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AETC declares Eglin ready for F-35 training

Posted December 19, 2012 by Maj. Karen Roganov

Following an independent evaluation of Eglin’s capability to conduct F-35A Lightning II pilot training, Air Education and Training Command announced Dec. 17 that the 33rd Fighter Wing, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., can do so starting January 2013. “The preliminary results provided by the Joint Operational Test Team show the F-35A aircraft and its pilot…

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X-47B UCAS completes first at-sea trials

Posted December 19, 2012 by PO3 Taylor DiMartino

The X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System demonstrator completed its first at-sea test phase aboard the nuclear powered aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) Dec. 18.

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FRC East delivers first Italian AV-8

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Navy photograph Col. Mitchell A. Bauman, Fleet Readiness Center East Commanding Officer, Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C., stands with the first Italian Navy AV-8 to undergo planned maintenance and modification work at the facility. FRC East recently completed the extensive aircraft upgrades in 201 daysó19 days earlier than projected and more than $275,000…

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New F-16 software platform to be tested by 40th, 85th

Posted December 19, 2012 by Samuel King, Jr.

Developmental testing for an F-16 operational flight program will be accomplished at the 40th Flight Test Squadron and 85th Test and Evaluation Squadron at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., for the first time. The testing for Block 40 and 50 model F-16s is scheduled to begin in 2014 and will also be the first time…

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FRCSE tests jet engines, reduces noise pollution

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Local residents are spared much of the ear-throbbing noise produced when Fleet Readiness Center Southeast, Jacksonville, Fla., conducts out-of-airframe testing to certify the reliability and performance of gas turbine engines repaired at the facility. Annexed at the far end of Naval Air Station Jacksonville along the St Johns River, the Robert Kemen Engine Test Facility…

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DDG 1000 program successfully integrates deckhouse

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The deckhouse for the future USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000) sits on a barge at Norfolk Naval Station after being diverted due to weather during transit from Huntington Ingalls Industries’ Gulfport Facility in Mississippi to General Dynamics-Bath Iron Works shipyard in Maine. The DDG 1000-class destroyer is designed for sustained operations in the littorals and a…

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Arc Light marked beginning of B-52 involvement in Vietnam

Posted December 19, 2012 by

By 1972, the war in Vietnam had persisted for more than eight years, characterized by a gradual, but massive buildup of U.S. forces. That massive buildup began in April 1965, with the highly-publicized event of U.S. Marines wading out of the sea and onto the beaches of Da Nang, South Vietnam. Concurrent to this, and…

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‘Fiscal Cliff’ threatens defense strategy, Panetta says

Posted December 19, 2012 by Karen Parrish

The year-old defense strategy Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta helped put in place last January faces two major risks, he said Dec. 18: stress on the force, and a political system “that is depriving the department of the budget certainty we need … to plan for the future.” Speaking at the National Press Club here,…

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Army leaders probe ‘deep future’

Posted December 17, 2012 by David Vergun

Trying to anticipate what the world might be like in 2030 would seem to be in the realm of science fiction writers, but the Army is interested too.

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Pentagon warns of higher bomb threat in drawdown

Posted December 17, 2012 by Donna Cassata

American and coalition forces in Afghanistan will be more vulnerable to deadly improvised explosive devices as the military draws down troops next year, a senior Pentagon official said Dec. 13. Lt. Gen. Michael Barbero described his concerns about what is the top cause of military and civilian deaths in Afghanistan and Pakistan in congressional testimony…

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