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Toward the Unknown: Edwards AFB meets Hollywood

Up late the other night and looking at late night viewing options on the small screen, I saw that the movie Toward the Unknown was on offer at midnight on TCM. “What the heck,” I thought — sleep is overrated and I needed a fix of good old American aviation movie making!

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‘Gunny and Me’: One story among many

The story that connected my life to R. Lee Ermey, the thunder-spitting volcano of drill field invective in Stanley Kubrick’s “Full Metal Jacket,” began as a routine interview story. It is only one among thousands of stories about Ermey, but it is something like his Marine Corps ode to the rifle: “There are many like it, but this one is mine.”

NASA photograph by Kim Shiflett Space

NASA Planet Hunter on its way to orbit

NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite launched on the first-of-its-kind mission to find worlds beyond our solar system, including some that could support life.

Marine Corps photograph by Sgt. Laiqa Hitt Defense

DOD must be more agile in technology development, official says

The Defense Department must embrace a more agile approach to technology development to keep pace with rapidly evolving adversaries, the undersecretary of defense for research and engineering told lawmakers April 17.

Marine Corps photograph by Cpl. Stormy Mendez Defense

3-D printer-capable Marines print replacement part for F-35

Marines with Combat Logistic Battalion 31, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, are now capable of ‘additive manufacturing,’ also known as 3-D printing.  This innovative technique is the process of replicating a digital 3-D model in the real world. 3-D printing software breaks the digital model down into layers which can be reproduced by the printer. The printer then builds the model from the ground up, layer by layer, creating a tangible object.


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Lockheed Martin demonstrates LRASM’s surface launch capabilities

Posted  July 22, 2016

Lockheed Martin recently conducted a successful controlled flight test of the Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) surface-launch variant from the Self Defense Test Ship at Point Mugu Sea Range, Calif. This was the third successful surface-launched LRASM test, proving the missile’s ability to load mission data using the modified Tactical Tomahawk Weapon Control System (TTWCS+),…

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Defense

F-35 Weapons Load

Posted  July 22, 2016

Air Force photograph by SrA. Stormy Archer Airmen from the 33rd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron load an AIM-9X missile on to a F-35As external weapons pylon July 20, 2016 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. This milestone was the first time an F-35A at Eglin was loaded with internal and external weapons and will help develop weapon-loading…

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Defense

U.S. Navy tests latest Aegis weapon system interoperability with Spanish navy

Posted  July 22, 2016

The U.S. Navy conducted a series of cooperative air defense test exercises with the Spanish navy that culminated in live missile firing events using the latest Aegis Weapon System baseline July 20-21, 2016.

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Business

Lockheed Martin achieves first PC-21 Flight under Australia’s Pilot Training System Program

Posted  July 22, 2016

Lockheed Martin photograph The Pilatus PC-21 aircraft taking its first initial production test flight at their factory in Stans, Switzerland. STANS, Switzerland–Lockheed Martin and Pilatus Aircraft Ltd have successfully completed the initial production test flight of the first PC-21 aircraft destined for the Australian Defence Force under the AIR 5428 Pilot Training System program. Under…

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The AFFTM restoration facility has moved

Posted  July 22, 2016

AFFTM photograph The Air Force Flight Test Museum restoration facility has moved from Main Base to the historical North Base. The restoration facility is now housed in perhaps the most historic building on Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., the XP-59 hangar.

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