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Technological innovations in the history of the U.S. Air Force

From the earliest days of flight, airmen strived to set or exceed new altitude, speed, and distance records. The USAF has fostered new technologies resulting in sometimes exponential improvements in these and other areas.

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U.S. Air Force celebrates 70th anniversary

U.S. military aviation has changed over the years — from bi-planes during World War I to the modern jet fighter aircraft — but one thing remains constant, the motivation and resiliency of U.S. Airmen to protect and defend their home. On Sept. 18, the U.S. Air Force will celebrate its 70th anniversary.

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Cassini spacecraft ends historic exploration of Saturn

A thrilling epoch in the exploration of our solar system came to a close today, as NASA's Cassini spacecraft made a fateful plunge into the atmosphere of Saturn, ending its 13-year tour of the ringed planet.

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Supervised autonomy the goal in Army aviation, says major general

With all of the publicity surrounding autonomous cars in America, people might wonder if autonomous aircraft or unmanned aerial systems are to follow, particularly in the military.

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Defense, academia test systems for GPS denial

Navigating the globe was once done using the sun, moon and stars as reference, but modern times bring modern methods, and the majority of the world now relies on GPS for its navigation needs.


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Orbital ATK conducts test of Antares first stage

Posted  June 1, 2016

Orbital ATK announced May 31 it conducted a full-power “hot fire” test of the upgraded first stage propulsion system of its Antares medium-class rocket using new RD-181 main engines. The 30-second test took place at 5:30 p.m., EDT, May 31, 2016 at Virginia Space’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport Pad 0A. Initial indications are that the test…

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Lockheed Martin awarded contract for pilot survivability training

Posted  June 1, 2016

Lockheed Martin has been awarded a 5-year, single award indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract with a ceiling value of $424 million by the U.S. Naval Air Warfare Center -- Weapons Division to support the Aircrew Electronic Warfare Tactical Training Range program in Ridgecrest, Calif.

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AF releases Air Superiority 2030 Flight Plan

Posted  June 1, 2016

The Air Force released a flight plan directing development activity as a result of a yearlong study focused on developing capability options to ensure joint force air superiority in 2030 and beyond.

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News Briefs – June 1, 2016

Posted  June 1, 2016

LA war memorial covered up after graffiti vandalism A pair of Marines on leave from their base in California’s high desert answered the Memorial Day call May 29, bringing dozens of American flags to try to dress up a vandalized Vietnam War memorial until it can be repaired. The wall, adjacent to a Metropolitan Transportation…

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Headlines – June 1, 2016

Posted  June 1, 2016

News Two U.S. troops injured during ISIS attacks in Iraq, Syria – Two American troops were injured over the weekend in separate attacks by Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria, a defense official said, marking the first time the U.S. military has publicly disclosed a casualty among troops deployed to Syria.     Business…

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