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Forging the KC-46: New training center opens to prepare tanker aircrews

A new training center for the KC-46 Pegasus was officially dedicated at Altus Air Force Base, Okla., Aug. 30, 2016, along with the activation of the 56th Air Refueling Squadron, which will be the formal training unit for the Air Force’s next-generation refueling aircraft.

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NASA test flights examine effect of atmospheric turbulence on sonic booms

NASA has concluded a series of flights designed to study the way sonic booms travel through the atmosphere.

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Training Exercise Integrates Real World Lessons at Pacific Endeavor 2016

The Pacific Endeavor 2016 exercise is in full swing after it began Aug. 22, and military communicators from 22 Indo-Asia Pacific nations, nongovernment organizations, and academic advisors have come together to focus on improving humanitarian assistance and disaster response in the region. 

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Leader of Band is Veteran of the Year: Pilot, trauma specialist, songwriter recognized

Antelope Valley's Veteran of the Year, selected by the California State Assembly, is a two-tour Iraq War veteran, a Blackhawk helicopter pilot and military parachutist. She is also a singer-songwriter who leads the Hous Band.

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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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NASA awards launch services contract for Mars 2020 Rover mission

Posted  August 26, 2016

NASA has selected United Launch Services LLC of Centennial, Colo., to provide launch services for a mission that will address high-priority science goals for the agency’s Journey to Mars.

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Tech Report: CV-22 Osprey

Posted  August 26, 2016

The CV-22 Osprey is a tiltrotor aircraft that combines the vertical takeoff, hover and vertical landing qualities of a helicopter with the long-range, fuel efficiency and speed characteristics of a turboprop aircraft. Its mission is to conduct long-range infiltration, exfiltration and resupply missions for special operations forces.

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Air Force Flight Test Museum taking in more NASA history with Phantom Eye, LLRV

Posted  August 26, 2016

Air Force photograph by Christopher Okula The Phantom Eye aircraft was towed in pieces to the Air Force Flight Test Museum’s restoration hangar Aug. 17, 2016. On June 1, 2012, Boeing’s Phantom Eye prototype autonomous unmanned aircraft system made its first flight at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., as part of a NASA Armstrong (formerly…

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Veteran astronaut Terry Virts retires from NASA

Posted  August 26, 2016

NASA photograph Terry Virts unwraps a Christmas gift on board the International Space Station, December 2014. With more than 3,600 orbits of the Earth under his belt, astronaut Terry Virts will leave NASA on Aug. 23. Over the course of his 16-year-career at NASA, he piloted a space shuttle and commanded the International Space Station….

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GA-ASI UAS Flight Training Academy graduates first aircrews

Posted  August 26, 2016

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. announced Aug. 25 that the company’s new Unmanned Aircraft System Flight Training Academy graduated its first cadre of GA-ASI aircrew Aug. 12. GAASI is a leading manufacturer of Remotely Piloted Aircraft systems, radars, and electro-optic and related mission systems solutions. “Our first graduates have benefitted from safe, effective, cutting-edge training…

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