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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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The Golden Era of Test Flight: Another iconic aerospace hero has flown west

NASA Test Pilot John A. Manke, Sr., age 87, passed away Jan. 31, 2019. A long-time resident of the Antelope Valley, Manke was born Nov. 13, 1931, in Selby, S.D. Manke attended the University of South Dakota before joining the U.S. Navy in 1951, during the Korean War.

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DIA report details threats to America’s space-based world

Space enables the modern world, and the United States needs to maintain its progress in this critical domain if it hopes to lead in the future. That’s the conclusion of the Defense Intelligence Agency’s report titled “Challenges to Security in Space,” released today.

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NASA contracts to demonstrate unmanned aircraft technologies

NASA has signed contracts with three industry partners in a bid to demonstrate progress in the use and eventual certification of systems critical to the safe operation of Unmanned Aircraft Systems in the National Airspace System.

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NASA’s record-setting opportunity Rover mission on Mars comes to end

One of the most successful and enduring feats of interplanetary exploration, NASA's Opportunity rover mission is at an end after almost 15 years exploring the surface of Mars and helping lay the groundwork for NASA’s return to the Red Planet.


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Defense

DOD unveils its artificial intelligence strategy

Posted  February 15, 2019

DOD photograph by Amber I. Smith Defense Department Chief Information Officer Dana Deasy and Air Force Lt. Gen. John N.T. Shanahan, the director of the Joint Artificial Intelligence Center, hold a roundtable meeting on DOD’s artificial intelligence strategy at the Pentagon, Feb. 12, 2019. The Defense Department launched its artificial intelligence strategy Feb. 12 in…

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Airbus abandons iconic A380 superjumbo, lacking clients

Posted  February 15, 2019

European plane maker Airbus said Feb. 14 it will stop making its superjumbo A380 in 2021 for lack of customers, abandoning the world’s biggest passenger jet and one of the aviation industry’s most ambitious and most troubled endeavors. Barely a decade after the double-deck, 500-plus-seat plane started carrying passengers, Airbus said that key client Emirates…

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Defense

Shanahan: Important work remains in Afghanistan

Posted  February 15, 2019

DOD photograph by Lisa Ferdinando Acting Defense Secretary Patrick M. Shanahan shakes hands with Afghan commandos at Camp Commando, Afghanistan, Feb. 11, 2019. Important work remains to be done in Afghanistan, Acting Defense Secretary Patrick M. Shanahan told reporters traveling with him while en route on his first trip to the country Feb. 10. “I…

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Local

The Golden Era of Test Flight: Another iconic aerospace hero has flown west

Posted  February 15, 2019

NASA Test Pilot John A. Manke, Sr., age 87, passed away Jan. 31, 2019. A long-time resident of the Antelope Valley, Manke was born Nov. 13, 1931, in Selby, S.D. Manke attended the University of South Dakota before joining the U.S. Navy in 1951, during the Korean War.

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Defense

Red Flag strengthens F-35A maintainers

Posted  February 15, 2019

Air Force photograph by R. Nial Bradshaw Airman 1st Class Monique Fajardo, 4th Aircraft Maintenance Unit, launches an F-35A Lightning II at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. Pilots and maintainers from the 388th Fighter Wing’s 4th Fighter Squadron and 4th Aircraft Maintenance Unit are participating in Red Flag 19-1 at Nellis AFB. This is wing’s…

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