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F-35s at Eielson have schools preparing for influx

The basing of F-35 fighters at Eielson Air Force Base will increase the number of school-age kids in the Fairbanks North Star Borough. A federally-funded borough growth plan projects a six percent increase over the next decade. That equates to adding 1,900 students to an…

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Lockheed Pitching F-22/F-35 Hybrid to U.S. Air Force

Lockheed Martin is quietly pitching the U.S. Air Force a new variant of the F-22 Raptor, equipped with the F-35’s more modern mission avionics and some structural changes, Defense One has learned. It is one of several options being shopped to the U.S. military and allies as Lockheed explores how it might…

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F-35A Nose Down At Eglin AFB After Inflight Emergency

A U.S. Air Force F-35A Joint Strike Fighter from the 33rd Fighter Wing at Eglin Air Force base has made an emergency landing at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida. Though there are still limited details about what happened, the stealthy fighter apparently suffered an…

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NASA examining US fighter pilot hypoxia problem

US fighter pilots are having trouble breathing and NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center has been asked to look into the problem. Over the next few months, test pilots at the Langley Research Center in Virginia will spend 160 flight hours carrying out a series of…

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The ABCs of the F-35: Why Are There Three Variants?

The F-35 jet has three variants: the F-35A conventional takeoff and landing (CTOL) variant, the F-35B short takeoff/vertical landing (STOVL) variant, and the F-35C carrier variant (CV). The three variants perform similarly and are mainly distinguished by their different basing requirements. As a result, the F-35B…

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F-35 to get automatic ground collision avoidance

The Air Force will soon operate F-35s with fast-evolving collision-avoidance technology able to help fighter jets avoid ground collisions by using computer automation to redirect an aircraft in the event that a pilot is injured or incapacitated. Later this year, the Air Force will fly…

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Air Force Secretary visits Fairbanks

In a visit to Fairbanks and Eielson Air Force Base Friday afternoon, Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson was cautious in her remarks about the Space Force, a new branch of the military discussed by Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday. “I think the best that’s happened…

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Watch F-35A fly low in “Beast Mode”

23 TES (Test & Evaluation Squadron), the Dutch unit based at Edwards Air Force Base and responsible for the F-35 Operational Test and Evaluation Phase (OT&E) as part of the Joint Operational Test Team, has carried out a series of tests with external weapons last…

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First F-35 search and rescue exercise

Marine Corps units from Air Station Beaufort joined members of the U.S. Navy, Naval Hospital Beaufort, Savannah Coast Guard and local responders on a first-ever search and rescue exercise with F-35 fighters July 27. The exercise, which took place on the Beaufort River, paired pilots…

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USAF reveals intentions to acquire light attack fighter fleet

After more than a year of flight demonstrations the US Air Force is formally moving the light attack aircraft experiment into the acquisitions phase, with the intention that it will award a production contract to Sierra Nevada Corporation or Textron Aviation in the fourth quarter…

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