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Tailwheel: The mascot of War Eagle Field

As the saying goes, if you’re performing, never follow a child or animal act for you will surely fail! My apologies to anyone who has ever fallen victim to that, because this issue’s story is a yarn of a beloved pet that sure goes a long way in bringing a smile to one’s face.

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BAE Systems eyes novel way of flying

Experts at BAE Systems are developing technologies to enable pilots to control the fighter jet of the future with the blink of an eye. As military domains become more contested, technologies become more complex, and sources of data multiply it is crucial that pilots are able to quickly access, assess and act on critical information.

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Final Delta II launch orbits NASA polar ice probe

Liftoff of a Delta II rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., on Sept. 15 marked the end of an era for a workhorse launch vehicle and a significant leap forward for environmental science. The booster — the last of its type — carried NASA’s Ice, Cloud and land Elevation Satellite-2 (ICESat-2), a state-of-the-art climate observation probe. The spacecraft is equipped with the most advanced laser instrument of its kind to measure the average annual changes in Earth’s polar ice sheets.

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NASA selects three ideas to pursue that could help transform aviation

Like a collection of savvy entrepreneurs gathered to hear new business proposals in a “shark tank,” NASA’s aeronautical innovators always are looking for the “next best thing.”

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Barbecue brings test pilots together

What started as a friendly gesture more than 20 years ago has become a family tradition for the Hansen family as, Antelope Valley, Calif., residents Al and Cathy Hansen celebrate with the men and women who graduate from local test pilot schools.

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Aerotech News Digital Edition – September 7, 2018

Posted  September 10, 2018

Aerotech News and Review – Journal of Aerospace, Defense Industry and Veteran News, serving the Antelope Valley and Edwards AFB, CA Welcome to the Aerotech News and Review Digital Edition! Great story on our front page – “The Phoenix Rises!” Read about the “second first flight” of one of the earliest-built F-22 Raptors, newly refurbished…

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Headlines – September 5, 2018

Posted  September 7, 2018

News Here’s blueprint for Erik Prince’s $5 billion plan to privatize the Afghanistan war – Blackwater founder Erik Prince thinks the time is right to try a new approach in Afghanistan, one that he says will reduce war spending to a sliver of its current levels, get most troops home and eliminate Pakistan’s influence on…

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News Briefs – September 7, 2018

Posted  September 7, 2018

U.S. service member killed in Afghanistan, 6th this year The U.S. military says it has determined that the shooting death of an American service member Sept. 3 in Afghanistan was a so-called insider attack. Lt. Col. Martin O’Donnell, a spokesman for the U.S.-led coalition in Kabul, said in a telephone interview Tuesday that the American…

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High Desert Hangar Stories: The Flying Greek, Part Two

Posted  September 7, 2018

This week, we pick up again with the story of Steve Pisanos, a Greek national who trained at Lancaster’s War Eagle Field before heading over to England to fly for the Allies during World War II.

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NASA begins flights to advance military research on pilot breathing

Posted  September 7, 2018

NASA photograph by Carla Thomas NASA pilot Jim Less sits in the cockpit of a NASA F/A-18 aircraft in preparation for flight tests that will be used to understand the physiological impacts that high-performance aircraft have on pilots. NASA pilot Jim Less climbed into the cockpit of the F/A-18 aircraft, secured his safety equipment, and…

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