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Boeing and the U.S. Air Force successfully completed the first flight of the KC-46 tanker test program today. The plane, a Boeing 767-2C, took off from Paine Field, Wash., at 9:29 a.m. (PST) and landed three hours and 32 minutes later at Boeing Field. The aircraft will receive its military systems following certification. (photo courtesy of Boeing) Boeing completes successful first flight in KC-46 Program
The KC-46 development program completed its first flight of Engineering, Manufacturing and Development (EMD) aircraft #1 Dec. 28.   EMD #1 is a provisioned 767-2C freighter and the critical building block for the KC-46 missionized aerial refueler.  The maiden flight took off at 9:29 a.m. (PST) from Paine Field in Everett, Washington, and landed 3
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Default Air Force Logo Reaper model represents advances in technology
Hand warmers and ear muffs were valuable gear Dec. 10 as a crowd gathered before Bldg. 560 in Area B at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base to dedicate a model of the MQ-9, better known as the Reaper and, previously, as the Predator.The Reaper is a medium-altitude, armed, remotely piloted aircraft designed for long-endurance intelligence collection as
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The Air Force plans on acquiring more than 100 of the HH-60W to perform future personnel recovery missions.  Initial deliveries are expected in FY19.  (photo illustration by Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation) 'Whiskey' to perform personnel recovery mission
The Air Force has officially designated the new Combat Rescue Helicopter as the HH-60W.The need to acquire a new personnel recovery capability resulted in the June 2014 contract award to Sikorsky for eventual production and fielding of up to 112 aircraft with a potential value of approximately $7.9 billion."The formal designation of HH-60W for the
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C-17 (shown) and C-130 aircraft will be used for the transport isolation system. (Air Force photo) Urgent need for transport isolation system involves AFLCMC
The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC) is playing a unique role in the United States' comprehensive Ebola response efforts in West Africa through the center's involvement in developing a transport isolation system. The system will enable safe aeromedical evacuation of Department of Defense patients in C-130 and C-17 aircraft.The Human
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Tech. Sgt Sean Bowes, 88th Security Forces Squadron Combat Army Training and Maintainance (CATM) non-commissioned officer in charge, shows Lt. Gen. John Thompson, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center commander, some of the various weapons the base has access to during Thompson's tour of the 88th Air Base Wing on Nov. 13. Other stops included the Kittyhawk Pharmacy, 88th Operations Support Squadron, 88th Medical Group, the 88th Communications Group and the base recycling center. Looking on during the CATM stop are Chief Master Sgt. Doreen Losacco, AFLCMC commnad chief, Chief Master Sgt. Charles Hoffman, 88th ABW command chief, and Col. John Devillier, 88th ABW commander. (Air Force Photos by Wesley Farnsworth) AFLCMC commander gets detailed look at wing facilities

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Caleb Ashley, 9, aims for the target in the accuracy competition as Capt. Daniel Luczak prepares his paper airplane for competition. (Air Force photos by Diane Kofoed) Paper airplanes take flight to help raise charitable funds
Several paper airplanes took flight Oct. 29 in the rotunda of Bldg. 12, home of the Agile Combat Support (ACS) Directorate, contest sponsor. The competition was fiercely friendly as competitors competed in categories such as distance and accuracy.Each competitor entered the competition for $1 with all of the proceeds benefitting the Miami Valley
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All six of the Air Force's cyber weapon systems are managed by the C3I Infrastructure Division at Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass. Three of the weapon system program offices reside here on base: ACD, CSCS and AFINC. (U.S. Air Force photo by Justin Oakes) Hanscom key to Air Force cyber weapons
With cyberspace unfolding as the newest frontier for battle, the U.S. needs weapon systems geared for that fight, and Hanscom AFB is leading the way.In 2013 the Air Force Chief of Staff designated six of the service's cyber capabilities as weapon systems. While not your typical air or ground weaponry, these cyber defenses span the globe and make up
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AFLCMC crest AFLCMC captures two Performance Based Logistics awards
In an Oct. 17 memo, Frank Kendall, the Principal Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, announced the winners of the 2014 Secretary of Defense Performance Based Logistics awards, with programs managed by the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center claiming two of the three awards.The system level award went to
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Air Force Life Cycle Management Center’s new commander, Lt. Gen. John Thompson, is excited about leading the center and charting its future: “My firm belief is that we’re on the right path and that my job is to keep us on that path while navigating some of the ‘potholes’ that we will find along the way, and then maybe putting our feet collectively on the accelerator to go a little faster.” (Air Force photo by John Scaggs) New commander stresses consistency while introducing greater efficiency
On Oct. 2, his first official day commanding the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC), Lt. Gen. John Thompson said he awoke feeling, as his teenage daughter would say, "awesome, epic, amazing."    "There's no greater feeling than knowing I am coming to work to do something really important for our nation, with a really committed and
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Gen. Janet Wolfenbarger, Air Force Materiel Command commander, passes the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center flag to Lt. Gen. John Thompson in a ceremony at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on Sept. 26. Thompson officially assumed command of AFLCMC on Oct. 2. (Air Force photo Al Bright) Thompson to lead AFLCMC
Lt. Gen. John Thompson officially took command of the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center Oct. 2 after taking part in a change of command ceremony at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force Sept. 26.As AFLCMC commander, Thompson replaces Lt. Gen. C.D. Moore, II, who is retiring from the Air Force after serving 38 years.While addressing the men
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