Local

October 4, 2017
 

Speed record set 50 years ago

eafb-speed-record2
Fifty years ago on Oct. 3, 1967, Maj. William J. “Pete” Knight flew the modified X-15A-2 to a speed of Mach 6.72. The aircraft was flown with its full ablative coating and external fuel tanks. A dummy ramjet mounted on the lower ventral stub stabilizer fell away during the flight as a result of severe heat damage to the fairing. The flight marked the highest speed achieved in the X-15 program and remains the highest speed ever reached by a manned airplane.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
dod-fitness1

Service members must be physically ready for deployment, CSM Troxell says

Army photograph by Sgt. Kelsey Miller Soldiers assigned to 1st Stryker Brigade executed the proposed Army Combat Readiness Test (ACRT) on Ready First Field, April 17, 2018. Soldiers are assisting the Army with this pre-decision...
 
 
eafb-cdc

CDC breaks ground on new playground

Air Force photograph by Laura Motes From left: Brig. Gen. Carl Schaefer, 412th Test Wing commander; Col. George Tromba, former 412th Mission Support Group commander; and Janice Hollen, 412th Force Support Squadron director; bre...
 
 
tricare

Explaining TRICARE annual cost increases

Population growth, aging, and price increases for medical goods and services drive many health care costs in the U.S. In any given year, these price increases are related to rising drug costs, using new medical technology, incr...