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NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover arrives at Martian mountain

NASA's Mars Curiosity rover has reached the Red Planet's Mount Sharp, a Mount-Rainier-size mountain at the center of the vast Gale Crater and the rover mission's long-term prime destination.

Air Force photograph by MSgt. J. Scott Wilcox Defense

Aerial target QF-16 takes to the sky

Air Force photograph by MSgt. J. Scott Wilcox The first unmanned QF-16 Viper struck down over the Gulf of Mexico Sept. 5, 2014, was part of a joint effort between the Test and Training Division at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., and the 82nd Aerial Target Squadron at Tyndall AFB, Fla. The test was an…

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NASA’s Orion spacecraft nears completion, ready for fueling

NASA is making steady progress on its Orion spacecraft, completing several milestones this week at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida in preparation for the capsule's first trip to space in December.

Air Force photograph by SSgt. Annie Edwards, Utah Air National Guard Defense

DRAGON ‘fires up’ for flight

Air Force photograph by SSgt. Annie Edwards, Utah Air National Guard A NATO E-3A AWACS aircraft approaches a Utah Air National Guard KC-135R Stratotanker for air refueling during a training exercise over Germany in May 2014. The U.S. Air Force and NATO are undergoing a cooperative development effort – known as the DRAGON program –…

Air Force photograph by Ethan Wagner Defense

C-17 treads into new territory

As important as ailerons, rudders and elevators are to the fundamental movement of any aircraft in flight, its tires are equally important while moving on the ground.


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Headlines October 17, 2013

Posted  October 17, 2013

News: Ranger’s unconscious salute inspires, captivates a grateful nation - There’s tough. There’s Marine Corps tough. And now there’s an entirely new category: Injured, hooked-to-tubes, unconscious — but still saluting — Army Ranger tough.   Business: Pentagon withholding payments from six weapons makers - The U.S. Defense Department is withholding payments from six arms makers for problems…

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News Briefs: October 17, 2013

Posted  October 17, 2013

Delegation lobbies for Alaska base for F-35s Alaska’s congressional delegation is lobbying Air Force leaders to base the F-35s at Eielson Air Force Base in Fairbanks. U.S. Sens. Mark Begich and Lisa Murkowski, along with Rep. Don Young, sent a letter to Acting Secretary of the Air Force Eric Fanning and Air Force Chief of…

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Northrop Grumman sponsors Australia UAV Challenge Competition

Posted  October 17, 2013

Northrop Grumman photograph Dickson College unmanned air vehicle Dickson College unmanned air vehicle teammates work on their aircraft during the UAV Challenge – Outback Rescue in Australia. Northrop Grumman is sponsoring the 2013 and 2014 UAV Challenge ñ Outback Rescue, a competition in which students develop unmanned airborne vehicles that locate and deliver an emergency…

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Local elementary schools benefit From Northrop Grumman’s school supply drive

Posted  October 17, 2013

Northrop Grumman photograph On Aug. 21, members of the Northrop Grumman Azusa, Calif., chapter of Adelante, an Employee Resource Group, donated 859 pencil boxes filled with erasers, pencils, crayons, rulers and other school supplies for every student at two local elementary schools in the Azusa Unified School District. From left are Robert Allard, principal of…

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Tyndall stands up new F-22 squadron – 24 total aircraft

Posted  October 17, 2013

Air Force photograph by Ashley M. Wright The 95th Fighter Squadron will reactivate Oct. 11 and will be the home of the transported F-22 Raptor combat-coded squadron. The 95th FS called Tyndall home for more than three decades deactivating in 2010. The reactivation allows for the cost-saving efforts of using already existing signs, facilities and…

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Northrop Grumman to upgrade French Navy E-2C Hawkeye fleet

Posted  October 17, 2013

Under a $34.5 million U.S. Navy contract, Northrop Grumman Corporation will modify the French Navy’s fleet of three E-2C Hawkeyes with an upgraded Identification Friend or Foe system, further increasing commonality and interoperability with U.S. Navy E-2D Advanced Hawkeye aircraft. IFF systems enable warfighters to distinguish between friendly forces and enemies. Included in the upgrade…

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50 year old aircraft vital to Raptor training

Posted  October 17, 2013

A T-38 Talon bridged five decades and generations of technological development to merge at 400 knots with the F-22 Raptor near Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., recently.

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Northrop Grumman to upgrade French Navy E-2C Hawkeye Fleet

Posted  October 17, 2013

Under a $34.5 million U.S. Navy contract, Northrop Grumman will modify the French Navy’s fleet of three E-2C Hawkeyes with an upgraded Identification Friend or Foe system, further increasing commonality and interoperability with U.S. Navy E-2D Advanced Hawkeye aircraft. IFF systems enable warfighters to distinguish between friendly forces and enemies. Included in the upgrade will…

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Shutdown endangers reserve component readiness

Posted  October 17, 2013

Reserve component personnel continue to be affected by the government shutdown, and officials are concerned about readiness. Within DOD, the reserve components are the Army National Guard, the Air National Guard, the Army Reserve, the Air Force Reserve, the Navy Reserve and the Marine Corps Reserve. The Coast Guard Reserve comes under the Department of…

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Flight Test Historical Foundation honors new Eagles

Posted  October 17, 2013

Aerospace legends were honored when the Flight Test Historical Foundation hosted its annual Gathering of Eagles Oct. 12 at the University of the Antelope Valley Grand Ballroom in Lancaster, Calif

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