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U.S. Forces display military might at Farnborough

Air Force photograph by A1C Erin O’Shea Capt. Tom Meyers discusses the F-15E Strike Eagle’s capabilities with spectators July 17, 2014, at the Farnborough International Airshow in England. Public access was granted for spectators to ask questions and observe the aircraft up-close with pilots and aircrew members. Meyers is a 494th Fighter Squadron F-15E instructor…

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Lockheed Martin’s unmanned cargo helicopter team returns from deployment

After lifting more than 4.5 million pounds of cargo and conducting thousands of delivery missions for the U.S. Marine Corps, the Lockheed Martin and Kaman Aerospace Corporation K-MAX cargo unmanned aircraft system has returned to the United States following a nearly three-year deployment in Afghanistan. In 2011, K-MAX became the first unmanned helicopter to deliver…

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Sun sets on Red Flag 14-3

Air Force photograph by A1C Thomas Spangler The sun sets behind a row of F-16 Fighting Falcons during Red Flag 14-3, July 16, 2014, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. Red Flag provides a series of intense air-to-air combat scenarios for aircrew and ground personnel, which will in turn increase their combat readiness and effectiveness…

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Satellite study reveals parched U.S. West using up underground water

A new study by NASA and University of California, Irvine, scientists finds more than 75 percent of the water loss in the drought-stricken Colorado River Basin since late 2004 came from underground resources.

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AOC integral to Red Flag 14-3 operations

Air Force photograph by SSgt. Siuta B. Ika Members of the Air and Space Operations Center work during Red Flag 14-3 operations July 22, 2014, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. Armed with personnel from intelligence and communications backgrounds, AOC members, who each have a specific task to fill in distinct cells ranging from combat…


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Additional missile defense tests necessary, official says

Posted  July 17, 2013

Following recent testing failures, the director of the Missile Defense Agency told Congress July 17 that he is committed to a full evaluation of the way forward for the nationís ballistic missile defense system. Navy Vice Adm. James Syring told members of the Senate Appropriations Committeeís defense subcommittee that the most recent flight test, conducted…

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F-35 aircrew flight equipment team named Air Force best

Posted  July 17, 2013

One of the Air Force's newest aircrew flight equipment teams is now the Air Force's best.

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National commission to visit 13 bases

Posted  July 17, 2013

The “National Commission on the Structure of the Air Force” is planning to visit 13 Air Force locations, beginning with Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., on July 16. Appointed by the Fiscal Year 2013 National Defense Authorization Act, the commission is reviewing the Air Force’s structure to determine if and how it should be changed to…

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Dream Chaser rolls through tow tests at NASA Dryden

Posted  July 17, 2013

Sierra Nevada Corporation is putting its Dream Chaser engineering test vehicle through a series of ground tests at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.,

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Sequestration impact looms despite resumed flying operations

Posted  July 17, 2013

Air Force leaders announced July 15 that flying training would resume at numerous units, bringing an end to the three-month halt that resulted from the budget sequestration reductions. Congress approved a $1.8 billion reprogramming request that transferred money from several programs to pay for near-term shortfalls in war funding, which allowed flight training to resume….

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First electrically powered nanolasers capable of being operated at room temperature tested

Posted  July 17, 2013

Significant proof of the critical importance of long term basic research funding has been demonstrated with the first convincing operation of a room temperature, continuous wave nanolaser powered by electricity. Funded by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research and the Defense Advanced Research projects Agency, Dr. Cun-Zheng Ning and his team at Arizona State…

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NASA’s Student Airborne Research Program: Learning by doing

Posted  July 17, 2013

NASA photograph by Jane Peterson Interns participating in NASA’s Student Airborne Research Program board NASA’s DC-8 for a science flight over California to investigate several topics including air pollution, forest health, and near shore and ocean studies. A group of American college students are spending eight weeks this summer participating in an internship that offered…

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NASA’s DC-8 flight helps validate new technologies

Posted  July 17, 2013

NASA photograph by Lori Losey Numerous instrument probes protrude from NASA’s DC-8 Airborne Science flying laboratory as it flies an instrument checkout flight. NASA’s DC-8 airborne laboratory has flown Earth science missions for more than 25 years. The converted jetliner recently carried several instruments testing new technologies that could aid those missions, Global Positioning System…

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Unmanned drone crashes at Tyndall

Posted  July 17, 2013

An unmanned Air Force QF-4 drone, assigned to the 53rd Weapons Evaluation Group at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., crashed on the drone runway during take-off at 8:25 a.m. July 17. No personnel were injured during the incident. Base and local police and safety officials have closed Highway 98 and are anticipating that it will…

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Large rocket test facilityís altitude capability benefits from new control system

Posted  July 17, 2013

Air Force photograph An Arnold Engineering Development Complex systems installation crew positions the new remote Input/Output control system cabinet for the complexís Large Rocket Motor Test Facility, or J-6, that will control liquid nitrogen and gaseous nitrogen during testing. Large rocket testing at altitude conditions has been a common occurrence at Arnold Engineering Development Complex’s…

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