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Construction of long-awaited museum begins

Posted March 1, 2019 by

Courtesy photograph Construction has begun on the new Flight Test Museum outside the west gate of Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. Construction has begun on the new Flight Test Museum campus outside the west gate of Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. The project kicked off Jan. 8, with the re-positioning of the Boeing YC-15 Technology…

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Northrop Grumman delivers 500th center fuselage for F-35 Lightning II

Posted March 1, 2019 by

Northrop Grumman has completed the 500th center fuselage for the F-35 Lightning II – ahead of schedule.

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San Andreas might move, business in AV still stands on solid ground

Posted March 1, 2019 by Alisha Semchuck

Forty-plus tables of business people and elected officials packed the spacious meeting facility in the H.W. Hunter Pavilion at the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds on Feb. 22, for the annual Business Outlook Conference organized by the Antelope Valley Board of Trade.

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Annual veterans’ art show opens at Antelope Valley College

Posted March 1, 2019 by Linda KC Reynolds

Antelope Valley College hosted its Annual Veterans and Goldstar families Art Show Feb. 20-March 1, with displays by artists Rich Sim, Nay Schuder, Phil Roberts and Nancy Walker.

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Virgin Galactic reaches space for a second time

Posted February 22, 2019 by

In its fifth supersonic rocket powered test flight, Virgin Galactic reached space for the second time today in the skies above Mojave, Calif. At 8:07 a.m., PST, WhiteKnightTwo, the aircraft that lifts VSS Unity high enough to fire its motor, took off from the Mojave Air and Space Port in Southern California.

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Virgin Galactic postpones scheduled flight test

Posted February 20, 2019 by

Virgin Galactic has postponed the scheduled Feb. 20 flight test of SpaceShipTwo and VSS Unity because of bad weather at the Mojave Air and Space Port in Southern California. “Our test flight window opened this morning, but the Mojave weather isn’t cooperating,” Virgin Galactic representatives said in a Twitter statement. “We plan to try again…

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

Posted February 15, 2019 by

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

Posted February 15, 2019 by

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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USS Wasp operations at sea

Posted February 15, 2019 by

Navy photograph by PO3 Sean Galbreath PHILIPPINE SEA–Gunner’s Mate 3rd Class Keane Lancaster, from Kingsport, Tenn., teaches Aviation Ordnanceman Airman Brittany Baker, from Victorville, Calif., how to adjust the sites of and M4 carbine during a live fire exercise aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1). Wasp, flagship of Wasp Amphibious Ready Group,…

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