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F-35 ITF works towards night, weather certification

Posted May 24, 2013 by Laura Mowry

Lockheed Martin photograph by Tom Reynolds The F-35 Integrated Test Force is completing a series of night flights, testing the ability to fly the jet safely in instrument meteorological conditions where the pilot has no external visibility references. The ITF, which has the lead on all F-35 mission systems testing, is responsible for five of…

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AEDC site of choice for unique T-6 Texan II engine test

Posted June 14, 2013 by Philip Lorenz III

Air Force photograph by Rick Goodfriend A frontal view of the Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-68 turboprop engine installed in AEDC√≠s SL-1 test cell includes a special shroud to provide a simulated flight environment for the propeller. Without the shroud the propeller would create a pulse every time the blade passes at the closet point…

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Weapons Division sets world record on China Lake track

Posted June 28, 2013 by

A team of scientists and engineers at Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division China Lake, Calif., recently set a world record for producing the most thrust for a rocket sled test on the Supersonic Naval Ordnance Research Track at China Lake.

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First B-52 departs to depot for communications upgrade

Posted July 17, 2013 by TSgt. Mike Andriacco

Air Force photo by SrA. Micaiah Anthony TSgt. Michael Zeigler and Staff Sgt. Aaron McCullum prepare to launch a B-52H Stratofortress July 16, 2013 on Barksdale Air Force Base, La. The B-52 was sent to Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., to receive the first Combat Network Communications Technology upgrade. The change will allow aircrew to…

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Air Force supported researchers build all-optical switch, transistor

Posted August 9, 2013 by Robert P. White, Ph.D.

The control of a single photon – the elementary quantum carrier of light and all forms of electromagnetic radiation – is seen as the Holy Grail of quantum computing. If researchers could effectively make a photon do the work of a switch, or a transistor, it would be a revolutionary achievement with regard to telecommunication…

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Vigilant Eagle continues closer U.S.-Russian cooperation

Posted August 26, 2013 by Donna Miles

Beginning Aug. 27, fighter jets from the North American Aerospace Defense Command and the Russian air force will scramble to track and intercept “hijacked” aircraft during an air defense exercise viewed as a steppingstone toward closer military-to-military cooperation in additional areas. Vigilant Eagle 13 kicked off Aug. 26, with scenarios that present the United States,…

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Northrop Grumman ready for full rate production of Freedom 350 as U.S. Army’s vehicular radio

Posted September 13, 2013 by

Following successful completion of an extensive series of tests, trials, demonstrations and an initial production run, Northrop Grumman said it stands ready to commence full rate production of its Freedom 350 radio to fully satisfy the U.S. Army’s acquisition effort for the Mid-Tier Networking Vehicular Radio. The company also said recent demonstrations show that its…

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Affordable Care Act will impact federal civilian employees

Posted September 30, 2013 by Gloria Kwizera

Starting in January, all individuals must maintain minimum health care coverage for themselves and all dependents claimed on their federal tax return, or must qualify for an exemption. Those who do not will be charged a penalty beginning with their 2014 federal tax return. Under, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Public Law 111-148…

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Wing surpasses 2,000 sled test missions

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The 96th Test Wing at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., recently reached a historic testing milestone this summer.

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Welsh: Air Force will resist requirements drift in new bomber

Posted November 15, 2013 by Jim Garamone

The Air Forces long-range strike bomber program continues to ramp up, and senior leaders are determined that the platform will come in on budget and on time, the services top officer told the Defense Writers Group today. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III told the group that any change to the…

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