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Cal City VFW post refreshes flag at flying wing crash site

North of Edwards Air Force Base and California Highway 58, a small patch of barren desert marks the final flight of one of only two Northrop YB-49s used for flight test.

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Newest F-22 demo pilot certifies at Shaw AFB

It’s a warm, sunny day and the flightline at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., is inexplicably quiet. An F-22 Raptor sits idly on the concrete in front of Hangar 1200, its twin vertical stabilizers and larger frame making it stick out like a sore thumb among the base’s many F-16 Fighting Falcons.

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Northrop Grumman to perform upgrades, modernization, integration on U.S. Army’s fixed wing ISR fleet

Northrop Grumman has been awarded a $750 million contract by the U.S. Army to provide contractor life cycle services for the Army’s Special Electronic Mission Aircraft fleet.

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50 years ago: The lunar landing training vehicle

Critical to the Apollo training program, the Lunar Landing Training Vehicle allowed astronauts to master the intricacies of landing on the Moon by simulating the Lunar Module’s performance. Dubbed the “flying bedstead,” the ungainly contraption is “a much unsung hero of the Apollo Program.”

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Voyager 1 fires up thrusters after 37 years

If you tried to start a car that's been sitting in a garage for decades, you might not expect the engine to respond. But a set of thrusters aboard the Voyager 1 spacecraft successfully fired up Nov. 29, 2017, after 37 years without use.

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AVBOT luncheon focuses on local educators

Posted  December 6, 2017

Antelope Valley business leaders and local government representatives attended November’s Antelope Valley Board of Trade’s business briefing luncheon to learn how local educators plan on battling the constant threat hackers pose to cyber security.

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Boeing KC-46A tanker for U.S. Air Force completes first flight

Posted  December 6, 2017

Boeing photograph by Marian Lockhart The first KC-46 tanker for the U.S. Air Force takes off from Paine Field in Everett, Wash., on its maiden flight. During the three and one-half hour flight, pilots took the aircraft to 39,000 feet and performed operational checks on engines, flight controls and environmental systems. The KC-46 is a…

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Army secretary commits to building a more lethal, agile force during visit to NTC

Posted  December 6, 2017

Secretary of the Army Dr. Mark T. Esper underscored his commitment to building an even more agile, lethal and technologically advanced combat force during a visit to the National Training Center Dec. 1, 2017.

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Northrop Grumman-built Fire Scouts experience pivotal year

Posted  December 6, 2017

Northrop Grumman’s autonomous Fire Scout helicopters, the MQ-8B and MQ-8C, continued to strengthen the combat capability and lethality of the U.S. Navy’s air and surface warfare communities throughout 2017.

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AFRL research to enable next-gen flexible, wireless communications

Posted  December 6, 2017

Courtesy photograph Scientists at the Air Force Research Laboratory have demonstrated the growth and transfer of flexible Gallium Nitride devices which can be used to amplify communication signals for next-generation wearable electronics, flexible sensors and radar systems. Next generation military and civilian applications require the ability to transfer more data, faster, at a high level…

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