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April 28, 2009

Air Force Update: AF1 Flight Opportunity 'Causes Confusion'

A statement by the American Forces Press Service is seeking to clarify some of the details around Monday's unintentional, but otherwise foreseeable mayhem as one of the Air Force's Presidential 747s toured the low altitude skis over New York City... with two F-16s in hot pursuit. What happened thereafter can only best be characterized in Mil-Speak as a 'S.N.A.F.U.'

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Deal Nearing To Extend Use of Manas Air Base

Could Reverse Previous Decision To Close Kyrgyzstan Base

The US could be nearing a deal with the Kyrgyzstan government to extend U.S. access to Manas Air Base, according to Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell. Morrell reported progress in negotiations he called "reason for hope" about reversing Kyrgyzstan's previous decision regarding the base.

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The Tuskegee Airmen Legacy Continues

Four Tuskegee Airmen Visit Iraq

Four Tuskegee Airmen visited the 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing April 23 to 25 and met the Airmen who are continuing their legacy in the 21st century.

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F-35 Test Vehicle Tries Out The Air Over Eglin AFB

The F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter test aircraft arrived in Florida, April 21st, to educate the base and local community about the Department of Defense and world's newest fighter. The arrival of the test F-35, called AA-1, kicked off a week full of events to showcase the aircraft at Eglin Air Force Base.

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Air Force One Photo Stunt Causes Alarm In NY

Yeah... Who'da Thought?

 OK... lets get this straight... a lowly Cessna 170 flies, accidently, into Washington Airspace (as occurred last week) and it becomes a national scandal (again) and yet when the White House/DoD flies a 747, low-level and followed by F16s pursuing it through the skies of New York, they're surprised when people start heading for shelter?

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First Flight: Boeing P-8A Poseidon

Boeing's P-8A Poseidon test aircraft T-1 successfully completed its first flight April 25th, taking off from Renton Field at 10:43 a.m. and touching down at Boeing Field in Seattle at 2:14 p.m. The P-8A performed a series of flight checks, reached a maximum altitude of 25,000 feet, and landed after three hours, 31 minutes in the air.

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