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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 – December 1, 2017

Posted  December 1, 2017

News It’s official: Romania signs deal to buy U.S. missile defense system – Romania announced it wanted to buy Raytheon-made Patriot air and missile defense systems from the U.S. government in April and has been on the fast track to getting those systems, signing an agreement to make the purchase Nov. 29.   British military…

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News Briefs – December 1, 2017

Posted  December 1, 2017

Thunderbirds commander relieved of duty Lt. Col. Jason Heard, commander of the U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron. Te Thunderbirds, has been relieved of command upon the completion of the 2017 season. Brig. Gen. Jeannie Leavitt, commander of the 57th Wing commander at Nellis aIr Force Base, Nev., relieved Heard effective Nov. 20. While Heard…

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High Desert Hangar Stories: Chaos in the Tehachapi Mountains

Posted  December 1, 2017

What seemed like just another routine training flight had now become a struggle for life itself, as Aviation Cadet Paul Day and more than a dozen other young aviation cadets came face to face with the dangers of flying — not in combat, but facing the wrath of the one adversary that has plagued aviators for generations: the weather.

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Boeing emphasizes affordability, modularity in new ICBM design

Posted  December 1, 2017

Boeing photograph by Bob Ferguson In Heath, Ohio, Boeing engineers are developing the missile guidance system for the GBSD, applying mechanical and electrical engineering expertise to write codes for circuitry, redesign hardware for a computer chip, modify parts and integrate tooling. Boeing’s Ground Based Strategic Deterrent program has successfully completed its first key review with…

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Virgin could offer point-to-point travel opportunities

Posted  December 1, 2017

Point-to-point passenger flights could eventually be the norm for Virgin Galactic. That’s according to Virgin Galactic CEO George Whitesides, who spoke at The Economist magazine’s inaugural “A New Space Age” global space summit in Seattle, Wash., Nov. 9.

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