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Rescue, battlefield airmen train as one

Posted December 28, 2012 by SSgt. Jamal Sutter

The afternoon sky was still and silent just before a thunderous HH-60G Pave Hawk landed thrusting 100 mph winds. Out jumped three pararescuemen assessing possible threats in all directions as they headed to aid an injured member of a friendly force.

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Real-world projects prepare students for future flight test

Posted December 21, 2012 by Laura Mowry

When students arrive at the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School, they enter as the top operational pilots, navigators and engineers from the Air Force, sister services and allies. After completing the intense year-long master’s program, they emerge as the next generation of elite test professionals that will handcraft war-winning capabilities of the future. The…

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F-35 ‘pushes the envelope’

Posted December 21, 2012 by Laura Mowry

The F-35 Integrated Test Force made significant progress expanding the flight envelope of the F-35A conventional takeoff and landing variant over the past few months with numerous successes in High Angle of Attack (AoA) flight test, with the completion of the first intentional departure of controlled flight Dec. 4 and now having tested the aircraft…

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Panetta memo describes possible sequestration effects

Posted December 21, 2012 by Jim Garamone

While many remain hopeful that Congress and the administration will reach a deal that avoids sequestration, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta has issued a memo describing the potential implications of going over the fiscal cliff. Planning for the effects of an across-the-board cut in defense spending as part of the Budget Reduction Act of 2011…

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AETC declares Eglin ready for F-35 training

Posted December 19, 2012 by Maj. Karen Roganov

Following an independent evaluation of Eglin’s capability to conduct F-35A Lightning II pilot training, Air Education and Training Command announced Dec. 17 that the 33rd Fighter Wing, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., can do so starting January 2013. “The preliminary results provided by the Joint Operational Test Team show the F-35A aircraft and its pilot…

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X-47B UCAS completes first at-sea trials

Posted December 19, 2012 by PO3 Taylor DiMartino

The X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System demonstrator completed its first at-sea test phase aboard the nuclear powered aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) Dec. 18.

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FRC East delivers first Italian AV-8

Posted December 19, 2012 by

Navy photograph Col. Mitchell A. Bauman, Fleet Readiness Center East Commanding Officer, Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C., stands with the first Italian Navy AV-8 to undergo planned maintenance and modification work at the facility. FRC East recently completed the extensive aircraft upgrades in 201 daysó19 days earlier than projected and more than $275,000…

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New F-16 software platform to be tested by 40th, 85th

Posted December 19, 2012 by Samuel King, Jr.

Developmental testing for an F-16 operational flight program will be accomplished at the 40th Flight Test Squadron and 85th Test and Evaluation Squadron at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., for the first time. The testing for Block 40 and 50 model F-16s is scheduled to begin in 2014 and will also be the first time…

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FRCSE tests jet engines, reduces noise pollution

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Local residents are spared much of the ear-throbbing noise produced when Fleet Readiness Center Southeast, Jacksonville, Fla., conducts out-of-airframe testing to certify the reliability and performance of gas turbine engines repaired at the facility. Annexed at the far end of Naval Air Station Jacksonville along the St Johns River, the Robert Kemen Engine Test Facility…

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DDG 1000 program successfully integrates deckhouse

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The deckhouse for the future USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000) sits on a barge at Norfolk Naval Station after being diverted due to weather during transit from Huntington Ingalls Industries’ Gulfport Facility in Mississippi to General Dynamics-Bath Iron Works shipyard in Maine. The DDG 1000-class destroyer is designed for sustained operations in the littorals and a…

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