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A more efficient alternative being used to maintain AEDC turbine engine test operations

Posted August 24, 2015 by Deidre Ortiz

Courtesy photograph EcoSafe32 hydraulic fluid is being used to flush and fill the process air valve hydraulic systems at the ASTF C-Plant. This is what the inside of the valve looked like after one of the recent flushing and filtration operations. A conversion to using EcoSafe Hydraulic Fluid has improved operations for the Aeropropulsion Systems…

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Reapers, Predators on the prowl in Afghanistan

Posted August 24, 2015 by TSgt. Joseph Swafford

Airmen assigned to the 62nd Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron provide world-class close air support and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance in the Afghanistan area of operations.

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China rehearses for massive military parade

Posted August 24, 2015 by

Fighter jets flew low over Beijing Aug. 23 as thousands of soldiers from China, Russia and other countries rehearsed for a military parade next month commemorating the end of World War II. The Sept. 3 parade will showcase the People’s Liberation Army’s rapidly growing capabilities at a time when Beijing is asserting territorial claims in…

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Marines, Coast Guard demo small UAS capabilities

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Navy photograph A member of the Marine Corps Special Operations Command launches an RQ-20A Puma unmanned aircraft Aug. 12 during an exercise near Camp Lejeune, N.C. The U.S. Coast Guard and MARSOC joined forces to demonstrate the ability to launch and recover the Puma, RQ-12A Wasp IV, and InstantEye vertical takeoff and landing UAS from…

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16T project team determines more efficient process for disconnect panel fabrication

Posted August 24, 2015 by Deidre Ortiz

The team leading the Improve Transonic Test Capability Improvement and Modernization program at AEDC has found a better, more cost-effective way of fabricating disconnect panels for the 16-foot Transonic Wind Tunnel (16T).

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Troopers receive new Raven UAS camera upgrade

Posted August 24, 2015 by SSgt. Christopher Calvert

Selected units received an upgrade to their Raven unmanned aerial systems during an initiative at Fort Hood, Texas, last week.

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2,500 solid rocket motors tested at AEDC

Posted August 21, 2015 by Deidre Ortiz

Air Force photograph by Rick Goodfriend James Brooks, ATA rocket test manager, pictured, starts the final countdown for the 2,500th solid rocket motor test and last test he will be a part of at J-6 before retiring from AEDC. With the recent Minuteman III Intercontinental Ballistic Missile test at the J-6 Large Rocket Motor Test…

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45 years on alert: Minot conducts Minuteman III test launch

Posted August 21, 2015 by Capt. Christopher Mesnard

The 91st Missile Wing completed an operational test launch of an unarmed LGM-30G Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., Aug. 19, continuing its mission of providing strategic deterrence for the U.S. and their allies.

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Rolls-Royce continues testing latest Trent engine at AEDC

Posted August 21, 2015 by Deidre Ortiz

Air Force photograph by Rick Goodriend Performance testing on the Rolls-Royce Trent 1000-TEN engine was recently completed in the Aeropropulsion Systems Test Facility (ASTF) C-2 engine test cell at AEDC. Pictured is Eric Brumley, ATA outside machinist, inspecting the engine prior to the test. The Rolls-Royce Trent 1000-TEN (Thrust, Efficiency and New Technology) engine was…

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JSF ITF reaches historic sortie milestone at lightning speed

Posted August 21, 2015 by Jet Fabara

Lockheed Martin photograph During the month of July, the Joint Strike Fighter Integrated Test Force flew 76 sorties, making it a first for the ITF involving a new monthly flying record. The Joint Strike Fighter Integrated Test Force, which oversees all three test variants of the F-35 Lightning II, has proved its resolve to test…

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