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Robotic arm tool poised to save costly inspection time

A common problem for aircraft maintainers may soon be a thing of the past, thanks to an Air Force Research Laboratory advanced inspection robotics research effort.

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F-35 Program Makes Significant, Solid Progress, Official Says

Production of the F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter is on a good trajectory and is a necessary aircraft in the military’s arsenal to battle high-end threats, service leaders told a House Armed Service Committee panel Feb. 16.

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F-35s first B-course takes flight

The Air Force’s first F-35 Lightning II basic flight course class took to the skies for the first time as they entered the live flying portion of their training Feb. 8, 2017.

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New construction of fourth F-35 squadron

With the F-35 Lightning II training moving ahead, new construction has begun at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., to house more F-35s. Construction for the fourth F-35 fighter squadron broke ground in December of 2016 near the 62nd Fighter Squadron and Nondestructive Inspection Building.

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AMC enables first international F-35B deployment

SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. — Air Mobility Command Airmen helped mark a major milestone Jan. 18 by enabling the delivery of Marine F-35B Lightning II aircraft to Japan. The transfer of the Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121 aircraft from Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Arizona, to MCAS Iwakuni, Japan, marks the first permanent international…


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Keep tiny teeth healthy, strong

Posted  February 3, 2017

We all know that a child’s baby teeth will eventually fall out. Does that mean they don’t need to be taken of? Baby teeth play an important role in helping a child bite, chew food and speak clearly. They also help permanent adult teeth grow into the correct position by acting as placeholders. It’s important…

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New tattoo policy invites qualified recruits

Posted  February 3, 2017

The Air Force announced a new policy on dress and appearance with regard to tattoos, Jan. 9, 2017. According to the new policy, authorized tattoos on the chest, back, arms and legs will no longer be restricted to 25 percent of the exposed area while in uniform. Hand tattoos will be limited to one single-band…

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Warrior Iron Chef challenges LUKE Thunderbolts

Posted  February 3, 2017

Airman 1st Class Alexander Cook Staff Sgt. Cassie Estep, 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron NCO in charge of documented cargo, displays the ingredients for her recipe at the contest. Airman 1st Class Caleb Worpel Senior Airman Austin Harder, 56th FSS food service specialist, kicks off the Warrior Iron Chef competition by explaining the rules and setting…

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AMC enables first international F-35B deployment

Posted  February 3, 2017

SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. — Air Mobility Command Airmen helped mark a major milestone Jan. 18 by enabling the delivery of Marine F-35B Lightning II aircraft to Japan. The transfer of the Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121 aircraft from Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Arizona, to MCAS Iwakuni, Japan, marks the first permanent international…

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People First

Posted  February 3, 2017

AF 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. In September 2015, the Air Force Chief of Staff directed a fighter enterprise redesign to focus on developing a strategy and implementation plan…

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