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Dr. Adam Pilchak, materials research engineer at the Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, loads a piece of a fractured titanium disk into a scanning electron microscope. By looking at the microscopic features on the fracture surface, researchers are able to determine how the crack initiated and spreads through the component to cause the failure. (Air Force photo/Michele Eaton) AF lab investigating microscopic crack formation in aircraft
The B-52 is one of the oldest legacy aircraft in the Air Force. Since the 1950s, this aircraft has led the force in its dominance as the world’s best. However, just as humans begin to age, so do aircraft. Repeated loading and unloading, changes in air pressure, exposure to altitude and more, contribute to what is referred to as “metal fatigue,”
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2016
The Distributed Common Ground System, or DCGS, weapon system is the Air Force's premier globally networked intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance weapon system. The DCGS uses 20 geographically separated, networked sites to produces intelligence information collected by the U-2, RQ-4 Global Hawk, MQ-9 Reaper and MQ-1 Predator. Open architecture bringing benefits to Air Force DCGS
A team from Battle Management is working to improve capabilities for warfighters who process and disseminate intelligence information.
0 8/23
2016
Members of the 461st Flight Test Squadron and Joint Strike Fighter Integrated Test Force have built a decontamination shelter on the flightline to conduct chemical and biological decontamination tests on the F-35 Lightning II. Tests will be toward the end of August. (U.S. Air Force photo by Brad White) F-35 prepared to undergo chemical, biological decontamination testing
After years of preparation, the 461st Flight Test Squadron and Joint Strike Fighter Integrated Test Force are ready to test the F-35 Lightning II’s ability to be decontaminated from chemical and biological weapons exposure. Contractors, Airmen and Air Force civilians have been tirelessly working in the desert heat the past few weeks to finalize
0 8/19
2016
Fat Albert, the Blue Angels’ C-130 cargo plane used for transporting crew and equipment to air shows around the country, is currently undergoing a chemical de-paint process here at Tinker after severe corrosion was found on it. It will take crews working three continuous shifts to thoroughly clean the aircraft of all paint, using a stripping agent to remove one layer at a time. Once the de-paint process and sheetmetal checks for any other corrosion are complete, Fat Albert will fly to Hill Air Force Base, Utah, for full programmed depot maintenance and paint. (Air Force photo by Kelly White) Fat Albert makes a stop at Tinker
Fat Albert, the Blue Angels’ C-130 cargo plane used for transporting crew and equipment to air shows around the country, is currently undergoing a chemical de-paint process here at Tinker after severe corrosion was found on it. It will take crews working three continuous shifts to thoroughly clean the aircraft of all paint, using a stripping agent
0 8/18
2016
Maj. Gen. Eldon “Al” Joersz, USAF pilot retired, front, and Lt. Col. George “GT” Morgan, USAF retired reconnaissance systems officer, sit inside the cockpit of the SR-71 aircraft they flew when setting the world absolute speed record for jet-powered aircraft on July 28, 1976. The two were at the Museum of Aviation in Warner Robins, Georgia for the 40th anniversary of the historic flight. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tommie Horton/Released) Mission Possible - Pilots, crew relive absolute speed record
In 1976, it was a different time. The Cold War with the Soviet Union was in full swing and Americans were standing in line to buy gas. That year was also the country’s bicentennial birthday. To celebrate, officials decided to attempt to break some records with an aircraft known as the Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird. On July 28, 1976, with a breakfast of
0 8/05
2016
An F-15E lands at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, July 8, 2016, after a mission in which Boeing F-15 mission systems recorded its first flight with the Advanced Display Core Processor. The advanced mission computer, based on commercial technology, provides multi-core processing capabilities propelling the F-15 to the forefront of fighter embedded computing systems. The ADCP II high-speed processing and interface designs enable advanced
systems integration, increased mission effectiveness, augmented fault-tolerance, enhanced system stability and aircrew survivability. (Courtesy photo)
F-15’s new advanced high-speed mission computer makes first flight
Boeing F-15 mission systems recorded its first flight with the Advanced Display Core Processor II July 8, 2016, at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida.
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2016
U.S. Air Force Brigadier General Steven Bleymaier, commander of Ogden Air Logistics Complex, greets General Ellen Pawlikowski, commander of Air Force Materiel Command, at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., July 12, 2016. The mission of the Air Force Materiel Command is to 
deliver and support agile war-winning capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Mya M. Crosby/Released)
AFMC commander, command chief visit Davis-Monthan
Gen. Ellen M. Pawlikowski, commander of Air Force Materiel Command, and Chief Master Sgt. Jason France, AFMC command chief, arrive at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., July 12, 2016.
0 7/13
2016
Default Air Force Logo AFMC successfully transitions to Acquisition Workforce Personnel Demonstration Project
Some 12,500 Air Force Materiel Command civilian employees have transitioned to the Acquisition Workforce Demonstration Project, or AcqDemo, pay system, effective June 12.
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2016
AFMC Commander Gen. Ellen M. Pawlikowski Independence Day is a day of gratitude
The Fourth of July is a day of celebration. Whether with parades, fireworks, backyard barbecues or enjoying a baseball game, we Americans will soon celebrate our nation’s birthday.
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2016
Wing Commmander Kate Carlisle, a logistics officer with the Royal Australian Air Force, Maj. Tony Pepin, the head of doctrine at the Canadian Air Warfare Center, and Squadron Leader Angela Robinson, an officer with United Kingdom's Royal Air Force, chat during a break in action of a wargame at the United States Air Force Expeditionary Center on Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey, Jun. 24. The three officers contributed their subject-matter expertise to the wargame known as Global Mobility/Agile Combat Support, or GLOMO/ACS. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Master Sgt. Shawn J. Jones) Wargame provides reality check for war plans
When Uncle Sam and his friends say it’s time to unleash a major campaign’s worth of allied airpower on bad guys on the other side of the globe, they can’t just expect all their assets to be available immediately at their beck and call.  It takes rigorous planning to get those assets where they are needed, and that is why more than 70 mobility and
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2016
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