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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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Deployed loadmasters use new airdrop system

Posted  August 6, 2014

A C-130J Super Hercules aircraft from the 774th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron completed an airdrop for the Afghan National Army using the new Wireless Gate Release System Aug. 1, at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan.

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Northrop Grumman to continue BACN mission support

Posted  August 6, 2014

The U.S. Air Force has awarded Northrop Grumman an $89.7 million contract option to continue operating and supporting the Battlefield Airborne Communications Node system in support of overseas contingency missions. BACN is a high-altitude, airborne communications and information gateway that connects warfighters in the air and on the ground. The system translates and distributes voice…

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NASA’s Hubble finds supernova star system linked to potential ‘Zombie Star’

Posted  August 6, 2014

Using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, a team of astronomers has spotted a star system that could have left behind a “zombie star” after an unusually weak supernova explosion.

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Afghan attack kills US major general, wounds 15

Posted  August 6, 2014

KABUL, Afghanistan – A man dressed in an Afghan army uniform opened fire Aug. 5 on NATO troops at a military base, killing a U.S. two-star general and wounding some 15 people, among them a German brigadier general and a number of Americans troops, authorities said. The attack at Camp Qargha, a base west of…

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Boeing delivers 15th production P-8A Poseidon to U.S. Navy

Posted  August 6, 2014

The 15th P-8A Poseidon built by Boeing arrives at Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Fla., where it will help expand the U.S. Navy’s long-range maritime patrol capabilities.

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Headlines August 4, 2014

Posted  August 5, 2014

News: Senate authorizes 1K more Afghan visas – Senate Aug. 1 passed legislation that would grant 1,000 more visas to Afghan civilians who assisted the United States.   Business: Blurred lines: Commercial, defense sectors begin to blend – As companies continue to turn their eyes toward the Middle East and Asia for new business, a trend has…

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News Briefs August 4, 2014

Posted  August 5, 2014

Army to force out 550 majors; some in Afghanistan The Army says it will soon notify 550 majors that they must leave the service by next spring as part of a budget-driven downsizing of the service. Some of those soldiers will get the bad news while they are on the front lines in Afghanistan. Gen….

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Seventh Boeing GPS IIF delivered to orbit, is operational

Posted  August 5, 2014

A Boeing Global Positioning System IIF satellite, launched late Aug. 1, has sent the signals to controllers that confirm it is currently operating properly within the constellation that millions of people rely on for timing and navigation information.

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Lockheed laser guided bomb achieves objectives in exercises

Posted  August 5, 2014

Lockheed Martin’s Dual Mode Laser Guided Bomb was successfully employed during recent U.S. Marine Corps weapons and tactics instructor training. During the training exercises at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz., AV-8B Harrier aircrews released 19 GBU-12F/B DMLGB weapons. The weapons were released in tactically representative engagements, and used various targeting modes against fixed targets….

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ULA successfully launches two rockets in just four days

Posted  August 5, 2014

A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket carrying the seventh Global Positioning System (GPS IIF-7) satellite for the U.S. Air Force launched at 11:23 p.m., EDT, Aug. 1 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. This is the second successful ULA launch in just four days. “Congratulations to the U.S. Air Force and all of…

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