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‘Bomber Bob’ Inducted to Patriot Guard Riders

Robert Wood, at 93, needs a little help getting around, but there is a good reason his nickname is "Bomber Bob." During World War II, history's greatest conflict, theretired Edwards Air Force Base engineer survived 35 bombing missions over Nazi Germany, serving as a command pilot on a B-17 Flying Fortress dubbed "Miss Behavin'."

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Record-setting NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson retires

NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson, who holds the U.S. record for most cumulative time in space, is retiring from the agency, effective June 15. 

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History at a rest stop!

Kramer Junction was originally west of its current location on Highway 58 out by Boron. When the 395 crossed the current 58, the historical four corners became a reality. All that was needed was an owner who could see the potential of this desert crossing to make it flourish. Many of us AV residents have been over these roads many times.

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Sample return technology successfully tested on Xodiac rocket

Honeybee Robotics in Pasadena, Calif., flight tested its pneumatic sampler collection system, PlanetVac, on Masten Space Systems’ Xodiac rocket on May 24, launching from Mojave, Calif., and landing to collect a sample of more than 320 grams of top soil from the surface of the desert floor.

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Edwards test squadron completes Joint Strike Missile test program

A team of U.S. Air Force engineers, test pilots and Norwegian government and industry personnel recently completed a large phase of testing for the Joint Strike Missile.

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Headlines – June 4, 2018

Posted  June 4, 2018

News Pentagon says U.S. can ‘take down’ man-made islands like those in South China Sea – Amid heightened tensions brewing between China and the U.S. military in the South China Sea, a Pentagon official May 31 said the military has experience “taking down” small islands.   Some of oldest F-35s on the globe are forced…

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News Briefs – June 4, 2018

Posted  June 4, 2018

In rare win, Boeing worker unit unionizes in South Carolina Flight-line employees at Boeing’s South Carolina plant have voted to unionize in a rare victory for organized labor in the South. News outlets report 104 of the 169 workers who cast ballots May 31 voted to have the International Association of Machinists represent them in…

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Brighter, lighter laser helps Soldiers get on target faster

Posted  June 4, 2018

The Army's new Multifunction Aiming Light, or MFAL, really shines in helping Soldiers to quickly and successfully engage an enemy target, says Curtis Brookshire Jr., a systems engineer at Program Executive Office Soldier.

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SpaceX launch

Posted  June 4, 2018

SpaceX successfully launched the SES-12 satellite to a Geostationary Transfer Orbit June 4, 2018, from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. Liftoff occurred at 12:45 a.m., EDT. The SES-12 satellite was deployed about 32 minutes after liftoff. Falcon 9’s first stage for the SES-12 mission previously supported the OTV-5 mission…

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U.S. Navy selects Naval Strike Missile as new, over-the-horizon weapon

Posted  June 4, 2018

The U.S. Navy has selected the Naval Strike Missile, offered by Raytheon and Kongsberg Gruppen, to meet its over-the-horizon requirement for littoral combat ships and future frigates.

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