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Branch Elementary student takes major stride by qualifying for Junior Olympics

Posted July 15, 2016 by Kenji Thuloweit

Air Force photograph by Kenji Thuloweit Eleven-year-old Zack Gilbertson completes a lap at the base track July 7 in preparation for an appearance in the 50th Annual USA Track and Field National Junior Olympics Championships, which will be held in Sacramento, Calif., July 25-31, 2016. He is going to compete in the 3000 meter run…

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Palmdale Solar Falcon ready for Solar Car Challenge

Posted July 15, 2016 by Linda KC Reynolds

Photograph by Linda KC Reynolds Wrapped and ready to roll — Palmdale High School Principal Kristina Ramos takes a spin after the Solar Falcon Race Team unveiled their new car and paint wrap, the Solar Falcon 2.0, in front of their families, sponsors and those who helped make it possible. The team will compete in…

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National Test Pilot School is certified by EASA

Posted July 15, 2016 by Linda KC Reynolds

The National Test Pilot School located at Mojave Air and Space Port recently received certification by the European Aviation Safety Agency which will enable the school to meet the agency’s new requirements to train civilian European test pilots.

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Museum launches ‘Give to Restore’ campaign

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Air Force photograph The Air Force Flight Test Museum located at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., is currently raising money to restore the museum’s YF-117A. The museum took possession of the aircraft in 2008, and it was on display at the Blackbird Airpark in Palmdale, Calif. After four years, however, the condition of the aircraft…

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Students pursue flying with help from the Ninety-Nines.

Posted July 15, 2016 by Linda KC Reynolds

Becoming a pilot and inspiring others to fly, especially young females, is a dream come true for both Stephanie Luongo, 33, an employee of the National Test Pilot School, and Erin Hambrick, 32, an employee of Scaled Composites.

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Lancaster, Calif. native participates in world’s largest international maritime warfare exercise

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PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii–A 2008 Lancaster High School graduate and Lancaster, Calif., native is serving in the U.S. Navy and is participating in the world’s largest international maritime warfare exercise, the Rim of the Pacific Exercise. Petty Officer 3rd Class Milton Pete is an engineman aboard USS America, currently operating out of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. A…

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Parachute testers try out free fall deployment system

Posted July 15, 2016 by Kenji Thuloweit

Testers from Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., headed down the 215 Freeway to Perris, Calif., June 14-15 to qualify a direct-deployment method for the RA-1 parachute system. The RA-1 is the military equivalent of the commercial Raider/Intruder system that is manufactured by Airborne Systems. The parachute system was designed for static line, ripcord and bottom of…

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Hometown Heroes July 15

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U.S. Air Force A1C Blake R. Harris 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 credits toward…

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New top mission support officer introduced

Posted July 15, 2016 by Kenji Thuloweit

Air Force photograph by Joseph Gocong Left to right: Brig. Gen. Carl Schaefer, 412th Test Wing commander, hands Col. George Tromba the 412th Mission Support Group guidon as outgoing commander Col. Eric Leshinsky looks on during a change of command ceremony July 8, 2016. Col. George Tromba took the reins of the 412th Mission Support…

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New leader for 416th FLTS

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Air Force photograph by Chris Okula Col. Scott Cain (left), 412th Operations Group commander, hands the 416th Flight Test Squadron guidon to Lt. Col. Chris Keithley during a change of command ceremony June 24, 2016. Keithley takes over from Lt. Col. Darren Wees. Keithley comes to the 416th just down the road from the 461st…

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