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New flight control mode improves F-35C handling on landing approach

Posted July 27, 2012 by

The F-35 Integrated Test Force at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md., completed the first dedicated test flight May 4...

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Air Force works to fill need for drone pilots

Posted August 10, 2012 by by Lolita C. Baldor

Becoming a fighter pilot is still a hotly coveted goal at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. But slowly, a culture change is taking hold. Initially snubbed as second-class pilot-wannabes, the airmen who remotely control America’s arsenal of lethal drones are gaining stature and securing a permanent place in the Air Force. Drawn…

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Dempsey, Japanese counterpart bolster partnership across domains

Posted August 24, 2012 by by Amaani Lyle

The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff welcomed his Japanese counterpart to the Pentagon Aug. 23 as part of ongoing efforts to strengthen military ties between both countries....

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Fleet Readiness Center ‘hooks up’ unmanned aircraft

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Navy photograph The X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System demonstrator aircraft completes a successful roll-in arrestment with a modified arresting hook point designed and manufactured by Fleet Readiness Center Southwest Aug.14 at Patuxent River, Md. FRCSW delivered the hook point just 46 days after receiving a request from the Navy UCAS program office. The Fleet Readiness…

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AFMC commander among Air Force leaders offering perspectives at AFA four-star forum

Posted September 21, 2012 by by Amaani Lyle

Twelve Air Force senior leaders leveraged their candor and experience to share insight and answer questions regarding the service as it enters a new era of leadership. The panelists assembled on the final day of the 2012 Air Force Association’s Air and Space Conference and Technology Exposition Sept. 19, 2012. Led by Air Force Chief…

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‘Saber Junction’ tests U.S., partners’ interoperability

Posted October 16, 2012 by by Denver Beaulieu-Hains

At the Grafenwoehr and Hohenfels training areas, and on more than 1,300 square miles in between them, the 2nd Cavalry Regiment is engaging a complex enemy in the exercise dubbed Saber Junction.

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Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules variants declared ‘mission capable’ after Air Force testing

Posted November 2, 2012 by

The Lockheed Martin HC-130J Combat King II and the MC-130J Commando II aircraft have been certified as “Effective, Suitable and Mission Capable” by the Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Center. The U.S. Air Force is currently recapitalizing the HC, MC and AC-130 gunship fleets with new C 130J variants. The HC-130J is the personnel…

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Yuma receives first F-35B

Posted November 21, 2012 by

Marine Corps photograph by Lance Cpl. William Waterstreet Third Marine Aircraft Wing’s first F-35B taxis in Nov. 16, 2012 at approximately 1 p.m. on the Marine Corps Air Station Yuma flightline. Piloted by F-35 pilot instructor Maj. A. C. Liberman, today’s arrival highlights next week’s official re-designation of Marine All Weather Fighter Attack Squadron 121,…

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Fire Scout breaks endurance records on USS Klakring deployment

Posted December 5, 2012 by

The Navy’s fourth Fire Scout detachment returned to Mayport, Fla., Dec. 1, after achieving several milestones during its five-month deployment aboard USS Klakring (FFG 42). The Fire Scout unmanned helicopter detachment logged more than 500 flight hours in the U.S. Africa Command Area of Responsibility in support of anti-piracy operations and providing real-time intelligence, surveillance…

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Arc Light marked beginning of B-52 involvement in Vietnam

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By 1972, the war in Vietnam had persisted for more than eight years, characterized by a gradual, but massive buildup of U.S. forces. That massive buildup began in April 1965, with the highly-publicized event of U.S. Marines wading out of the sea and onto the beaches of Da Nang, South Vietnam. Concurrent to this, and…

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