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Predator accident investigation report released

Posted November 22, 2017 by

A mechanical failure of the left tail clamp and/or tail clamp bolts caused an MQ-1B Predator to crash Nov. 8, 2015 in the U.S. Central Command Area of responsibility, according to an Air Combat Command Abbreviated Accident Investigation Board report released Nov. 21. The MQ-1B was assigned to the 432nd Wing at Creech Air Force…

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Around the Air Force: Nov. 22

Posted November 22, 2017 by

On this look around the Air Force, the secretary of the Air Force talks logistics at an Officer Symposium and a Delta II rocket is launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.

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Wilson to logistics Airmen: ‘Failing at logistics can bring down the mighty’

Posted November 20, 2017 by Staff Sgt. Rusty Frank

Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson spoke about how logistics acquisitions contribute to the success of the Air Force at the 2017 Logistics Officers Association Symposium in Washington, D.C., Nov. 17, 2017.

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LC-130 aircrew completes South Pole mission

Posted November 17, 2017 by Master Sgt. Catharine Schmidt

The harsh, unforgiving and unpredictable weather of Antarctica made a routine mission to the South Pole a little more than an LC-130 “Skibird” crew with the 139th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron had bargained for on Nov. 9, 2017.

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Jet engine inventor’s son visits AFRL: Father’s legacy continues to thrive

Posted November 17, 2017 by Jim Varhegyi

Air Force photograph by Lisa Donauer Left to right: Charles Stevens, Turbine Engine Division Lead Engineer, Aerospace Systems Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory; Dr. Dale Carson, Technical Adviser Propulsion, Engineering Directorate, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center; Ian Whittle; and Dr. Chuck Cross, Chief of Turbine Engine Division, Aerospace Systems Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory,…

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FRC East marks another F-35 milestone

Posted November 17, 2017 by

Navy photograph Aircraft CF-25, a Navy F-35C Lightning II carrier variant, transits the Fleet Readiness Center East flight line Nov. 9 marking a maintenance milestone for the capabilities of the depot. Fleet Readiness Center East at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C., has achieved another milestone for its support of the F-35 Lightning II…

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Retired U.S. general says nuclear launch order can be refused

Posted November 17, 2017 by Robert Burns and Richard Lardner

A retired Air Force general told the Senate Nov. 14 that an order from President Donald Trump or any of his successors to launch nuclear weapons can be refused by the top officer at U.S. Strategic Command if that order is determined to be illegal. During testimony before the Foreign Relations Committee, retired Gen. Robert…

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Flight tests help qualify nuclear bomb for U.S., NATO aircraft

Posted November 15, 2017 by Leah Bryant

The Air Force recently completed a series of initial tests to qualify a nuclear gravity bomb for multiple U.S. and NATO aircraft. The B61-12, the follow-on to the family of B61 nuclear gravity bombs, is a key component of the U.S. nuclear deterrence strategy. Employed by a variety of U.S. and NATO aircraft, the B61-12…

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Around the Air Force: Nov. 15

Posted November 15, 2017 by

On this look around the Air Force, Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein deliver the State of the Air Force Address at the Pentagon, and Lt. Gen. Mark Nowland, Deputy Chief of Staff for Air Force Operations, testifies about Aviation readiness to the House…

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Wilson, Goldfein emphasize need for fiscal 2018 budget

Posted November 13, 2017 by Staff Sgt. Alyssa C. Gibson

The Air Force must have a higher and more stable budget to provide security for the nation, said Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein during the State of the Air Force address Nov. 9, 2017, at the Pentagon.

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