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Air Force OCC chopper retires

Posted May 29, 2013 by SSgt. Hillary Stonemetz

Air Force photograph The Orange County Chopper on display at its new home at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio. After more than five years of service, one of the Air Force’s mobile marketing assets, the F-22 Raptor-themed chopper, retired and moved to its new home in the National…

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F-35B celebrates one year at Eglin

Posted May 29, 2013 by Maj. Karen Roganov

Air Force photograph by Maj. Karen Roganov Marine Corps Sgt. Robert Coates, an F-35B Lightning II maintainer, gives the thumbs up to Marine Capt. David Corkill piloting the joint strike fighter that he is cleared safe to resume his flying mission after hot refueling the aircraft. The F-35B and pilot were able to conduct a…

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SecAF: Sequestration hits AF readiness, modernization

Posted May 29, 2013 by Jim Garamone

Sequestration has hit the Air Force particularly hard, impacting its force structure, readiness and modernization, senior Air Force leaders said May 23.

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F-15 crashes in Pacific, pilot safe

Posted May 29, 2013 by

Japan Air Self Defense Force rescue squadron crews safely recovered the pilot who ejected from a Kadena Air Base-based F-15 aircraft over the Pacific Ocean approximately 70 miles east of Okinawa at around 9 a.m., May 27. The pilot is in stable condition and is being evaluated at a military medical facility. The cause of…

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Navy Triton unmanned aircraft system completes first flight

Posted May 24, 2013 by

The Navy’s newest unmanned Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance aircraft platform, the MQ-4C Triton Unmanned Aircraft System, completed its first flight from Palmdale, Calif., May 22

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Navy, Marine Corps Small Tactical UAS enters production phase

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Navy photograph RQ-21A Small Tactical Unmanned Aircraft System in flight after launching from USS Mesa Verde (LPD 19) in February 2013. The Department of the Navy recently announced that the unmanned air system received Milestone C approval authorizing the start of low rate initial production. The Department of the Navy announced May 15 that the…

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F-35 ITF works towards night, weather certification

Posted May 24, 2013 by Laura Mowry

Lockheed Martin photograph by Tom Reynolds The F-35 Integrated Test Force is completing a series of night flights, testing the ability to fly the jet safely in instrument meteorological conditions where the pilot has no external visibility references. The ITF, which has the lead on all F-35 mission systems testing, is responsible for five of…

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UAV pilots maintain situational awareness above battlefield

Posted May 24, 2013 by SSgt. Richard Andrade

Unmanned aerial vehicle pilots maintain an "eye-in-the-sky" view providing real-time surveillance high above the battlefield in order to keep Soldiers safe from unexpected "enemy" attacks, at the U.S. Army National Training Center, at Fort Irwin, Calif.

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Navy names next two destroyers

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Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced May 23 the next Arleigh Burke-class destroyers (DDG) will be named USS Paul Ignatius and USS Daniel Inouye. “As secretary of the Navy it is my privilege to name these ships to honor a respected naval leader and a true American hero.”  Mabus said.  “For decades to come,…

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Mobile Tower System delivers life-saving upgrades

Posted May 24, 2013 by Sofia Bledsoe

When soldiers and aircraft deploy in any part of the world, air traffic control operations become one of the most important functions to ensure that all aircraft supporting military operations maintain safe, orderly and expeditious flow of air traffic. The Mobile Tower System, or MOTS, provides the effective and reliable solution that can be deployed…

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