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Special Operations leaders testify before Senate on SOF global posture

Calling the breadth and capability of the U.S. Special Operations Forces "astonishing," the assistant secretary of defense for special operations and low-intensity conflict discussed the global posture of the nation's special operations enterprise during a hearing on Capitol Hill, Feb. 14, 2019.

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Army fields new handgun system to military police

The U.S. Army began fielding M17 and M18 Modular Handgun Systems to the Military Police School at Fort Leonard Wood ,Mo., in December to replace the force's aging Beretta M9, a weapon that has been in use since the mid-1980s and is quickly reaching its serviceability limits.

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Hill AFB Airmen, F-35 a lethal combo at Red Flag

The 388th Fighter Wing’s 4th Fighter Squadron wrapped up flying operations with the F-35A Lightning II in an exponentially more challenging exercise Red Flag, 19-1 Feb. 15 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev.

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Virgin Galactic postpones scheduled flight test

Virgin Galactic has postponed the scheduled Feb. 20 flight test of SpaceShipTwo and VSS Unity because of bad weather at the Mojave Air and Space Port in Southern California. “Our test flight window opened this morning, but the Mojave weather isn’t cooperating,” Virgin Galactic representatives said in a Twitter statement. “We plan to try again…

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High Desert Hangar Stories: Tony LeVier and the wall

With all due respect to the rock group Pink Floyd, back in 1950 there were very few “bricks in the wall” known as the sound barrier. Today, a multitude of pilots have added their names to the fraternity of those that have gone supersonic, but let’s look back at when it was just a handful.


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Local hero honored

Posted  February 8, 2019

On a mission in December1944, Charles “Charlie” Rader, was top turret gunner, one of a 10-man crew on a B-17 heavy bomber from the “Rum Hounds” Squadron, flying out of Foggia, Italy, with the 15th Air Force.

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Tinker readies for KC-46 maintenance

Posted  February 8, 2019

Air Force photograph by Airman 1st Class Alan Ricker McConnell’s first KC-46A Pegasus lands on the flightline Jan. 25, 2019, at McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas. The KC-46 will serve alongside the KC-135 Stratotanker at McConnell and supply critical aerial refueling, airlift and aeromedical evacuations at a moment’s notice for America’s military and allies. A…

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Spaceflight rocket motor donated to the Smithsonian

Posted  February 8, 2019

Designed and built by TSC, the donated motor has been confirmed by Guinness World Records as the most powerful hybrid rocket to be used in manned flight -- a title which will be shared by both companies.

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Space

NASA, SpaceX aim for March test of 1st new astronaut capsule

Posted  February 8, 2019

NASA and SpaceX are now aiming for a March debut of the first capsule from a private company designed to fly astronauts to the International Space Station. No one will be on board for the crew Dragon’s inaugural test flight to the orbiting outpost. Officials on Jan. 6 set March 2 as the latest launch…

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RSO installs 3D parts on C-5

Posted  February 8, 2019

A C-5 Super Galaxy with the tail number 70035 is the latest recipient of hardware produced by the next generation of manufacturing technologies, known as 3D printing or additive manufacturing.

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