Why Was The U.S. Air Force B-21 First Flight Delayed?

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Aviation Week Defense Editor Steve Trimble responds: Lockheed Martin flew the first weight-optimized F-35, known as “BF-1,” on June 11, 2008. The first Lockheed Martin F-22, bearing tail number 4001, flew on Sept. 7, 1997, or about 6.5 years after contract award. Finally, Northrop flew the original B-2 on July 17, 1989, or about eight years after winning the contract.   

For the B-21, the

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Prosecutor: Retired Air Force officer at Capitol riot aimed ‘to take hostages’

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Retired Air Force officer Larry Rendall Brock Jr. walks out of Parker County Jail upon release on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021 in Weatherford, Texas. Brock was released from custody on Thursday following a detention hearing in federal court. Brock was identified in photos as part of the mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol last week.

FORT WORTH, Texas — A retired Air Force officer who was part of the mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol last week carried plastic zip-tie handcuffs because

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Barrett praises senior Air Force leaders; assesses her tenure as secretary > U.S. Air Force > Article Display

JOINT BASE ANACOSTIA-BOLLING, Washington (AFNS) —

Secretary of the Air Force Barbara M. Barrett publicly praised Airmen, Guardians, and senior Air and Space Forces leaders during a ceremony at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, Jan. 14.

While praising the Air and Space Forces, Barrett highlighted the achievements of the five assistant secretaries of the Air Force who served under her tenure, as well as under the tenure of Heather Wilson, the 24th Secretary of the Air Force. 

“When you see that each individual – John Henderson, Will Roper, Tom Ayres, John Roth and Shon Manasco – is working

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United States Air Force Begins Construction on $403 Million Energy Savings Performance Contract

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The United States Air Force has announced the start of construction on an energy savings performance contract (ESPC) project that will improve energy resilience and enhance mission readiness at Yokota Air Base (Yokota AB), located outside of Tokyo, Japan. The ESPC totals $403 million, consisting of $167 million in implementation costs along with 21 years of operations, maintenance, repair, and replacement services.

The project is being handled by Schneider Electric and includes a combined heat and power (CHP) plant with microgrid controls that can produce more than 10 MW of power to support the base’s critical buildings and

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Trump to depart White House hours before Biden inauguration, flying Air Force One to Mar-a-Lago last time

  • Trump may give final remarks as commander in chief during a farewell ceremony at Joint Base Andrews.
  • Last week the president announced he will not attend the inauguration.
  • Vice President Mike Pence and second lady Karen Pence are expected to attend Joe Biden’s inauguration.



Donald Trump holding a sign: U.S. President Donald Trump salutes as he boards Air Force One at Valley International Airport after visiting the U.S.-Mexico border wall, in Harlingen, Texas, January 12, 2021.


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U.S. President Donald Trump salutes as he boards Air Force One at Valley International Airport after visiting the U.S.-Mexico border wall, in Harlingen, Texas, January 12, 2021.

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump is expected to depart the White House for West Palm Beach, Florida, a few hours before his successor, President-elect Joe

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Air Force Is Testing Bombs That Can Talk: Golden Horde Details

  • The Air Force has tested a new technology known as Golden Horde, which allows weapons to collaborate on targeting—on the way to their targets.
  • In the test, two precision glide bombs identified a higher-priority target than one to which they were assigned.
  • The new technology will make it possible for weapons to set their own targeting priorities on a fast-moving battlefield.

    The U.S. Air Force took a tiny, but important step toward a future where weapons will be able to work together to take advantage of the latest intelligence on the battlefield. The recent test of two Collaborative Small

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    California woman shot and killed by U.S. Capitol was Air Force veteran who backed Trump

    By ELLIOT SPAGAT | The Associated Press

    SAN DIEGO — The woman who was fatally shot when a mob supporting President Donald Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol was identified by authorities Thursday as Ashli Babbitt, whose family described her as an Air Force veteran and avid supporter of Trump and his efforts to stay in office.

    A U.S. Capitol Police officer on Wednesday shot Babbitt, who later died at a hospital. The shooting occurred as thousands of rioters forced their way into the House chamber, where members of Congress were hiding, according to Steven A. Sund, chief of the Capitol

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    U.S. Air Force to track data, review accountability on diversity issues

    Jan. 6 (UPI) — The U.S. Air Force announced administrative changes in data tracking of lesser disciplinary actions, for improvements in diversity and equal opportunity.

    In two statements published on Tuesday, the Air Force called for improved tracking of information to determine “whether all discipline is being carried out in a fair and impartial manner.”

    The Air Force also called for leadership to “assess command climate” in categories “relating to diversity, inclusion, belonging or equal opportunity topics.”

    The directives, which were included in a December memorandum, come as all U.S. service branches seek to better identify incidents of bias in

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    Who is Ashli Babbit? Woman Shot Dead in Capitol Siege Was U.S. Air Force Veteran

    Ashli Elizabeth Babbit, one of four people who died in connection with the violent riots at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, was a 14-year U.S. Air Force veteran and resident of Ocean Beach, a neighborhood in San Diego, California.



    a group of people standing in front of a building: Members of the Swat team patrol and secure the Statuary Hall before U.S. Vice President Mike Pence makes his way into the House Chamber at the U.S. Capitol, on January 7. A woman who fatally shot at the Capitol on Wednesday was a U.S. Air Force veteran.


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    Members of the Swat team patrol and secure the Statuary Hall before U.S. Vice President Mike Pence makes his way into the House Chamber at the U.S. Capitol, on January 7. A woman who fatally shot at the Capitol on Wednesday was a U.S. Air Force veteran.

    U.S. Capitol Hill Riots In Pictures

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    A look back at 2020 on Wright-Patterson Air Force Base

    Throughout 2020, there were many significant milestones achieved by numerous organizations across WPAFB. Here are some of the milestones, events, COVID-19 related actions, awards and other things that contributed to overall mission success:

    Milestones

    · Col. Patrick Miller accepted command of the 88 ABW during a ceremony at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on June 12. Lt. Gen. Robert McMurry, then the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center commander, outlined Miller’s successful 22-year service track record. Miller reminded the audience this is his second tour at WPAFB, having been an instructor as a captain at the Air

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