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U.S. Navy, Lockheed Martin ready to launch MUOS-4 Aug. 31

The U.S. Navy and Lockheed Martin are ready to launch the fourth Mobile User Objective System secure communications satellite, MUOS-4, from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., Aug. 31 aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket.

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Arming the RPAs

Airmen from the 62nd Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron provide every munition that is loaded onto an MQ-1B Predator or MQ-9 Reaper at Kandahar Airfield; without them, the RPAs wouldn’t be able to provide combat airpower in Afghanistan.

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Local efforts help keep Dragon Lady flying at 60

In 1955, Disneyland opened its doors for the first time, Elvis made his first TV appearance, Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to give up her bus seat to a white passenger, and the Vietnam War began with fighting between the South and North Vietnam Armies.

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U.S. Navy awards production contract for additional P-8A aircraft, first RAAF planes

The U.S. Navy awarded a nearly $1.5 billion contract Aug. 27 to Boeing Defense, Space & Security for the procurement of 13 Full-Rate Production Lot 2 P-8A Poseidon aircraft.

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A-4 Skyhawks support F-35 operational testing

Courtesy photograph by Frank Crebas Pictured from top down is an F-35 Lightning II, an F-16 Fighting Falcon and an A-4 Skyhawk. In support of an operational test exercise for their F-35s, the Royal Netherlands Air Force contingent at Edwards brought in six A-4s from Draken International, six F-16s from the 162nd Fighter Wing, Arizona…


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Reunions

Posted  August 28, 2014

Sept. 7-9 603rd AC&W Radar Sqdn (Germany, 1960-1966) Kansas City, Mo. For more information, contact Roger Kirby at 417) 358-3654 or email rakmak@sbcglobal.net. Sept. 9-14 58th Ftr Assn (58th & 474th, WWII-2014) Norfolk, Va. For more information, contact Jean Kupferer at (812) 945-7649 or email jkupferer@twc.com. Sept. 10-15 Army Air Corps Pilot Classes of WWII…

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RQ-4 Global Hawk demonstrates expanded mission capabilities

Posted  August 28, 2014

With several test flights this summer, the U.S. Air Force RQ-4 Global Hawk Wide Area Surveillance Unmanned Aircraft System proved its ability to operate with an expanded variety of intelligence exploitation ground stations and collect mission data in more places. The RQ-4 Global Hawk UAS is built by Northrop Grumman and is equipped with a…

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NASA MQ-9 remotely piloted aircraft completes visual, radar mission in Hawaii

Posted  August 28, 2014

NASA photograph “Ikhana,” NASA’s MQ-9 remotely piloted research aircraft, carries a maritime radar in a specialized centerline pod during a flight to check out systems prior to the aircraft’s deployment to Hawaii in July 2014. NASA’s MQ-9 remotely piloted aircraft, named “Ikhana,” recently completed a deployment to Hawaii in support of two diverse flight opportunities….

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Boeing celebrates delivery of Royal Jordanian’s first 787 Dreamliner

Posted  August 28, 2014

Boeing and Royal Jordanian Aug. 27 celebrated the delivery of the airline's first 787 Dreamliner. The airplane will play a central role in the Amman-based airline's strategic plan for fleet modernization. Royal Jordanian acquired this airplane through leasing company AerCap.

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NASA Armstrong’s space shuttle Mate-Demate Device coming down

Posted  August 28, 2014

The iconic space shuttle Mate-Demate Device that has been a fixture at NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base for the past 38 years is being dismantled, three years after the shuttle program ended and six years since it last supported turnaround operations after the last shuttle landing at Edwards.

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Image courtesy of NASA, Z. Levay, G. Bacon (STScI)
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NASA telescopes uncover early construction of giant galaxy

Posted  August 28, 2014

Image courtesy of NASA, Z. Levay, G. Bacon (STScI) Artist impression of a firestorm of star birth deep inside core of young, growing elliptical galaxy. Astronomers have for the first time caught a glimpse of the earliest stages of massive galaxy construction. The building site, dubbed Sparky, is a dense galactic core blazing with the…

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GA-ASI radar shines during U.S. Navy Spearhead IIA exercise

Posted  August 28, 2014

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. announced Aug. 28 that its LynxÆ Multi-mode Radar success fully demonstrated the ability to support maritime operations in a littoral environment during the recent U.S. Navy Exercise Spearhead IIA held off the coast of Key West, Fla., in June. GAASI is a leading manufacturer of remotely piloted aircraft systems, radars,…

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VA outlines actions taken to improve access to care, implement IG recommendations from

Posted  August 28, 2014

The Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General Aug. 26 released the final report of its review of systemic issues with patient scheduling and access issues at the Phoenix VA Health Care System. VA concurred with the recommendations in the final report and, in many cases, has already implemented action plans and made improvements…

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HUD, VA, USICH announce 33 percent drop in veteran homelessness since 2010

Posted  August 28, 2014

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness Aug. 26released a new national estimate of veteran homelessness in the United States. Data collected during the annual Point-in-Time Count conducted in January 2014 shows there were 49,933 homeless veterans in America, a decline of 33…

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NASA awards research facilities, engineering support services contract

Posted  August 28, 2014

NASA has awarded a contract for research facilities and engineering support services to InuTeq, LLC of Greenbelt, Maryland, in support of the Mission Information and Test Systems Directorate at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center, Edwards, Calif. This cost-plus-award-fee contract covers a one-year base period beginning Nov. 1, 2014 and four one-year options, and is valued…

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