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Navy’s first F-35C squadron surpasses 1,000 flight hours

Air Force photograph by Samuel King Jr. An F-35C Lightning II aircraft piloted by Lt. Cmdr. Chris Tabert, assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 101, flies the squadron’s first local sortie. The F-35C is the carrier variant of the Joint Strike Fighter. VFA 101, based at Eglin Air Force Base, serves as the F-35C Fleet…

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Boeing South Carolina begins final assembly of its first 787-9 Dreamliner

Boeing has started final assembly of the 787-9 Dreamliner at its South Carolina facility. The team began joining large fuselage sections of the newest 787 Nov. 22 on schedule, a proud milestone for the South Carolina team and another sign of stability for the program. The North Charleston, S.C., site joins Boeing’s Everett, Wash., final…

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Ball Aerospace equips Orion mission with key avionics, antenna hardware

Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. is providing the phased array antennas and flight test cameras to prime contractor Lockheed Martin for Orion's Exploration Flight Test-1 (EFT-1), which is an unmanned test flight scheduled to launch from Cape Canaveral, Fla.

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President announces Hagel’s resignation as defense secretary

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel shakes hands with President Barack Obama at the White House Nov. 24. The president announced that Hagel would resign his position as defense secretary. Praising Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s class and integrity, President Barack Obama announced Nov. 24 at the White House that Hagel will leave his post. The president said…

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SEWIP block upgrade program evaluated for LCS

The Navy is evaluating a scaled-down version of the Surface Electronic Warfare Improvement Program system for potential incorporation on future Littoral Combat Ships


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Army tests vehicle-mounted laser against multiple threats

Posted  December 20, 2013

The Army used a vehicle-mounted high-energy laser for the first time to successfully engage more than 90 mortar rounds and several unmanned aerial vehicles in flight.

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Navy’s redesigned Aircrew Endurance Survival Vest reaches key milestone

Posted  December 20, 2013

Lighter than its bulky predecessor, the Navy's redesigned Aircrew Endurance Survival Vest recently attained initial operational capability, a key milestone in the development of the life-saving equipment, the service announced Dec. 18.

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NASA F/A-18 temporarily disappears from baseball stadium

Posted  December 20, 2013

NASA photographs by Tom Tschida and Ken Ulbrich The retired F/A-18A is carefully lifted off its pylon, it’s home for the past 17 years. The retired NASA F/A-18A aircraft that has served as an iconic landmark in front of “The†Hangar” – the Lancaster Municipal Stadium†ó†in Lancaster, Calif., for the past 17 years, was demounted from…

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NORAD to track Santa’s global journey

Posted  December 20, 2013

Air Force photograph by Michael Kucharek Santa Claus reviews his flight plan for his annual Christmas Eve trek across the globe in the North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command Current Operations Center at the NORAD and Northcom headquarters at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. On Christmas Eve, tens of thousands of children…

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Boeing delivers first 747-8 with performance-improved engines

Posted  December 20, 2013

Boeing Dec. 18 delivered the first 747-8 with performance-improved GEnx-2B engines as part of the airplane’s Performance Improvement Package. A Cathay Pacific Airways 747-8 Freighter was the first 747 to deliver with the PIP engines. The engine is the first of the package’s three improvements to enter service. The two other components, Flight Management Computer…

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Desert HS robotics team takes on its FIRST challenge

Posted  December 20, 2013

What initially started as a base-wide e-mail sent out in search of volunteers to help with the newly-formed Desert Jr. and Sr. High School Robotics Team has quickly turned into a success story that highlights the hard work of dedicated mentors and students.

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NASA extends deadlines for student exploration design challenge

Posted  December 20, 2013

NASA is extending deadlines for its Exploration Design Challenge, an educational program connected to Exploration Flight Test-1 – the first mission for NASA’s new Orion spacecraft, scheduled to launch in September 2014 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The new deadline for high school students to submit payload design notebooks has been extended…

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News Briefs December 18, 2013

Posted  December 18, 2013

Navy to christen USS Milwaukee in Marinette The U.S. Navy is preparing to christen its newest littoral combat ship the USS Milwaukee, which will make it the fifth naval vessel to bear the name of Wisconsin’s largest city. The ship will be christened Dec. 18 at the Marinette Marine Corp. shipyard, Marinette, Wisc., by Sylvia…

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Raytheon receives $16 million contract award for miniaturized airborne GPS receivers

Posted  December 18, 2013

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – Raytheon has received a $15.8 million contract order for its MAGR 2000-S24 miniaturized airborne GPS receiver. The order, which includes new production and sustainment of existing systems, is the first under an Indefinite Delivery-Indefinite Quantity contract awarded to the company in September 2013 by the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile…

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Northrop Grumman celebrates 20th anniversary of first B-2 Spirit delivery

Posted  December 18, 2013

Air Force photograph The Spirit of Missouri taxis down the Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., flightline for the first time upon its arrival Dec. 17, 1993. Whiteman has been home to the B-2 base for 20 years. PALMDALE, Calif. On a grey, chilly afternoon 20 years ago Dec. 17, the first operational B-2 stealth bomber,…

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