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New AF maintenance technology keeps aging tankers flying

Posted April 29, 2015 by SSgt. Benjamin W. Stratton

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=bmJ6hf8TJmg The 92nd Maintenance Squadron at Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash., now uses a new technologically advanced parts fabrication machine extending the life of one of the Air Force’s oldest airframes — the KC-135 Stratotanker. “Our shop is consistently working on procuring technologically advanced machines, tools and equipment within our budget limitations,” said Tech. Sgt….

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Composites key to tougher, lighter armaments

Posted April 24, 2015 by David Vergun

The Army is on the cusp of revolutionizing materials that go into armament construction, making for stronger, lighter and more durable weapons, Dr. Andrew Littlefield said.

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NTTR supports first F-35B integration into USMC’s weapons school exercise

Posted April 24, 2015 by SSgt. Siuta B. Ika

The Nevada Test and Training Range was part of history April 21, when four U.S. Marine Corps-assigned F-35B Lightning IIs participated in its first Marine Corps’ Final Exercise of the Weapons and Tactics Instructor course on the NTTR’s ranges. The Final Exercise, or FINEX, is the capstone event to the U.S. Marine Corps Marine Aviation…

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AF Test Pilot School applications due in June

Posted April 24, 2015 by Debbie Gildea

The 2015 Air Force Test Pilot School selection board will convene July 20-24 to consider candidates for July 2016 and January 2017 classes. Applications are due to the Air Force Personnel Center by June 5. The board will select applicants for fighter, multi-engine aircraft, helicopter and remotely piloted aircraft pilot, combat systems officers – to…

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Last MC-130P Combat Shadows in the Pacific retire

Posted April 24, 2015 by A1C Stephen G. Eigel

The 17th Special Operations Squadron at Kadena Air Base, Japan, sent off the final two MC-130P Combat Shadows in the Pacific Air Forces to retire on April 15.

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F-22 test squadron recognizes decorated squadron member, Vietnam hero

Posted April 24, 2015 by Jet Fabara

Base leaders will always attest to the fact that people are what make Edwards AFB a unique place to work.

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AFRL redesigns mock UAV, ‘Surrogate Predator’

Posted April 22, 2015 by Jeanne Dailey

The Air Force Research Laboratory's Surrogate Predator program has given the war fighter a way to train in the U.S. before deploying overseas.

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RDECOM program puts Army scientists shoulder-to-shoulder with Soldiers

Posted April 22, 2015 by C. Todd Lopez

For 30 years now, the Army has embedded scientists and technology experts in the field - to ensure the exchange of new technology and the feedback it yields - moves efficiently between the researchers who develop it and the soldiers who use it.

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Kirtland fuel spill plume seems to bypass Albuquerque wells

Posted April 22, 2015 by

A fuel spill that officials worried might pollute Albuquerque, N.M., drinking water seems to be bypassing the city’s wells, according to experts. Leaders of the Kirtland Air Force Base jet fuel spill cleanup team say the plume appears to be headed north rather than northeast, the Albuquerque Journal reports. The direction means the fuel will…

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X-47B first to complete autonomous aerial refueling

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The X-47B successfully conducted the first ever Autonomous Aerial Refueling of an unmanned aircraft April 22, completing the final test objective under the Navy’s Unmanned Combat Air System demonstration program. While flying off the coast of Maryland and Virginia, the X-47B connected to an Omega K-707 tanker aircraft and received over 4,000 pounds of fuel…

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