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1,000th F-35 training sortie flown at Luke AFB

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Air Force photograph by SSgt. Staci Miller A pilot from Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., flew the 1,000th F-35A Lightning II training sortie March 31, 2015. The 56th Fighter Wing is the fastest F-35 wing to reach the 1,000-sortie milestone in the Defense Department. The 56th Fighter Wing at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., flew…

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DARPA uses open systems to boost airpower

Posted April 1, 2015 by Cheryl Pellerin

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is unveiling a new program to boost U.S. air superiority by separating payloads such as weapons and sensors from the main air platform, and using open-system architectures to seamlessly integrate plug-and-fly modules into any kind of platform. The program, called System of Systems Integration Technology and Experimentation aims to…

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Laser-based aircraft countermeasure provides ‘unlimited rounds’ against MANPADS

Posted March 30, 2015 by C. Todd Lopez

The Army expects later this year to reach a Milestone B decision with its laser-based common infrared countermeasures, or CIRCM, defense system program.

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Navy, Air Force advocate for modernizing combat aviation

Posted March 30, 2015 by Terri Moon Cronk

Top Navy and Air Force officials today told the House Armed Services subcommittee on tactical air and land forces the president’s budget request for fiscal year 2016 will support modernizing combat aviation programs. Cavy Vice Adm. Paul A. Grosklags, principal military deputy to the assistant secretary of the Navy for research, development and acquisitions; Air…

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McConnell community marks B-29 rollout

Posted March 30, 2015 by SrA. Victor J. Caputo

One of more than the 1,600 B-29 Superfortresses assembled in Wichita, was delivered to the Army Air Forces on March 23, 1944, and that very same aircraft was "delivered" again on March 23, 2015, in commemoration of its restoration during a ceremony at McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas.

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Future USS John Finn launched

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The future USS John Finn (DDG 113) was launched at the Huntington Ingalls Industries in Pascagoula, Miss., shipyard March 28. During launch the drydock was flooded allowing the 637-foot floating dock to slowly submerge until the ship was afloat. Once the drydock was fully submerged, the ship was pulled by tugs to HII’s south berth…

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First production QF-16 arrives at Tyndall

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Courtesy photograph Maintainers begin post-flight checks on the first Lot 1 production model QF-16 after it arrived at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., March 11. The aircraft is the first of 13 deliveries to the 82nd Aerial Targets Squadron, a geographically separated unit of the 53rd Wing, headquartered at Eglin Air Force Base. The QF-16…

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E-9A Widget, one of a kind

Posted March 30, 2015 by A1C Dustin Mullen

The mission of the Air Force is like a highly complex machine. Each piece of the machine is vital to it operating successfully. The E-9A Widget is a very small, yet highly important piece to that machine.

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Combined Test Force helping to streamline work at AEDC wind tunnel facilities

Posted March 30, 2015 by Deidre Ortiz

A total of five Combined Test Forces have been established to improve testing at Arnold Engineering Development Complex. The Flight CTF, which includes the Propulsion Wind Tunnel and von Kármán Gas Dynamics facilities, makes up one of these CTF groups. The others include the Propulsion CTF and the Space and Missiles CTF, as well as…

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Global strike teams test second Minuteman III missile this week

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An Air Force Global Strike Command team launched an unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile equipped with a test reentry vehicle March 27 at 3:53 a.m., PDT, from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.

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