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F-35 Rollout Marks U.S.-Australia Partnership Milestone

Lockheed Martin photograph by Beth Groom Royal Australian Air Force Air Marshal Geoff Brown delivers his remarks at the roll out ceremony for Australia’s first F-35. The official rollout of the first two F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter aircraft for the Royal Australian Air Force is a milestone in the U.S.-Australia partnership, the undersecretary…

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NASA’s Mars spacecraft maneuvers to prepare for close comet flyby

NASA is taking steps to protect its Mars orbiters, while preserving opportunities to gather valuable scientific data, as Comet C/2013 A1 Siding Spring heads toward a close flyby of Mars Oct. 19.

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U.S. Forces display military might at Farnborough

Air Force photograph by A1C Erin O’Shea Capt. Tom Meyers discusses the F-15E Strike Eagle’s capabilities with spectators July 17, 2014, at the Farnborough International Airshow in England. Public access was granted for spectators to ask questions and observe the aircraft up-close with pilots and aircrew members. Meyers is a 494th Fighter Squadron F-15E instructor…

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Lockheed Martin’s unmanned cargo helicopter team returns from deployment

After lifting more than 4.5 million pounds of cargo and conducting thousands of delivery missions for the U.S. Marine Corps, the Lockheed Martin and Kaman Aerospace Corporation K-MAX cargo unmanned aircraft system has returned to the United States following a nearly three-year deployment in Afghanistan. In 2011, K-MAX became the first unmanned helicopter to deliver…

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Sun sets on Red Flag 14-3

Air Force photograph by A1C Thomas Spangler The sun sets behind a row of F-16 Fighting Falcons during Red Flag 14-3, July 16, 2014, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. Red Flag provides a series of intense air-to-air combat scenarios for aircrew and ground personnel, which will in turn increase their combat readiness and effectiveness…


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Inspired by nature: Innovative C-17 flight tests to save AF millions

Posted  August 19, 2013

Air Mobility Command’s chief scientist credited birds, dolphins and surfers for the success of recent ground-breaking C-17 Globemaster III flight tests expected to save the Air Force millions in annual fuel costs. Dr. Donald Erbschloe flew aboard the test flights involving surfing aircraft vortices for energy – or “$AVE” – from Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.,…

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Helium supply critical to Army research

Posted  August 19, 2013

Army photograph by Ryan Keith Henry Everitt, Ph.D., senior research scientist for optical sciences at the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Research Development and Engineering Center at Redstone Arsenal, Ala., describes the critical role liquid helium plays in conducting basic research of terahertz spectroscopic and imaging techniques. Army senior research scientist Henry Everitt doesn’t take…

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B-1 Lancer crashes in Montana

Posted  August 19, 2013

A B-1B Lancer with the 28th Bomb Wing, Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., crashed near Broadus, Mont., during a routine training mission Aug. 19. A crew of two pilots and two weapon systems officers†were on†board. All four members of the aircrew safely ejected with some injuries. “We are actively working to ensure the safety of…

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Boeing, ILFC deliver first 787 Dreamliner to Aeromexico

Posted  August 19, 2013

Boeing, International Lease Finance Corporation and Aeromexico celebrated the first delivery of a 787 Dreamliner for use by the Mexico City-based carrier Aug. 16. The airplane, delivered from Boeing’s Everett, Wash., delivery center Aug. 15, took off for Mexico City Aug. 16. “The arrival of Aeromexico’s first Boeing 787 Dreamliner represents a milestone for the…

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Eglin’s F-35 fleet exceeds 2K sorties

Posted  August 19, 2013

Airmen and Marines assigned to the F-35 Integrated Training Center at the 33rd Fighter Wing, Eglin Air Force Base Fla., have consistently flown successful training sorties and generated their 2,000th sortie Aug. 13.

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Communications capability surpasses 50,000 flight hours

Posted  August 19, 2013

Courtesy photograph An E-11A aircraft outfitted with the Battlefield Airborne Communications Node, or BACN, flies at an undisclosed location. BACN enables interoperability across voice and datalink networks and it recently surpassed 50,000 flight hours. A Life Cycle Management Center program managed at Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass., that ensures war fighters can stay connected reached…

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Crews rush to clean up former California nuke lab

Posted  August 19, 2013

SIMI VALLEY, Calif. – The sun was barely up at a former Cold War rocket test site when crews in hard hats, neon vests and steel-toe boots collected jars of dirt as part of a massive effort to clean up from a partial nuclear meltdown a half century ago. Parties that inherited the toxic mess…

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NASA exercises Expendable Launch Vehicle contract option

Posted  August 19, 2013

NASA has exercised the first option on a contract providing integrated services for the preparation and launch of the next generation of the agency’s scientific and exploration spacecraft. The two-year Option Period 1 on the Expendable Launch Vehicle Integrated Support 2 contract, operated by a.i. solutions Inc. of Lanham, Md., begins Oct. 1 and is…

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Headlines August 16, 2013

Posted  August 16, 2013

News: U.S.-Egypt military ties strained; Obama cancels joint maneuvers President Obama Aug. 15 canceled joint military maneuvers between U.S. and Egyptian troops scheduled for next month as he seeks to find levers the U.S. can use to quell deadly clashes in the North African nation and force both sides back into negotiations. States jockey to…

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News Briefs August 16, 2013

Posted  August 16, 2013

Employer sued over Reserve airman’s firing The U.S. Attorneyís Office is suing an employer on behalf of a military member whose job was terminated after he returned from required military training. Regal Contractors fired Lon Fluman, a senior airman at Dover Air Force Base, Del., from his job as a maintenance technician last year after…

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