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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. Dorothy Roth’s husband and John’s…

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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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California Guardsmen aid in wildfire battle

Posted  August 13, 2014

Army photograph by SFC Benjamin Cossel A UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter crew from the California Army National Guard drops 660 gallons of water on a Northern California fire, Aug. 4, 2014. In what has become a nearly annual mission for the California National Guard, Army and Air Force aviators are dousing wildfires across Northern California,…

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Space technology experiments tested in microgravity flight

Posted  August 13, 2014

NASA's Flight Opportunities Program funded a series of parabolic flights to evaluate eight space-technology experiments conducted by a like number of teams in late July.

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US partners with Greece for bilateral training

Posted  August 13, 2014

Air Force photograph by SSgt. Daryl Knee A member of the 726th Air Mobility Squadron waits to marshal a C-130 Hercules on the flightline Aug. 9, 2014, at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany. Airmen from Spangdahlem AB will be supporting a bilateral training event with the Hellenic air force Aug. 11-23. The training aims to increase…

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VA announces new grants to help end veterans homelessness

Posted  August 13, 2014

Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald announced Aug. 11 the award of approximately $300 million in grants that will help approximately 115,000 homeless and at-risk veterans and their families. The grants will be distributed to 301 community agencies in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Under the…

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Seeing double: Experimental glider, rocket undergo fit checks

Posted  August 13, 2014

NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center took another step toward developing a novel rocket-launching technique called the Towed Glider Air-Launch System (TGALS) by fit-checking a subscale twin-hulled glider with its experimental rocket payload.

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Sikorsky, Boeing to build technology demonstrator for future vertical lift

Posted  August 13, 2014

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp., and Boeing have been selected to build a helicopter for the U.S. Army’s Joint Multi-Role Technology Demonstrator Phase 1 program, paving the way for the next generation of vertical lift aircraft. The U.S. Army Aviation Technology Directorate selected the Sikorsky-Boeing team to continue the development of…

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Headlines August 11, 2014

Posted  August 11, 2014

News: As strikes begin in Iraq, many options for Pentagon – The US campaign against a militant group that has taken control of huge chunks of Iraq has begun. Despite the near-total withdrawal of U.S. ground troops from the country in the past five years, the Pentagon has many options for more airstrikes – and many…

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News Briefs August 11, 2014

Posted  August 11, 2014

New life for song dubbed ‘viral hit of World War I’ A century ago, British soldiers marched off to fight in World War I to a cheerful, bittersweet tune urging them to Pack up your troubles in your old kit bag and smile, smile, smile! Now veterans, military families and serving soldiers have taken to…

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First pipeline class of F-35 crew chiefs graduates

Posted  August 11, 2014

Nine airmen became the first Air Force recruits to graduate initial skills technical training as F-35A Lightning II crew chiefs after completing Mission-Ready Airmen training at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., Aug. 7. “The opportunity to be the first of something so important means a lot. I know many people are looking at us to…

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101st Airborne conducts air assault training with new communications gear

Posted  August 11, 2014

Conducting the Army's first large-scale joint force entry air assault in more than 11 years, the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), ascended into the night to confront a hostile, mobile threat.

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