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Future USS Jackson launches, marks production milestone

Posted December 16, 2013 by

Navy illustration by Jay M. Chu An artistsí rendering of the littoral combat ship USS Jackson (LCS 6). The future USS Jackson (LCS 6) launched from the Austal USA shipyard in Mobile, Ala., Dec. 14, marking an important production milestone for the littoral combat ship program. Jackson joins the future USS Milwaukee (LCS 5), which…

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New secretary testifies to commission on total force

Posted January 15, 2014 by SSgt. David Salanitri

Air Force photograph by Jim Varhegyi Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James answers a question during a hearing of the National Commission on the Structure of the Air Force Jan. 9, 2014, in Arlington, Va. The commission is tasked to submit a report by Feb.1, 2014, to the president of the United States…

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President to nominate several to key DOD positions

Posted February 3, 2014 by Terri Moon Cronk

President Barack Obama has announced his intent to nominate four people to key Defense Department positions, all of which require Senate confirmation. They are: Miranda A. A. Ballentine, to be assistant secretary of the Air Force for installations, environment, and logistics; Michael McCord, to be undersecretary of Defense (comptroller); Brian P. McKeon, to be principal…

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‘Backbone’ of Real Thaw 14 pushes through final week of exercise

Posted February 14, 2014 by 2nd Lt Allie Delury

Air Force photograph by 2nd Lt. Allie Delury In preparation for a Feb. 9, 2014, Atlantic storm, 14 F-16 Fighting Falcons from the 31st Fighter Wing were lined up on the Monte Real Air Base flight line to protect them from overhanging foliage and debris. Whether loading training munitions by day or turning wrenches at…

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Official encourages dialogue between Pentagon, industry

Posted March 7, 2014 by Amaani Lyle

To ensure on-time, on-cost delivery of quality products and services to the warfighter, a Pentagon official encouraged clear and ongoing dialog between Defense Department decision-makers and industry leaders in a conference March 4. James Russell, acting director of the Defense Contract Management Agency, told participants in Aviation Week’s Defense Technologies and Requirements conference that finessing…

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High-speed CARS in use at AEDC

Posted March 31, 2014 by Vicki Peters

Courtesy photograph Two hollow-core fibers (pink-colored at right) provide remote CARS measurements at the exhaust plane of the J85 engine at the University of Tennessee Space Institute. As gas-turbine and hypersonic propulsion systems advance, so must the diagnostic measurement systems used in testing them. The Coherent Anti-Stokes Raman Scattering (CARS) Spectroscopy System is a development…

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Final F-22s depart Holloman

Posted April 11, 2014 by

Air Force photograph by A1C Aaron Montoya One of the last four F-22 Raptors from the 7th Fighter Squadron prepares to depart for Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., at Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., April 8. Holloman bids farewell to the F-22 Raptors as the 7th Fighter Squadron transitions its mission to Tyndall to continue…

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Navy test pilot knows his ABCs

Posted April 13, 2012 by

In the alphabet soup of military acronyms and abbreviations, it can be difficult to keep the ABCs straight. Despite the alphabetical hurdles, one Navy test pilot used his ABC knowledge to write a new chapter in flight test history. On March 23, Lt. Christopher Tabert completed the government acceptance flight for AF-14, a production-level F-35A…

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F-16s, MiGs engage over Bulgarian skies

Posted April 26, 2012 by by SrA. Katherine Windish

U.S. pilots from the 555th and 510th Fighter Squadrons based out of Aviano Air Base, Italy, have been given a rare opportunity to train and share experiences with Bulgarian air force MiG-21 and MiG-29 pilots during their deployment to Graf Itnatievo Air Base, Bulgaria, in support...

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Medical official explains F-22 pilot-protection efforts

Posted May 10, 2012 by by Amaani Lyle

Air Force officials have instituted measures designed to protect its pilots, ensure mission completion and assess the possible physiological effects of flying the F-22 Raptor, the command surgeon for Air Combat Command said May 9. “The health and safety of our pilots — all of our…

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