The Air Force Test Pilot School at Edwards AFB, Calif., awarded graduate degrees for the first time ever earlier this month after completing a five-year accreditation process in May. During a graduation ceremony on June 7, 18 students from Class 07B received master of science degrees in flight test engineering. “This is a tremendous accomplishment for the school, the TPS staff, Edwards, [Air Force Materiel Command], and the Air Force,” said Col. Mike Luallen, commandant of the school. From November 2003 to April 2008, TPS worked through a series of processes with the Department of Education, Congress, and Southern Association of Colleges and School to get the school’s 48-week curriculum accredited to a master’s program. (Edwards report by SrA. Julius Delos Reyes)
The Collaborative Combat Aircraft will be operational in the late 2020s, several years before the Next-Generation Air Dominance family of systems, Air Force officials told the House Armed Services tactical aviation panel. The CCAs will first be “shooters,” then electronic warfare platforms, then sensors, in that order, they added.