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Navy awards contract for operational test CH-53K aircraft

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Navy photograph by Sally Wise Navy photograph by Sally Wise NAVAIR CH-53K and Sikorsky program representatives held a formal signing to commemorate the SDTA contract award on May 31 at the H-53 Heavy Lift Helicopters (PMA-261) office at NAS Patuxent River. From left: Col. Robert Pridgen, USMC, PMA-261 program manager; Michael Torok, Ph.D., CH-53K programs…

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U.K. test pilot completes first F-35B vertical landing

Posted June 3, 2013 by Lockheed Martin photograph

  Royal Air Force Sqdn. Ldr. James Schofield completed the first vertical landing by a United Kingdom military test pilot May 28, 2013 at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md. Schofield flew F-35B Lightning II test aircraft BF-1. The F-35B is the variant of the Lightning II designed for use by the U.S. Marine Corps,…

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Air Force establishes F-35 IOC target

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Air Force photograph by Samuel King Jr. Lt. Col. Benjamin Bishop completes preflight checks before his first sortie in an F-35A Lightning II, March 6, 2013, at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. Bishop is among the first pilots to begin the official training that began in January. The Air Force announced May 31, 2013, it…

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Special ops commanders seek intel, data-sharing assets

Posted May 31, 2013 by Donna Miles

Senior commanders recently called on the defense industry to provide technologies that give special operations forces more situational awareness, better networking and communications and more precise location and targeting capabilities.

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Air Force to consolidate F-22 depot maintenance at Hill AFB

Posted May 31, 2013 by

Air Force officials announced May 29 they are consolidating depot maintenance for the F-22 Raptor at the Ogden Air Logistics Complex at Hill Air Force Base, Utah.

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NAVAIR pilots learn to take a breath

Posted May 31, 2013 by

Navy photograph Marine Corps Maj. Kevin Ryan undergoes oxygen deprivation training while operating Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Divisionís Manned Flight Simulator at Patuxent River Naval Air Station. It can strike without warning, robbing a pilot of the ability to think clearly or react as he or she flies through the air at supersonic speeds….

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U.S., EU lead global nonproliferation, biosurveillance efforts

Posted May 29, 2013 by Cheryl Pellerin

As nuclear, biological and chemical threats continue to evolve worldwide, partnership between the United States and European Union countries to counter such threats remains critical, a senior Defense Department official said May 28 in Helsinki. Andrew C. Weber, assistant secretary of defense for nuclear, chemical and biological defense programs, spoke at a meeting of the…

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Army’s 2014 modernization plan prioritizes Soldiers in fight

Posted May 29, 2013 by David Vergun

Army photograph by SSgt. Elvis N. Umanzor The CH-47 Chinook helicopter will be getting upgrades for its F and G models under the proposed fiscal year 2014 Army Equipment Modernization Plan and the Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle is replacing the Vietnam-era M113 armored personnel carrier in phases. Shown here, Soldiers from the 8th Cavalry Regiment, 4th…

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Predator passes 20,000-hour mark in Afghanistan

Posted May 29, 2013 by Capt. Brian Maguire

An MQ-1 Predator assigned at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, recently became the first Predator to pass 20,000 flying hours over Afghanistan, a feat equivalent to flying 15 hours every other day, for 2,667 days.

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Commission on Air Force structure to meet

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The National Commission on the Structure of the Air Force will hold its first public hearing June 4 in the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, D.C. President Obama and the chairmen and ranking members of both Armed Services Committees recently appointed eight members to serve on the Commission. The 2013 National Defense Authorization Act…

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