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Final West Coast frigate, USS Gary, decommissioned

Posted July 24, 2015 by PO1 Trevor Welsh

Past and current crew, plank owners, former and current commanding officers, namesake relatives and friends and family gathered at Naval Base San Diego July 23 to bid farewell to USS Gary (FFG 51), the last remaining Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided-missile frigate on the West coast after 31 years of service.

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‘Thunder’ rolls at Fort Irwin

Posted July 24, 2015 by Airman 1st Class Mikaley Towle

They stand in the sweltering summer sun on a lake bed as dry as chapped lips in wintertime. Silence stretches throughout the empty valley and the occasional breeze offers little relief from the unforgiving sun’s rays. Beads of sweat trickle down their foreheads as they communicate by radio with the inbound pilots.

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‘Blue’ forces power through Red Flag 15-3

Posted July 22, 2015 by

U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Siuta B. Ika An F-16 Fighting Falcon assigned to the 480th Fighter Squadron, Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, flies during a Red Flag 15-3 sortie at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., July 17. Red Flag is a realistic combat training exercise involving the air forces of the U.S. and…

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Submarine launches undersea drone in a 1st for U.S. Navy

Posted July 22, 2015 by Michael Melia

In a first for the U.S. Navy, a submarine has launched and recovered an underwater drone used in a military operation. The attack submarine USS North Dakota returned to its base in Groton on Monday following a nearly two-month deployment to the Mediterranean Sea specifically to test the drone-launching capability. “This was something they thought…

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Hill activates their first F-35 fighter squadron

Posted July 22, 2015 by Mitch Shaw

The jets won't arrive for another few months, but Hill Air Force Base, Utah, activated its first F-35 Lightning II fighter squadron during a ceremony July 17.

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Raytheon, partners develop low-cost, high-tech airframe for U.S. Air Force decoy

Posted July 22, 2015 by

TUCSON, Ariz.–Raytheon, in partnership with Fokker and Dallara, has developed a lower-cost carbon fiber airframe for the U.S. Air Force’s Miniature Air Launched Decoy by applying robotics and formula racing technologies. The three companies reduced airframe production costs by 25 percent. The new innovative composite design will be included in this year’s Lot 7 production….

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Exercise Rapid Trident 2015 begins in Ukraine

Posted July 22, 2015 by

The "Warriors" of Exercise Rapid Trident 2015 began their multi-national exercise at the International Peacekeeping and Security Center with an opening ceremony here, July 20.

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GPS IIF-10 successfully launched from Cape Canaveral

Posted July 20, 2015 by

The Air Force and its mission partners successfully launched the tenth Boeing-built Global Positioning System IIF satellite aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V launch vehicle from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., at 11:36 a.m., EDT.

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Major savings occur as part of AEDC wind tunnel improvement program

Posted July 20, 2015 by

Replacing the test article control system and Data Acquisition System feedthrough assemblies used at the 16-foot transonic wind tunnel is saving Arnold Engineering Development Complex more than $1 million this year.

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AFRL, partner researchers use data science to improve aircraft manufacturing processes

Posted July 20, 2015 by Holly Jordan

The Air Force Research Laboratory, along with data science start-up Nutonian, Inc., have developed an advanced model that promises to improve the production and performance of metallic aircraft components. Since metals make up nearly three-fourths of turbine engine components and two-thirds of a typical airframe’s weight, their cost and performance have a significant effect on…

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