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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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UAS demonstration Forest Light 19.2

Posted February 15, 2019 by

Marine Corps photograph by 2nd Lt. Brett Vannier U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Derrick Velasquez, a Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Chief with 2nd Battalion, 23rd Marine Regiment, currently assigned to 3rd Marine Division, demonstrates UAS capabilities to Soldiers with the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force during exercise Forest Light 19.2, in Aibano Training Area, Japan, on Feb….

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HT February 15

Posted February 15, 2019 by

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Steven M. Sevenich graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training also earn four…

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AVC Art Gallery hosting veterans’ show

Posted February 14, 2019 by

Photograph by Linda KC Reynolds Air Force veteran Nay Schuder and AVC art teacher Rich Sim pose with some of Schuder’s art work, which will be displayed at the Antelope Valley College Veterans’ Art Show, Feb. 20 to March 1. An artist’s reception/talk is scheduled for 6 p.m., Feb. 20. For more information on the…

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Maintaining the Antelope Valley’s edge as a leader in aerospace

Posted February 11, 2019 by Assemblyman Tom Lackey

The Antelope Valley holds the much deserved title of Aerospace Valley. Our area is home to a tremendous history of technological breakthroughs in air and space. None of that would be possible without the amazing men and women who work in our research and production facilities. It is vital for us to establish the California…

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Local hero honored

Posted February 8, 2019 by Dennis Anderson

On a mission in December1944, Charles “Charlie” Rader, was top turret gunner, one of a 10-man crew on a B-17 heavy bomber from the “Rum Hounds” Squadron, flying out of Foggia, Italy, with the 15th Air Force.

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