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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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Boeing delivers United Airlines’ first 787 Dreamliner

Posted  September 25, 2012

Boeing and United Airlines announced Sept. 24 the delivery of the airline’s first 787 Dreamliner. United is the first airline in North America to take delivery of the 787. Jeff Smisek, president and CEO of United, said, “As the North American launch customer, we are delighted to be getting our first 787 Dreamliner. As we…

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Airmen certified for F-35 engine runs

Posted  September 25, 2012

An airman seated in an aircraft, surrounded by electronic displays, surveys the cockpit of an F-35A Lightning II and begins rehearsed procedures that now feel comfortable. He feels the jet’s familiar rumble below as the engine roars to life on the flightline. If you imagined the person in the seat as a pilot, in this…

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Northrop Grumman’s Palmdale employees donate $60,000 to the USO

Posted  September 25, 2012

Northrop Grumman photograph Northrop Grumman employees convert the Palmdale site’s manufacturing high bay into an assembly area for USO care packages. Employee-led fundraising activities over a span of just three months at Northrop’s Palmdale, Calif., site have netted more than $60,000 for men and women in the U.S. armed services. The site’s annual commitment to…

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NASA’s Chandra shows milky way is surrounded by halo of hot gas

Posted  September 25, 2012

Astronomers have used NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory to find evidence our Milky Way Galaxy is embedded in an enormous halo of hot gas that extends for hundreds of thousands of light years.

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World War II veterans share memories during conference

Posted  September 25, 2012

The first snow of the winter blanketed the German landscape below his P-51 Mustang, and as the young World War II pilot flew alongside others in formation, he noticed an important detail. . . .

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Raytheon MALD-J decoy goes 4-for-4 in operational flight tests

Posted  September 25, 2012

The U.S. Air Force and Raytheon began operational testing of the Miniature Air Launched Decoy Jammer (MALDĀ®-J). After completing a highly successful developmental test phase, the MALD-J team achieved four successful flights in four attempts. MALD-J adds radar-jamming capability to the basic MALD platform. MALD is a state-of-the-art, low-cost flight vehicle that is modular, air-launched…

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NASA selects space launch system advanced development proposals

Posted  September 25, 2012

NASA has selected 26 proposals from academia and industry for advanced development activities for the nation’s next heavy lift rocket, the Space Launch System (SLS). Proposals selected under this NASA Research Announcement (NRA) seek innovative and affordable solutions to evolve the launch vehicle from its initial configuration to its full lift capacity capable of sending…

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Northrop Grumman completes field installations of new B-2 radar system

Posted  September 25, 2012

Northrop Grumman has successfully completed ahead of schedule all field installations of a new radar system for the U.S. Air Force's fleet of B-2 stealth bombe

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

Posted  September 25, 2012

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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