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XB-70 Valkrie This week in Edwards history
On Sept. 21, 1964, North American Rockwell’s XB-70 Valkyrie experimental aircraft made its first flight from Plant 42 in Palmdale, California, to Edwards. It was flown by North American test pilot Alvin S. White and Col. Joseph F. Cotton. Originally conceived as a strategic bomber with the ability to cruise at Mach 3 speeds, the two XB-70s
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Default Air Force Logo Air Force advances rocket technology, tests first full-scale component of Hydrocarbon Boost Program
The United States is one step closer to eliminating its reliance on Russian technology to launch its military satellites. The Hydrocarbon Boost Technology Demonstrator, a U.S. Air Force technology effort focused on development of Oxygen Rich Staged Combustion rocket engine technology, has recently completed its first full-scale component test at
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Default Air Force Logo 416th FLTS testers meet with Auto GCAS survivor
Test pilots and engineers from the 416th Flight Test Squadron had the chance to meet face-to-face with one of the squadron’s success stories Aug. 25.   The group met with an allied nation pilot trainee who returned home alive after he experienced a g-force-induced loss of consciousness and his F-16’s Automatic Ground Collision Avoidance System
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A KC-46A Pegasus prepares to refuel an Edwards AFB F-16 Fighting Falcon July 13, 2016 over the northwest United States. (U.S. Air Force photo by Christopher Okula) KC-46A approved for production
The KC-46A Pegasus program received Milestone C approval from Frank Kendall, the under secretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, signaling the aircraft is ready to enter into production. Work is now underway to award the first two low rate initial production lots within the next 30 days."I commend the team for diligently
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An Edwards B-1B sits on the 80-foot turntable in the Benefield Anechoic Facility July 27 after being towed inside. The chamber is filled with polyurethane and polyethylene pyramids designed to stop reflections of electromagnetic waves. The size of the pyramids, which are painted dark blue or black, varies depending on the particular frequency and test procedure being conducted. Aircraft systems can be tested and verified that they work properly prior to actual flight test. (U.S. Air Force photo by Christopher Okula) Back in BAF: B-1B Lancer returns to Benefield Anechoic Facility
B-1 undergoes electronic warfare testing
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(Edwards History Office file photo) This week in Edwards flight test history
On Aug. 12, 1972 the McDonnell Douglas F-15A Eagle successfully passed its first flight performance milestone six weeks ahead of schedule. This milestone consisted of Mach 2 flight and altitude and g-load targets.
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Staff Sgt. Raquel Caramanno, 412th Medical Group, is one of 2016's 12 Outstanding Airmen of the Year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Christopher Ball) Caramanno ready to begin ‘outstanding’ journey
Staff Sgt. Raquel Caramanno ready to begin 'outstanding' journey
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Senior Airman Grace Daniels and her partner Rolf watch as Staff Sgt. James Ramsey and Sasa run through the obstacle course at the 412th Security Forces Squadron’s Military Working Dog facility here. Both 412th SFS K-9 teams were detailed to support the U.S. Secret Service for the Democratic and Republican National Conventions in Cleveland and Philadelphia. (U.S. Air Force photo by Christopher Ball) Edwards K-9 teams support political conventions
Edwards Security Forces K-9 teams were detailed to support U.S. Secret Service for the build-up and execution of the Democratic and Republican National Conventions
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Testers pack into a KC-135 Stratotanker’s cockpit to conduct ground testing of Traffic Collision Avoidance System version 7.1. last month. The Air Force’s KC-135 fleet will need the upgraded TCAS in order to fly over Europe beginning Jan. 1, 2017. (U.S. Air Force photo by Chris Higgins) 418th FLTS working to keep KC-135s flying
418th Flight Test Squadron tests out TCAS version 7.1 on KC-135.
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Boeing's KC-46 aerial refueling tanker conducts receiver compatibility tests with a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III from Joint Base Lewis-McChord as part of Test 003-06. The event marks the nearing completion of "Milestone C" in the new tanker's developmental testing stage. (U.S. Air Force photo by Christopher Okula) KC-46 returns to the sky for tests
The KC-46A Pegasus connected in flight with an F-16 Fighting Falcon July 8 and a C-17 Globemaster III July 12.
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