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Edwards test pilot first to reach 1,000 flight hours in Joint Strike Fighter

Lockheed Martin test pilot David "Doc" Nelson became the first pilot to achieve 1,000 flight hours in the F-35 during a test sortie Jan. 6, 2017, at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.

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Navigating the next generation

Walter Klein travels all over the world as a navigator for NASA’s DC-8 airborne laboratory.

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Air Force faces fighter pilot shortage

The Air Force is in the midst of a pilot shortage. While most platforms are affected by the shortage, the fighter pilot community has been hit the hardest.

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Airman of the year takes to the sky for incentive flight

The cold weather and rain could not keep the smiles off the faces of Staff Sgt. Raquel Caramanno and her 412th Medical Group leadership as she prepared to jump into the cockpit of an F-16 Fighting Falcon Jan. 12, 2017, at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.

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Pirates take title at 4th Quarter Weapons Load Competition

The “Pirates” from the 31st Test and Evaluation Squadron are the winners of the 4th Quarter Weapons Load Competition held Jan. 3 and hosted by the 412th Maintenance Group, at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.


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Parachute testers try out free fall deployment system

Posted  July 16, 2016

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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Two-month UAS flight test series concludes

Posted  July 16, 2016

As the wheels of NASA’s Ikhana Unmanned Aircraft System touched down June 30, 2016, a two-month flight test series came to a close, concluding an essential stage in the agency’s research into technologies that support safe integration of UAS into the National Airspace System.

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Branch Elementary student takes major stride by qualifying for Junior Olympics

Posted  July 16, 2016

The 2016 Olympics in Brazil is right around the corner beginning Aug. 5. But, before then, the 50th Annual USA Track and Field National Junior Olympics Championships will be held in Sacramento, Calif., July 25 – 31.

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Museum launches ‘Give to Restore’ campaign

Posted  July 16, 2016

The Air Force Flight Test Museum located at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., is currently raising money to restore the museum’s YF-117A.

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New top mission support officer introduced

Posted  July 16, 2016

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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