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  • B-2 Spirit Stealth Bomber Completes First Ever Polar Test Mission

    04/05/2012 1:42:31 AM PDT · by U-238 · 1 replies
    Defense Talk ^ | 3/4/2012 | Northrop Grumman
    Under contract to the U.S. Air Force, Northrop Grumman's B-2 Spirit stealth bomber has completed its first 18.5-hour sortie over the North Pole to validate new flight management software. The computer upgrade system, which is the cornerstone for all future B-2 upgrades, is now ready to enter low-rate initial production. The Extremely High Frequency (EHF) Increment 1 system verification review demonstrated the computer upgrade program successfully satisfied the government's requirements. The sortie also included air-refueling to and from the North Pole from Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. The verification reviews and flight test were the culmination of over two years...
  • F-35A completes first night refueling mission

    03/26/2012 5:54:59 PM PDT · by U-238 · 1 replies · 8+ views
    Lockheed Martin ^ | 3/26/2012 | Lockheed Martin
    The first night refueling in the history of the Lockheed Martin F-35 program was completed Thursday at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. Piloted by U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Peter Vitt, AF-4, an F-35A conventional takeoff and landing variant, rendezvoused with an Air Force KC-135 tanker and successfully received fuel through the F-35’s boom receptacle. Vitt’s sortie lasted more than three hours. In addition to qualifying with the KC-135, the F-35 Integrated Test Force at Edwards AFB will also conduct night refueling tests with the KC-10.
  • F-35B training kick-off set for early April

    03/08/2012 10:56:13 PM PST · by U-238 · 8 replies
    Flight Global ^ | 3/9/2012 | Flight Global
    The US Marine Corps hopes to start F-35B local area flights at Eglin AFB, Florida, in early April with operational student pilots starting to train in the autumn, a service senior official says. "We anticipate flying at Eglin to start in the next month," the official says. "And our first student pilots to start training next fall to coincide with the delivery of the operational squadron aircraft at MCAS [Marine Corps Air Station] Yuma [Arizona]." But before training operations can begin, the Marines and other services need to be confident that the F-35 is robust enough to withstand the rigors...
  • USAF training command set to start F-35 operations

    03/05/2012 7:42:05 PM PST · by U-238 · 7 replies
    FlightGlobal ^ | 3/4/2012 | Dave Majumdar
    US Air Force operational testers will start receiving their first Lockheed Martin F-35A Joint Strike Fighters at Edwards AFB in California in late June, a service official says. According to the official, the 31st Test and Evaluation Sqn will initially receive four aircraft, with more to follow later. If flight operations at Eglin AFB, Florida - scheduled to start on 6 March - ramp-up quickly to begin pilot training, the official says he is optimistic the operational testers can start flying by the end of June. The unit will initially start with local area flight operations designed to familiarise pilots...
  • F-35 cost squabble in Norway

    02/28/2012 7:21:03 PM PST · by U-238 · 18 replies
    The Foreigner ^ | 2/28/212 | Lyndsey Smith
    Tri-partite Coalition Party the Socialist Left (SV) has called for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter price not to exceed the defence budget of 40 billion kroner. Labour (Ap) wishes to allocate extra money, whilst the Centre Party (Sp) will not comment. Bård Vegar Solhjell, SV’s parliamentary leader, believes that an aging population, climate and education are more important. He told Aftenposten, “Few would argue that military threats are among our most important challenges. We cannot live with the fact that the armed forces and national insurance being the only major initiatives forward, without caring about education and the climate.” Decisions...
  • Video: A C-5 Galaxy Air Launches an ICBM.

    02/24/2012 5:14:32 PM PST · by U-238 · 67 replies
    Defense Tech ^ | 3/1/2012 | Defense tech
    In the 1970s, the Air Force launched a Minuteman ICBM launched from a C-5 Galaxy. Hold on, what!?!? That was my reaction upon learning that the above sentence is true. In 1974, the Air Force decided that it could turn C-5 Galaxy airlifters into flying SSBNs. Yup, Air Force planners thought the missile would be tougher for the Soviets to take out with a preemptive strike if it was already aboard a moving target like a C-5 versus sitting in a stationary missile silo. So, they loaded a Minuteman into a C-5 that parachute-dropped the 60-foot tall missile out of...
  • X-47B First Flight

    02/04/2011 6:51:26 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 17 replies
    Aviation Week and Space Technology ^ | 2/4/2011 | Guy Norris
    Northrop Grumman’s X-47B unmanned combat air system (UCAS-D) demonstrator successfully completed its long-delayed first flight at Edwards AFB, Calif on Feb 4. The stealthy, single-engine UCAS took off early in the afternoon Pacific time and landed some 29 mins later, having achieved an altitude of 5,000-ft. Aimed at gathering air vehicle management system data, the first flight also marks the start of a roughly 50-flight, year-long Block 1 envelope expansion test campaign at Edwards AFB. Initial flight rate is expected to be once per week, rising to twice a week later in 2011. Northrop and U.S. Navy officials passed the...
  • New Advanced Combat Radar Flies On F-16

    12/07/2010 11:34:03 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 4 replies
    Defense Talk ^ | 12/7/2010 | Defense Talk
    Raytheon's Advanced Combat Radar, the latest Active Electronically Scanned Array radar, has successfully completed a series of flight trials on a U.S. Air Force F-16 at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. The radar demonstration flights were conducted in partnership with the U.S. Air Force and Lockheed Martin. The RACR team highlighted the multirole capabilities RACR could bring to the F-16 Fighting Falcon, which included executing a range of air-to-air and air-to-ground modes. RACR is the product of company-funded development, leveraging Raytheon's proven capability in providing active electronically scanned array radar technology for multiple platforms. The RACR team completed development in...
  • Sierra Nevada Studying X-34 As Rocket Testbed

    12/01/2010 8:30:29 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 5 replies · 1+ views
    Aviation Week and Space Technology ^ | 12/1/2010 | Guy Norris
    Sierra Nevada is emerging as the likely front runner to use the former NASA X-34 reusable launch vehicle demonstrator as a flying testbed for its Dream Chaser orbital space vehicle. The two surviving Orbital Sciences-built X-34s were moved by road to Mojave, Calif., on Nov. 16 from Edwards AFB, Calif., where they had been in storage since the program was canceled in 2001. The two 58.3-ft. vehicles, now stored inside a hangar belonging to the National Test Pilots School, were developed under a NASA program begun in 1996 to provide a low-cost advanced technology flight demonstration testbed vehicle for space...
  • 412th TW tests Global Hawk with alternative fuel for first time

    11/30/2010 12:22:43 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 8 replies
    Edwards Air Force Base News ^ | 11/29/2010 | Kenji Thuloweit
    An RQ-4 Global Hawk completed a 32-hour flight test using an alternative fuel mixture, Nov. 23. The 412th Test Wing's Global Vigilance Combined Test Force's Block 20 Global Hawk took off at 4:30 p.m. Nov. 22 and became the first remotely piloted aircraft to fly using the Fischer-Tropsch Synthetic Paraffinic Kerosene fuel and regular JP-8 jet fuel blend. The Fischer-Tropsch process is a set of chemical reactions that converts carbon-based materials into liquid hydrocarbons. Typically utilizing coal, natural gas, or biomass as a feedstock, the resulting synthetic liquid is utilized as a petroleum substitute. "The RQ-4 Global Hawk aircraft is...
  • The Real Story Behind NASA’s Resurrected Space Plane

    11/27/2010 8:49:37 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 18 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | 11/26/2010 | David Axe
    The aviation and space press buzzed last week with the news that NASA had quietly moved its two long-grounded X-34 space planes from open storage at the space agency's Dryden center - located on Edwards Air Force Base in California - to a test pilot school in the Mojave Desert. At the desert facility, the mid-'90s-vintage, robotic X-34s would be inspected to determine if they were capable of flying again. It seemed that NASA was eying a dramatic return to the business of fast, cheap space access using a reusable, airplane-style vehicle - something the Air Force has enthusiastically embraced...
  • First deliveries of F-35s appear delayed

    11/12/2010 8:58:19 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 8 replies
    Sun Journal ^ | 11/12/2010 | Sun Journal
    The Joint Strike Fighter under development to replace many aircraft in all branches of the U.S. military appears to be landing late for training. The first delivery of F-35s was expected this month at Eglin Air Force Base, where pilot and support training squadrons were formed for Air Force, Navy and Marines in April 2010. But the first two aircraft are now destined for Edwards Air Force Base in April 2011. Joint Strike Fighter program officials told the Northwest Florida Daily News that Lockheed Martin needs additional time to make aircraft modifications to support testing.
  • Engineers testing eight-blade prop for C-130

    11/05/2010 12:23:35 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 20 replies
    USAF ^ | 11/4/2010 | Kenji Thuloweit
    Engineers with the 418th Flight Test Squadron are currently testing a C-130H3 cargo plane equipped with Hamilton Sundstrand NP 2000 propellers. The new eight-bladed composite propellers are shaped to provide additional thrust in the takeoff and low airspeed range while using the current C-130 engines. Regular C-130 "legacy" planes use four-blade propellers. With eight blades, the NP 2000 props are designed to perform with more power and efficiency. "A major limitation propellers have is the wave drag generated by shockwaves when the propeller tips go supersonic," said Dustin Marschik, a 418th FTS performance and flying qualities engineer. "Newer propeller designs...
  • Northrop Begins Flight Testing New B-2 EHF Satcom Hardware

    10/16/2010 1:36:37 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 5 replies · 1+ views
    Defense Talk ^ | 10/15/2010 | Defense Talk
    .: Northrop Grumman Corporation has begun flight testing the new computing hardware and communications infrastructure that will eventually allow the B-2 stealth bomber to send and receive battlefield information by satellite more than 100 times faster than today. Since Sept. 1, the company has conducted a series of test flights using a B-2 test aircraft stationed at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. The flight test program is part of Increment 1 of the U.S. Air Force's B-2 extremely high frequency (EHF) satellite communications program. Northrop Grumman is the Air Force's prime contractor for the B-2 Spirit, the flagship of the...
  • F-22 loaders prevail in Load Crew of the Quarter competition

    10/13/2010 9:59:37 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 8 replies
    At the King Fahd International Airport, Saudi Arabia, 1991, an A-10 "Warthog" performs a high speed taxi as it returns to its parking spot, fuel and munitions expended in combat. As the aircraft receives fuel, the weapons load crew rushes to load munitions for the threat that still exists. Within minutes the aircraft taxis out for the next mission in the Gulf War. It is as true today as it was almost 20 years ago that the ability to rapidly load weapons on an aircraft is critical in combat. The specific function of the weapons crew is to load the...
  • Air Force tests rocket fuel

    07/19/2010 5:31:56 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies
    UPI ^ | 7/19/2010 | UPI
    U.S. Air Force scientists have performed their own rocket propellant test without contractor assistance and eye continued in-house experimentation. The Armed Forces News Service reported that officials at the Air Force Research Laboratory said the 3-second, 15-pound Ballistic Test and Evaluation System, in which a small-scale apparatus is used to test rocket propellant and designs in a standardized rocket motor casing, yielded extraordinary amount of data due to new high-speed digital video cameras used for recording it. "What's special about this test is that it was entirely in-house," said 1st. Lt. Rob Antypas, the AFRL program manager and a developmental...
  • Lockheed to expand navy's F-35 test fleet

    07/17/2010 2:44:07 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 9 replies · 1+ views
    Flight Global ^ | 7/17/2010 | Stephen Trimble
    Extending development by three years on two F-35 variants would not be enough to keep the restructured programme on track. But Lockheed Martin's flight-test programme gained significant new resources to reduce the risk of further delays in the overall restructuring announced on 1 February. Namely, the US Department of Defense will buy another flight-test aircraft in the fourth lot of low-rate initial production (LRIP). The US Marine Corps and US Navy also would "loan" three operational aircraft to Lockheed to participate in the flight-test programme. Doug Pearson, Lockheed vice-president for the F-35's integrated test force, explains how the new resources...
  • Boeing Phantom Eye Preps For Ground Testing

    07/15/2010 1:56:07 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 5 replies
    Aviation Week and Space Technology ^ | 7/13/2010 | Amy Butler
    Boeing’s hydrogen-powered, high-altitude Phantom Eye unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) demonstrator will be shipped to NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards AFB, Calif., in preparation for a series of ground tests this summer. The company unveiled the aircraft to employees during a ceremony July 12 in St. Louis. First flight of the aircraft, expected to last up to 8 hr., is slated for early 2011. Prior to that milestone, officials will run the aircraft through ground and taxi tests. The ultimate goal is to fly the aircraft for 96 hr., possibly next spring. Objective altitude is around 65,000 ft. Powered...
  • Euro Hawk Unmanned Aircraft Completes Successful First Flight

    07/02/2010 6:03:40 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 6 replies · 1+ views
    Defense Talk ^ | 7/2/2010 | Defense Talk
    The Euro Hawk unmanned aircraft system (UAS), built by Northrop Grumman Corporation and EADS Defence & Security, successfully completed its first flight June 29. The high-flying aircraft took off at approximately 10:32 a.m. PDT from Northrop Grumman's Palmdale, Calif., manufacturing facility and climbed to 32,000 feet over Palmdale's desert skies before landing nearly two hours later at 12:24 p.m. PDT at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. "The Euro Hawk marks the first international configuration of the RQ-4 Global Hawk high-altitude, long-endurance (HALE) UAS, and strengthens Northrop Grumman's first trans-Atlantic cooperation with Germany and EADS Defence & Security," said Duke Dufresne,...
  • YF-22 Comes Home to Stay

    06/24/2010 6:41:13 AM PDT · by SZonian · 10 replies
    95th Air Base Wing Public Affairs ^ | June 21, 2010 | Stephen K. Robinson
    EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- A prototype YF-22 Raptor fighter plane that was built in Palmdale, Calif., flight tested here, and put on temporary display at the National Museum of the Air Force in Dayton, Ohio, returned to Edwards AFB where it will stay for Air Force Flight Test Center Museum visitors to see. With approximately 100 military and civilians in attendance, Maj. Gen David Eichhorn, Air Force Flight Test Center commander, welcomed all to the AFFTC Museum for the dedication of the Raptor June 11. "This aircraft is a great addition to our museum out here and commemorates...
  • YF-22 comes home to stay

    06/21/2010 4:02:36 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 7 replies ^ | 6/17/2010 | Stephen K. Robinson)
    A prototype YF-22 Raptor fighter plane that was built in Palmdale, Calif., flight tested here, and put on temporary display at the National Museum of the Air Force in Dayton, Ohio, returned to Edwards AFB where it will stay for Air Force Flight Test Center Museum visitors to see. With approximately 100 military and civilians in attendance, Maj. Gen David Eichhorn, Air Force Flight Test Center commander, welcomed all to the AFFTC Museum for the dedication of the Raptor June 11. "This aircraft is a great addition to our museum out here and commemorates what Edwards is all about," General...
  • Boeing Begins Flight-testing B-1 with New Link 16 Communications

    06/21/2010 3:49:33 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 9 replies
    Boeing ^ | Boeing
    The Boeing Company today announced the start of flight tests for a B-1 Lancer bomber upgraded with new digital avionics for the aft cockpit, including a line-of-sight Link 16 data link. The B-1 Fully Integrated Data Link (FIDL) made its first flight test on June 4 at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. The four-hour flight was conducted by the U.S. Air Force around the local Edwards test ranges. The crew successfully tested the Link 16 data link by sending and receiving text messages and receiving virtual mission assignment data such as target coordinates for a weapon. Link 16 adds line-of-sight...
  • JSF Training Commander Confident He Will Get First F-35 Aircraft In Fall

    05/31/2010 5:04:02 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies · 298+ views
    Inside Defense ^ | 5/28/2010 | Marcus Weisgerber
    The commander of the Joint Strike Fighter training wing is confident the Pentagon will receive its first F-35 jets this fall, leading to the graduation of the first cadre of pilots and maintainers next year. “We’re going to have jets in the fall,” 33rd Fighter Wing Commander Col. David Hlatky said during a May 27 briefing at the F-35 training school house. “Unless there is some major event that nobody can imagine, we’re going to have jets in the fall.” The unit is “banking on November” right now for receiving its first aircraft and will be ready to fly on...
  • X-51A Team Eyes Results Of Scramjet Flight

    05/29/2010 10:24:41 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 21 replies · 695+ views
    Aviation Week and Space Technology ^ | 5/29/2010 | Graham Warwick
    Following the longest flight yet by an air-breathing scramjet engine, the X-51A Waverider team is waiting to see whether the largely successful first launch of the hypersonic demonstrator will unlock funding for further development of the ­technology. The X-51A was launched over the Pacific on May 26, achieving scramjet ignition and acceleration, but the engine ran for only 200 sec. rather than the 300 sec. planned, and the vehicle reached around Mach 5 instead of accelerating beyond Mach 6. When it began to slow down and telemetry was lost, the flight was terminated and the vehicle destroyed, says Charles Brink,...
  • US Air Force tests hypersonic cruise missile

    05/26/2010 6:02:05 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 16 replies · 729+ views
    AFP via ^ | 5/26/2010 | AFP via
    The US Air Force on Wednesday test launched a hypersonic cruise missile, with the vehicle accelerating to Mach 6 before splashing down in the Pacific Ocean, officials said. The Air Force said the test flight of the X-15A Waverider lasted more than 200 seconds, the longest ever hypersonic flight powered by scramjet propulsion. The previous record was 12 seconds in a NASA X-43 vehicle. "We are ecstatic to have accomplished most of our test points on the X-51A's very first hypersonic mission," Charlie Brink, program manager with the Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio. "We...
  • On The Job With A B-52 Radar Navigator

    05/21/2010 6:27:58 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 40 replies · 991+ views
    KERO 23 ^ | 5/20/2010 | Julie Flannery
    The B-52 entered into service in 1955 and was referred as one of the most powerful bombers. While that was true when the war plane first hit the skies, nearly 55 years later, it’s still true. Partly due to the testing B-52 Radar Navigator Christopher Rudd does at Edwards Air Force Base. “We’re an independent organization that plans, executes, analyzes, the new systems that’s coming on board for in this case the B-52,” said Rudd. From testing new software to new weaponry, they do it all to make sure despite its age, the B-52 is still top notch. “We are...
  • U.S. Looks to Jump Into Hypersonic Future With X-51 Missile Test

    05/11/2010 9:32:55 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 4 replies · 545+ views
    Daily Tech ^ | 5/9/2010 | Daily Tech
    The U.S. Air Force is set to successfully launch a Boeing X-51 for 300 seconds of hypersonic flight By the end of this month, the U.S. Air Force will begin a series of hypersonic tests that will send a scramjet into the atmosphere for about five minutes, at nearly five times the speed of sound. A scramjet is a supersonic combustion ramjet, while a ramjet is a jet engine using the engine's forward motion to compress air. If all goes as planned, this will be the first time that an aircraft will have flown at such speeds for more than...
  • U.S. Air Force Official Touts Space Plane Applications

    04/28/2010 8:30:06 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 16 replies · 479+ views
    Space News ^ | 4/22/2010 | Turner Brinton
    The U.S. Air Force on April 22 launched a winged spacecraft designed to conduct military experiments on orbit for as long as nine months before re-entering the atmosphere and gliding to a runway landing in California. The service hopes the unmanned X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle will pave the way for a cost-effective, reusable spacecraft platform that can be reconfigured on the ground and relaunched in just a few weeks, Gary Payton, undersecretary of the Air Force for space programs, said April 20 during a media teleconference. But because the X-37B’s specific experiments are classified, as is its budget, much about...
  • Air Force to launch robotic winged space plane

    04/03/2010 7:41:22 PM PDT · by Touch Not the Cat · 7 replies · 572+ views
    Associated Press via yahoo ^ | 2 hrs 50 mins ago | JOHN ANTCZAK,
    After a decade of development, the Air Force this month plans to launch a robotic spacecraft resembling a small space shuttle to conduct technology tests in orbit and then glide home to a California runway. The ultimate purpose of the X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle and details about the craft, which has been passed between several government agencies, however, remain a mystery as it is prepared for launch April 19 from Cape Canaveral, Fla. The quietly scheduled launch culminates the project's long and expensive journey from NASA to the Pentagon's research and development arm and then to a secretive Air Force...
  • Above and Beyond: An Extra Two Seconds

    03/24/2010 8:43:03 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 6 replies · 564+ views
    Air and Space Museum ^ | 5/1/2010 | Robert M. White as told to Al Hallonquist
    In the cockpit of the sleek, black aircraft slung underneath the wing of the B-52 bomber, my interphone crackles. "Ah, Robert, it’s a lovely morning," says Jack Allavie, the commander of the B-52 launch aircraft. "Yes it is, Jack," I respond while running through the preflight checklist for our July 17, 1962 mission. The North American Aircraft X-15 was designed to investigate flight at hypersonic (Mach 5-plus) speeds and extremely high altitudes, and the effects of aerodynamic heating on aircraft surfaces. It was the first aircraft to fly Mach 4, Mach 5, and Mach 6—and I had the good fortune...
  • Fire in the sky: the Air Launched Sortie Vehicle of the early 1980s (part 3)

    03/23/2010 8:59:09 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 4 replies · 486+ views
    The Space Review ^ | 3/23/2010 | Dwayne Day
    A few years ago a company by the name of AirLaunch had a novel idea for a rocket—put it in a C-17 cargo plane and then slide it out the back at high altitude. The rocket would rotate until it was vertical and then fire, heading into orbit. You can watch video of the drop tests. “We examined a wide variety of propellants ranging from storable hypergolics, RP/LOX, to fluorine/deuterium.” That may sound exotic, but Ehrlich joked that “this was a paper study!” Now imagine that instead of a relatively small rocket, there was a much larger rocket, with a...
  • Maj. Gen. Robert White, test pilot and space pioneer, dies at 85

    03/21/2010 9:11:20 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 15 replies · 572+ views
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | 3/21/2010 | Dave Weber
    When Robert White shot through the sky in a rocket-powered X-15 airplane nearly 50 years ago, he earned a place in the development of America's space program that those in the field still talk about. First to break Mach 4 — four times the speed of sound. First to break Mach 5. First to break Mach 6 —more than 4,000 miles per hour. All in a few short months in 1961. Then in 1962 the young test pilot with Hollywood good looks nosed his airplane 59 miles above the earth to be the first to take a winged craft into...
  • Fire in the sky: the Air Launched Sortie Vehicle of the early 1980s (part 2)

    03/08/2010 11:38:45 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 16 replies · 782+ views
    Space Review ^ | 3/8/2010 | Dwayne Day
    Many things remain murky about the Air Force Rocket Propulsion Laboratory’s sponsorship of an effort starting in 1980 to study the possibility of launching a spaceplane off the back of a 747. AFRPL was located at Edwards Air Force Base and in early December of that year, an AFRPL engineer named Don Hart produced a several page description of what such a vehicle might look like and might be capable of doing. (See: “Fire in the sky: the Air Launched Sortie Vehicle of the early 1980s (part 1)”, The Space Review, February 22, 2010) Very quickly at least one contractor...
  • U.S. Air Force Set To Begin X-51 Hypersonic Flight Tests

    02/26/2010 8:46:52 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 15 replies · 1,062+ views
    Space News ^ | 2/26/2010 | Turner Brinton
    The U.S. Air Force is gearing up for the first of four planned test flights of a hypersonic aircraft designed to operate for much longer durations and cover far greater distances than previous platforms of its type. The maiden flight of the X-51 Waverider aircraft — the first U.S. hypersonic vehicle to fly in six years — is scheduled to take place later in March. Boeing Defense, Space & Security Systems of St. Louis has been developing the aircraft since 2003 on behalf of the Air Force Research Laboratory and Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. The missile-shaped X-51 will be...
  • In test, US airborne laser shoots down missile: Pentagon

    02/12/2010 3:29:37 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 25 replies · 722+ views
    AFP ^ | 1/12/2010 | AFP
    A high-energy laser mounted on a US military aircraft has shot down a ballistic missile in the first successful test of the weapon, the US Missile Defense Agency said on Friday. The experiment -- evoking a scene out of a science fiction film -- was carried out off the central California coast at Point Mugu Naval Air Warfare Center at 8:44 pm Thursday Pacific time (0444 GMT), the agency said in a statement. "The Missile Defense Agency demonstrated the potential use of directed energy to defend against ballistic missiles when the Airborne Laser Testbed (ALTB) successfully destroyed a boosting ballistic...
  • X-51A WaveRider Gets First Ride Aboard B-52

    02/09/2010 9:43:06 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 11 replies · 806+ views
    Space War ^ | 1/10/2010 | Derek Kaufman/Air Base Wing Public Affairs
    In a flight test reminiscent of the early days of the historic X-15 program 50 years earlier, the X-51A Waverider was carried aloft for the first time over Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., Wednesday, Dec. 9 by an Air Force Flight Test Center B-52H Stratofortress. The "captive carry" test was a key milestone in preparation for the X-51 to light its supersonic combustion ramjet engine and propel the WaverRider at hypersonic speed for about 5 minutes, before plunging into the Pacific Ocean. That flight test is currently planned in about two months, said Charlie Brink, X-51A program manager with the...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Road Trip: Edwards Air Force Base, California ~ 09 FEB 10

    02/08/2010 6:00:00 PM PST · by Kathy in Alaska · 253 replies · 1,370+ views
    Serving The Best Troops and Veterans In The World !! | laurenmarlowe
        ~The FReeper Canteen Presents~ Road Trip: Edwards Air Force Base, California Edwards Air Force Base is a United States Air Force base located on the border of Kern County and Los Angeles County, California in the Antelope Valley. Edwards is home to the 412th Test Wing and is currently operated by the 95th Air Base Wing. The base is strategically situated next to Rogers Dry Lake, a desert salt pan; its hard playa surface provides a natural extension to Edwards' runways. This large landing area, combined with excellent year-round weather, makes the base a perfect site for...
  • Above and Beyond: The Unhappy Bottom Riding Club

    01/30/2010 8:05:13 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 19 replies · 1,145+ views
    Smithsonian Air and Space Magazine ^ | 3/01/2010 | Norvin C. Evans
    Those of us in flight test at California’s Edwards Air Force Base in 1959 accused the Lockheed F-104 Starfighter production engineers of turning the designer’s drawings upside down. The wings of most aircraft employed dihedral—they were set at a slightly upward angle—but the F-104’s wings angled in the opposite direction; the horizontal stabilizer and elevator sat atop the vertical stabilizer instead of below it; and the ejection seat fired down instead of up.We could recover from the spin that resulted from the aircraft pitching up uncontrollably when it stalled,which was due to the T-tail configuration, but most pilots who used...
  • Boeing B-52 with CONECT Upgrade Accomplishes 1st Test Flight

    01/29/2010 8:26:59 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 18 replies · 695+ views
    Alert 5 ^ | 1/29/2010 | Alert 5
    Boeing announced that a B-52H upgraded with new communication technology successfully accomplished its first test flight at Edwards Air Force Base on Jan. 17. The Combat Network Communications Technology (CONECT) upgrade allows B-52H crews to receive and send real-time digital information during their missions. The more than three-hour flight around the Edwards area included an initial system build-up test, interphone test and communication test. The test process included power-on of each system in flight to determine that there were no adverse effects on flight-essential systems.
  • X-51A WaveRider Gets Airborne

    12/12/2009 11:01:50 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 13 replies · 2,017+ views
    Aviation Week and Space Technology ^ | 12/11/2009 | Graham Warwick
    The US Air Force Research Laboratory's X-51A WaveRider scramjet engine demonstrator completed its first captive-carry flight under the wing of its B-52H mothership from Edwards AFB on Dec. 9. The first free flight is planned for mid-February. The B-52 climbed to the planned launch altitude of 50,000ft during a 1.4h flight that checked out systems and telemetry. The next flight, planned for mid-January, will be a full dress-rehearsal for the first of four planned X-51A hypersonic test flights. The Boeing-built X-51A will be released at 50,000ft over the Pacific and accelerated to Mach 4.5 by a solid rocket booster. The...
  • 2009 Edwards AFB Open House-(incredible photos/sounds etc !!!)

    11/15/2009 7:19:38 PM PST · by Flavius · 25 replies · 1,856+ views
    Edwards Air Base ^ | Nov 13,'09 | Edwards Air Base
    Update (Nov 13,'09) - added sound clips for various planes. Edwards AFB hasn't had an open house event for 3 years, so there was a lot of interest in the 2009 show. Edwards is the main Air Force flight test center for the U.S. with a rich aviation history behind it. One of the more famous exploits there was Chuck Yeager breaking the sound barrier in the X-1. Edwards is also known for being the alternate landing site for the Space Shuttle. For some reason, I wanted to get there before the gates opened at 7am. In retrospect, it was...
  • Edwards Air Show Soars

    10/18/2009 12:23:59 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 10 replies · 1,424+ views
    Valley Press ^ | October 19, 2009 | Allison Gatlin
    EDWARDS AFB - More than 100,000 people streamed into Edwards Air Force Base Saturday to join in a celebration of aviation and flight test history during Flight Test Nation 2009, the base's open house and air show. "WHAT A SIGHT - The Warbirds demonstration included pyrotechnics Saturday at Edwards Air Force Base Flight Test Nation 2009 Air Show and Open House. Participating planes included the B-52, B-17, P-51 and P-38." MOLLY HAUXWELL/Valley Press
  • Any folks make it to Edwards Air Force Base today?

    10/17/2009 9:08:47 PM PDT · by NoRedTape · 5 replies · 685+ views
    October 17, 2009 | NoRedTape
    .......a most awesome Air Show! Major General Chuck Yeager broke the sound barrier at 10am sharp to get the show rolling. Show promo video here....................this is what the show offered.......and more.....
  • Space shuttle lands in California after detour ( Sonic Boom blasts Los Angeles)

    09/11/2009 6:38:51 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 18 replies · 1,304+ views
    AP ^ | Sept 11, 2009 32 minutes ago | ALICIA CHANG
    EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. — Space shuttle Discovery and its seven astronauts took a cross-country detour and landed safely in California on Friday after stormy weather prevented them from returning home to Florida for the second day in a row.
  • Report: Pilot disoriented before crash

    08/03/2009 8:23:02 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 44 replies · 2,772+ views
    Valley Press on ^ | Saturday, August 1, 2009. | ALLISON GATLIN
    EDWARDS AFB - A veteran Lockheed Martin test pilot died in an F-22A crash after nearly losing consciousness during a high-speed, high-g test maneuver, according to an Air Force accident investigation report released Friday. The $140 million jet, assigned to Edward Air Force Base's 412th Flight Test Wing, crashed during a mission to test the effects of carrying weapons on the aircraft's performance. These tests involved a series of high-speed, high-performance maneuvers in which the pilot experienced several times the force of gravity. The accident investigation concluded that Cooley experienced such disorientation brought on by the high g-forces, and recovered...
  • Solar project for [Air Force] base a 'win, win'

    07/30/2009 12:47:42 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 4 replies · 586+ views
    Valley Press on ^ | Thursday, July 30, 2009. | ALLISON GATLIN
    EDWARDS AFB - Some 120 representatives of solar energy firms turned out Tuesday to learn about an opportunity to lease as much as 3,280 acres of Edwards Air Force Base property for a solar power plant. The industry day, in which participants toured the site at the northwest corner of the base and learned about the lease procedures and project requirements, is the first step of a lengthy process that officials hope will result in a utility-grade solar power plant to supply energy to the public electrical grid. The project would operate under the Air Force's enhanced-use lease program, which...
  • Edwards welcomes Atlantis

    05/25/2009 7:44:57 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 7 replies · 477+ views
    Valley Press on ^ | Monday, May 25, 2009. | JULIE DRAKE
    EDWARDS AFB - The space shuttle Atlantis returned to Earth Sunday morning in a spectacular and rare landing at Edwards Air Force Base ... Atlantis announced its return to the Valley with its signature double sonic booms ... Atlantis' landing was the 53rd landing at Edwards. The orbiter's twin shocks did not generate as many calls to the Lancaster and Palmdale sheriff's stations as what happened when Endeavour landed. The Lancaster Sheriff's Station reported one call on Sunday,... Deputies at the Palmdale Sheriff's Station also reported a few calls. "We just had a couple, there was one woman that called,...
  • T-38 crash claims life of Edwards pilot

    05/24/2009 10:26:33 AM PDT · by Excuse_My_Bellicosity · 20 replies · 1,310+ views
    Air Force Link ^ | 5/22/2009 | 95th Air Base Wing Public Affairs
    5/22/2009 - EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- An Air Force test pilot student died yesterday when his jet trainer crashed north of Edwards Air Force Base. Captain Mark P. Graziano, 30, died when the T-38A he was piloting crashed approximately nine miles north of Edwards AFB, near California City. Graziano was assigned to the USAF Test Pilot School at Edwards, where he was undergoing training to become a test pilot. His crew member, Major Lee V. Jones, was injured upon ejecting from the aircraft. He was transported to Kern Medical Center in Bakersfield, where he is listed in stable...
  • Air Force Jet Crashes in California Desert; No Word on Fate of Crew

    05/21/2009 6:55:18 PM PDT · by driftdiver · 5 replies · 906+ views
    Foxnews ^ | may 21, 2009 | AP
    CALIFORNIA CITY, California — A military jet on a training mission crashed north of Edwards Air Force base in the desert on Thursday, authorities said. The fate of the two crew members aboard was not immediately known. The T-38 Talon went down at 1:15 p.m. nine miles north of the base, Senior Airman Julius Delos Reyes said in a statement. Base officials had no immediate information on the cause of the crash. It was the second crash of an aircraft from Edwards in less than two months. On March 25, an Air Force F-22A Raptor went down about 35 miles...
  • Happy 50th Birthday, T-38 Talon

    04/20/2009 1:03:54 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 27 replies · 2,821+ views
    Valley Press on ^ | Monday, April 20, 2009. | Sr. Airman Julius Delos Reyes 95th Air Base Wing Public Affairs
    EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE - Fifty years and an old runway ago, a T-38 Talon flew over Edwards, marking the beginning of its career. From then on, the aircraft continued to add to its list of accomplishments, and on April 10, Team Edwards celebrated the T-38's first flight and its historical achievements. The T-38 is a twin-engine, high-altitude, supersonic jet trainer used in a variety of roles because of its design, economy of operations, ease of maintenance, high performance and exceptional safety record. The T-38 has swept wings, a "soda-bottle" shaped fuselage and tricycle landing gear with a steerable nose...