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High Desert Hangar Stories with Bob Alvis

Posted January 6, 2017 by Bob Alvis

Lieutenants Bauscher and Hauplnthal were enjoying a New Year’s Day after a week or so of down time at south base at Muroc Army Air Field. It was a brand new year, 1944, in a world at war and the two young pilots knew that war did not pause for celebrations, as young men in fox holes and sailors on ships around the world never got a break .

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Dorm 2424 reopened after renovations, modern upgrades

Posted February 10, 2017 by

Air Force photograph by Kenji Thuloweit A ribbon cutting was held Feb. 8, 2017, to signify the completion of Dormitory 2424 after extensive renovations and upgrades. The official ribbon cutting of the newly renovated Dormitory 2424 took place Feb. 8, 2017, at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., to signify the completion of its major renovation….

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Veteran generations: ‘We Are The Doughboys’

Posted March 3, 2017 by Dennis Anderson

We are coming up on a round of centennials, and these won't be as easy to track as many of the anniversary dates that have been arranged around significant World War II historic events.

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Air combat in Vietnam: The privilege of serving

Posted April 7, 2017 by Dennis Anderson

One minute you were soaring in the wild blue above the fields of North Vietnam and environs of Hanoi “at about Mach 1.3,” and the next instant your aircraft was on fire and disintegrating around you.

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NASA workshop helps educators explain sonic booms

Posted May 5, 2017 by Linda KC Reynolds

Photograph by Linda KC Reynolds Teachers use simple objects to produce sound waves that can be seen when using a laser light beam during a NASA education workshop at the AERO Institute in Palmdale, Calif. NASA and Lockheed are using Schlieren photography to see how they can lessen the noise produced by supersonic aircraft. The…

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Lancaster Cemetery Memorial day 2017

Posted June 2, 2017 by Bob Alvis

Monday as we gathered for another Memorial Day remembrance at the oldest established cemetery in the Antelope Valley, I could not help but think of the generations who stood at these same grounds and reflected back on the lives lost in service to our country.

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Junior Test Pilot School Summer Museum Program in session

Posted July 10, 2017 by Linda KC Reynolds

Water parks and playgrounds are a great place to spend a few hours a day during summer vacation, but how cool is it to hang out with test pilots, engineers and aerospace folks, and make fun projects while learning about science, technology, engineering and math?

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Skunk Works’ Project Hunter enables total battlespace awareness at remote Northern Edge Exercise

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PALMDALE, Calif.—In support of the U.S. Air Force’s vision for seamless integration across its aircraft, ground and space systems, Lockheed Martin Skunk Works® participated in the Northern Edge military exercise to show how open systems architecture enables unprecedented battlespace awareness to reduce the data-to-decision timeline for the war fighter. Reducing the data-to-decision timeline is important…

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A Gathering of Eagles: Chuck Killberg

Posted October 21, 2017 by

Chuck Killberg first soloed as a college student in 1964, beginning an aviation career spanning more than 50 years. He joined the U.S. Air Force in 1971, flew F-4 combat missions in Southeast Asia in 1973, and was an F-4 and F-15 instructor and Functional Check Pilot in West Germany and the United States. In…

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High Desert Hangar Stories: Chaos in the Tehachapi Mountains

Posted December 1, 2017 by Bob Alvis

What seemed like just another routine training flight had now become a struggle for life itself, as Aviation Cadet Paul Day and more than a dozen other young aviation cadets came face to face with the dangers of flying — not in combat, but facing the wrath of the one adversary that has plagued aviators for generations: the weather.

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