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  • Aerial refueling probe light evaluations flown with KC-135: Effort to clear Navy, USMC F-35 night refueling envelope

    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 supported by Edwards Air
  • 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
  • 461st FLTS lands two more F-35s for test

    The 461st Flight Test Squadron and F-35 Integrated Test Force received two additional F-35As to support continued developmental testing March 7.The fifth-generation fighters are on loan from the 422nd Test and Evaluation Squadron at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada.“Air Combat Command, always a supporter of developmental flight test, recognized a
  • L.A. County Air Show, Inc., Edwards AFB announce air show update

    As announced last October, the Los Angeles County Air Show, Inc. Board of Directors and senior leadership at Edwards Air Force Base continue to work toward solidifying a formal multi-year partnership to conduct air shows within “Aerospace Valley.” This unique partnership paves the way to resume air shows at Edwards Air Force Base, as the last
  • 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 an
  • Edwards AFB’s STARBASE program takes off with first class

    Edwards Air Force Base launched its first STARBASE class at Branch Elementary March 5.Edwards is one of nine active duty bases with an official STARBASE program. The STEM-based program familiarizes elementary students, primary fifth and sixth graders, from all backgrounds to the world of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The program
  • AFTC engineers share what it means to be an engineer

    Thanks to the efforts of engineers, everything from the everyday, like preparing dinner and making the morning commute, to the extraordinary, such as the exploration of distant planets and national defense, is possible. Engineers are the heart of Air Force Test Center and it's organizations. They are the ones responsible for the testing and research necessary for AFTC to accomplish its mission, and it is once again time to celebrate these men and women, as well as other engineers across the country, for the effect their work has on daily life and the world around them.
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