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High Desert Hangar Stories with Bob Alvis

Military pilots in World War II had many obstacles to overcome before shipping off to war, and sometimes the obstacles were self-inflicted.

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Humbleness and preparation put Armstrong on moon

Dr. James Hansen, author of Neil Armstrong’s biography “First Man -- The Life of Neil A. Armstrong,” spoke at the Antelope Valley College Theatre as part of the NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center’s Colloquium series and discussed why Armstrong was the first man on the moon.

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Flight tests could lead to UAS integration

NASA’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration in the National Airspace System, or UAS in the NAS, project is attracting international attention as increasingly complex flight tests take place over NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center in California.

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China Lake hosts RAAF for training, test deployment

The sea, air and land ranges at Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division, China Lake, Calif., were abuzz with F/A-18 Super Hornet and EA-18G “Growler” aircraft as more than 130 members of the Royal Australian Air Force conducted a large-scale, joint operational test and evaluation deployment at China Lake and Point Mugu from May 1 until June 3.

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Legion Post honors B-17 crewman of World War II service

PALMDALE, Calif.–You could say that it was a “fait accompli” that World War II veteran Elias Ramirez would get a hero’s send-off from his American Legion Post. Ramirez graduated Antelope Valley High School in 1943 and quickly enlisted in what was known in World War II as the Army Air Corps. It would be a…


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Students selected to attend military academies

Posted  June 12, 2015

Eighteen students consider themselves very fortunate to be selected by the U.S. Congressional Knight Military Academy Selection Committee and will soon pursue a four-year education and become military officers. Representing California’s 25th District, Congressman Steve Knight along with best-selling author of “Heroes at Home,” Ellie Kay, and presenter and committee chairman, John Fergione, shook hands…

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Palmdale High School solar car heading to Fort Worth

Posted  June 19, 2015

Students from Palmdale High School don’t mind tooting their own horn when it comes to their three-wheel creation that will soon be traveling to Fort Worth, Texas, to compete in the National Solar Car Challenge at the Texas Motor Speedway,  July 17-23. Palmdale High School was the only private school in California that was accepted…

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Lockheed Martin donates to Habitat for Heroes

Posted  June 19, 2015

Veterans are one step closer to moving into their new homes in Santa Clarita, Calif., thanks to Habitat for Humanity and Lockheed Martin employees. In 2011, Habitat LA established Habitat for Heroes, an outreach initiative seeking to engage veterans, military members and their families in Habitat for Humanity’s mission. Since then, more than 4000 veterans have volunteered and…

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Army opens 20,563 engineering positions to women

Posted  June 19, 2015

WASHINGTON (Army News Service, June 19, 2015) — Military Occupational Specialty, or MOS 12B, Combat Engineer is now open to all female enlisted Soldiers of all components, according to Army Directive 2015-27. The June 16 directive from Army Secretary John M. McHugh makes available 20,563 additional positions for women and opens the last of the…

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NASA Signs Agreement with Space Florida to Operate Historic Landing Facility

Posted  June 19, 2015

A new agreement marks another step in the transformation of NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida to a multi-user spaceport. NASA’s historic Shuttle Landing Facility, the site of one of the longest runways in the world, has a new operator. “Our journey to Mars goes straight through Florida, and this agreement helps amplify the many…

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