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Air Force Thunderbirds schooled on the Wright Brothers way in Dayton
 The Air Force Thunderbirds bowed out of the cockpit for two days to explore the origins of aviation in the Dayton region on Tuesday and Wednesday. The Thunderbirds will be the headline act at Vectren Dayton Air Show this Saturday and Sunday. Flying F-16 fighter jets, the team streaked into Dayton International Airport on Monday, days earlier...

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The Air Force Thunderbirds bowed out of the cockpit for two days to explore the origins of aviation in the Dayton region on Tuesday and Wednesday. The Thunderbirds will be the headline act at Vectren Dayton Air Show this Saturday and Sunday. Flying F-16 fighter jets, the team streaked into Dayton International Airport on Monday, days earlier...
Air show to pump millions into local economy
 Vectren Dayton Air Show attendees will pump an estimated $2.6 million in direct spending this week into the region’s economy as thousands of visitors pour into restaurants, hotels and businesses, according to the Dayton Convention & Visitors Bureau. The Air Force Thunderbirds jet demonstration team and the first public flight of the...

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Vectren Dayton Air Show attendees will pump an estimated $2.6 million in direct spending this week into the region’s economy as thousands of visitors pour into restaurants, hotels and businesses, according to the Dayton Convention & Visitors Bureau. The Air Force Thunderbirds jet demonstration team and the first public flight of the...
F-16 crashed in Texas similar to Thunderbirds at Dayton Air Show
 A pilot ejected from an F-16 that crashed on take-off during a training flight at a Texas airfield, according to the North American Aerospace Defense Command. The crash caused the evacuation of Ellington Airport, where the Fighting Falcon jet was taking off, a nearby construction site and a golf course after the crash KHOU.com in Houston...

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A pilot ejected from an F-16 that crashed on take-off during a training flight at a Texas airfield, according to the North American Aerospace Defense Command. The crash caused the evacuation of Ellington Airport, where the Fighting Falcon jet was taking off, a nearby construction site and a golf course after the crash KHOU.com in Houston...
Wright-Patterson named ‘Bee City USA’ site
 Planes aren’t the only things with wings buzzing at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. The base was the first military installation to earn the “Bee City USA” designation: The number of pollinator honey bees swarming around hives has flourished five fold in two years as the bees indulge in abundant food, water and nesting...

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Planes aren’t the only things with wings buzzing at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. The base was the first military installation to earn the “Bee City USA” designation: The number of pollinator honey bees swarming around hives has flourished five fold in two years as the bees indulge in abundant food, water and nesting...
Thunderbirds rumble above Miami Valley skies
 The Air Force is in Whit Collins blood. The grandson of a World War II pilot, and the son of an Air Force maintenance officer, Collins was born at Langley Air Force Base in Virginia. “I consider the Air Force a family business,” Collins said. It was perhaps pre-determined, then, that the 32-year-old Air Force major would become...

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The Air Force is in Whit Collins blood. The grandson of a World War II pilot, and the son of an Air Force maintenance officer, Collins was born at Langley Air Force Base in Virginia. “I consider the Air Force a family business,” Collins said. It was perhaps pre-determined, then, that the 32-year-old Air Force major would become...
Backers want Ohio Aviation Hall of Fame at future monument site
 Ohio may be the birthplace of aviation, but it doesn’t have what California, Kansas, North Carolina and New Jersey all have: a state-oriented aviation hall of fame. A number of aviation enthusiasts in the area want to change that, but money remains a big hurdle. Backers envision an Ohio Aviation Hall of Fame as part of a proposed $21...

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Ohio may be the birthplace of aviation, but it doesn’t have what California, Kansas, North Carolina and New Jersey all have: a state-oriented aviation hall of fame. A number of aviation enthusiasts in the area want to change that, but money remains a big hurdle. Backers envision an Ohio Aviation Hall of Fame as part of a proposed $21...
Air Force museum sees big climb in visitors
 A new $40.8 million hangar with Air Force One presidential jets and exotic, record-setting research aircraft boosted the number of visitors over 24 percent in the year since the long-anticipated expansion opened at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, figures show. The Miami Valley’s top tourist attraction counted 938,691 visitors...

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A new $40.8 million hangar with Air Force One presidential jets and exotic, record-setting research aircraft boosted the number of visitors over 24 percent in the year since the long-anticipated expansion opened at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, figures show. The Miami Valley’s top tourist attraction counted 938,691 visitors...
Nonprofit seeks to help military veterans
 An Oakwood nonprofit has started a charity to cover the expense of veterans’ medical costs for certain surgical procedures, its founder says. The Soldiers Surgeon Inc. wants to aid veterans with “under treated and under diagnosed” injuries or who face delays in treatment with certain surgical needs, such as muscular skeletal...

Posted: 6 days ago

An Oakwood nonprofit has started a charity to cover the expense of veterans’ medical costs for certain surgical procedures, its founder says. The Soldiers Surgeon Inc. wants to aid veterans with “under treated and under diagnosed” injuries or who face delays in treatment with certain surgical needs, such as muscular skeletal...
Dayton contractor lands $49M deal with AF Nuclear Weapons Center
 The Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center has awarded a $49 million, five-year contract to a Dayton defense contractor, according to the Department of Defense. MacAulay-Brown Inc. of Dayton was one of six contractors to bid on the deal that ends in June 2022, according to the Defense Department. RELATED: Small business contracts way up at Wright-Patterson...

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The Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center has awarded a $49 million, five-year contract to a Dayton defense contractor, according to the Department of Defense. MacAulay-Brown Inc. of Dayton was one of six contractors to bid on the deal that ends in June 2022, according to the Defense Department. RELATED: Small business contracts way up at Wright-Patterson...
Top Air Force leader to visit Wright-Patt
 Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson will travel to Wright-Patterson later this month, the military branch has confirmed. Wilson, a former New Mexico congresswoman and a prior Air Force officer, received Senate confirmation for the top civilian post in the service branch in May. An exact date for her arrival was not released. RELATED...

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Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson will travel to Wright-Patterson later this month, the military branch has confirmed. Wilson, a former New Mexico congresswoman and a prior Air Force officer, received Senate confirmation for the top civilian post in the service branch in May. An exact date for her arrival was not released. RELATED...
A Navy admiral and Dayton native charts course for sealift ships
 The Navy is reviewing how to increase the readiness of supply ships called on if war breaks out, an admiral says. Rear Adm. John A. Schommer, 51, a Dayton native who serves as Navy Reserve deputy commander of the Norfolk, Va. -headquartered Military Sealift Command, returned to his hometown this week to tell the Navy’s message and the...

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The Navy is reviewing how to increase the readiness of supply ships called on if war breaks out, an admiral says. Rear Adm. John A. Schommer, 51, a Dayton native who serves as Navy Reserve deputy commander of the Norfolk, Va. -headquartered Military Sealift Command, returned to his hometown this week to tell the Navy’s message and the...
Farmers Market in West Dayton starts today at Dayton VA campus
 The Dayton VA will launch a Farmers Market today on the grounds of the sprawling campus in West Dayton. At least 15 vendors will be at the market, open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the pavilion on the corner of Massachusetts Boulevard and Iowa Avenue, organizers say. Customers will see the Farmers Market regularly this summer, organizers say. The...

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The Dayton VA will launch a Farmers Market today on the grounds of the sprawling campus in West Dayton. At least 15 vendors will be at the market, open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the pavilion on the corner of Massachusetts Boulevard and Iowa Avenue, organizers say. Customers will see the Farmers Market regularly this summer, organizers say. The...
GE Aviation acquires robotics maker
 GE Aviation has acquired a United Kingdom-based manufacturer that builds snake-arm robots for work in confined and hazardous areas. Terms of the deal to acquire OC Robotics were not disclosed. The robots are typically used in hazardous and hard-to-get to confined areas for inspections, repairs and cleaning in the aerospace, construction,...

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GE Aviation has acquired a United Kingdom-based manufacturer that builds snake-arm robots for work in confined and hazardous areas. Terms of the deal to acquire OC Robotics were not disclosed. The robots are typically used in hazardous and hard-to-get to confined areas for inspections, repairs and cleaning in the aerospace, construction,...
Eye to the sky:Wright-Patt weather watchers alert for twisters, storms
 They never stop watching the sky at Wright-Patterson. Seven days a week, every day of the year, and around the clock someone is watching the weather in a windowless room with a wall of screens filled with radar and satellite images of what’s around the airfield and the world. While storms swirled around the Miami Valley region last...

Posted: 11 days ago

They never stop watching the sky at Wright-Patterson. Seven days a week, every day of the year, and around the clock someone is watching the weather in a windowless room with a wall of screens filled with radar and satellite images of what’s around the airfield and the world. While storms swirled around the Miami Valley region last...
Major gate at Wright-Patt reopens for thousands of commuters
 A major gateway closed for weeks to thousands of Wright-Patterson commuters during a $1.3 million security upgrade has reopened in Area B at Wright-Patterson, authorities say. Base Gate 19B, off National Road, which typically averages about 11,000 vehicles a day, will return to 24-hour operations at midnight Monday, according to Wright-Patterson...

Posted: 12 days ago

A major gateway closed for weeks to thousands of Wright-Patterson commuters during a $1.3 million security upgrade has reopened in Area B at Wright-Patterson, authorities say. Base Gate 19B, off National Road, which typically averages about 11,000 vehicles a day, will return to 24-hour operations at midnight Monday, according to Wright-Patterson...
Air Force boosts bonuses for fighter pilots to fill shortage in ranks
 The Air Force will boost bonus retention pay to keep more experienced pilots in the cockpit. The new tiered-pay system, which would pay fighter pilots as much as $35,000 for each additional year and up to $455,000 for 13 years, was meant to reverse a shortage of active-duty aviators. The problem is most acute among fighter pilots: The Air...

Posted: 13 days ago

The Air Force will boost bonus retention pay to keep more experienced pilots in the cockpit. The new tiered-pay system, which would pay fighter pilots as much as $35,000 for each additional year and up to $455,000 for 13 years, was meant to reverse a shortage of active-duty aviators. The problem is most acute among fighter pilots: The Air...
New AFRL civilian leader led testing of ‘game-changing technologies’
 A senior civilian executive who leads a key weapons technology office at Wright-Patterson has been named executive director of the Air Force Research Laboratory. Jack L. Blackhurst, a retired Air Force colonel, will help manage at $4.9 billion budget and a workforce of about 10,400 employees, more than half of whom work at AFRL headquarters...

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A senior civilian executive who leads a key weapons technology office at Wright-Patterson has been named executive director of the Air Force Research Laboratory. Jack L. Blackhurst, a retired Air Force colonel, will help manage at $4.9 billion budget and a workforce of about 10,400 employees, more than half of whom work at AFRL headquarters...
Woolpert lands part of $40 million Special Operations contract
 Woolpert Inc. will share in a $40 million, five-year deal to provide architectural and engineering services and environmental planning at Air Force Special Operations Command locations. “It’s continuing a long relationship that we have with Air Force Special Operations Command,” David Rickard, Woolpert senior vice president...

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Woolpert Inc. will share in a $40 million, five-year deal to provide architectural and engineering services and environmental planning at Air Force Special Operations Command locations. “It’s continuing a long relationship that we have with Air Force Special Operations Command,” David Rickard, Woolpert senior vice president...
Report finds racial disparities in military justice system
 Black service members were “substantially more likely” to face judicial punishment or administrative discipline compared to their white counterparts while in uniform, according to an advocacy group’s study of racial disparity in the military justice system. The Protect Our Defenders report released Wednesday found in the...

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Black service members were “substantially more likely” to face judicial punishment or administrative discipline compared to their white counterparts while in uniform, according to an advocacy group’s study of racial disparity in the military justice system. The Protect Our Defenders report released Wednesday found in the...
A.J. Hawk to soar with Thunderbirds at Dayton Air Show, organizers say
 Former NFL pro football player and Centerville High School standout A.J. Hawk will learn some high-speed maneuvers off the field. Hawk is set to take-off with the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds on a “VIP flight” when the famed jet team arrives for the Vectren Dayton Air Show later this month, according to air show organizers. The...

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Former NFL pro football player and Centerville High School standout A.J. Hawk will learn some high-speed maneuvers off the field. Hawk is set to take-off with the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds on a “VIP flight” when the famed jet team arrives for the Vectren Dayton Air Show later this month, according to air show organizers. The...
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