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  • 2008 AFMC Freedom's Call Tattoo to add new features and major musical entertainer

    The 2007 Air Force Materiel Command Freedom's Call Tattoo proved to be a big hit, drawing more than 60,000 visitors to the grounds adjacent to the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force to see aircraft flyovers, musical entertainment and fireworks in late June. The 2008 show - scheduled for June 27 - is shaping up to be even bigger, say officials
  • AFRL's Cooperative Operations in Urban Terrain Program Participates in US-Australia Combined Exercise

    AFRL's Cooperative Operations in Urban Terrain (COUNTER) program recently participated in Talisman Saber 2007, the largest joint warfighting exercise in the Pacific. During the exercise, the COUNTER team integrated with Australian Defense Forces, Pacific Command (PACOM), and the 3rd US Marine Expeditionary Forces to fill the requisite Opposition
  • AFRL-Funded Researchers Develop New Software Model to Improve Aircraft Mission Control Systems

    AFRL-funded researchers from Kansas State University (KSU) developed a new software model that could potentially reduce software development time and costs while improving aircraft mission control systems. The model is called Cadena, and the work is happening at KSU's Laboratory for Specification, Analysis, and Transformation of Software, a
  • Improved Crystals Transition for Laser Technology Demonstration

    AFRL researchers managed an innovative research and development (R&D) effort conducted with BAE Systems, Inc., that achieved a tenfold increase in the energy-per-pulse performance of zinc germanium diphosphide (ZnGeP2) crystals--important components in the construction of high-power (and now, high-energy) laser systems. Due to the significant
  • AFRL Develops Portable Covert Airfield Lighting System

    AFRL engineers worked under a Small Business Innovation Research grant with Optical Research Associates (Pasadena, California) to design and develop a portable covert airfield lighting system (PCALS) based on light-emitting diode (LED) technology rather than conventional incandescent bulbs. The dual-mode runway edge lights can be activated in a
  • Lab-Sponsored Research Investigates Electronic Properties of Carbon Nanotubes

    An AFRL-funded research team at Stanford University is creating transistors based on carbon nanotubes, ultrathin tubes of carbon a few atoms wide that will play a prominent role in the future of electronics due to their exceptionally high electrical conductivity. The new transistors contain several ultrafine metal wires placed atop a carbon
  • X-48B Blended-Wing Body Test Vehicle Takes Flight

    The AFRL, Boeing, and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) jointly developed X-48B Blended-Wing Body (BWB) research vehicle made a successful maiden flight at the NASA Dryden Flight Research Center (Edwards Air Force Base, California). The test aircraft--an 8.5% scale, remotely piloted vehicle--successfully completed a 31-minute
  • Air Force Officer Helps Build Clean Drinking Water Infrastructure for Iraqis

    Lieutenant Colonel Joseph J. Fraundorfer, a senior reservist with AFRL, worked as deputy chief of the Water Sector for the Gulf Region Division in Iraq during his recent deployment. He worked alongside Air Force (AF), civilian, and Iraqi civil engineers as part of a construction crew working to reconstruct the water system in Iraq, improve water
  • Researchers Discover Viscous Properties of Water

    An AFRL-sponsored team at the Georgia Tech Center for Computational Materials Science discovered, via modeling and simulation methodologies, that water in layers 1 nm thick has viscous properties. This discovery will benefit the Air Force by encouraging researchers to use the same methods to reveal the novel properties of other materials used in
  • AFRL-Funded Research Identifies New Material Properties

    AFRL-sponsored researchers from the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Wisconsin have identified new properties in molybdenum-silicon-boron (Mo-Si-B) alloys. The researchers discovered that the alloys exhibit melting temperatures more than 800°C higher than state-of-the-art nickel-based alloys, good oxidation and