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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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Edwards test squadron completes Joint Strike Missile test program

Posted June 15, 2018 by Kenji Thuloweit

A team of U.S. Air Force engineers, test pilots and Norwegian government and industry personnel recently completed a large phase of testing for the Joint Strike Missile.

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Convair 990 and F-4 Phantom receive new paint in Mojave

Posted June 15, 2018 by Linda KC Reynolds

Photograph by Linda KC Reynolds The “Gate Keepers” at the Mojave Air and Spaceport received a new paint job recently, just in time for summer visitors. “It is so important to keep our historic aircraft looking good,” said Cathy Hansen, president of the Mojave Transportation Museum, speaking of the Convair 990 and F-4 Phantom that…

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TPS Class 17B graduates sending 26 new flight testers into world

Posted June 15, 2018 by Kenji Thuloweit

United States Air Force Test Pilot School Class 17B stood proudly before friends, families, base leadership and fellow testers in Hangar 1623 at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., as they received their Master of Science Degree in Flight Test Engineering June 8, 2018. As each graduate crossed the stage they received the graduate plaque from…

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NASA flies large UAV in public airspace without chase plane for first time

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NASA’s remotely-piloted Ikhana aircraft, based at the agency’s Armstrong Flight Research Center in Edwards, Calif., successfully flew its first mission in the National Airspace System without a safety chase aircraft June 12, 2018.

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