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BASH program keeps pilots, aircraft safe

Posted May 10, 2013 by Airman 1st Class GRACE LEE

In 2003 a Luke Air Force Base pilot was making an approach toward Gila Bend when a turkey vulture was sucked into the aircraft engine. The pilot ejected and survived, but unfortunately, the aircraft was lost. Incidents like this one prompted the creation of a program to keep pilots safe and save the Air Force…

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Army updates ‘eyes’ of Apache helicopters

Posted July 3, 2013 by Sofia Bledsoe

The Army is incorporating a new sensor capability into its Apache helicopters. The Apache Sensors Product Office has accepted delivery of the new Modernized Day Sensor Assembly Laser Rangefinder Designator, or LRFD, the first component to be fielded in the Modernized Day Sensor Assembly. The laser represents increased capability to the Modernized Target Acquisition Designation…

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This Week in History

Posted August 16, 2013 by Richard Griset,

The Air Force accepted its first production model F-16, aircraft 78-0001, Aug. 17, 1978, from the General Dynamics plant, now Lockheed Martin, in Fort Worth, Texas. Up until 1959, U.S. fighter aircraft production starts were fairly constant.

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Emergency Management Flight: Keeping Thunderbolts at ready

Posted September 20, 2013 by Staff Sgt. LUTHER MITCHELL

Staff Sgt.LUTHER MITCHELL Airmen 1st Class Jacob Brewer, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron Readiness and Emergency Management apprentice, examines unexploded ordnance Sept. 10 at the 56th CES REM Flight building. Airmen receive chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive defense survival skill training prior to deploying. September is National Preparedness Month. Sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management…

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Legendary squadron reactivated

Posted November 1, 2013 by STEPHEN DELGADO

Airman 1st Class Pedro Mota Col. John Hanna, left, 56th Operation Group commander, unfurls the 61st Fighter Squadron banner with incoming commander Lt. Col. Michael Ebner, during the reactivation ceremony Oct. 25. The 61st FS will be Luke Air Force Base’s first squadron to fly the F-35A Lightning II. Luke Air Force Base marked an…

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Active-shooter exercise front, center next week

Posted December 13, 2013 by

You’re conducting business as usual, shopping at the commissary or waiting to talk with a TRICARE specialist in the Medical Clinic. Suddenly, gunshots ring out and you hear screaming. What do you do? What will the base do? To answer this question, the 56th Fighter Wing will conduct an active-shooter exercise Wednesday to test military…

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Air Force News – February 7, 2014

Posted February 7, 2014 by

Alaska Eielson Airmen put their Self-Aid Buddy Care skills to the test during an Operational Readiness Exercise Jan. 27 through 31. Various SABC scenarios were used to evaluate the Iceman Team’s reaction and response to emergency situations. Nevada Jan. 30 was anything but a normal day for the patients and staff at the Mike O’Callaghan…

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Featured Demonstration Part 3

Posted March 11, 2014 by

Mike Goulian Extra 330SC Mike Goulian will perform in his Extra 330SC, the world’s newest custom-built premiere aerobatic aircraft. Produced by Extra Aircraft of Germany, the 330SC is lighter, faster and more maneuverable than any other aircraft of this type. The main difference between the 330SC and Goulian’s former air show aircraft, the 300SHP, is…

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Combat dining-in: Airmen let hair down

Posted May 2, 2014 by Staff Sgt. Darlene Seltmann

FROM LEFT: Tom Harris, Arizona Diamondbacks executive vice president and 56th Fighter Wing honorary commander; Brig. Gen. Mike Rothstein, 56th FW commander; Col. Jeremy Sloane, 56th FW vice commander; Col. Robert Whitehouse, 944th Fighter Wing vice commander; and Chief Master Sgt. John Mazza, 56th FW command chief, greet attendees April 26 after making a grand…

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Air Force News – June 13, 2014

Posted June 13, 2014 by

California The Air Force awarded a $914,699,474 contract to Lockheed Martin on June 2 to develop a system that will track objects in Earth’s orbit with far greater confidence and fidelity. The projected initial operational capability is fiscal year 2019. Germany This past Memorial Day, the 37th Air Squadron at Ramstein Air Base welcomed the…

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