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Wright brothers anniversary will be marked in Friday ceremony
 The anniversary of the Wright brothers first flight at Kitty Hawk, N.C., 114 years ago will be marked at a Friday ceremony at the Wright Brothers Memorial. Burt Logan, executive director of the Ohio History Connection, is the keynote speaker. RELATED: What’s that noise? F-16s could fly over Dayton, Springfield region at night this week...

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The anniversary of the Wright brothers first flight at Kitty Hawk, N.C., 114 years ago will be marked at a Friday ceremony at the Wright Brothers Memorial. Burt Logan, executive director of the Ohio History Connection, is the keynote speaker. RELATED: What’s that noise? F-16s could fly over Dayton, Springfield region at night this week...
Air Force picks new Thunderbirds leader after former commander removed
 The Air Force Thunderbirds have a new leader after the prior commander was fired from the high-profile post. Lt. Col. Kevin Walsh, a Long Island, N.Y., native who served as the team’s operations officer this year, will take over as commander of the team that flies six F-16 Fighting Falcons in aerial formations at air shows and events...

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The Air Force Thunderbirds have a new leader after the prior commander was fired from the high-profile post. Lt. Col. Kevin Walsh, a Long Island, N.Y., native who served as the team’s operations officer this year, will take over as commander of the team that flies six F-16 Fighting Falcons in aerial formations at air shows and events...
Trump signs defense bill; shutdown stlll looms next week
 President Donald Trump signed a defense authorization bill into law Tuesday, but that doesn’t settle the prospect of a partial federal government shutdown Dec. 22. The bill authorizes defense programs for 2018, many of which will impact Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, but reaching a funding deal that would pay for the programs has...

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President Donald Trump signed a defense authorization bill into law Tuesday, but that doesn’t settle the prospect of a partial federal government shutdown Dec. 22. The bill authorizes defense programs for 2018, many of which will impact Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, but reaching a funding deal that would pay for the programs has...
What’s that noise? F-16s to fly over Dayton region at night this week
 F-16 fighter jets were set to fly around the Dayton, Springfield and Middletown region Wednesday night, an Ohio Air National Guard spokesman says. The Toledo-based 180th Fighter Wing jets will intercept a Civil Air Patrol aircraft. The wing will be training through 9 p.m. Thursday, according to the unit. The jets could travel through the...

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F-16 fighter jets were set to fly around the Dayton, Springfield and Middletown region Wednesday night, an Ohio Air National Guard spokesman says. The Toledo-based 180th Fighter Wing jets will intercept a Civil Air Patrol aircraft. The wing will be training through 9 p.m. Thursday, according to the unit. The jets could travel through the...
Retaliatory culture has not changed in military, ex-prosecutor says
 Former female Air Force Academy cadets who withdrew after they said they faced retaliation when they reported they were sexually assaulted shows a need for a culture change throughout the military, a former prosecutor said. “What it says about the climate is that despite all the military’s promise that they are taking this seriously...

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Former female Air Force Academy cadets who withdrew after they said they faced retaliation when they reported they were sexually assaulted shows a need for a culture change throughout the military, a former prosecutor said. “What it says about the climate is that despite all the military’s promise that they are taking this seriously...
Former Air Force Academy cadets talk about sexual assaults; reports rise at Wright Patt
 More than a dozen current and former United States Air Force Academy cadets in Colorado Springs told CBS News they reported sexual assaults only to experience retaliation by their peers and their commanders. “CBS This Morning” traveled to the Air Force Academy during a six-month investigation into sexual assault in the military...

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More than a dozen current and former United States Air Force Academy cadets in Colorado Springs told CBS News they reported sexual assaults only to experience retaliation by their peers and their commanders. “CBS This Morning” traveled to the Air Force Academy during a six-month investigation into sexual assault in the military...
A return of flying sergeants? Air Force says no despite too few pilots
 The Air Force will launch a high-tech training experiment testing both officers and enlisted airmen to prepare pilots for the cockpit faster. But, despite a growing shortage of aviators, it won’t be a return to the wartime days of flying sergeants – at least for now, according to the Air Force. The six-month initiative at a military...

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The Air Force will launch a high-tech training experiment testing both officers and enlisted airmen to prepare pilots for the cockpit faster. But, despite a growing shortage of aviators, it won’t be a return to the wartime days of flying sergeants – at least for now, according to the Air Force. The six-month initiative at a military...
Drone strikes could cause more damage to planes than birds, study says
 A Federal Aviation Administration study found small drones could potentially cause more damage to an aircraft than a bird strike, researchers say. The FAA’s Alliance for System Safety of UAS through Research Excellence – also known as ASSURE— worked with researchers across the country on the study. The research found heavier...

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A Federal Aviation Administration study found small drones could potentially cause more damage to an aircraft than a bird strike, researchers say. The FAA’s Alliance for System Safety of UAS through Research Excellence – also known as ASSURE— worked with researchers across the country on the study. The research found heavier...
Air Force Marathon chooses drone as ‘official’ aircraft of 2018 races
 The MQ-9 Reaper drone has been chosen as the “official” aircraft of the 2018 Air Force Marathon, a series of races that draw thousands of runners across the nation and other countries to the Miami Valley. This marks the second time the Air Force has chosen an unmanned aerial vehicle as the aircraft for the contest. RELATED: Hypersonic...

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The MQ-9 Reaper drone has been chosen as the “official” aircraft of the 2018 Air Force Marathon, a series of races that draw thousands of runners across the nation and other countries to the Miami Valley. This marks the second time the Air Force has chosen an unmanned aerial vehicle as the aircraft for the contest. RELATED: Hypersonic...
Beavercreek defense contractor lands $13.2 million deal with Navy
 The Navy has awarded a $13.2 million, four-year contract that could add millions of dollars in a deal with DRS Advanced ISR in Beavercreek, according to the Department of Defense. If contract options are extended, the deal could reach $25 million through 2026, the Defense Department said. RELATED: UDRI lands $15M contract to develop aircraft-launched...

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The Navy has awarded a $13.2 million, four-year contract that could add millions of dollars in a deal with DRS Advanced ISR in Beavercreek, according to the Department of Defense. If contract options are extended, the deal could reach $25 million through 2026, the Defense Department said. RELATED: UDRI lands $15M contract to develop aircraft-launched...
Air Force continues to address shortage of aircraft maintainers
 A massive shortfall of Air Force aircraft maintainers that caused “severe turbulence” in manning has dropped from thousands to hundreds, the service branch said. The Air Force has a shortage of about 400 maintainers on active duty, a significant drop from a gap of 3,400 a year ago and 4,000 in 2015, a spokeswoman said. Despite...

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A massive shortfall of Air Force aircraft maintainers that caused “severe turbulence” in manning has dropped from thousands to hundreds, the service branch said. The Air Force has a shortage of about 400 maintainers on active duty, a significant drop from a gap of 3,400 a year ago and 4,000 in 2015, a spokeswoman said. Despite...
Congress passes stopgap spending bill to avert weekend shutdown
 The House and Senate on Thursday passed a stopgap spending bill to prevent a government shutdown this weekend and buy time for challenging talks on a wide range of unfinished business on Capitol Hill. The measure passed on a vote of 235-193 in the House and 81-14 in the Senate, and would keep the government running through Dec. 22. The resolution...

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The House and Senate on Thursday passed a stopgap spending bill to prevent a government shutdown this weekend and buy time for challenging talks on a wide range of unfinished business on Capitol Hill. The measure passed on a vote of 235-193 in the House and 81-14 in the Senate, and would keep the government running through Dec. 22. The resolution...
Wright-Patt rolls out new Air Force maternity uniform
 Expectant mothers in the Air Force now have an easier fitting uniform to wear during their pregnancy, clothing designers say. After three years of testing, the Air Force has rolled out a redesigned camouflage maternity uniform, which designers say looks more like what other airmen wear. The new uniform will be sent to military clothing stores...

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Expectant mothers in the Air Force now have an easier fitting uniform to wear during their pregnancy, clothing designers say. After three years of testing, the Air Force has rolled out a redesigned camouflage maternity uniform, which designers say looks more like what other airmen wear. The new uniform will be sent to military clothing stores...
Report: Air Force has microwave energy weapon to zap NK’s missiles
 The Air Force Research Laboratory has developed a cruise missile that could use microwave energy to potentially disable North Korean missiles on the launch pad, according to NBC News. The technology, which the Dayton Daily News has reported on previously, zaps microwave energy at a target to disable electronics, such as computers inside a...

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The Air Force Research Laboratory has developed a cruise missile that could use microwave energy to potentially disable North Korean missiles on the launch pad, according to NBC News. The technology, which the Dayton Daily News has reported on previously, zaps microwave energy at a target to disable electronics, such as computers inside a...
UDRI lands $15M contract to develop aircraft-launched drones
 The Air Force has inked a $15 million contract with the University of Dayton Research Institute to develop aircraft-launch drones. The agreement is a five-year deal with the Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base that will build sensors to communicate between aircraft and drones and develop mission tactics, according...

Posted: 9 days ago

The Air Force has inked a $15 million contract with the University of Dayton Research Institute to develop aircraft-launch drones. The agreement is a five-year deal with the Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base that will build sensors to communicate between aircraft and drones and develop mission tactics, according...
Astronaut on first Apollo spaceflight picked for Aviation Hall of Fame
 Walter Cunningham orbited the Earth 163 times on the first manned Apollo space mission on the nation’s eventual journey to the moon. The 85-year-old space pioneer and former Marine Corps fighter pilot in the Korean war has marked a new milestone nearly 50 years after the historic space flight with his selection into 2018 class of the...

Posted: 10 days ago

Walter Cunningham orbited the Earth 163 times on the first manned Apollo space mission on the nation’s eventual journey to the moon. The 85-year-old space pioneer and former Marine Corps fighter pilot in the Korean war has marked a new milestone nearly 50 years after the historic space flight with his selection into 2018 class of the...
Foreign military sales more than triple at Wright Patt agency
 Foreign military sales through the Air Force Security Assistance and Cooperation Directorate more than tripled in the past year, soaring to $27.5 billion. The biggest deal was a $13.4 billion sale to Qatar, which purchased 36 F-15QAs and weapons to arm the jets for future delivery, according to the Wright-Patterson headquartered directorate...

Posted: 10 days ago

Foreign military sales through the Air Force Security Assistance and Cooperation Directorate more than tripled in the past year, soaring to $27.5 billion. The biggest deal was a $13.4 billion sale to Qatar, which purchased 36 F-15QAs and weapons to arm the jets for future delivery, according to the Wright-Patterson headquartered directorate...
Base workers ‘concerned;’ top senator says government won’t shut down
 Testing the resolve of Democrats, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell declared Sunday there won’t be a government shutdown this week over the question of protecting immigrants brought to the country illegally as children, describing it as a “non-emergency” to be addressed next year. “There’s not going to be...

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Testing the resolve of Democrats, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell declared Sunday there won’t be a government shutdown this week over the question of protecting immigrants brought to the country illegally as children, describing it as a “non-emergency” to be addressed next year. “There’s not going to be...
New veterans ID card could be shown to retailers, VA says
 In a push to make it easier for veterans to identify themselves to retailers and others, the Department of Veterans Affairs has rolled out a new Veterans Identification Card. The card, part of a 2015 federal mandate, was an “overdue promise,” the VA said in a statement. The new ID will allow veterans to more easily identify themselves...

Posted: 11 days ago

In a push to make it easier for veterans to identify themselves to retailers and others, the Department of Veterans Affairs has rolled out a new Veterans Identification Card. The card, part of a 2015 federal mandate, was an “overdue promise,” the VA said in a statement. The new ID will allow veterans to more easily identify themselves...
Repairs to Wright Patt gate damaged in crash will take weeks
 A major gateway damaged when a car crashed into it leaving a gate unable to close will cost at least $85,000 to repair and take until later this month to fix, according to a Wright-Patterson spokesman. Gate 22B off Interstate 675, was damaged in the early morning hours of Nov. 22 in the incident, according to authorities. EVOL Ltd. & DCI...

Posted: 11 days ago

A major gateway damaged when a car crashed into it leaving a gate unable to close will cost at least $85,000 to repair and take until later this month to fix, according to a Wright-Patterson spokesman. Gate 22B off Interstate 675, was damaged in the early morning hours of Nov. 22 in the incident, according to authorities. EVOL Ltd. & DCI...
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