestone for production phase

Posted December 5, 2018 by Leah Bryant

The Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center received formal approval in late October to enter the production phase for the B61-12 nuclear gravity bomb’s new guided tail-kit assembly, or TKA. “This marks the completion of a highly successful development effort for the tail kit,” said Col. Dustin Ziegler, AFNWC director for air-delivered capabilities, Kirtland AFB, N.M….

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USS Detroit begins operational testing of LCS surface-to-surface missile module

Posted December 5, 2018 by

USS Detroit (LCS 7) began initial operational test and evaluation (IOT&E) of the Surface-to-Surface Missile Module (SSMM) Nov. 17, two months ahead of schedule.

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PACAF Airmen, B-52s arrive in Australia for combined training

Posted December 3, 2018 by

U.S. Pacific Air Forces deployed aircrew, support Airmen and two B-52 Stratofortress bombers to Royal Australian Air Force Base Darwin to conduct combined exercises and training with their Australian counterparts Nov. 29 to Dec. 9, 2018. The deployment is part of the Enhanced Air Cooperation (EAC) under the Force Posture Initiative between the United States and Australia.

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Pax River F-35 ITF leaves HMS Queen Elizabeth after ‘eclipsing aspirations’

Posted December 3, 2018 by

F-35 Lightning jets from the Pax River Integrated Test Force left HMS Queen Elizabeth, Nov. 19, 2018, after eight weeks flying on and off the 65,000-tonne warship, helping to write the ‘operator’s manual’ so the jets can fly from her deck on front-line operations.

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US, India join forces in bilateral flying training

Posted November 30, 2018 by

Air Force photograph by Capt. Genieve David Two U.S. Air Force C-130 Hercules from the 36th Airlift Squadron, from Yokota Air Base, Japan, sit on the flightline at Air Force Station Agra, India, during exercise COPE INDIA Oct. 19-24, 2009. The U.S. and Indian air forces are scheduled to participate in exercise Cope India 2019 (CI19)…

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