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Navy, Boeing deliver 21st P-8A to fleet operators

Posted January 12, 2015 by

Navy photograph P-3C Orion and P-8A Poseidon aircraft occupy the flightline at Naval Air Station Jacksonville. The Navy received the final production P-8A Poseidon aircraft of 2014 on Jan. 8 marking 21 deliveries to fleet operators in Jacksonville, Fla. Boeing last month delivered the eighth P-8A Poseidon of 2014, completing all planned deliveries to the…

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Air Force identifies platform for next Air Force One

Posted February 2, 2015 by

Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James, in coordination with Frank Kendall, Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, has determined the Boeing 747-8 will serve as the next presidential aircraft, commonly known as Air Force One, Air Force officials announced Jan. 28. “The presidential aircraft is one of the most visible…

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RAAF aircrew complete basic training in Growler

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Five Royal Australian Air Force aircrew personnel graduated from basic training at Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 129, the U.S. Navy’s EA-18G Growler Fleet Replacement Squadron, during a ceremony Feb. 27 at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Wash. The graduation marked a milestone in the RAAF-U.S. Navy partnership in airborne electronic attack as it was the…

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Global strike teams test second Minuteman III missile this week

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An Air Force Global Strike Command team launched an unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile equipped with a test reentry vehicle March 27 at 3:53 a.m., PDT, from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.

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F-35 program on right track, director says

Posted April 17, 2015 by Terri Moon Cronk

Luke Lightning strikes at Nellis Air Force photograph by Senior Airman Thomas Spangler An F-35A Lightning II assigned to the 61st Fighter Squadron, Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., taxis to the runway for a training exercise at Nellis AFB, Nev., April 15, 2015. Maintainers and operations personnel from Luke AFB and Eglin AFB, Fla., came…

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Navy to hold Sundown ceremony for Sea Hawk helicopter

Posted May 8, 2015 by

Helicopter Maritime Strike Wing Pacific is scheduled to host a Sundown Ceremony for the SH-60B Sea Hawk helicopter at Naval Air Station North Island in Coronado, Calif., May 11 at 3:30 p.m.

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AF releases rocket propulsion system prototypes request for proposal

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The Space and Missile Systems Center at Los Angeles Air Force Base, Calif., released a formal solicitation June 2, seeking proposals for shared public-private investments in rocket propulsion system prototypes. This solicitation is part of a comprehensive Air Force plan to transition off the Russian supplied RD-180 propulsion system used on the Atlas V rocket…

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B-52s demonstrate strategic reach

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Air Force photograph by SrA. Benjamin Raughton A B-52H Stratofortress is marshalled to a stop at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., after a 44-hour sortie July 2, 2015. Aircrew members and two B-52s from Barksdale AFB’s 96th Bomb Squadron flew a round-trip mission to Australia where they integrated with Royal Australian Air Force ground forces…

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F-22 scientific board findings announced pilot safety is priority

Posted April 3, 2012 by by Mitch Gettle

Air Force leaders provided an update on the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board study into the F-22 Raptor life support systems and flight operations during a briefing in the Pentagon March 29. Retired Gen. Gregory Martin, an aviator and a former commander of two major commands, chaired the nine member SAB team which studied the…

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Air Force cuts back on air show demonstrations

Posted April 23, 2012 by by Brock Vergakis

The Air Force says it is scaling back its participation in dozens of air shows this year in an effort to cut costs and ensure its combat pilots are getting the training hours they need in a time of shrinking budgets. The cutbacks won’t affect the service’s premier demonstration team, the Thunderbirds, but will mean…

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