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First F-35 production model takes flight

Posted February 15, 2013 by

Lockheed Martin photograph The first Lockheed Martin production model F-35C carrier variant, known as CF-6, flew its first sortie at Fort Worth, Texas, Feb. 14. Upon delivery later this year, the jet will be assigned to US Navy Fighter Attack Squadron 101 (VFA-101) at Eglin AFB, Fla. The unit will serve as the Fleet Replacement…

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F-35A completes three-year clean wing flutter testing program

Posted February 13, 2013 by

Lockheed Martin photograph by Matt Short An F-35A Lightning II conventional takeoff and landing aircraft, known as AF-1, completed its final test mission for clean wing flutter recently at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. Flutter testing was conducted to ensure the jetís structure could withstand various aerodynamic loads verifying the F-35Aís design. The mission, flown…

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Operation Homecoming for Vietnam POWs marks 40 years

Posted February 13, 2013 by

Air Force photograph Newly freed prisoners of war celebrate as their C-141A aircraft lifts off from Hanoi, North Vietnam, on Feb. 12, 1973, during Operation Homecoming. The mission included 54 C-141 flights between Feb. 12 and April 4, 1973, returning 591 POWs to American soil. Forty years ago Feb. 12, a C-141A Starlifter transport jet…

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Aegis Missile Defense System intercepts target in test

Posted February 13, 2013 by

The Missile Defense Agency and sailors aboard the USS Lake Erie conducted a successful flight test of the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense system today, resulting in the intercept of a medium-range ballistic missile target over the Pacific Ocean by a Standard Missile-3 Block IA guided missile. At 4:10 a.m., EST, Feb. 13 a unitary medium-range…

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Northrop Grumman’s E-2D Advanced Hawkeye approved for full-rate production

Posted February 13, 2013 by

Northrop Grumman photograph Following successful test and evaluation where the program was rated operationally suitable and effective, Northrop Grumman’s E-2D Advanced Hawkeye has been approved for full-rate production by the Office of the Secretary of Defense. The E-2D Advanced Hawkeye, designed and manufactured by Northrop Grumman, has been approved to enter full-rate production by the…

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President awards Medal of Honor to Afghanistan veteran

Posted February 13, 2013 by C. Todd Lopez

Army photograph by Leroy Council President Barack Obama presents the Medal of Honor to former Army Staff Sgt. Clinton L. Romesha during a ceremony in the East Room at the White House in Washington, D.C., Feb. 11, 2013. Romesha received the Medal of Honor for his actions during a daylong firefight in Afghanistan in October…

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NASA Spinoff 2012 features new space tech bettering your life today

Posted February 13, 2013 by

A plant texts a farmer to say it needs more water. An invisible coating scrubs pollutants from the air. A robot roams a hospital’s halls, aiding doctors and nurses by recording vital signs and registrations. The 2012 edition of NASA’s annual Spinoff publication captures a nation and world made better by advancements originally achieved for…

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NASA’s Chandra suggests rare explosion created our galaxyís youngest black hole

Posted February 13, 2013 by

New data from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory suggest a highly distorted supernova remnant may contain the most recent black hole formed in the Milky Way galaxy. The remnant appears to be the product of a rare explosion in which matter is ejected at high speeds along the poles of a rotating star. The remnant, called…

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Boeing names new heads of technology, defense systems teams

Posted February 13, 2013 by

Boeing announced Feb. 12 the appointment of Greg Hyslop as vice president and general manager, Boeing Research & Technology. He succeeds Matt Ganz, who was recently named president, Boeing Germany and Northern Europe, and vice president, European Technology Strategy. As the head of the central advanced research and development unit of Boeing, Hyslop will lead…

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Sequestration will ‘undermine’ readiness

Posted February 13, 2013 by Claudette Roulo

Unprecedented budget factors have placed the nation’s defense strategy in jeopardy, senior Department of Defense leaders told the Senate Armed Services Committee Feb. 12. During his opening remarks, the chief of staff of the Air Force stressed the severity of the current fiscal situation. “Sequestration threatens to carve crucial capability from America’s Air Force, with…

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