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Flying into 2018

Two F-35 Lightning IIs from the 31st Test and Evaluation Squadron at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., took part in the traditional flyover at the beginning of the annual Tournament of Roses Parade Jan. 1, 2018, in Pasadena, Calif.

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AEDC teams assist in preparing the Dream Chaser for its future missions

The Sierra Nevada Corporation’s Dream Chaser space plane recently had a successful free-flight test over the Mojave Desert in California, later making its landing at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.

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Back in the Saddle readies workforce for busy 2018

Before heading into the year with full force, the 412th Test Wing at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., took a pause to remind its workforce to be safe while conducting its test mission.

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418th FLTS supports NASA in Orion spacecraft parachute test

Air Force photograph by Christopher A. Okula A mockup of an Orion spacecraft is released from a C-17 Globemaster III Dec. 15, 2017, over the Yuma Proving Ground in Arizona. Airmen and testers from the 418th Flight Test Squadron joined Army, NASA and contractor personnel to participate in the test of the Orion’s parachute landing…

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Rose Parade float to honor Edwards pilot for giving gifts of life

This New Year’s Day, former 31st Test and Evaluation Squadron pilot Maj. Benjamin Meier will be honored at the 129th Annual Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, Calif., for the gifts of life he gave to several people following the tragedy that took his life in 2015.


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Air Force contract

Posted  June 23, 2017

Calspan Corp., Buffalo, N.Y., has been awarded a $20,907,828 firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee, cost-reimbursable, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the F-16 variable stability in-flight simulator test aircraft (VISTA). Contractor will provide all maintenance and curriculum development for all Air Force Test Pilot School student sorties for the VISTA, as well as special projects. Work will be performed at Edwards…

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AF releases criteria for new valor ‘V,’ combat ‘C,’ remote ‘R’ devices

Posted  June 23, 2017

Air Force officials released criteria for the new “V”, “C” and “R” devices, following the secretary of Defense’s Jan. 7, 2016, authorization. Following a comprehensive Military Decorations and Awards Review in 2015, the secretary of Defense implemented several changes to ensure the Defense Department’s military decoration and awards program continues to appropriately recognize the service,…

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Application window opens for Air Force undergraduate flying training

Posted  June 23, 2017

Application packages for the next Undergraduate Flying Training selection board are due to the Rated Officer Assignments branch of the Air Force Personnel Center by Nov. 17, 2017.  The board, set for Jan. 22-25, 2018, will consider active-duty officer applicants to attend training as early as spring 2018. Those interested in becoming a pilot, combat…

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Health & Safety

One hour, one pint, can save three lives

Posted  June 23, 2017

Just a few weeks back, 16 of our fellow Air Force Test Center Airman at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., collectively gathered and saved the lives of people they did not know. They didn’t have capes, costumes or theme songs. They had no adoration of fans and no applause for their kind deeds. Yet, one…

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Edwards test pilot, TPS grad, selected as Air Force Fellows at Argonne National Laboratory

Posted  June 21, 2017

Science, technology and national security come together in a personal and powerful way through the U.S. Air Force Fellows program at Argonne National Laboratory, which on July 10 will become a second home to Lt. Col. Chris Snyder and Maj. Sean Richardson.

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