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Restored B-29 Superfortress flies for first time in 60 years

Posted July 20, 2016 by Staff Sgt. Rachel Waller

MCCONNELL AIR FORCE BASE, Kan. (AFNS) — After 16 years of hard work and dedication from numerous volunteers around the Wichita area, a B-29 Superfortress, also known as Doc, took to the skies July 17 here for its first flight since 1956. “I never thought I would live to see this day, but I did,” said…

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F-35 fires first AIM-9X missile

Posted January 22, 2016 by 412th Test Wing Public Affairs

EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AFNS) — An F-35 fighter jet from the 461st Flight Test Squadron launched an AIM-9X missile for the first time over the Pacific Sea Test Range Jan. 12. The flight sciences aircraft, AF-1, of the Joint Strike Fighter Integrated Test Force, was piloted by David Nelson, the Lockheed Martin chief…

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Around the Air Force: May 9

Posted May 10, 2017 by

On this look around the Air Force, the X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle-4 returns from its 718-day mission and the U.S. Air Force Academy superintendent testifies before Congress on the Academy’s sexual assault prevention and response programs.

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Colombians kick off Green Flag East in Louisiana

Posted August 17, 2016 by Capt. Bryan Bouchard

Forty-five Colombian Airmen and four Colombian Air Force A-29B Super Tucanos are operating from Barksdale Air Force Base, La., as part of Exercise Green Flag East Aug. 15-29.

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Colorblind Airman overcomes hurdles to succeed as artist

Posted January 21, 2016 by Senior Airman Kristin High

OSAN AIR BASE, South Korea (AFNS) — (This feature is part of the “Through Airmen’s Eyes” series. These stories focus on individual Airmen, highlighting their Air Force story.) Ludwig van Beethoven once said, “Don’t only practice your art, but force your way into its secrets; art deserves that, for it and knowledge can raise man…

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Senate confirms Wilson as Air Force Secretary

Posted May 10, 2017 by

Heather Wilson will be the next secretary of the Air Force, following her confirmation by the Senate May 8, 2017.

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Preventing sexual assault in the Air Force is our enduring responsibility

Posted April 10, 2015 by Gen. Larry Spencer, Air Force Vice Chief of Staff 

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — As we begin Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month, clear signs point to the progress we have made in combating sexual assault. We can cite encouraging numbers in the areas of prevalence, reporting and convictions; however, this serves as only the beginning of an enduring effort. This effort must continue without pause and we…

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Heritage Flight Training and Certification Course

Posted February 11, 2016 by

The Heritage Flight Training and Certification Course will take place here March 3-6, with aircraft and personnel scheduled to arrive March 1-2 and depart March 7. During the course, civilian pilots of historic military aircraft and Air Force pilots of current fighter aircraft will practice flying in formation together. Heritage flights raise public awareness of…

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Exchange rewards academic excellence with “You Made the Grade Program”

Posted April 10, 2015 by

DALLAS — The Army & Air Force Exchange Service is rewarding military students who excel in the classroom with its You Made the Grade program, now in its 15th year. Students in first through 12th grades who maintain a B average or better are eligible to receive a coupon book filled with free offers and…

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Green Dot to roll out across the Air Force

Posted January 4, 2016 by Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Airmen will take the first step of a five-year strategy to decrease interpersonal violence across the service in January when 1,500 Airman implementers attend one of 22 Green Dot prep sessions worldwide. The Air Force contracted the non-profit Green Dot organization to provide these violence prevention tools to the total Air Force…

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