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Miami University, WBI, reach deal to review Air Force research patents
 Miami University will partner with the Wright Brothers Institute to review promising technologies developed at the Air Force Research Laboratory for potential commercial spin-offs, officials say. WBI will pay Miami University $100,000 as part of the 18-month agreement, according to university spokeswoman Carole Johnson. “This is a new...

Posted: 12 days ago

Miami University will partner with the Wright Brothers Institute to review promising technologies developed at the Air Force Research Laboratory for potential commercial spin-offs, officials say. WBI will pay Miami University $100,000 as part of the 18-month agreement, according to university spokeswoman Carole Johnson. “This is a new...
Pitch made to bring Aviation Hall of Fame ceremony to Dayton again
 Dayton officials have made a pitch to the National Aviation Hall of Fame to bring back the next black-tie enshrinement ceremony since the decades-long tradition left the region for the first time ever in 2017. Dayton is one of five contenders for the ceremony this year, according to the NAHF. The other cities have not been named. Jacquelyn...

Posted: 13 days ago

Dayton officials have made a pitch to the National Aviation Hall of Fame to bring back the next black-tie enshrinement ceremony since the decades-long tradition left the region for the first time ever in 2017. Dayton is one of five contenders for the ceremony this year, according to the NAHF. The other cities have not been named. Jacquelyn...
Veteran at Dayton VA questioned by police, officials say
 A man who took an unloaded handgun into the Dayton VA Medical Center was expected to face charges over the incident, a spokesman said Tuesday. The man, a veteran, also had an unloaded weapon in his vehicle on the West Dayton campus, Dayton VA spokesman Ted Froats said. The veteran was not a threat and apparently did not know federal law prohibits...

Posted: 14 days ago

A man who took an unloaded handgun into the Dayton VA Medical Center was expected to face charges over the incident, a spokesman said Tuesday. The man, a veteran, also had an unloaded weapon in his vehicle on the West Dayton campus, Dayton VA spokesman Ted Froats said. The veteran was not a threat and apparently did not know federal law prohibits...
Man takes unloaded handgun into Dayton VA, expected to face charges
 UPDATE: @ 3:55 p.m.  A man who took an unloaded handgun onto the Dayton VA Medical Center campus was expected to face charges over the incident, a spokesman said Tuesday. The man, a veteran, also had a second unloaded weapon in his vehicle on the West Dayton campus, Dayton VA spokesman Ted Froats said. The veteran was not a threat...

Posted: 14 days ago

UPDATE: @ 3:55 p.m.  A man who took an unloaded handgun onto the Dayton VA Medical Center campus was expected to face charges over the incident, a spokesman said Tuesday. The man, a veteran, also had a second unloaded weapon in his vehicle on the West Dayton campus, Dayton VA spokesman Ted Froats said. The veteran was not a threat...
Vectren will sponsor Dayton Air Show three more years
 Vectren Corp. has reached a three-year agreement to continue sponsorship of the Dayton Air Show through 2021, organizers announced Tuesday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. RELATED: Blue Angels set to turn up the noise at Dayton Air Show Vectren has been the title corporate sponsor of the spectator event at Dayton International Airport...

Posted: 14 days ago

Vectren Corp. has reached a three-year agreement to continue sponsorship of the Dayton Air Show through 2021, organizers announced Tuesday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. RELATED: Blue Angels set to turn up the noise at Dayton Air Show Vectren has been the title corporate sponsor of the spectator event at Dayton International Airport...
Air Force museum attendance drops after initial surge
 Fewer people trekked to the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force for the third consecutive calendar year, despite a surge of visitors the first year after a $40.8 million expansion opened in June 2016, figures show. The museum reported 829,424 patrons in 2017, a 2.45 percent drop from the prior year. In 2016, 850,720 people came to the world&rsquo...

Posted: 14 days ago

Fewer people trekked to the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force for the third consecutive calendar year, despite a surge of visitors the first year after a $40.8 million expansion opened in June 2016, figures show. The museum reported 829,424 patrons in 2017, a 2.45 percent drop from the prior year. In 2016, 850,720 people came to the world&rsquo...
New flight controls added to famous B-17F Memphis Belle
 The Memphis Belle has gotten a makeover for its debut this spring as the newest debutante at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. The iconic Army Air Forces B-17F bomber has a new olive drab green and gray paint scheme to resemble what it looked like in World War II, and restorers on Thursday installed flight controls on the left wing...

Posted: 19 days ago

The Memphis Belle has gotten a makeover for its debut this spring as the newest debutante at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. The iconic Army Air Forces B-17F bomber has a new olive drab green and gray paint scheme to resemble what it looked like in World War II, and restorers on Thursday installed flight controls on the left wing...
AF Marathon numbers down from 2017 on first day of sign up
 The number of runners who signed up on the first day to run the 2018 Air Force Marathon dropped compared to the first registration day in 2017, figures show. Marathon statistics show 3,337 people signed up Jan. 2 compared to 5,015 on the first day to register in 2016, according to Marathon Director Rob Aguiar. “In the running industry...

Posted: 20 days ago

The number of runners who signed up on the first day to run the 2018 Air Force Marathon dropped compared to the first registration day in 2017, figures show. Marathon statistics show 3,337 people signed up Jan. 2 compared to 5,015 on the first day to register in 2016, according to Marathon Director Rob Aguiar. “In the running industry...
AFRL scientist scales highest peak in South America for research
 “Horrifically fast winds” ripped open the small tent Kevin D. Schmidt barricaded himself in on a trek to reach the top of the highest mountain in South America that spans the border of Chile and Argentina. Without shelter, Schmidt said he took refuge with a stranger in another tent to continue the climb with a team on the mountainside...

Posted: 20 days ago

“Horrifically fast winds” ripped open the small tent Kevin D. Schmidt barricaded himself in on a trek to reach the top of the highest mountain in South America that spans the border of Chile and Argentina. Without shelter, Schmidt said he took refuge with a stranger in another tent to continue the climb with a team on the mountainside...
DP&L lands $27.8 million Wright Patt power deal
 Dayton Power & Light Co. has landed a $27.8 million contract with Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, according to the Department of Defense. The amount covers the first year of a three-year agreement through 2020. Previously, DP&L was paid $83.9 million to provide electricity between 2015 through 2017, according to the utility. The base was...

Posted: 20 days ago

Dayton Power & Light Co. has landed a $27.8 million contract with Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, according to the Department of Defense. The amount covers the first year of a three-year agreement through 2020. Previously, DP&L was paid $83.9 million to provide electricity between 2015 through 2017, according to the utility. The base was...
Have a New Year’s resolution? AF Marathon sign up starts today
 Thousands of runners will take their first step toward the 2018 Air Force Marathon when registration starts 9 a.m.Tuesday, Jan. 2. The series of races traditionally brings competitors from all 50 states and several countries from Asia to Europe to the starting line at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, organizers say. RELATED: AF Marathon newest...

Posted: 21 days ago

Thousands of runners will take their first step toward the 2018 Air Force Marathon when registration starts 9 a.m.Tuesday, Jan. 2. The series of races traditionally brings competitors from all 50 states and several countries from Asia to Europe to the starting line at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, organizers say. RELATED: AF Marathon newest...
Families, local airmen deal with separation at the holidays
 Nancy J. Webb remembers Christmas Day a year ago didn’t go well at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan. The sprawling base was subject to rocket attacks, one of many that happened before and after that day. This was a holiday, but no break from a reminder where she and her fellow troops were at in wartime. “Really it’s &lsquo...

Posted: 30 days ago

Nancy J. Webb remembers Christmas Day a year ago didn’t go well at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan. The sprawling base was subject to rocket attacks, one of many that happened before and after that day. This was a holiday, but no break from a reminder where she and her fellow troops were at in wartime. “Really it’s &lsquo...
NORAD will track Santa’s flight path around the globe
 Santa’s reindeer-powered-trek around the world will be tracked by NORAD on Christmas Eve, and kids can follow along on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube or calling a Santa NORAD hotline in Colorado. Santa trackers may type @noradsanta into a search engine and start following his flight path, according to a NORAD decree on the red-suited...

11:00 AM Saturday, Dec. 23, 2017

Santa’s reindeer-powered-trek around the world will be tracked by NORAD on Christmas Eve, and kids can follow along on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube or calling a Santa NORAD hotline in Colorado. Santa trackers may type @noradsanta into a search engine and start following his flight path, according to a NORAD decree on the red-suited...
Temporary funding prevents shutdown, but hurts military, officials say
 For the third time since September, Congress temporarily agreed to a stopgap funding measure to avoid a partial federal government shutdown at midnight Friday that would have impacted thousands of civilian workers at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. But the temporary spending measures have hamstrung the Defense Department through lost training...

11:00 AM Saturday, Dec. 23, 2017

For the third time since September, Congress temporarily agreed to a stopgap funding measure to avoid a partial federal government shutdown at midnight Friday that would have impacted thousands of civilian workers at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. But the temporary spending measures have hamstrung the Defense Department through lost training...
F-35 will fly at two more ANG bases, Air Force says
 Two Air National Guard bases will become the next places to home base the F-35A Joint Strike Fighter, the Air Force announced Thursday. Truax Field Air National Guard Base in Madison, Wisconsin and Dannelly Field in Montgomery, Alabama were chosen to fly the stealth fighter, beginning in 2023. The Air Force previously announced three active-duty...

8:27 PM Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017

Two Air National Guard bases will become the next places to home base the F-35A Joint Strike Fighter, the Air Force announced Thursday. Truax Field Air National Guard Base in Madison, Wisconsin and Dannelly Field in Montgomery, Alabama were chosen to fly the stealth fighter, beginning in 2023. The Air Force previously announced three active-duty...
Beavercreek firm lands another multi-million dollar defense contract
 A Beavercreek defense firm has landed a $21.9 million contract in materials research for the Air Force, according to the Department of Defense. UES Inc., will develop tools to use to micro-analyze aerospace materials, the Defense Department reported. The work will be conducted at a lab — known as the Materials Characterization Facility...

7:01 PM Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017

A Beavercreek defense firm has landed a $21.9 million contract in materials research for the Air Force, according to the Department of Defense. UES Inc., will develop tools to use to micro-analyze aerospace materials, the Defense Department reported. The work will be conducted at a lab — known as the Materials Characterization Facility...
Pentagon had $22 million program to investigate UFOs
 The Defense Department investigated service members reported sightings of UFOs decades after Project Blue Book once run at Wright-Patterson ended, the department has confirmed. The Advanced Aviation Threat Identification Program at the Pentagon concluded around 2012, according to Defense Department spokesman Tom Crosson. “It was determined...

5:11 PM Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017

The Defense Department investigated service members reported sightings of UFOs decades after Project Blue Book once run at Wright-Patterson ended, the department has confirmed. The Advanced Aviation Threat Identification Program at the Pentagon concluded around 2012, according to Defense Department spokesman Tom Crosson. “It was determined...
‘Chilly Willy’ arrives at Wright-Patt, will be used for research
 A Marine Corps aircraft dubbed “Chilly Willy” that spent frigid, icy winters in experimental flights in Canada will take a deep dive into medical research at Wright-Patterson. Aerospace researchers will use the MV-22 Osprey for ergonomic and musculoskeletal studies on crew members at the Naval Medical Research Unit-Dayton, said...

10:15 AM Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017

A Marine Corps aircraft dubbed “Chilly Willy” that spent frigid, icy winters in experimental flights in Canada will take a deep dive into medical research at Wright-Patterson. Aerospace researchers will use the MV-22 Osprey for ergonomic and musculoskeletal studies on crew members at the Naval Medical Research Unit-Dayton, said...
Cedarville U. grad chosen as leader of Army battalion
 A Cedarville University graduate is the recently selected commander of an Army battalion at Fort Bliss, Texas. MILITARY NEWS: Air Force facing growing crisis in pilot shortage Lt. Col. Micah R. Hutchins, a veteran of both the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, is the new leader of the 501st Brigade Support Battalion, which is part of the 1st Stryker...

10:20 AM Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017

A Cedarville University graduate is the recently selected commander of an Army battalion at Fort Bliss, Texas. MILITARY NEWS: Air Force facing growing crisis in pilot shortage Lt. Col. Micah R. Hutchins, a veteran of both the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, is the new leader of the 501st Brigade Support Battalion, which is part of the 1st Stryker...
AFRL will convert Wright Patt hangar into research space
 An $11.6 million renovation will convert a vacant hangar into office space at Wright-Patterson, a project official says. The hangar conversion will create three stories of space for the Air Force Research Laboratory, according to Scott Kopittke, an 88th Civil Engineer chief of design for the project. The Army Corps of Engineers, which handled...

4:49 PM Monday, Dec. 18, 2017

An $11.6 million renovation will convert a vacant hangar into office space at Wright-Patterson, a project official says. The hangar conversion will create three stories of space for the Air Force Research Laboratory, according to Scott Kopittke, an 88th Civil Engineer chief of design for the project. The Army Corps of Engineers, which handled...
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