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Early aviation: The realm of adventurers

Posted July 6, 2018 by Bob Alvis

Here in the record-setting Antelope Valley, we’ve become accustomed to the aviation milestones achieved in the skies above us, with major and minor records stacking up on almost a daily basis.

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First Flights & Other Sorties at Mojave Airport Jack Conroy’s Pregnant Guppy – First Flight to Mojave!

Posted July 6, 2018 by Cathy Hansen

Many great ideas have been transferred from a person’s mind, through their fingers holding a pen, onto a paper napkin. That is exactly where a solution for hauling the S-1C rocket stage happened. The first stage of the American Saturn S-IV rocket was built by Boeing in 1961.

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First annual pilot’s Roll Call takes off

Posted July 6, 2018 by Linda KC Reynolds

Photograph by Linda KC Reynolds Maj. Martin “Sjeng” Van de Pol and James “JB” Brown unveil the F-15 during the first annual Pilot’s Roll Call at Bravery Brewery. All aerospace enthusiasts were invited to attend the event. Two fighter pilots walk into a bar… Dutch F-16 fighter pilot Maj. Martin “Sjeng” Van de Pol, Virgin…

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NASA Chief Scientist expands his astronaut autograph collection

Posted July 6, 2018 by Linda KC Reynolds

Photograph by Linda KC Reynolds On a mission: NASA’s Chief Scientist Albion Bowers has all but one astronaut’s autograph to complete his collection of 31 astronauts that have flown in Apollo, Mercury and Gemini missions. He has all 12 “moonwalkers” signatures but is still trying to find one from Apollo 1 astronaut Gus Grissom. Growing…

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Junior test pilot program underway at Blackbird Airpark

Posted July 6, 2018 by Linda KC Reynolds

Students are having fun learning about science and crazy things that fly at Blackbird Airpark Museum in Palmdale, Calif., during the Junior Test Pilot Program running June 11-July 19, Monday thru Thursday from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

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Tehachapi native participates in U.S., Caribbean military exercise

Posted July 6, 2018 by PO Marie Montez

Navy photograph by PO1 Marie A. Montez U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Culinary Specialist 3rd Class Sam Hawksley, assigned to USCG Cutter Charles David Jr. (WPC-1107), discusses the plan of the day for small boat operations with Royal Marine commandos during Tradewinds 2018. Tradewinds is a U.S. Southern Command sponsored exercise that provides participating Caribbean nations…

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Lightning brings fire

Posted July 2, 2018 by

Air Force photograph by Master Sgt. Michael Jackson A F-35A Lightning II test aircraft assigned to the 31st Test Evaluation Squadron from Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., released AIM-120 AMRAAM and AIM-9X missiles at QF-16 targets during a live-fire test over an Air Force range in the Gulf of Mexico on June 12, 2018. The…

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‘Bomber Bob’ Inducted to Patriot Guard Riders

Posted June 18, 2018 by Dennis Anderson

Robert Wood, at 93, needs a little help getting around, but there is a good reason his nickname is "Bomber Bob." During World War II, history's greatest conflict, theretired Edwards Air Force Base engineer survived 35 bombing missions over Nazi Germany, serving as a command pilot on a B-17 Flying Fortress dubbed "Miss Behavin'."

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History at a rest stop!

Posted June 15, 2018 by Bob Alvis

Kramer Junction was originally west of its current location on Highway 58 out by Boron. When the 395 crossed the current 58, the historical four corners became a reality. All that was needed was an owner who could see the potential of this desert crossing to make it flourish. Many of us AV residents have been over these roads many times.

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Sample return technology successfully tested on Xodiac rocket

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Honeybee Robotics in Pasadena, Calif., flight tested its pneumatic sampler collection system, PlanetVac, on Masten Space Systems’ Xodiac rocket on May 24, launching from Mojave, Calif., and landing to collect a sample of more than 320 grams of top soil from the surface of the desert floor.

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