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A U.S. Air Force F-16C Fighting Falcon from the Madison 115th Air National Guard, Wisconsin lands after a mission in support of Sentry Eagle on 7 Aug. 2007 Sentry Eagle, the Air National Guard's largest air-to-air exercise, provides military pilots of the National Guard, Active Duty and Reserve components a forum in which to test their flying skills including basic fighter maneuvers and air combat tactics against different types of aircraft, large force employment training. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Aaron Allmon. Fighter engine bio-fuel testing underway
An F110 engine that powers the F-16 Fighting Falcon began performance testing June 18 here at Arnold Engineering Development Center using a 50/50 blend of JP-8 conventional aviation fuel and a bio-fuel derived from the oil contained in the seed of the camelina plant, commonly known as false or wild flax."The testing recently initiated at AEDC will
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An Air Force Minotaur I rocket launches into orbirt carrying the Air Force Research Laboratory's TacSat-3 satellite, NASA's PharmaSat microsatellite and NASA's CubeSat Technology Demonstration May 19 from Wallops Flight Facility, Va. (Courtesy photo) Tactical Satellite-3 completes groundbreaking experimental mission
Tactical Satellite-3 will transition from an experimental demonstration to an operational asset when spacecraft control authority officially transfers on June 12 from the Air Force Research Laboratory's Space Vehicles Directorate here to Air Force Space Command at Peterson AFB, Colo. Launched in May 2009, the 880-pound satellite achieved many
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Mechanic Trevor Aldridge helps prepare a B-1 for a modification during maintenance here.  While the Air Force recognizes the first Lancer to reach 10,000 flying hours, Tinker continues to provide the bomber with upgrades and maintenance to keep it flying for 30 more years. (Air Force photo by Margo Wright) Tinker maintained B-1 milestone
A B-1 Lancer is about to achieve what was previously unimaginable when it reaches the 10,000-hour flying mark by early June. Initially envisioned with a 20-year service life in 1985, Tinker officials said they didn't expect the aircraft to reach such a milestone. Through the dedication and hard work of the three units at Tinker -- 76th Maintenance
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Maj. Eric Smith, 58th Fighter Squadron assistant operations director, flies the 33rd Fighter Wing mission rehearsal trainer for the F-35 during a demonstration May 27. The trainer will use state of the art technology to further familiarize students with the Joint Strike Fighter. (Air Force Photo/ Ashley M. Wright). New tech-advanced classroom awaits F-35 students
A foundation for how the first generation of F-35 pilots and maintainers trains for the next half century continues to evolve here as the 33rd Fighter Wing adds state of the art technology to the classroom arsenal. "The technology is fabulous. It brings us to a revolutionary new capability that's going to define the free world's fighter for the
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A joint tactical air controller observes the MV-22 Osprey's approach during a personnel recovery mission at Nellis AFB, Nev., during the Joint Expeditionary Forces Experiment 2010, which took place April 12 through 23.  (Courtesy photo) IP-based airborne comm tested hard during JEFX '10
Officials at the Electronic Systems Center here are currently analyzing reams of data gleaned from the recently-completed Joint Expeditionary Forces Experiment 2010, known as JEFX.The massive experiment, the final phase of which ran from April 12 through 23, featured live-fly activities mostly at Nellis AFB, Nev., but also over Dugway Proving
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Air Force officials said the X-51A Waverider will make its first hypersonic flight test attempt Tuesday, May 25, after it’s released by a B-52 bomber off the southern California coast. Four X-51A cruisers have been built for the Air Force Research Laboratory by Boeing and Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne.  The X-51A is powered by a supersonic combustion ramjet, or scramjet, engine which burns JP-7 jet fuel. (The Boeing Company) X-51 Waverider makes historic hypersonic flight
An X-51A Waverider flight test vehicle successfully made the longest ever supersonic combustion ramjet-powered hypersonic flight May 26 off the southern California Pacific coast.The more than 200 second burn by the X-51's Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne-built air breathing scramjet engine accelerated the vehicle to Mach 5. The previous longest scramjet
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Technology Exposition Tent Freedom's Call Tattoo 2010 offers attendees multiple Air Force technologies all under one tent
Unmanned aerial systems and human patient simulators are but a few of the technologies to be featured in the interactive setting of this year's Technology Exposition Tent at the Air Force Materiel Command Freedom's Call Tattoo 2010 on June 25. "This year's Tattoo Exposition Tent is a must-see for everyone attending," said Dave Egner, Tattoo
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Left to right, Lt. Col Hank Griffiths, 461st Flight Test Squadron commander, and pilot of AF-01 during its flight from Ft. Worth, Texas to Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., is greeted by Maj.Gen David Eicchorn, Air Force Flight Test Center commander, retired Air Force Maj.Gen. Doug Pearson and Col. William Thornton, 412th Test Wing commander on his arrival at Edwards May 17.  AF-01 and AF-02, F-35 Lighting II Joint Strike Fighters, will call Edwards their new home.  (Official U.S. Air Force photograph) F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters Arrive at Edwards

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Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz listens as Senior Master Sgt. Scott Curran, superintendent of international and expeditionary education and training at the U.S. Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine, explains the mission scenarios and emergency procedures taught in the C-130 Hercules simulators to better prepare aircrews responsible for the medical evacuation of patients. General Schwartz was visiting the school May 13, 2010, at Brooks City-Base in San Antonio.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Steve Thurow) Air Force chief of staff visits 711th Human Performance Wing's School of Medicine
The Air Force's top uniformed officer toured the 711th Human Performance Wing's U.S. Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine at Brooks City-Base, Texas, May 13.During his visit, the general reflected on the 92-year history of the school and the unique training and education accomplished by the staff to create medical experts who care for air and
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Airmen participating in the Coalition Warrior Interoperability Demonstration at Hanscom AFB in 2007 discuss one of the event's scenarios. CWID is an annual event that brings together the U.S. military with coalition partners, other government agencies and first responders to investigate and assess emerging C4ISR technologies. For CWID 2010, which begins June 14, Hanscom will host the Air Operations Center and be the lead Air Force site. (U.S. Air Force photo/Jan Abate) Hanscom to again be crucial participant in annual interoperability demo
The 653rd Electronic Systems Wing's Enterprise Integration Division is preparing for Hanscom AFB to once again become a key site for this year's Coalition Warrior Interoperability Demonstration from June 14 to 24.CWID is a global, annual event directed by the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. It is designed to investigate and assess command
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