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U.S. Forces display military might at Farnborough

Air Force photograph by A1C Erin O’Shea Capt. Tom Meyers discusses the F-15E Strike Eagle’s capabilities with spectators July 17, 2014, at the Farnborough International Airshow in England. Public access was granted for spectators to ask questions and observe the aircraft up-close with pilots and aircrew members. Meyers is a 494th Fighter Squadron F-15E instructor…

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Lockheed Martin’s unmanned cargo helicopter team returns from deployment

After lifting more than 4.5 million pounds of cargo and conducting thousands of delivery missions for the U.S. Marine Corps, the Lockheed Martin and Kaman Aerospace Corporation K-MAX cargo unmanned aircraft system has returned to the United States following a nearly three-year deployment in Afghanistan. In 2011, K-MAX became the first unmanned helicopter to deliver…

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Sun sets on Red Flag 14-3

Air Force photograph by A1C Thomas Spangler The sun sets behind a row of F-16 Fighting Falcons during Red Flag 14-3, July 16, 2014, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. Red Flag provides a series of intense air-to-air combat scenarios for aircrew and ground personnel, which will in turn increase their combat readiness and effectiveness…

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Satellite study reveals parched U.S. West using up underground water

A new study by NASA and University of California, Irvine, scientists finds more than 75 percent of the water loss in the drought-stricken Colorado River Basin since late 2004 came from underground resources.

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AOC integral to Red Flag 14-3 operations

Air Force photograph by SSgt. Siuta B. Ika Members of the Air and Space Operations Center work during Red Flag 14-3 operations July 22, 2014, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. Armed with personnel from intelligence and communications backgrounds, AOC members, who each have a specific task to fill in distinct cells ranging from combat…


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Smithsonian celebrates annual ‘Become A Pilot Day’

Posted  June 18, 2012

Officials at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum held the annual "Become a Pilot" family day June 16, in Chantilly, Va. More than 45 aircraft were on display as the museum's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy...

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NASA releases workshop data, findings on Asteroid 2011 AG5

Posted  June 18, 2012

Researchers anticipate that asteroid 2011 AG5, discovered in January 2011, will fly safely past and not impact Earth in 2040. Current findings and analysis data were reported at a May 29 workshop at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., attended by scientists and engineers from around the world. Discussions focused on observations of…

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Unified vision promotes NATO intel advances

Posted  June 18, 2012

The NATO intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance community kicked off a first-of-its-kind technical trial June 18 in Norway to help in preserving gains made during the past decade of conflict and to build on them for the future. U.S. Air Force and Army representatives have joined their counterparts from 12 countries and seven NATO organizations for…

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Original 1972 space shuttle mock-up to emerge

Posted  June 18, 2012

Just when it seemed all the space shuttles had been doled out to museums for display, it turns out there’s one more – sort of. A full-size mock-up built in 1972 by the shuttle contractor Rockwell has for years been under wraps in a dark and empty warehouse in Downey, Calif., a southeast Los Angeles…

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Air Force cites progress on F-22 oxygen mystery

Posted  June 18, 2012

The Air Force believes it is getting much closer to pinpointing the reason why pilots of its prized F-22 stealth fighters sometimes suffer an oxygen deficit during flight, a senior general said June 14.

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Chinese spacecraft carrying three astronauts docks with orbiting module

Posted  June 18, 2012

A Chinese spacecraft carrying three astronauts has docked with an orbiting module where they will live and work for several days as part of preparations for crewing a permanent space station. The Shenzhou 9 capsule completed the maneuver as scheduled shortly after 2 p.m. as the Tiangong 1 module orbited 343 kilometers above Earth. The…

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Boeing completes fifth GPS IIF satellite for U.S. Air Force

Posted  June 18, 2012

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – Boeing has completed the fifth of 12 Global Positioning System IIF satellites the company is building for the U.S. Air Force. The spacecraft was built at the Satellite Development Center in El Segundo, Calif., using the GPS IIF pulse-line manufacturing approach, which draws on commercial production line practices to build satellites…

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Wargaming America to bring history alive with virtual ship battles aboard USS Iowa

Posted  June 18, 2012

The USS Iowa battleship made its final voyage to its new home in the Port of Los Angeles last week and Wargaming America has been hard at work creating virtual battle scenarios for future USS Iowa visitors...

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Weapons school integrates cyber warfare

Posted  June 18, 2012

Eight Air Force weapons officers completed the first cyber weapons instructor course at the U.S. Air Force Weapons School, 328th Weapons Squadron, June 16 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. Weapons officers are tactical experts trained in the art of battlespace dominance who instruct the Air Force’s...

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NASA astronauts Kenneth Ham, Nicholas Patrick leave agency

Posted  June 18, 2012

NASA astronauts Kenneth Ham and Nicholas Patrick have left the space agency. Their last day was May 31. Ham is a veteran of two spaceflights, where he served as the pilot of STS-124 in 2008 and commander of STS-132 in 2010. Patrick served as a mission specialist on STS-116 in 2006 and STS-130 in 2010….

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