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Robert Wallace (left), Lockheed Martin Flight Operations senior manager, presents David “Doc” Nelson a special flight suit patch for being the first to achieve 1,000 flight hours in the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Jan. 6. (Courtesy photo by Tom Reynolds/Lockheed Martin) Edwards test pilot first to reach 1,000 flight hours in Joint Strike Fighter
Lockheed Martin test pilot David "Doc" Nelson became the first pilot to achieve 1,000 flight hours in the F-35 during a test sortie Jan. 6, 2017. He achieved the milestone during a 4.5-hour flight in AF-03, one of the 461st Flight Test Squadron’s Joint Strike Fighters used for developmental test and evaluation. “It's an honor. At my age, to be
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2017
Containment pools (bottom right) were built with wood framing and plastic sheets to aid in water collection during the test. This is a different approach from previous tests where water or fire-fighting foam was released into the hangar after all equipment was manually covered up with plastic. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kenji Thuloweit) Edwards AFB reduces cost for fire suppression test
Members of the F-35 Integrated Test Force developed a new funnel system that captures the foam or water deluge during required hangar fire-suppression system tests, saving $79,750 and several days of delay, which can be critically important for test programs.
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2017
Flocking together: Three F-35As and an F-35C are pictured with the Sierra Nevada Mountains in the background during a recent four-ship test sortie conducted by the 461st Flight Test Squadron. Testing is done to ensure data is shared appropriately and accurately between aircraft. (Courtesy photo by Darin Russell/Lockheed Martin) Multiple F-35s take to the skies to test communication data links
All three variants of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter are being used by the 461st Flight Test Squadron in recent multi-ship testing, which employs four or six jets to ensure communication systems between the planes are working properly and accurately. The F-35 contains state-of-the-art tactical data links that provide the secure sharing of data
0 12/07
2016
Six microvanes are bonded to each side of the aft fuselage of the test C-17 for phases three, four and five in the C-17 Drag Reduction Program managed by the Air Force Research Laboratory, Advanced Power Technology Office, and tested by the 418th Flight Test Squadron at Edwards AFB. The C-17 Globemaster III used for all five test phases is provided by Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kenji Thuloweit) Final phase of C-17 drag reduction testing underway
When it comes to aviation fuel, the C-17 Globemaster III utilization rate makes it stand out as the largest consumer in the U.S. Air Force. This is why a team at the 418th Flight Test Squadron has been working for the past year on the Air Force Research Laboratory’s C-17 Drag Reduction Program. The 418th FLTS is currently wrapping up testing with
0 11/29
2016
Default Air Force Logo AF approves request to realign separate Test Center assets under Arnold AFB
EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- The Air Force has approved an Organizational Change Request to realign selected Air Force Test Center operations and facilities from several separate locations under one commander at Arnold Engineering Development Complex, Tennessee. This change consolidates the current capabilities of the AEDC at Arnold AFB,
0 11/09
2016
Chief Master Sgt. Todd Simmons (left), 412th Test Wing command chief, talks with Staff Sgt. Noah Clifton, 31st Test and Evaluation Squadron, at the Desert Mall Oct. 21. The chief led a team of chief master sergeants during the Chief Speed Review. Fifty Airmen rotated through five chiefs for five minutes each to receive career guidance and discuss future opportunities within the Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by John Perry) Fifty Edwards Airmen get speedy face-to-face mentoring from top
The Edwards Middle Tier Association hosted a Chief Speed Review at the Desert Mall Oct. 17. Fifty Airmen sat down for five minutes each with five different chief master sergeants to discuss future opportunities in their Air Force careers and receive professional guidance.  “The purpose was to give enlisted members at Edwards access to a diverse
0 11/01
2016
From left to right: Master Sgt. Aaron Ray, Senior Master Sgt. Scott Scurlock, and Tech. Sgt. Colin Wernecke of the 370th Flight Test Squadron pose for a photo in front of a KC-135 Stratotanker test aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kenji Thuloweit) Edwards boom operators set sight on future KC-46 testing
Earlier this year in Everett, Washington, workers from the 418th Flight Test Squadron, Detachment 1, and Boeing teamed to achieve major test milestones for the KC-46 Pegasus aerial refueling tanker, which resulted in the Department of Defense authorizing initial production in August.   Going forward in the test program, the KC-46 will complete a
0 10/24
2016
Master Sgt. Daniel Magas (top right) stands for a photo with the rest of his platoon at the U.S. Marine Corps Senior Noncommissioned Officer Academy Advanced Course Sept. 28 at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. (USMC Courtesy photo) Edwards NCO ‘joins’ Marines for senior NCO training
When it came time for Master Sgt. Daniel Magas to attend the next step in his professional military education – the Air Force Senior Noncommissioned Officer Academy – he decided to take a different route.   Magas, the commandant of Edwards AFB’s Airman Leadership School, decided to attend the U.S. Marine Corps Advanced Course in lieu of the Air
0 10/19
2016
Maj. Dan Riley, Emerging Technologies Combined Test Force director, speaks about the new CTF at a 412th Operations Group commander's call in the base theater Oct. 3. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ethan Wagner) New test force focuses on autonomy, small unmanned aircraft systems, new technologies
The 412th Test Wing has a new organization that will explore the Air Force warfighting capabilities of tomorrow.   The Emerging Technologies Combined Test Force was officially activated in early July and its mission is to provide agile, innovative flight test capabilities for emerging technologies.   “We’ve had various commercial and innovation
0 10/13
2016
(Courtesy photo) Team Edwards member wins DOD’s 2016 Spirit of Hope Award
Timothy Bryant, 412th Operations Support Squadron, Space Positioning Optical Radar Tracking operations chief, was one of five people honored by the Department of Defense as a recipient of the 2016 Spirit of Hope Award, which is given for exemplary service and support to the troops. Bryant was among five people from the U.S. Armed Forces and one
0 10/05
2016
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