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Air Force, Boeing finalize KC-46A tanker design

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Air Force photograph by SSgt. David Salanitri Maj. Damen Forte (right), who’s been aircrew on the KC-135 Stratotanker and the C-17 Globemaster III, is at the controls to the Air Force’s newest tanker, the KC-46, with Greg Bulkley, chief technical pilot for Boeing’s KC-46. The U.S. Air Force and Boeing have validated the final design…

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VKF modernization program reaches a milestone, ready to pave the way for next-generation flight simulation testing

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Air Force photograph by David Housch Joe Syler, Aerospace Testing Alliance outside machinist, makes an adjustment to the Ares I first stage booster model in the centerís von Karman Facilityís Tunnel B prior to the resumption of heat transfer testing. ARNOLD AIR FORCE BASE, TENN. ñ A team comprised of engineers, outside machinists, schedulers and…

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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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California ANG deploys Predator to support firefighters

Posted August 31, 2013 by Donna Miles

With wildfires continuing to rage around Yosemite National Park, the California National Guard has deployed a remotely piloted aircraft that improves the incident commander’s ability to monitor conditions on the ground

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Aircraft deploy to California to aid firefighting effort

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The U.S. Forest Service, through the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, Idaho, has ordered the three MAFFS aircraft operating at the Boise Air Tanker Base moved to McClellan Air Tanker base near Sacramento, Calif., to assist the wildland firefighting effort in the western United States.

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Navy saves plants from extinction

Posted August 31, 2013 by PO2 Shawnte Bryan

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has announced they will be reclassifying two plants from endangered to threatened under the Endangered Species Act. The San Clemente Island lotus and the SCI paintbrush are two names that you nearly never heard again, unless you were talking about dinosaurs and dodo birds. The lotus and paintbrush were…

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Army’s manufacturing improvements yield lighter body armor

Posted August 31, 2013 by by Dan Lafontaine

  Soldiers facing rugged terrain and extreme temperatures are continually searching for ways to reduce the weight of their gear. In a search for solutions to this persistent issue, U.S. Army scientists and engineers have preliminarily demonstrated body armor that is 10 percent lighter through new manufacturing processes. The U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering…

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Airmen perform first weapons load verfication on F-35A

Posted August 31, 2013 by Lt. j.g. Lisa Lill

After months of preparation the weapons troop Standardization Load Crew from the 33rd Maintenance Group performed the first munitions load verification on the F-35A Lightning II at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., Aug. 27.

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Army advances standardized tactical computer

Posted August 31, 2013 by Nancy Jones-Bonbrest

In combat and tactical vehicles, soldiers can access communications systems that display a complete picture of the battlefield. However, these high-tech situational awareness features are viewed through different computer systems, over separate monitors and with little room to spare.

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Training system brings fight to F-16 pilots

Posted August 26, 2013 by SrA. Derek VanHorn

Groundbreaking advancements to F-16 Fighting Falcon warfare training at Misawa Air Base, Japan, arrived during the week of Aug. 12 through 16 in the form of a Joint Deployable Electronic Warfare Range, or JDEWR.

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