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F-35 program chief cites steady progress

Posted September 20, 2013 by A1C Alexander W. Riedel

Citing changes to one of the Defense Department’s most ambitious acquisition programs, F-35 Lightning II development is making steady progress, the F-35 Joint Program Executive Officer said Sept. 17.

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Edwards T-38 aircrew prep for new ejection seat upgrade

Posted September 20, 2013 by Jet Fabara

Courtesy photograph Edwards is working to install new ejection seats in its T-38 fleet in order to increase the overall safety of the training aircraft. For test pilots at Edwards, their long-time trainer airframe, the T-38 Talon, is receiving an upgrade that is set to ensure the safety of T-38 aircrew now and well into…

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UCAS centennial flight

Posted September 20, 2013 by Navy photographs

  The X-47B (AV-2) conducted the 100th flight for the Navy’s Unmanned Combat Air System Demonstration (UCAS-D) program here on Sept. 18. The Navy UCAS program successfully completed all objectives for the carrier demonstration phase with the X-47B in July. During three at-sea periods over eight months, the X-47B conducted a total of 16 precision approaches…

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Dyess AFB B-1s fly maritime ops

Posted September 20, 2013 by SrA. Peter Thompson

Since its introduction to the Air Force in 1986, the B-1B Lancer has been the backbone of the bomber fleet because of its speed, payload and continuously upgraded capabilities.

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Software update keeps B-52 at forefront of bomber fleet

Posted September 20, 2013 by A1C Joseph Raatz

Air Force photograph by SSgt. Jonathan Snyder Maj. Chris Weir, left, and Capt. Greg Lepper, 96th Bomb Squadron B-52H Stratofortress navigators, navigate a B-52 during a Green Flag-East training mission over Fort Polk, La., Aug. 21, 2013. GF-E is a realistic air-land integration combat training exercise meant to replicate deployed warfare conditions. The B-52 Stratofortress…

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Nellis F-35 visits Hill AFB

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Air Force photograph by Alex R. Lloyd The first F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter ever to land at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, arrived Sept. 13. The multirole, fifth-generation fighter arrived from the 422nd Test and Evaluation Squadron, Nellis AFB, Nev., and is scheduled to undergo post-production modifications at the Ogden Air Logistics Complex….

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Missile Defense System intercepts target in test

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The Missile Defense Agency, U.S. Pacific Command and sailors aboard the USS Lake Erie conducted a successful flight test today of the Aegis ballistic missile defense system, intercepting a ballistic missile target over the Pacific Ocean. A complex separating short-range ballistic missile target was launched from the Pacific Missile Range Facility on Kauai, Hawaii, and…

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Shadows provide mission support from sky

Posted September 20, 2013 by Spec. Joshua Edwards

On a narrow stretch of road fashioned into a runway at Forward Operating Base Pasab, Afghanistan, soldiers with Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, Combined Task Force Dragoon, launch unmanned aircraft to safely maintain a view of the battlefield from the sky. The soldiers run 24-hour-a-day operations out of the airfield, in order to keep situational awareness…

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KC-46 progress hinges on requirements, funding stability

Posted September 18, 2013 by A1C Alexander W. Riedel

An Air Force official Sept. 17 announced production and high-priority upgrade plans to refresh its fleet of KC-135 Stratotankers. In a presentation at the at the Air Force Associations 2013 Air & Space Conference & Technology Exposition, Maj. Gen. John Thompson, the Air Force program executive officer for tankers, outlined continued progress in the cargo…

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Journey home: Final C-17 leaves Boeing for Charleston

Posted September 16, 2013 by SrA. Dennis Sloan

Air Force photograph by SrA. Dennis Sloan The sun rises above the final U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III, P-223, as crew members arrive at the Boeing plant Sept. 12, 2013, in Long Beach, Calif. The C-17 was flown from California to Joint Base Charleston, S.C. As the sun rose above Long Beach, Calif., the…

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