Aerotech News & Review – April 1, 2022


Digital and print journal of aerospace, defense industry and veteran news, serving Antelope Valley (“Aerospace Valley”) and Edwards AFB, CA. A publication of Aerotech News & Review – April 1, 2022

Welcome to the April 1, 2022 issue of Aerotech News and Review. Our cover story this week chronicles how the Association of Defense Communities named Antelope Valley as one of America’s Big Five Defense Communities for 2022. And if you didn’t already know, there’s a new civilian patrol flight at Air Force Plant 42.

As we honor those who served in Vietnam this week, Bob Alvis shares the story of Col. Norman Schmidt, a Vietnam War-era Air Force pilot who died while he was a prisoner of war in North Vietnam.

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Other highlights include:

  • A recap of Plane Crazy Saturday’s presentation by Mason Hutchison, Stratolaunch’s chief mechanical engineer;
  • A story of how women at Edwards Air Force Base test new flight equipment for aircrew; and
  • An update on the X-59 Quiet SuperSonic Technology aircraft.

And of course our On This Date highlights where we mark the start of the Doolittle Raid on Tokyo, Jackie Cochran receiving the first of five Harmon Trophies, the first flight of the Space Shuttle Challenger and the first flight of the Boeing X-37, among others.

Hard copies will be available at our usual delivery points throughout Antelope Valley, including Edwards AFB, beginning April 1. Pick one up when you’re on the go, or visit our website,, for more aerospace and defense industry news, and “Like” our Facebook page to receive daily updates.


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