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  • FAA authorizes Global Hawk flights

    Federal Aviation Administration officials granted the Air Force's Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicle a national Certificate of Authorization on Aug. 21.By doing this, the FAA helped the high-altitude, long-endurance reconnaissance aircraft take a major step toward routine flight in U.S. airspace.The certificate allows the Air Force to shorten
  • Osan airmen keep engines ready

    There are at least five fluids required to keep the A-10 Thunderbolt II attack aircraft’s TF-34 turbofan engines running: fuel, lubricant, blood, sweat and tears.The 51st Maintenance Squadron’s propulsion flight airmen here have all 11 of their spare A-10 engines ready and waiting in case one is needed.“We came within one engine of tripling our
  • B-52 lands at Moscow air show

    One of the most famous Cold War icons, the B-52 Stratofortress strategic bomber, landed here Aug. 20 to participate in the 6th Moscow Space and Aviation Show. This is the first public display in Russia for the B-52, an aircraft designed to deliver nuclear bombs into the former Soviet Union during the Cold War.“For half of my career, I never thought
  • F-15 canopies buffed to visual perfection

    Even the slightest scratch in an F-15 Eagle windscreen can keep a pilot from seeing the enemy, according to F-15 test pilot Maj. Fritz Heck.That is why technicians in the F-15 canopy shop here work diligently to overhaul the acrylic bubbles in canopies and give fighter pilots a clear advantage.Literally starting from scratch, the sheet metal
  • B-2 drops enhanced bombs during test

    A B-2 Spirit released two newly-upgraded 5,000-pound live weapons Aug. 14 in a test by the B-2 Global Power Bomber Combined Test Force here.The weapons were released over the Utah Testing and Training Range at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, marking the first successful drop of live GBU-28 B/B series weapons. A live drop is the last dedicated flight
  • 'Airport in a suitcase' thwarts poor visibility

    Airmen from Robins Air Force Base, Ga., are providing essential airfield systems here for forces fighting in Operation Iraqi Freedom.The 5th Combat Communications Group airmen are using an air traffic and control landing system they call their "airport in a suitcase" to help aircraft land safely here in low-visibility conditions.The system consists
  • C-9 completes last U.S. mission

    Airmen prepared for Air Evac 696's Aug. 18 mission as they would for any other. But this was not like any other mission.The aircraft, a C-9A Nightingale, was embarking on the 375th Airlift Wing's last scheduled C-9 aeromedical evacuation flight. In fact, it was the last operational C-9 AE flight in the continental United States, officials said.
  • U.S. aircraft return to Incirlik

    U.S. officials are sending four KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft and six aircrews here to provide air-refueling support for operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. Aircraft and people began arriving Aug. 19 and should be in place by Aug. 23.The first aircraft and aircrew are from the Air National Guard’s 121st Air Refueling Wing at Rickenbacker
  • Legal readiness important before deployment

    American servicemembers have deployed across the globe for months at a time since the beginning of the war against global terrorism.Therefore, it is important military members vigilantly ensure a constant state of legal readiness, according to Capt. Brian K. Keller, a Marine Corps lawyer. He is the officer-in-charge of the Marine legal assistance
  • Running 411: What new runners should know

    Running long distances can be an intimidating task, especially to airmen who have not stepped foot on the track since basic training.But, for those who want to start running, there are ways to start a program so runners can meet their target distance and time without injury.“There are many methods to follow when starting a program,” said Capt. Huey
  • Academy seeks new slogan

    The U.S. Air Force Academy's Association of Graduates is seeking a new slogan to affix to the ramp leading into the cadet area here."Bring Me Men" was the previous slogan. It was based on an 1894 poem by Sam Walter Foss, which reads in part, "Bring me men to match my mountains, Bring me men to match my plains," and was put in place in 1964. The
  • U.S. Air Force lands at Moscow air show

    U.S. Air Force aircraft landed at Zhukovsky airfield just south of Moscow Aug. 18 to participate in the Moscow Aviation and Space Show, a first for the U.S. military.Visitors will get a close-up look at five U.S. Air Force aircraft and see a daily F-15C Eagle aerial-demonstration flight along with MiG-29s and Su-27s piloted by Russian air force
  • Lab reflects mirror technology

    A milestone in telescope-mirror technology, completed recently by Air Force scientists here, is leading to lightweight, space-based telescopes much larger than NASA's Hubble Space Telescope.Rather than use a heavy, glass mirror, researchers at the Air Force Research Laboratory’s directed energy directorate were able to produce a 1-meter-diameter
  • T-1 rolls off Keesler runway

    A T-1A Jayhawk rolled off the runway here Aug. 16. The crew was treated and released at the Keesler Medical Center. They are assigned to the 47th Flying Training Wing at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas.The accident happened during a routine cross-country navigation-proficiency training mission.The T-1A aircraft is a medium-range, twin-engine jet
  • Officials: No intention of pay cut

    Pentagon officials have no intention of lowering total compensation for troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Defense Department's top personnel officer said Aug. 14.David S. C. Chu, defense undersecretary for personnel and readiness, took questions from the media in response to published reports suggesting DOD would cut the pay of forces serving
  • Andersen airman found dead

    An active-duty airman was found dead Aug. 13 in his dormitory room here. Airman Joshua S. Robinson, 20, a firefighter with the 36th Civil Engineer Squadron, was found by co-workers. Responding base paramedics attempted to revive Robinson. He was pronounced dead at 9:29 a.m.Robinson entered the Air Force in May 2002 and arrived at Andersen in
  • Booster launches from Vandenberg

    A ground-based interceptor prototype booster successfully launched from here Aug. 16, supporting the Ground-based Midcourse Defense program of the Missile Defense Agency.The booster, designed by Orbital Sciences Corp., is a three-stage system based on hardware that has flown 45 times on missions carried out by the Pegasus, Taurus and Minotaur space
  • Cadet arrested for sexual assault

    An Air Force Academy cadet was arrested Aug. 18 and charged with sexual assault involving a civilian woman in nearby Colorado Springs on July 20.Cadet 1st Class Philip D. Hawkins was taken into custody at the academy and moved to the El Paso County Jail. The El Paso County district attorney’s office has jurisdiction in the case. Academy officials
  • Officials release fitness-test details

    Beginning next year, Air Force officials will implement a new fitness test completely different than what airmen today are familiar with.The more functional test will include a 1.5-mile timed run, a muscular-fitness test of push-ups and crunches and a body composition test. It is designed to measure the general health of airmen, said Maj. Lisa
  • Now showing: Aug. 18 edition of AFTV News

    The work of Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard in three northeastern states to keep people and supplies moving to and from Southwest Asia is spotlighted in the latest edition of Air Force Television News. Staff Sgt. Bill Scherer visits Pease Air National Guard Base, N.H., an ANG unit at Bangor, Maine, and Westover Air Reserve Base, Mass., to
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