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U-2 Above All

Posted October 3, 2012 by SrA. Shawn Nickel

Air Force photograph A U-2 pilot looks outside while flying the aircraft. U-2 pilots wear full-pressure suits that ensure survivability during depressurization. Whether people recognize it by the Snoopy-like nose or by the flat black paint and red lettering on the tail, the U-2 has become an Air Force reconnaissance icon in its 50 years…

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Eglin F-35 fleet at 20 and growing

Posted October 3, 2012 by

Lockheed Martin photograph by Randy Crites The 20th Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II was delivered Sept. 27 to Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., to support F-35 pilot and maintainer training taking place on the Emerald Coast. BF-15, piloted by U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Mike Rountree, left Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base at…

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Army developing new fixed-wing aircraft

Posted October 3, 2012 by Kris Osborn

Army photograph This newly manufactured UV-18C for the U.S. Army’s Golden Knights parachute team, will eventually be modified and painted with the Golden Knights paint scheme. The Army is refining an initial capabilities document for a new fixed-wing utility aircraft that is designed to replace more than 112 airframes with a common platform, which will…

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AEDC’s newest world-class national space testing asset on its way to mission readiness

Posted October 3, 2012 by Philip Lorenz III

Air Force photograph by Jacqueline Cowan From left, Dawn Battles, ATK Space Threat Assessment Testbed program manager; Keith Holt, Aerospace Testing Allianceís STAT program manager; and Nikki Tracey, AEDCís Air Force STAT program manager, listen as John Prebola, ATAís STAT technical director, speaks about some features of the Space Threat Assessment Testbed Facility, located in…

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Modular Backpack Panel to allow soldiers to carry heavy, unwieldy loads

Posted September 28, 2012 by Bob Reinert

Lightening soldiers’ loads has always weighed heavily on Rich Landry’s mind. While more and more equipment is being developed to assist them on the battlefield, Landry worries how soldiers will carry it all over rugged terrain in places such as Afghanistan without incident or injury. As an individual equipment designer with the Load Carriage Prototype…

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Navy to name research vessel in honor of Neil Armstrong

Posted September 25, 2012 by

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced Sept. 24 that the first Armstrong-class Auxiliary General Oceanographic Research ship will be named Neil Armstrong. Mabus named the future R/V Neil Armstrong (AGOR 27) to honor the memory of Neil Armstrong, best known for being the first man to walk on the moon. Armstrong was an aeronautics…

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Comptroller outlines continuing resolution, sequestration

Posted September 25, 2012 by Karen Parrish

The continuing resolution the Senate approved Sept. 22 and the president is expected to sign this week will affect short- and long-term Defense Department spending in coming months, a senior defense official said Sept. 25. Pentagon Comptroller Robert F. Hale spoke on ìFinancing Defense: Strategies for Leaner Timesî at a Government Executive defense briefing series…

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KC-46 enters critical design review phase

Posted September 25, 2012 by by SrA. Tabitha N. Haynes

The Air Force KC-46A program director described the critical development phases of the next-generation refueling aircraft during the 2012 Air Force Association Air and Space Conference and Technology Exposition in Washington, D.C., Sept. 18. Maj. Gen. John F. Thompson, program executive officer for Tanker Programs, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base,…

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Basing of first U.S. Space Fence facility announced

Posted September 25, 2012 by

The Air Force will base a Space Fence radar site on Kwajalein Island in the Republic of the Marshall Islands with initial operations capability planned for fiscal 2017. The Fence will provide a critical Space Surveillance Network capability needed to give warfighters the ability to maintain a full and accurate orbital catalog, ensure orbital safety…

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Lockheed Martin-led team’s second Littoral Combat Ship commissioned U.S. Navy

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The U.S. Navy commissioned the nation's third Littoral Combat Ship USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) in Galveston, Texas, Sept. 22

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