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  • What it means to me to be back in the Air Force – The grass is not always greener

    At 38 years old I know I am one of oldest, or as I like to refer to it, “most senior” active duty lieutenants around.   Considering the journey I’ve taken just to get right where I am now, I would say I feel the deepest privilege just to do what I do each day here in the Air Force.
  • Joint test effort augments Navy, USMC F-35 night refueling

    The F-35 program recently completed testing on an improved lighting assembly with the KC-135 that will enable the Navy and Marine Corps F-35 variants to refuel behind the tanker at night. Flight testing of the redesigned light, which attaches to a refueling probe, was led by Patuxent River Naval Air Station, Maryland, and it was supported by
  • Air Force’s top NCO gets look at all things Edwards

    Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright received a whirlwind tour of the Center of the Aerospace Testing Universe March 18-19.The highest ranking enlisted member in the Air Force got a firsthand look at almost every squadron and unit on Edwards. Wright visited with everyone from security forces defenders to testers at the F-35 Joint
  • New VISTA paint scheme gets artist's approval

    Renowned aviation artist Mike Machat officially endorsed his latest work for the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School March 7 when he applied his signature to the school’s NF-16D VISTA in-flight simulator.The VISTA is sporting a new paint scheme designed by Machat. The one-of-a-kind aircraft is a staple of the school. VISTA is an acronym that stands
  • Innovative solution reduces cost of runway repair

    After years of heating up in the summer and freezing in the winter, the North Base runway developed severe cracking and was closed in October 2016. Traditional repair methods such as sealing the cracks would only last a few months and full replacement would have cost $20 million. The 412th Civil Engineer Group, 412th Operations Support Squadron,
  • Innovation success: Reusable containers save thousands

    At the Joshua Tree Dining Facility, Styrofoam containers have been the container of choice for grabbing a meal on the go.Recently, the cost for these containers was set to increase from $8,000 per month to $24,000 per month as a result of an increase in price and usage. In the long run, these costs would be unsustainable and usage of these
  • Emerging Technologies CTF conducts first autonomous flight test

    The 412th Test Wing’s Emerging Technologies Combined Test Force conducted its first autonomy flight test Feb. 26-28.  The team collected data on the Testing of Autonomy in Complex Environments system, or TACE. The TACE system is test middleware developed by Johns Hopkins University that sits between an autonomy/artificial intelligence computer and
  • Test Wing award winners meet Captain Marvel

    Pictured above: The 2018 412th Test Wing Annual Award winners pose for a photo with Brie Larson Feb. 20. Larson plays the title character in the upcoming "Captain Marvel" film set to be released in theaters March 8. Larson was joined by fellow cast members, Samuel L. Jackson, Gemma Chan, Jude Law and Lashana Lynch, for a press event in Hangar 1600,
  • 418th FLTS begins KC-46A Phase III testing

    The 418th Flight Test Squadron and Global Reach Combined Test Force had a busy and successful 2018. The squadron oversaw “revolutionary” flight control upgrades for C-17 Globemaster IIIs in landing and air refueling modes; the final parachute certification air drops of NASA's new Orion space capsule; air launch of ballistic missiles to bolster the
  • Commentary: KC-46 milestone at Edwards AFB

    Fielding began last week on America’s newest air refueling tanker aircraft – the KC-46 Pegasus.  Operationalizing a new military aircraft does not happen often, but when it does, it typically goes through Edwards Air Force Base – The Center of the Aerospace Testing Universe. Regardless of whether it is a frequent or a rare occurrence, hitting a
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