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Edwards boom operators set sight on future KC-46 testing

Earlier this year in Everett, Wash., workers from the 418th Flight Test Squadron, Detachment 1, and Boeing teamed to achieve major test milestones for the KC-46 Pegasus aerial refueling tanker, which resulted in the Department of Defense authorizing initial production in August.  

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Self-generated power could reduce Soldiers’ load

Today's war fighters may one day find themselves knee-deep in power.

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Weapons squadrons integrate combat skillsets

From 28,000 feet above the Gulf of Mexico, Capt. Lance Adsit and Lt. Col. Erik Johnson, B-52 Stratofortress pilots, looked out their cockpit window to the right and see a fellow bomber aircraft soaring through the clouds; two B-1B Lancers shared the airspace far to the south.

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Lightning I pilot meets Lightning II, shares stories

Retired Maj. Earl Conrad Jr., a World War II fighter pilot who flew the original P-38 Lightning, visited Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., Oct. 3, 2016, to get a glimpse of the F-35 Lightning II, the namesake of the legendary fighter aircraft which dominated the skies over the Pacific during his time in service.

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Legendary pilot passes

The aviation world is mourning the death of Robert A. “Bob” Hoover, who inspired millions of aviation enthusiasts with his spectacular acrobatic flying in more air shows than anyone in history. Dubbed the “greatest stick-and-rudder man who ever lived” by Jimmy Doolittle, and beloved for his straw hat and gentlemanly demeanor, Hoover was 94. A…

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AAG traps first fly-in

Posted  October 17, 2016

Advanced Arresting Gear completes a first-of-its-kind recovery of an F/A-18E Super Hornet at the Runway Arrested Landing Site in Lakehurst, N.J., Oct. 13.

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Northrop Grumman unveils new digital, two-axis rate sensor in miniature, low-cost package

Posted  October 17, 2016

Northrop Grumman has delivered the first production unit of its new LRS-2003 two-axis rate sensor. The first application of the LRS-2003 will be to stabilize a mast-mounted sensor suite for a ground vehicle. Derived from the successful LRS-200X family of rate sensors, the LRS-2003 is the smallest two-axis rate sensor in Northrop Grumman’s portfolio and…

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Around the Air Force: Oct. 14

Posted  October 17, 2016

On this look around the Air Force the Air Force Research Laboratory has developed a new flexible lithium-ion battery, Airmen bring humanitarian aid to Hurricane Matthew victims in Haiti and the Air Force is looking to develop new anti-icing technology

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15 years later: First Airmen in Afghanistan reflect on initial entry

Posted  October 17, 2016

On Oct. 14, 2001, the rubble of the twin towers was still smoldering and rescue crews continued working through the devastation of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, when special tactics set out help liberate the Afghanistan people, alongside U.S. Army Special Forces teams and Afghan Northern Alliance fighters.

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This week in flight test history: Yeager breaks sound barrier

Posted  October 14, 2016

Air Force photograph At Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., on Oct. 14, 1947, on his ninth powered flightin the airplane, Capt. Charles E. Chuck Yeager piloted the Bell X-1 Glamorous   Glennis, named after his wife, to a speed of 699.4 mph at 43,000 feet (Mach 1.06), and became the first to exceed the…

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