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The latest Stryker vehicle is built for extremes

When Soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan were imperiled by the destructive power of improvised explosive devices, a variant of the armored Stryker combat vehicle sporting a specially-designed blast-diffusing hull saved countless lives.

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U.S., Canada sign deal for first RQ-21A Blackjack international sale

The U.S. Department of Navy recently signed an agreement with the Canadian Department of National Defense for the first RQ-21A Blackjack Unmanned Air System (UAS) international sale.

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William Dunn; America’s first WWII ace

The day was Aug. 27, 1941, when William Dunn, American pilot with the British Royal Air Force Squadron 71, became the first American ace of World War II.

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Spanish aircrews train with U.S. at Red Flag 16-4

For the Spanish air force, Red Flag 16-4 has been the perfect avenue to receive the best training for their aircrews and support personnel, as well as an avenue for overcoming unique challenges that aren’t always experienced in European exercises.

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F-35 surges forward with record-breaking weapons tests

The F-35 Integrated Test Force at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., recently completed 25 missions comprised of 12 Weapons Delivery Accuracy and 13 weapon separation tests as part of a month-long weapons firing test surge.


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Vietnam vets commemorate 50th anniversary of ‘helicopter war’

Posted  September 4, 2015

ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY, Va. — Hundreds of Vietnam combat helicopter pilots, their guests and Gold Star families planted a tree in Arlington National Cemetery, Aug. 28, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first U.S. combat troops entering the Vietnam War. The spectators gathered before the tree dedication in the cemetery’s Memorial Amphitheater to remember…

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NASA Completes Key Milestone for Orion Spacecraft in Support of Journey to Mars

Posted  September 4, 2015

NASA’s mission to send astronauts to deep space destinations where no other human has traveled has taken another important step forward with the completion of a critical milestone for the Orion spacecraft currently in production. Agency officials have completed a rigorous technical and programmatic review, confirming continued support of the program and establishing NASA’s commitment…

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Raytheon’s combat-proven Excalibur moves closer to sea-based application

Posted  September 7, 2015

Raytheon successfully fired its new Excalibur N5 projectile during a recent live guided flight test at Yuma Proving Ground, Ariz. A company-funded initiative, Excalibur N5 is a 5-inch/127 mm naval variant of the combat-proven Excalibur precision projectile used by the U.S. Army, the U.S. Marine Corps and several international armies. It is expected to more…

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High Desert Hangar Stories with Bob Alvis September 18, 2015

Posted  September 18, 2015

It was still dark at 4:30 in the morning on Aug. 27 as the P-38F was taking off from the Palmdale Army Airfield (Plant 42), heading east with famed Lockheed test pilot Milo Burcham at the controls. What was about to be undertaken was classified and the mission would push man and machine to their…

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Ceremony recognizes POWs, MIAs

Posted  September 18, 2015

BEALE AIR FORCE BASE, California (AFNS) — On the Air Force’s 68th anniversary, more than 100 Airmen attended a National POW/MIA Recognition Day event to hear a Soldier’s story of sacrifice and endurance. “I was beat, starved and humiliated,” said Army Sgt. 1st Class Obie Wickersham, 90, sporting a full head of white hair and…

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