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First operational F-35As arrive at Hill AFB

The Air Force ushered in a new era of combat air power Sept. 2 as Hill Air Force Base, Utah, received the service’s first two operational F-35As. Hill’s active duty 388th Fighter Wing and Reserve 419th Fighter Wing will be the first combat-coded units to fly and maintain the Air Force’s newest fifth-generation fighter aircraft….

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High Desert Hangar Stories with Bob Alvis

Mach 1: the story has been told thousands of times of Chuck Yeager and that special day over Muroc, when the first sonic booms rattled windows. But sitting in church this morning, I looked over to a lady and her son who have a different take on that historical achievement.

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U-2 celebrating 60 years

Lockheed Martin is celebrating 60 years of the U-2 program with festivities planned throughout the company. “It’s not a 60-year old aircraft, it is a 60-year old program that is still going strong,” said Melani Austin, U-2 Program Director at Skunk Works, Palmdale, Calif., during a recent press tour. “We have people that have started…

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United Launch Alliance successfully launches U.S. Navy’s MUOS-4

A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket carrying the fourth Mobile User Objective System satellite for the U.S. Navy launched from Space Launch Complex-41 at 6:18 a.m., EDT, Sept. 2 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. The MUOS-4 spacecraft will bring advanced, new, global communications capabilities to mobile military forces, as well as ensure…

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F-22 inaugural deployment to Europe

Four F-22 Raptors, one C-17 Globemaster III, and approximately 60 airmen arrived at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, to train with allied air forces and U.S. services through mid-September.


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Headlines August 12, 2015

Posted  August 12, 2015

News: U.S. Army helicopter makes ‘hard landing’ off Japan – Seven people were injured when a U.S. Army helicopter made a “hard deck landing” on a ship during a training mission off Japan’s southern island of Okinawa Aug. 11, the U.S. military in Japan said. Pilot injured when F-16 crashes in southern Germany – A U.S. F-16…

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News Briefs August 12, 2015

Posted  August 12, 2015

U.S. Air Force F-16 crashes in southern Germany, pilot ejects A U.S. Air Force F-16 fighter jet crashed in southern Germany Aug. 11, the military said. The pilot ejected safely. The crash happened near Bayreuth, in Bavaria. The plane had taken off from Spangdahlem Air Base, in western Germany, for a training flight near the…

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NASA selects proposals to build better batteries for space exploration

Posted  August 12, 2015

NASA photograph Fly wheels, such as the NASA G2 flywheel module above, are one way to store rotational energy for use by spacecraft or machines on Earth. NASA’s looking for new energy storage systems to enable our future exploration missions. NASA’s Game Changing Development program has selected two proposals for Phase II awards targeted toward…

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First sunshield layer completed for NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope

Posted  August 12, 2015

The first of the five sunshield layers that will make it possible for NASA's James Webb Space Telescope to image the formation of stars and galaxies created more than 13.5 billion years ago, was delivered to Northrop Grumman's Space Park facility April 24. 

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Raytheon receives $52 million award to continue JPALS test and analysis program

Posted  August 12, 2015

The U.S. Navy extended Raytheon’s Engineering and Manufacturing Development contract on the Joint Precision Approach Landing Systems program. Raytheon will continue testing and analysis in support of auto-land capability and integration of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. The contract value is $52 million. “The JPALS program is a collaboration between the U.S. Navy and Raytheon,”…

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NASA selects contractor to prepare launch structure for agency’s journey to Mars

Posted  August 12, 2015

NASA has selected J. P. Donovan Construction, Inc., of Rockledge, Fla., to begin work at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on the ground structures that will launch NASA’s next generation rocket and spacecraft on the journey to Mars and other deep space destinations. The Ground Systems Development and Operations Mobile Launcher Ground Support…

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F-16 crashes in Bavaria

Posted  August 12, 2015

A U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon assigned to the 480th Fighter Squadron from Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, crashed Aug. 11 at approximately 9:38 a.m. near Engelmannreuth in the county of Bayreuth, Germany. The incident happened during a training flight at U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria in Grafenwoehr, Bavaria, Germany. The pilot safely ejected. U.S. military…

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Navy accepts delivery of LCS 6

Posted  August 12, 2015

The Navy accepted delivery of the future USS Jackson (LCS 6) during a ceremony at the Austal USA shipyard in Mobile, Ala., Aug. 11. Jackson is the fifth littoral combat ship (LCS) to be delivered to the Navy, the third of the Independence variant to join the fleet. Capt. Warren R. Buller II, commander, Littoral…

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Oxymoronic black hole provides clues to growth

Posted  August 12, 2015

Astronomers using NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory and the 6.5-meter Clay Telescope in Chile have identified the smallest supermassive black hole ever detected in the center of a galaxy. This oxymoronic object could provide clues to how larger black holes formed along with their host galaxies 13 billion years or more in the past.

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Lockheed Martin to upgrade Apache helicopter targeting, pilotage system

Posted  August 12, 2015

The U.S. Army awarded Lockheed Martin a $21.7 million Lot 4 follow-on contract to continue production of the Modernized Day Sensor Assembly for the AH-64E Apache attack helicopter. This first phase of upgrades to modernize the Apache’s Day Sensor Assembly includes producing Modernized Laser Rangefinder Designator kits. M-LRFD is the principal targeting aid for the…

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