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The 746th Test Squadron from Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico, provided an array of GPS jamming equipment and support for DT NAVFEST at Edwards Air Force Base. The jammers provided a degraded GPS environment for testing multiple aerial platforms throughout the week. Testing was done from 1 to 6 a.m. each day to minimize impact on the community and civilian air traffic. (U.S. Air Force photo by Cole Johnson) DoD, academia test systems for GPS denial
Navigating the globe was once done using the sun, moon and stars as references, but modern times bring modern methods, and the majority of the world now relies on GPS for its navigation needs.
0 9/13
2017
A frame from a video shows the PDU-5/B leaflet bomb activating and dispersing the leaflets. (U.S. Air Force image) B-52 testers complete leaflet bomb drops
An important part of U.S. military operations overseas is communicating with the local population. This can be done in a number of ways including something as simple as distributing leaflets.  In psychological operations, leaflets with messages are often dropped from aircraft in order to reach a wide area.  Testers from the 419th Flight Test
0 7/26
2017
Default Air Force Logo Around the Air Force: July 21
On this look around the Air Force, Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright shares the major changes made to Enlisted Professional Military Education for the 21st century, Air Force medical practitioners work with their Fijian counterparts, and Edwards Air Force Base, California, engineers hosted a one-day innovation challenge.
0 7/21
2017
A panel of leaders from various organizations on base decide which one of three design proposals to pursue following presentations at Bldg. 3000. Pictured left to right: Dan Osburn, 412th Test Engineering Group; Peter Burke, 412th Electronic Warfare Group; Lt. Col. Jeffrey Kwok, 412th Operations Group; Kyle Schaller, 771st Test Squadron; and Tony Rubino, 412th Range Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kenji Thuloweit) Innovation challenge brings possible advancement in F-22 test capabilities
The 412th Test Wing’s Experimentation Center for Ideas/Technology Exploration team, known as XCITE, hosted a one-day innovation challenge July 10, 2017. Several engineers from around Edwards Air Force Base partnered with members of the Desert High School Robotics team to come up with a solution to a real-world test problem.
0 7/17
2017
A GR7000 parachute along with dummy descends over a drop zone near Edwards Air Force Base. A team from the 418th Flight Test Squadron conducted several drops using the parachute, which has been proposed as a replacement for the current C-9 canopy used in the ACES II ejection seat. (U.S. Air Force image provided by Brad White) Test team looks at new parachute for ACES II ejection seat
EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AFNS) -- Members of the 418th Flight Test Squadron are testing a new parachute canopy for the Advanced Concept Ejection Seat II. Testers are collecting data on the GR7000 parachute, which has been proposed to replace the current C-9 canopy used in the ACES II ejection seat. The testing is part of the Air Force’s ACES II Safety and Sustainability Improvement Program.
0 6/27
2017
(NASA graphic) AF pilot selected for NASA astronaut training
Lt. Col. Raja Chari has been selected by NASA to join the 2017 Astronaut Candidate Class.
0 6/07
2017
Maintenance personnel install mounting hardware for an APG-83 Scalable Agile Beam Radar on a 416th Flight Test Squadron F-16 Fighting Falcon in August 2015. The 416th FLTS has been conducting developmental testing on the fifth-generation Active Electronically Scanned Array fire control radar. (U.S. Air Force photo by Christopher Okula) 416th FLTS upgrading F-16 radar
The 416th Flight Test Squadron continually conducts developmental testing to enhance the warfighting capabilities of the F-16 Fighting Falcon. One focus of the F-16 testers here is the integration and testing of a new radar as part of the F-16 Radar Modernization Program.
0 3/24
2017
The 412th Test Wing’s Emerging Technologies Combined Test Force conducted three test sorties March 6 using a quadcopter to inspect a C-17 Globemaster III. Maj. Dan Riley, ET CTF director, and Maj. William Niblack, ET CTF operations officer, piloted the small unmanned aerial system. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kenji Thuloweit) AF uses first drone for C-17 post flight inspection
The 412th Test Wing’s Emerging Technologies Combined Test Force used a quadcopter to conduct a maintenance inspection of the exterior of a C-17 Globemaster III here March 6, 2017.
0 3/10
2017
Master Sgt. Robert Self, a 370th Flight Test Squadron KC-135 tanker flight engineer, stands tall following his final flight Jan. 18, 2017. Self is retiring in March from 34-and-a-half years of service in the military. (U.S. Air Force photo/Christopher Higgins) Love for flying kept last KC-135 flight engineer flying for decades
After a career that has spanned almost four decades, the last Air Force flight engineer for the KC-135 Stratotanker is set to retire at Edwards Air Force Base, California.
0 2/27
2017
Default Air Force Logo Portable Manned Interactive Cockpit goes on the road
One of 2016’s quick-kill innovation projects, the Portable Manned Interactive Cockpit, was deployed to Orlando, Florida, to participate in the Operation Blended Warrior event in December. This was the second year of a four-year event. Mark Louton, an Experimentation Center for Ideas/Technology Exploration team software developer and flier, Steve Hansen, an EXCITE team technician, Orion Westfall, the EXCITE team lead developer, and Marilyn Lang, the EXCITE team program manager, participated in the event.
0 2/04
2017
A B-52 from the 96th Bomb Squadron at Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, is backed into the Benefield Anechoic Facility Jan. 9. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ethan Wagner) B-52 undergoes HERO testing at Edwards AFB
A B-52 Stratofortress from the 96th Bomb Squadron at Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, is undergoing Hazards of Electromagnetic Radiation to Ordnance testing in the Benefield Anechoic Facility (BAF) here.
0 1/27
2017
Default Air Force Logo Around the Air Force: Jan. 18
On this look around the Air Force, Airmen at Edwards Air Force Base, California, developed a new way to reduce the cost of testing fire suppression systems, a satellite launched from Vandenberg AFB, California, and Civilian Health Promotion Services is helping people quit smoking.
0 1/19
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.
0 1/13
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 were 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 among its
0 12/09
2016
Default Air Force Logo Around the Air Force: Dec. 2
On this look around the Air Force the first Japanese F-35 arrives at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona; Edwards AFB in California is testing ways to save fueling cost for the C-17 Globemaster III; and the Air Force band performs at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.
0 12/02
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 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.
0 11/30
2016
A U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon piloted by Maj. Jameel Janjua of the Royal Canadian Air Force carries a developmental test version of the Joint Strike Missile to its release point above the Utah Test and Training Range west of Salt Lake City, Utah. When development is complete, the Joint Strike Missile is intended for use aboard the F-35 Lighting II Joint Strike Fighter. Janjua is assigned to the 416th Flight Test Squadron based at Edwards as part of an officer exchange program. (U.S. Air Force photo by Christopher Okula) Edwards AFB squadron tests missile for European ally’s F-35
From Norway to Australia, members from a number of allied and partner nations have come to Edwards Air Force Base to team with base units to test systems, enhance international cooperation and advance their own air force’s capabilities.
0 11/04
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) Boom operators help develop new KC-46 system
Earlier this year in Everett, Washington, workers from Detachment 1, 418th Flight Test Squadron, and Boeing teamed up to achieve major test milestones for the KC-46A Pegasus, which resulted in the Defense Department authorizing initial production in August.
0 10/25
2016
Default Air Force Logo New test force focuses on autonomy
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 projects
0 10/13
2016
Default Air Force Logo Testers at Edwards meet with Auto GCAS survivor
Test pilots and engineers from the 416th Flight Test Squadron at Edwards Air Force Base, California, had the chance to meet with one of the squadron’s success stories Aug. 25.
0 9/03
2016
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