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Technological innovations in the history of the U.S. Air Force

From the earliest days of flight, airmen strived to set or exceed new altitude, speed, and distance records. The USAF has fostered new technologies resulting in sometimes exponential improvements in these and other areas.

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U.S. Air Force celebrates 70th anniversary

U.S. military aviation has changed over the years — from bi-planes during World War I to the modern jet fighter aircraft — but one thing remains constant, the motivation and resiliency of U.S. Airmen to protect and defend their home. On Sept. 18, the U.S. Air Force will celebrate its 70th anniversary.

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Defense, academia test systems for GPS denial

Navigating the globe was once done using the sun, moon and stars as reference, but modern times bring modern methods, and the majority of the world now relies on GPS for its navigation needs.

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Colombian military officers get insight into flight test at Edwards

Dozens of Republic of Colombia military officers dropped by Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., for an up-close look at flight test Sept. 12, 2017.

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Joint partnership leads to successful swirl distortion testing

An AEDC test team and members of the U.S. Air Force Academy (USAFA) initiated a project in 2011 at the Academy’s F109 turbofan test facility applying swirl distortion to the determination of engine response in terms of aeromechanics, operability and performance.


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VISTA gives TPS clearer view of new flight control system

Posted  October 21, 2016

Students at the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., recently completed testing of an innovative aircraft control system that is intended to add a margin of safety to aviation.

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Posted  October 21, 2016

Air Force photograph by Joseph Gocong Performers whirl and dance to the music in traditional costumes at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., Oct. 13, 2016, as Team Edwards wrapped up its Hispanic Heritage Month activities with a luncheon and cultural show at Club Muroc. Several events were held throughout the base from Sept. 15 to…

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This week in flight test history: Yeager breaks sound barrier

Posted  October 14, 2016

Air Force photograph At Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., on Oct. 14, 1947, on his ninth powered flightin the airplane, Capt. Charles E. Chuck Yeager piloted the Bell X-1 Glamorous   Glennis, named after his wife, to a speed of 699.4 mph at 43,000 feet (Mach 1.06), and became the first to exceed the…

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Blue Mountain Tribe: local band gets national attention

Posted  October 14, 2016

Courtesy photograph Blue Mountain Tribe — Pat Mata, Joseph Sandoval, Caleb Hairston, Robin “Bubba” Hairston and James Bixler – recently won ‘Best Blues Recording’ at the Native American Music Awards. All band members are Native American, and three are members of Team Edwards. Their only recording hangs on their producer’s wall among such names as…

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Desert Junior-Senior High launches math, science initiative

Posted  October 14, 2016

Air Force photograph by Christopher Okula During her trip to the area Oct. 11, 2016, Gen. Ellen M. Pawlikowski, Air Force Materiel Command commander, participated in a number of activities marking the start of the Desert Junior Senior High School ‘s National Math and Science Initiative program. Pawlikowski attended an NMSI luncheon, met with STEM…

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