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Airmen chart new path for female-specific flight equipment

Posted April 1, 2019 by Airman 1st Class Bailee A. Darbasie

The Air Force is working to redesign the gear used by female pilots across the force after facing challenges with current flight equipment. “We have women performing in every combat mission, and we owe it to them to have gear that fits, is suited for a woman’s frame and [one] can be in for hours on end,” said Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein at a Defense Writers Group breakfast March 2018 in Washington, D.C.

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2019 USAF Test Pilot School applications due May 29

Posted March 25, 2019 by Kat Bailey

Application packages for the 2019 U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School selection board are due by May 29. The board is set to convene at the Air Force’s Personnel Center July 29 through Aug. 2, and will consider Total Force officer and current Air Force civilian applicants to attend training as early as July 2020.

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461st FLTS lands two more F-35s for test

Posted March 18, 2019 by Kenji Thuloweit

The 461st Flight Test Squadron and F-35 Integrated Test Force at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., received two additional F-35As to support continued developmental testing March 7.

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SECAF announces resignation

Posted March 11, 2019 by

Upon a favorable final vote by the regents, Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson announced her resignation March 8, after serving in her position as the service’s top civilian since May 2017, to accept the role as president of the University of Texas at El Paso.

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MQ-1B, MQ-9 flight hours hit 4 million

Posted March 11, 2019 by Tech. Sgt. Daryl Knee

Air Force photograph by Senior Airman Cory D. Payne An MQ- Reaper remotely piloted aircraft performs aerial maneuvers over Creech Air Force Base, Nev., June 25, 2015. The MQ-9 Reaper is an armed, multi-mission, medium-altitude, long-endurance remotely piloted aircraft that is employed primarily as an intelligence-collection asset and secondarily against dynamic execution targets. The MQ-1B…

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AFOTEC maintains mission readiness through operational testing

Posted February 27, 2019 by Cameron S. Hunt

The Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Center, Detachment 4, tests and evaluates new space, cyberspace, missile and missile defense capabilities. Their mission is to test weapons systems in operationally realistic environments.

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Air Force ends promotion testing for E-7 and above

Posted February 6, 2019 by

The Air Force announced Feb. 4 it is removing the Weighted Airman Promotion System testing requirement for active-duty promotions to the grades of E-7 through E-9, beginning this fall with the 2019 E-9 promotion cycle. The memo, signed Jan. 31, 2019, removes the phase one requirement for senior noncommissioned officers to test for promotion, allowing…

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Tech Report: New tech for boom operators

Posted January 25, 2019 by

As the new KC-46 Pegasus tanker aircraft comes on line, boom operators will have a whole new way of getting the job done.

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Around the Air Force: VR demo/3-D printed F-22 part

Posted January 25, 2019 by

On this look Around the Air Force, a virtual reality and augmented reality demonstration at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., and an F-22 Raptor gets a 3-D printed part.

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Air Force makes updates to enlisted evaluation policies

Posted January 23, 2019 by

The Air Force recently updated evaluation policies for enlisted Airmen, refining the process and requirements for enlisted performance reports. The revised policies are in response to feedback from the field and are geared towards increasing flexibility for commanders and empowering performance within the enlisted corps. “We are continuously making strides to reform our talent management…

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