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  • First metallic 3D printed part installed on F-22

    The use of 3D printing is not new to the Air Force. The service has routinely used 3D printing for legacy aircraft requiring parts that may be out of production due to manufacturing obsolescence. 3D printing is becoming more common place in the Air Force’s supply chain when it comes to its fifth-generation aircraft. In December, a metallic 3D printed part was installed by 574th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron maintainers on an operational F-22 Raptor during depot maintenance.
  • FEATURE: A Typical Monday Morning

    Taking a single-seat fighter across the ocean can prove exceptionally challenging when faced with compounding emergency procedures. The mantra of aviate, navigate and communicate takes on a whole new meaning when faced with engine and electrical malfunctions at night, over the ocean, far from divert bases, and an impending radio failure.
  • AIR FORCE TO CONDUCT FIRST POST HURRICANE AIR-TO-AIR EXERCISE AT TYNDALL,

    The 53rd Weapons Evaluation Group will conduct its first post-Hurricane Michael COMBAT ARCHER Dec. 3-14. This COMBAT ARCHER will exercise and evaluate the air-to-air weapon system capability of F-22s from the 27th Fighter Squadron from Langley AFB, Va and two F-35s from the 58th Fighter Squadron at Eglin AFB. The F-22s and F-35s will be flying out of Eglin AFB and performing live fire in the warning areas south of Tyndall AFB.
  • F-22 in Europe

    Photo essay -- F-22 Raptors assigned to the 1st Fighter Wing, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va. arrived at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England on Oct. 5, 2018. The Raptors will train with U.S. allies and partners as a demonstration of U.S. commitment to European regional security.
  • Checkered Flag 18-2 takes to the skies at Tyndall

    Checkered Flag 18-2, a large force exercise, kicked off at Tyndall July 9, 2018, and will conclude July 20. Checkered Flag is a large-scale aerial exercise designed to integrate fourth and fifth-generation airframes to enhance the capabilities of Airmen while providing training to rapidly respond to current, real-world conflicts and preparing for the future of air superiority.
  • ACC emphasizes shift in focus to cyber vigilance

    Air Combat Command participated in an Air Force first by testing the reporting capabilities of a mission defense team during a base-wide exercise at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, June 11-15, 2018. The 325th Communications Squadron’s MDT is the first operational unit of its kind in Air Combat Command, and the base exercise emphasized the Command’s cyber efforts by showcasing the unit’s communication with Joint Base Langley Eustis’ Cyber Defense Operation Center prototype.
  • Siblings sworn to serve

    Family lineage unveiled a career path for a pair of siblings raised in a military household. Traveling from post to post, their father, a retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel, set a precedence for service before self. With a family history tracing back to the American Revolution, military service became a Stahl tradition.
  • Tom and Jerry’s Father’s Day special: Part II

    In the early afternoon hours, Tom prepared, it was a day he had been longing for decades; the day he would finally have Jerry’s number. He carefully reviewed his plan, plotted his course, and prepared for the ultimate game of cat-and-mouse – a battle between father and son.
  • Global reach powers air superiority

    A KC-135 Stratotanker from the 101st Air Refueling Wing refuels F-22 Raptors from the 94th Fighter Squadron over the Atlantic Ocean, Feb. 22, 2018. The Stratotanker refueled four Raptors during this routine training mission. Refueling missions help the 94th Fighter Squadron accomplish their task of providing rapid air superiority to the United States and its allies. This total force training mission involved an Air National Guard refueling team, base out of Maine, and an active duty fighter jet team, based out of Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia.
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