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Commando II Takes to sky

Posted December 12, 2012 by

Lockheed Martin photograph by Todd McQueen Lockheed Martin an MC-130J Commando II to Cannon Air Force Base, N.M., Dec. 10. Aircraft 5710 is the 12th of 27 MC-130Js to be assigned to the Air Force Special Operations Command. The squadron uses the Commando II on missions such as in-flight refueling, infiltration/exfiltration, and aerial delivery and…

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Operational Test Command completes Network Integration Evaluation 13.1

Posted December 12, 2012 by Eloise Lundgren

Testers, soldiers, engineers and combat developers completed the fourth iteration of a series of semi-annual field exercises, called Network Integration Evaluations, at Fort Bliss, Texas, and White Sands Missile Range, N. M., just in time to get everyone home for the holidays. Managed by a group known as the Network Integration Evaluation, or NIE, “TRIAD”…

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Obama Nominates Clark as Next Air Guard Director

Posted December 12, 2012 by Col. Nahaku McFadden

Lt. Gen. Stanley E. “Sid” Clarke III, commander of the Continental U.S. North American Aerospace Defense Command Region-1st Air Force, has been nominated by President Barack Obama to be the next director of the Air National Guard. If confirmed by the Senate, Clarke will replace Lt. Gen. Harry “Bud” Wyatt III, who is retiring in…

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Air Force launches 3rd X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle

Posted December 12, 2012 by Maj. Eric Badger

In the next installment to improve space capability and further develop an affordable, reusable space vehicle, the Air Force conducted its third X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle launch at Cape Canaveral, Fla., Dec. 11, officials said. The launch comes on the heels of the successful flight of OTV-2, which made an autonomous landing at Vandenberg Air…

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Dassault’s Falcon 2000S beats performance targets

Posted December 12, 2012 by

When certified in early 2013, the final performance specifications for the Dassault Falcon 2000S will be substantially better than initially projected. An 18 month test program that lasted 350 flight hours over 150 flights demonstrated better than expected low speed performance, in particular. Landing distance at typical landing weight has been reduced to 2,315 feet,…

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News Briefs December 10, 2012

Posted December 10, 2012 by

Spaceplane mission gets green light United Launch Alliance has cleared the next launch of an Air Force X-37B reusable spaceplane to occur this week at Cape Canaveral AFS, Fla., after concluding that it has sufficiently mitigated the chances of a booster anomaly repeating itself from a previous satellite launch. A ULA Atlas V rocket is…

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Pilot calls F-35 big leap in fighter capability

Posted December 10, 2012 by Terri Moon Cronk

The F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter jet will be a strategic deterrent for the nation because of its “huge leap in capability,” a Marine Corps pilot said. Lt. Col. Jeffrey Scott, commander of the 3rd Marine Aircraft WingĂ­s Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121 at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz., recently told the Pentagon…

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Army developing next-generation surveillance aircraft

Posted December 10, 2012 by Kris Osborn

Army scientists, engineers and program developers are making substantial progress building and integrating a technically sophisticated battlefield surveillance aircraft called Enhanced Medium Altitude Reconnaissance and Surveillance System in a laboratory at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., service officials said. The initial task, now underway at Aberdeen’s Joint Test and Integration Facility, is aimed at engineering and…

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USS Truman hosts first flight deck taxiing of X-47B UCAS-D

Posted December 10, 2012 by PO3 Jonnie Hobbie

Sailors aboard the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) and personnel from the Navy Unmanned Combat Air System program office (PMA-268) integrated test team made history Dec. 9 as they taxied an X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator aircraft for the first time aboard a carrier. During the test phase, UCAS deck…

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