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Air Force F-35 takes first night flight

Air Force F-35 takes first night flight

Air Force Times

Pilots in the Air Force's newest and most expensive fighter can now fly at night.

An F-35A training pilot took off Monday at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., for the Joint Strike Fighter's first night training sortie. Previously, the service's training syllabus explicitly prohibited the advanced stealthy fighter from flying at night or during adverse weather.

But this delay wasn't due to a technical problem, it was due to different air worthiness standards in the various services flying the plane.

The Joint Strike Fighter is designed as a common fighter for all services. However, an issue arose with the symbols that the system's pilot interface uses.

2015 Pentagon budget released

2015 Pentagon budget released

By Andrew Tilghman, Air Force Times

The Pentagon’s new budget released Tuesday says military personnel spending should fall to its lowest point since 2008 as cuts to compensation take effect and the force continues to shrink from its wartime peak.

The budget documents for 2015 offer new details on Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s proposals last week to reduce spending on pay and benefits. Those included controversial calls for Congress to limit troops’ pay raises, slash housing allowances by about 6 percent, eliminate commissary subsidies in many locations and boost Tricare fees for families of active-duty troops and working-age retirees.

Monroe County rides out ice storm

With thousands in Central Georgia without power, Monroe County was no exception. Some residents we spoke to off of Sutton Road said they'd been without power since 4 p.m.

Tens of thousands without power in Central Georgia

Tens of thousands without power in Central Georgia

Tens of thousands of people are without power in Central Georgia this morning.

About 10,000 people are without power in Bibb County, 10,000 people in Baldwin County and more than 500 in Jones County, according to Georgia Power's map alone.

More than 11,000 of Washington EMC's 15,000 customers don't have power due to blown transformers and downed trees. Washington EMC services Washington, Johnson, Hancock, Baldwin, Warren, Laurens, Emanuel, Glascock, Jefferson, and Wilkinson counties.

Ice storm brings power outages

Ice storm brings power outages

Georgia utility companies say more than 177,000 customers were without power as ice coated trees brought branches and power lines down.

Georgia Power reported that more than 104,000 customers were without power shortly before 11 a.m. Wednesday.

More than 71,000 of them were in metro Atlanta. Another 29,000 customers were in eastern Georgia; and 1,340 were without power in parts of west Georgia.

UFC's Miller to help open new facility at Robins

UFC's Miller to help open new facility at Robins

Robins Air Force Base invited a special guest to help them open a new Mix Martial Arts training facility Friday.

Macon-native Cole Miller, an Ultimate Fighting Champion featherweight, will open the newly-renovated Warrior Athletic Readiness – W.A.R. room at 1 p.m.

The gym now features an MMA room which offers specialized training using the latest fighting techniques to help individuals subdue an aggressor, according to a news release.

Air Force looking for JSTARS recapitalization

Air Force looking for JSTARS recapitalization

By Aaron Mehta
Air Force Times
 

WASHINGTON — The Air Force hopes to develop a new JSTARS surveillance aircraft based on a business jet, one which could be operational as soon as 2022.