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Boeing begins assembly of first KC-46 tanker aircraft

Posted June 26, 2013 by

Boeing workers in Everett, Wash., June 2 loaded the first wing spar for the first U.S. Air Force KC-46A aerial refueling tanker, starting production of that aircraft and achieving another milestone toward delivering 179 tankers during the next 14 years. The KC-46A is based on the commercial 767-200ER, a proven airframe in service as an…

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Innovation extends ORS-1’s life, mission

Posted July 15, 2013 by Scott Prater

Air Force photograph by Dennis Rogers Capt. Eric Palmer (left) and Airman 1st Class Quillan Fay review Operationally Responsive Space-1 procedures and mission objectives in preparation for a satellite contact June 29, 2013, at Schriever Air Force Base, Colo. The squadron members recently celebrated the two-year anniversary of ORS-1’s launch. The Operationally Responsive Space-1 satellite…

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AEDC’s Range-G in operation for 50 years

Posted August 7, 2013 by Raquel March

Since the summer of 1963, when the Arnold Engineering Development Complex's Hypervelocity Ballistic Range-G came into operation, the facility has tested items for boundary-layer studies to hypersonic plasma mitigation studies.

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Navy sailors, divers find, salvage downed F-16C

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Navy sailors and divers from Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit 2, embarked aboard the Navy's rescue and salvage ship USNS Grasp (T-ARS-51), found and salvaged a downed F-16 aircraft off the coast of Virginia, Aug. 6-20.

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Army advances standardized tactical computer

Posted August 31, 2013 by Nancy Jones-Bonbrest

In combat and tactical vehicles, soldiers can access communications systems that display a complete picture of the battlefield. However, these high-tech situational awareness features are viewed through different computer systems, over separate monitors and with little room to spare.

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Guardsmen mobilize to assist in Colorado flooding

Posted September 16, 2013 by

Army National Guard photograph by Sgt. Joseph K. VonNida Colorado National Guardsmen respond to floods in Boulder County, Colo., Sept.12, 2013. The guardsmen are working with local agencies to help citizens in the area affected by the flooding by evacuating people using high-clearance vehicles.   Nearly 100 Colorado National Guard soldiers and airmen, along with…

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Navy Test Pilots visit Edwards TPS

Posted October 4, 2013 by Rebecca Amber

The senior class of the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School joined the USAF Test Pilot School for a week-long field trip Sept. 28 and will return home Oct. 5.

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Army researchers meet need for Marines’ assault vehicles

Posted October 23, 2013 by Heather R. Smith

Courtesy photograph The Emergency Egress Lighting System for the Marine Corps’ Assault Amphibious Vehicle is designed to assist Marines when escaping an AAV in a submersible emergency. When the vehicle flips or goes underwater, a set of lights turn on to guide crew members to the exit hatches. The new system on the AAV is…

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Pentagon ending buys of Russian-made helicopters

Posted November 15, 2013 by Richard Lardner

The U.S. Defense Department said Nov. 13 it is canceling plans to buy additional cargo helicopters from the Russian arms export agency that has supplied Syrian President Bashar Assad’s military forces with arms and ammunition. The additional 15 Russian-built Mi-17 helicopters were to be purchased next year at a cost of $345 million and then…

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Corps commander: Sequestration bites into readiness

Posted December 13, 2013 by Donna Miles

Strapped for operating funds due to sequestration, yet charged with providing ready forces to support the U.S. rebalance to the Asia-Pacific region, the I Corps commander said he is channeling the resources he has where it matters most: into training junior troops and developing future leaders. Sequestration has hit I Corps “pretty significantly,” Army Lt….

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