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Edwards boom operators set sight on future KC-46 testing

Earlier this year in Everett, Wash., workers from the 418th Flight Test Squadron, Detachment 1, and Boeing teamed to achieve major test milestones for the KC-46 Pegasus aerial refueling tanker, which resulted in the Department of Defense authorizing initial production in August.  

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Self-generated power could reduce Soldiers’ load

Today's war fighters may one day find themselves knee-deep in power.

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Weapons squadrons integrate combat skillsets

From 28,000 feet above the Gulf of Mexico, Capt. Lance Adsit and Lt. Col. Erik Johnson, B-52 Stratofortress pilots, looked out their cockpit window to the right and see a fellow bomber aircraft soaring through the clouds; two B-1B Lancers shared the airspace far to the south.

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Lightning I pilot meets Lightning II, shares stories

Retired Maj. Earl Conrad Jr., a World War II fighter pilot who flew the original P-38 Lightning, visited Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., Oct. 3, 2016, to get a glimpse of the F-35 Lightning II, the namesake of the legendary fighter aircraft which dominated the skies over the Pacific during his time in service.

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Legendary pilot passes

The aviation world is mourning the death of Robert A. “Bob” Hoover, who inspired millions of aviation enthusiasts with his spectacular acrobatic flying in more air shows than anyone in history. Dubbed the “greatest stick-and-rudder man who ever lived” by Jimmy Doolittle, and beloved for his straw hat and gentlemanly demeanor, Hoover was 94. A…

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Raytheon chooses US site to manufacture Air Force jet trainer

Posted  October 24, 2016

Raytheon plans to build the T-100 Integrated Air Training System on a shovel-ready site in Mississippi.

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$35,000 bonuses available for RPA pilots to stay beyond initial commitment

Posted  October 24, 2016

The Air Force has authorized $35,000 critical skills retention bonus programs for qualified remotely piloted aircraft pilots. The bonuses are part of the Air Force’s RPA “Get Well” plan announced by Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James Aug. 10 to increase RPA manning and incentivize RPA pilots within a community that has operated at surge…

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CH-53K King Stallion passes initial operational testing

Posted  October 24, 2016

Lockheed Martin announced Oct. 21 the CH-53K King Stallion successfully completed initial operational testing by the U.S. Marine Corps to verify the key capabilities of the heavy lift helicopter.

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High Desert Hangar Stories with Bob Alvis

Posted  October 22, 2016

Sometimes the greatness of an airplane and its history can be lost because it was just an everyday work horse that just went about its job without much fanfare -- Thus the story of 17799.

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NASA conducts ‘out of sight’ drone tests in Nevada

Posted  October 22, 2016

Blazing a trail for safely integrating drones into the national airspace, a team from NASA’s Ames Research Center on Oct. 19 flew four uncrewed aircraft -- commonly called drones -- at Reno-Stead Airport in Reno, Nev.

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