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F-35B aircraft fly in formation in Short Takeoff/Vertical Landing mode

Posted February 21, 2014 by Michael D. Jackson

Two F-35B aircraft fly in close formation while in short takeoff/vertical landing mode for the first time last week. Pilots Peter Wilson and Dan Levin flew the test jets in STOVL mode, also known as Mode 4, with the F-35B LiftFan engaged and engine rotated downward. The mission measured the effects the aircraft had on…

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Defense

Future bomber has legacy to uphold

Posted February 21, 2014 by SrA. Zachary Vucic

With a proven history of success, todays bomber fleet has a reputation for excellence. It is, however, an aging fleet in need of a new addition, the deputy chief of staff operations, plans and requirements said during the 30th Annual Air Force Association Air Warfare Symposium and Technology Exposition Feb. 20, in Orlando, Fla. Throughout…

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Space

Orbital signs launch agreement with Skybox Imaging

Posted February 21, 2014 by

Orbital Sciences Corporation, one of the worlds leading space technology companies, announced Feb. 20 that it has signed a commercial launch contract with Skybox Imaging to carry six high-resolution imaging and video-capable spacecraft into low-Earth orbit in late 2015 from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The Skybox spacecraft will be launched aboard the Minotaur-C space…

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U.S. Navy tests infrared search, track on Boeing Super Hornet

Posted February 21, 2014 by

The U.S. Navy recently tested, for the first time on a Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornet aircraft, the Infrared Search and Track sensor that will find hard-to-detect targets over long distances. Boeing and Lockheed Martin are developing and integrating IRST, an essential upgrade to the combat capability of the Navyís Super Hornets. “Adding an advanced infrared…

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AEDC tests large class rocket motor for USAF Nuclear Weapons Center

Posted February 21, 2014 by Raquel March

The rocket test team at Arnold Engineering Development Complex’s (AEDC) state-of-the-art Large Rocket Test Facility J-6 performed a successful test of the Aerojet Rocketdyne Large Class Stage 2 (LCS2) rocket motor Feb. 19. This test, sanctioned by the U.S. Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center (AFNWC), was the largest solid propellant rocket motor test ever performed…

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Air Force photograph by Scott M. Ash
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Events

2014 AFA symposium begins

Posted February 21, 2014 by TSgt. Lesley Waters

Air Force photograph by Scott M. Ash German Air AttachÈ and Assistant Defense AttachÈ Col. Bernhard Altensberger answers a question during the panel discussion, “Growing Partnerships,” during the 30th Annual AFA Air Warfare Symposium and Technology Exposition, in Orlando, Fla., Feb. 20, 2014. Altensberger shared the panel with Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for…

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Business

John S. Rego joins Virgin Galactic as new CFO

Posted February 21, 2014 by

MOJAVE, Calif. ñ Feb. 18, Virgin Galactic, the worlds first commercial spaceline, announced John S. Rego has joined the company as its new Chief Financial Officer. Rego brings nearly three decades of finance, accounting and operations experience to the commercial space company. As CFO, Rego will provide overall strategic and operational direction to Virgin Galactics…

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Saabs Carl-Gustaf man-portable weapon system selected as standard issue for U.S. Army

Posted February 21, 2014 by

Defense and security company Saab’s man-portable weapon system Carl-Gustaf has been chosen by the U.S. Department of the Army to be a Program of Record within the U.S. Army. This means that the world leading shoulder fired weapon system, with a long service record with the U.S. Special Operations Forces, will now become standard issue…

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Veterans

Hagel orders revamp of POW/MIA effort

Posted February 21, 2014 by Jim Garamone

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has ordered the undersecretary of defense for policy to develop a plan to reorganize the departments POW/MIA accounting effort, Pentagon press secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said Feb. 20. Hagel issued a memo directing Michael Lumpkin, the acting undersecretary, to develop a plan within 30 days to increase to the…

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News Briefs February 19, 2014

Posted February 19, 2014 by

Captured U.S. soldiers family cautiously optimistic The parents of the only known U.S. prisoner of war say they are ìcautiously optimisticî about reported renewed efforts to win his freedom. U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was captured more than four years ago in Afghanistan and is believed to be held in Pakistan. The Washington Post reported…

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