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The new Global Hawk Block 20 sits parked in an Air Force Plant 42 hangar in Palmdale, Calif. The Combined Test Force conducted safety-of-flight engine run tests and taxi testing September 26 and 27, 2006. The Global Hawk is also scheduled to conduct takeoff abort tests, and first flight. The first flight will deliver the Global Hawk to Edwards for more testing.  (Photo by Bill Krause) CTF evaluates Block 20 Global Hawk system
The Global Vigilance Combined Test Force conducted a milestone engine run and completed the first of several taxi events for the Global Hawk Block 20 at Air Force Plant 42 in Palmdale, Calif., Sept. 26 and 27.The team conducted a safety-of-flight engine run to evaluate the Global Hawk and its interaction with the ground control elements of the
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Col. Arnie Bunch, 412th Test Wing commander, participates in the 30th Annual William Ketchum Memorial Armed Forces Appreciation Day Parade and Septemberfest on Sept. 23, 2006. Colonel Bunch was the grand marshall of the event and represented the base to further the relationship with the local community.  (Photo by Airman Stacy Garcia)       Edwards Airmen participate in Rosamond parade
Edwards Airmen participated in the 30th Annual William Ketchum Memorial Armed Forces Appreciation Day Parade and Septemberfest on Saturday.With a "Hometown Salute to America," hosted by the Antelope Valley Chamber of Commerce, the parade and festival at Rosamond Park promoted local businesses and paid tribute to American heritage. The grand marshal
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Default Air Force Logo Edwards Airmen receive AFSA awards
Three Edwards Airmen were awarded the First Term Airmen of the Year, Volunteer of the Year Award and the Member of the Year Award for 2005 by the Air Force Sergeant's Association's Division 13 recently.AFSA presented these Airmen with these awards for their outstanding dedication to go above and beyond the Air Force standards. AFSA is an
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Secretary of the Air Force Michael W. Wynne (left) looks on while Maj. Gen. Curtis Bedke, Air Force Flight Test Center commander, presents an AFFTC coin to the Secretary's wife, Barbara, Sept. 21, 2006, at Base Operations here. Secretary Wynne visited the base to observe the progress on alternative fuel testing that took place here Sept. 19. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Mark Woodbury) Secretary of the Air Force visits Edwards

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Default Air Force Logo X-43A team receives first McDonnell award
The X-43A Flight Test Team was awarded the first-ever James S. McDonnell Award for 2006.The James S. McDonnell Award is awarded by the Society of Flight Test Engineers to honor extraordinary flight test teams, said John Minor, SFTE president. James McDonnell was an aviation pioneer and founder of the McDonnell Aircraft Corporation, later McDonnell
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The refueling truck used for B-52 Stratofortress testing of the new alternative fuel parks outside a South Base hangar. The refueling truck used the same Fischer-Tropsch and jet fuel JP8 blend the B-52 used.   (Photo by Staff Sgt. Mark Woodbury) 95th MSG trucks demonstrate alternative fuel viability
If the B-52 Stratofortress can run using alternative fuels, then why not an R-11 6,000-gallon refueling truck? In fact, the 95th Mission Supports Groups' refueling trucks that carried the alternative fuel for the B-52 testing also ran on the same fuel Sept. 15.The alternative fuel made from a blend of 50 percent Fischer-Tropsch processed fuel from
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The first C-130 Avionics Modernization Program aircraft lifts off the runway at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, on its maiden flight Sept. 19, 2006.  (Photo by Rich Rau) AMP-modified C-130 performs first flight
The first Avionics Modernization Program-modified C-130 lifted off the runway at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, Sept. 19, after spending more than 18 months undergoing extensive modifications.The aircraft was crewed by a mix of members from Team Edwards and Boeing, and was accompanied by an Edwards C-12 Huron as a safety observer chase aircraft.
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Airmen stand in formation during the POW/MIA recognition here Sept. 15, 2006.  (Photo by Airman 1st Class Julius Delos Reyes) Team Edwards honors POW/MIA heroes, families
Ensuring that the former United States Prisoners of War and those listed as Missing in Action are never forgotten, Team Edwards held the POW/MIA Recognition Day, Sept. 15.A reveille ceremony was held at building 1 to commemorate the POWs and MIAs, during which American and POW/MIA flags were raised. Col. H. Brent Baker Sr., 95th Air Base Wing
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A B-52, partially powered by a Fischer-Tropsch fuel blend, flies over Edwards during a demonstration flight here Sept. 19, 2006. Officials say the natural gas-based synthetic fuel is one of many options the Air Force is researching as an alternative to regular jet fuel.  (Photo by Staff Sgt. Mark Woodbury) Edwards tests alternative jet engine fuel
Another aviation first was accomplished when a B-52 flew here using an alternative fuel Tuesday morning.The flight test ran two of a B-52's engines on a synthetic fuel, made from a 50-50 blend of traditional crude-oil based fuel and a Fischer-Tropsch fuel derived from natural gas, while the remaining six engines ran on traditional JP-8 jet fuel.
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Default Air Force Logo Airman completes 27th marathon
Tired and sweaty, jersey number 49/91 was at the last three miles into Pike's Peak summit -- the hardest part of the course.He was feeling nauseous. He was running for about four hours now, but he wouldn't give up. Maj. Rich Salasovich, 419th Flight Test Squadron flight test engineer, joined the Pike's Peak Marathon at Colorado Springs, Colo.,
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