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Science and commercial satellites launched on SpaceX Falcon 9

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket successfully launched a pair of U.S.-German science satellites and five commercial communications satellites into orbit from California May 22. The rocket roared off from a pad at Vandenberg Air Force Base at 12:47 p.m. and arced over the Pacific Ocean west of Los Angeles as it headed toward the South Pole.

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AF recruiter steers effort to bring new engine to local high school

Auto shop students at Quartz Hill High School have a new learning tool courtesy of the Air Force. The Lancaster, Calif., Air Force recruiting office spearheaded the donation of a new 2018 Nissan Leaf engine, which was introduced during a small ceremony at the school May 21.

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Air Force trainer jet crashes in Mississippi; 2 eject safely

A U.S. Air Force training jet crashed May 23 in northeast Mississippi with both pilots ejecting safely. The T-38C Talon II crashed about 8:30 a.m., Columbus Air Force Base, Miss., officials said in a statement.

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Retired Air Force rated officers welcomed back on active duty

Retired Air Force rated officers with Air Force Specialty Codes 11X-pilot, 12X-combat systems officer or 13B-air battle manager are encouraged to apply for the Voluntary Retired Return to Active Duty Program to help alleviate manning shortages within the Air Force rated community.

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Lockheed Martin Stalker XE upgraded with new VTOL launch, landing capability

Lockheed Martin’s Stalker eXtended Endurance unmanned aerial system has been upgraded with a vertical take-off and landing capability. This new option gives users greater mission flexibility allowing them to operate the system in more austere locations.


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Stinger missiles with proximity fuzes destroy UAVs in first-ever test

Posted  June 2, 2017

During a recent Army test, a pair of Raytheon Stinger anti-air missiles equipped with new proximity fuzes intercepted two small unmanned airborne systems—an MQM-170C Outlaw and an unidentified smaller system—for the first time. Proximity fuzes allow missiles to destroy targets by making contact or by detonating in close range. The Stinger weapon system is a…

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Vice chief addresses need to modernize nuclear triad

Posted  June 2, 2017

Vice Chief of Staff of the Air Force Gen. Stephen Wilson discussed the state of the nuclear triad during a Mitchell Institute breakfast at the Capitol Hill Club in Washington, D.C., May 25, 2017.

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Canada’s defense minister threatens Boeing deal in speech

Posted  June 2, 2017

Canada’s defense minister repeated a threat May 31 to cancel the purchase of 18 fighter jets from Boeing Co. because of the company’s trade complaint against Canadian plane maker Bombardier. Harjit Sajjan said Boeing’s action against Bombardier is “unfounded” and not the behavior of a “trusted partner.” He said buying the Super Hornet fighter jets…

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Edwards boom operators tops in the Air Force

Posted  June 2, 2017

Courtesy photograph Posing with the Senior Master Sgt. Albert L. Evans Award, from left to right: Master Sgt. Aaron Ray, 370th Flight Test Squadron; Master Sgt. Lindsay Moon, 418th Flight Test Squadron; Senior Master Sgt. Ernest Burns, 418th FLTS Detachment 1; Senior Master Sgt. Scott Scurlock, 370th FLTS; and Tech. Sgt. Adam Joachim, 418th FLTS….

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MQ-1B accident investigation released

Posted  June 2, 2017

An MQ-1B crashed Jan. 7, 2016 in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility after an anomaly within the flight computer commanded the aircraft to descend into the ground, according to an Air Combat Command Abbreviated Accident Investigation Board report released June 1, 2017. The MQ-1B assigned to the 432nd Wing at Creech AFB, Nev.,…

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