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High Desert Hangar Stories with Bob Alvis

Sometimes the greatness of an airplane and its history can be lost because it was just an everyday work horse that just went about its job without much fanfare -- Thus the story of 17799.

NASA photograph by Dominic Hart Technology

NASA conducts ‘out of sight’ drone tests in Nevada

Blazing a trail for safely integrating drones into the national airspace, a team from NASA’s Ames Research Center on Oct. 19 flew four uncrewed aircraft -- commonly called drones -- at Reno-Stead Airport in Reno, Nev.

Navy photograph by PO2 Darby Dillon Defense

Unmanned, autonomous technologies tested during first unmanned warrior exercise

Luckily, the skies above the island of Benbecula, a remote Scottish outpost in the Outer Hebrides, have been clear and calm so far this October.

Air Force photograph by Mike Anderson Defense

AEDC National Full-Scale Aerodynamics Complex: One of a kind, ready for future testing

The National Full-Scale Aerodynamics Complex, managed and operated by Arnold Engineering Development Complex at Arnold AFB, Tenn., remains the world’s largest aerodynamics test facility and, because of its large size, has a wide range of testing capabilities that are unmatched by any other facility of its kind.

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NASA to test in-flight folding spanwise adaptive wing to enhance aircraft efficiency

NASA is developing and validating a system that will allow part of an aircraft’s wing to fold in flight to increase efficiency through wing adaptation.

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Headlines – October 17, 2016

Posted  October 17, 2016

News Kurdish troops advance on ISIS-held villages east of Mosul – About 4,000 Kurdish pesh merga troops are involved in the operation to retake 10 villages, the opening phase of a battle that could take weeks or months and could involve nearly 30,000 Iraqi and Kurdish troops, with American warplanes providing air support.    …

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Pilot carries on four generations of tradition

Posted  October 17, 2016

Some people say flying is in their DNA. That couldn’t be truer for Capt. John Lockheed, an Air Force Reserve pilot assigned to the 302nd Airlift Wing at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. He’s a fourth-generation pilot -- continuing a family tradition that encompasses more than a century of flight.

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Lockheed Martin celebrates 25 years of work on the Royal Navy’s Merlin helo program

Posted  October 17, 2016

Lockheed Martin has led the celebrations to recognise the 25th anniversary of the Royal Navy’s Merlin anti-submarine and anti-surface helicopter. The original contract for the Merlin Mk1 helicopter was awarded Oct. 9, 1991.

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A first sergeant’s 20-year journey from hardship to success

Posted  October 17, 2016

For 1st Sgt. Gina Aceves, the dream of joining the Army began when she was in fifth grade when a meeting with an Army recruiter gave her an idea for how she could raise her family out of financial hardship and allow them to stay in the United States.

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AF issues implementation guidance for transgender Airmen

Posted  October 17, 2016

Air Force officials released transgender implementation guidance Oct. 7 addressing specific procedures for transitioning and requesting an official change in gender as well as associated guidance in areas ranging from medical and privacy issues to deployments, fitness standards, and dress and appearance. The guidance, available here, follows the secretary of defense’s announcement in June, which…

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