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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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Headlines August 6, 2014

Posted  August 6, 2014

News: Victim of Afghanistan insider attack identified as Maj. Gen. Harold Greene – The first American general officer to be killed by hostile fire in combat since Sept. 11 has been identified as Maj. Gen. Harold Greene. Billionaire Elon Musk chooses south Texas for SpaceX Launchpad – Billionaire Elon Musk’s Space Exploration Technologies Corp. plans to build…

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News Briefs August 6, 2014

Posted  August 6, 2014

U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan at 2,198 As of Aug. 5, 2014, at least 2,198 members of the U.S. military had died in Afghanistan as a result of the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, according to an Associated Press count. At least 1,819 military service members have died in Afghanistan as a result…

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Boeing to modernize NATO AWACS fleet

Posted  August 6, 2014

Boeing has received a contract from NATO worth approximately $250 million to install digital flight decks and avionics on 13 of the alliance’s Airborne Warning and Control System aircraft, which are based on the Boeing 707 commercial airplane.

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DRS Technologies awarded contract For Halvorsen aircraft loader/transporter overhaul program

Posted  August 6, 2014

DRS Technologies, Inc., a Finmeccanica Company, announced Aug. 6 that it will provide logistics support to the U.S. Air Force’s Halvorsen 25K Aircraft Cargo Loaders around the globe. The Air Force awarded DRS Sustainment Systems, Inc. a ten-year IDIQ contract valued at more than $175 million for depot-level overhaul, program engineering support and parts management…

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Researchers focus on reducing weight of Army combat vehicles

Posted  August 6, 2014

Leading experts in military combat-vehicle research, engineering and design gathered July 29-31 to discuss a single goal: reducing the weight of the Army's tanks and infantry fighting vehicles by 40 percent in the coming decades.

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Northrop Grumman to provide systems for Arleigh Burke-class destroyers

Posted  August 6, 2014

Northrop Grumman has been awarded contracts from the U.S. Navy, General Dynamics Bath Iron Works and Huntington Ingalls Industries to provide integrated bridge and navigation systems and steering gear systems to modernize Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyers. Naval Sea Systems Command exercised options for the acquisition and testing of five integrated bridge and navigation systems…

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Federal report: Some new littoral ships too heavy

Posted  August 6, 2014

MARINETTE, Wisc. – Four of six ships being built in Wisconsin and Alabama as part of a new class U.S. Navy vessels are too heavy, and some areas of performance have been affected, according to a newly released federal audit. The report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office found that while the USS Freedom has…

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Boeing partners with South African Airways to turn new tobacco plant into jet fuel

Posted  August 6, 2014

Boeing, South African Airways and SkyNRG announced Aug. 6 they are collaborating to make sustainable aviation biofuel from a new type of tobacco plant.

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The future is now: Innovative advanced concepts selected for continued study

Posted  August 6, 2014

Looking ahead to an exciting future, NASA is continuing to invest in concepts that may one day revolutionize how we live and work in space with the selection of five technology proposals for continued study under the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts Program. NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate, located at the agency’s headquarters in Washington, based…

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USS Vella Gulf to enter Black Sea

Posted  August 6, 2014

The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf (CG 72) will enter the Black Sea, Aug. 6, to promote peace and stability in the region.

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