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D-1 fleet aircraft arrivesD-1 fleet aircraft arrives
D-1 fleet aircraft arrives

The DRAGON-qquipped U.S. Air Force E-3 AWACS aircraft, known as D-1, arrives at Boening Field in Seattle, Wash., Oct. 22 after a handoff from the U.S. Air Force. DRAGON is a Hanscom AFB based program, which stands for Diminishing Manufacturing Sources Replacement of Avionics for Global Operations and Navigation. DRAGON is also a cooperative development effort between the Air Force and NATO to upgrade the cockpits of both fleets. Following a three-month demodification process and a modification Installation & Checkout phase, the Service anticipates delivery of the D-1 fleet aircraft in early 2017. (Courtesy photo)
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Posted: 10/29/2014

DRAGON flys aheadDRAGON flys ahead
DRAGON flys ahead

It's lift off for the E-3 AWACS DMS Replacement of Avionics for Global Operation Navigation (DRAGON) program, as the D-1 test aircraft takes off from Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., on its way to Boeing Field in Seattle. The D-1 handover effort successfully concluded Oct. 22, 2014. The D-1 aircraft will first undergo a three-month demodification process followed by a modification Installation & Checkout phase that will conclude with a planned D-1 DRAGON delivery in early 2017. CNS/ATM DRAGON is a cooperative program with NATO that addresses DMS equipment issues and known CONUS and International Air Traffic Management restrictions, ensuring operational viability of the both E-3 fleets for worldwide operations and will provide unrestricted worldwide access to global airspace. The DRAGON program falls under the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center's Battle Management directorate located at Hanscom AFB, Mass. (Courtesy photo by David Clavey)
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Posted: 10/27/2014

Calling in CASCalling in CAS
Calling in CAS

A U.S. Navy MH-60S Seahawk prepares to takeoff during a training exercise led by 82nd Expeditionary Air Support Operations Squadron joint terminal attack controllers July 8, 2014. U.S. Air Force JTACs led training to teach infantry soldiers how to properly communicate with aircraft to coordinate airstrikes in the absence of a tactical air control party Airman. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Vernon Young Jr.)
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Posted: 9/26/2014

DRAGON cockpitDRAGON cockpit
DRAGON cockpit

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Posted: 9/11/2014

RQ-7 ShadowRQ-7 Shadow
RQ-7 Shadow

An RQ-7 Shadow unmanned aerial vehical is equipped with the world's smallest synthetic aperture radar for airborne improvised explosive device detection. The Counter-IED Branch team from Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass., integrated four aircraft with a lightweight Ku band and ultra-wide, ultra-high frequency SAR, which will allow the system to provide threat detection capabilities to dismounted troops and route clearance patrols. (Courtesy photo)
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Posted: 8/26/2014

Mission Planning Systems Increment IV Mission Planning Systems Increment IV
Mission Planning Systems Increment IV

An F-22 Raptor manuevers through the airspace above Langley Air Force Base, Va., Feb. 2, 2011. In April 2014, the Joint Mission Planning System became fully deployable under Increment IV and is currently equipped on multiple aircraft including the F-22. Mission planning systems like the JMPS allow Airmen to collect data such as maps, photos, weather and aircraft performance information. (U.S. Air Force photo by Justin Oakes)
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Posted: 6/18/2014

JSTARS Recap Industry WeekJSTARS Recap Industry Week
JSTARS Recap Industry Week

A Bombardier static display sits outside a hangar on Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass., April 10, 2014. More than 35 aircraft and communication companies gathered at the base to discuss potential business opportunities with the JSTARS Recapitalization program office. (U.S. Air Force photo by Mark Herlihy/Released)
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Posted: 4/14/2014

Gulfstream DemoGulfstream Demo
Gulfstream Demo

A Gulfstream aircraft takes off from the flightline at Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass., April 10, 2014. Potential contractors brought airframes in to display during the Joint STARS Recapitalization Indusry Week. The program office responsible for the event intends to equip new system onto a smaller, more efficient airframe. (U.S. Air Force photo by Mark Herlihy/Released)
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Posted: 4/14/2014

Out with the old, in with the newOut with the old, in with the new
Out with the old, in with the new

An E-8C Joint STARS from the 116th Air Control Wing, Robins Air Force Base, Ga., pulls away, May 1, 2012 after refueling from a KC-135 Stratotanker with the 459th Air Refueling Wing, Joint Base Andrews, Md. The E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System, or Joint STARS, is an airborne battle management, command and control, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance platform. Its primary mission is to provide theater ground and air commanders with ground surveillance to support attack operations and targeting that contributes to the delay, disruption and destruction of enemy forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Jeremy Lock/Released)
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Posted: 3/12/2014

Bye, GuppyBye, Guppy
Bye, Guppy

HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass. – NASA’s Super Guppy aircraft takes off March 28. The plane was here to deliver a heat shield for the Orion spacecraft to Textron Defense Systems in Wilmington, Mass., to have a protective coating applied to it. (U.S. Air Force photo by Walter Santos)
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Posted: 3/28/2013

Super arrivalSuper arrival
Super arrival

HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass. – Workers shut NASA’s Super Guppy aircraft after unloading a heat shield for the Orion spacecraft. The heat shield is being delivered to Textron Defense Systems in Wilmington, Mass., to have a protective coating applied to it. (U.S. Air Force photo by Mark Herlihy)
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Posted: 3/27/2013

Super arrivalSuper arrival
Super arrival

HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass. – NASA’s Super Guppy aircraft sits on the flightline March 27. The plane was carrying a heat shield for the Orion spacecraft to be delivered to Textron Defense Systems in Wilmington, Mass., to have a protective coating applied to it. (U.S. Air Force photo by Walter Santos)
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Posted: 3/27/2013

    

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