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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 AEDCís 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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Unique testing helps war fighter, saves lives

Posted August 14, 2013 by Jenny Gordon

When large transport or rotary-wing aircraft support a mission in a deployed location, there’s always the threat of those wanting to harm to the lives and assets onboard. That includes risks from a range of shoulder-fired, vehicle-mounted and other infrared-guided missiles capable of following the path of an Air Force C-17 Globemaster III or C-130…

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Official warns of continued spending cuts in next fiscal year

Posted September 4, 2013 by Nick Simeone

With the new fiscal year less than a month away, a senior Defense Department official delivered a warning Sept. 4 at a defense cooperation conference in Washington, D.C.: expect the current spending cuts triggered by sequestration to be part of the budget landscape for the foreseeable future. Elana Broitman, acting deputy assistant secretary of defense…

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Software update keeps B-52 at forefront of bomber fleet

Posted September 20, 2013 by A1C Joseph Raatz

Air Force photograph by SSgt. Jonathan Snyder Maj. Chris Weir, left, and Capt. Greg Lepper, 96th Bomb Squadron B-52H Stratofortress navigators, navigate a B-52 during a Green Flag-East training mission over Fort Polk, La., Aug. 21, 2013. GF-E is a realistic air-land integration combat training exercise meant to replicate deployed warfare conditions. The B-52 Stratofortress…

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Navy stands up F-35C Squadron At Eglin

Posted October 4, 2013 by

The U.S. Navy and the 33rd Fighter Wing at Eglin AFB, Fla., officially reconstituted the highly decorated VFA-101 Grim Reapers Squadron during ceremonies held on the Emerald Coast Oct. 2. VFA-101 will fly the Navyís newest aircraft, the Lockheed Martin F-35C Lightning II carrier variant, to perform the mission of training pilots and sailors to…

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Aviano AB F-16 accident report released

Posted October 31, 2013 by

U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa officials released the results of their investigation into the Jan. 28 crash of an F-16 Fighting Falcon over the Adriatic Sea, resulting in the death of the pilot on board. At the conclusion of the investigation, the board president, Brig. Gen. Derek P. Rydholm, found clear…

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First Rivet Joint delivered to the Royal Air Force

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The first of three RC-135 Rivet Joint aircraft was officially delivered to the United Kingdom during a special ceremony at Royal Air Force Waddington, England, Nov. 12.

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