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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 July 11, 2014

Posted  July 11, 2014

Business: F-35 engine fire may be one-time incident, U.S. says – The engine fire that led the Pentagon to ground its fleet of F-35 fighters may have been caused by an isolated flaw, according to the Defense Department’s top weapons buyer.  Window closing on F-35 appearance at RIAT – The F-35 joint strike fighter won’t be appearing…

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News Briefs July 11, 2014

Posted  July 11, 2014

Afghan aid is dropping, but how fast is too fast? Civilian assistance to Afghanistan was always slated to shrink with America’s military footprint, but U.S. aid officials were caught off guard when Congress became upset by testy relations with Afghan President Hamid Karzai and slashed civilian aid by 50 percent this year. War-weary lawmakers were…

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Arianespace launches O3b satellites on Soyuz mission

Posted  July 11, 2014

July 10, at 3:55 pm local time in French Guiana, Arianespace successfully performed its second launch for O3b Networks, following the successful launch of the operator’s first four satellites last year. With this eighth Soyuz launch from the Guiana Space Center, all successful, Arianespace proves its long-term support for new operators and helps reduce the…

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Hagel talks with F-35 pilots, maintainers at Eglin AFB

Posted  July 11, 2014

Air Force photograph by Samuel King Jr. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel speaks with reporters after touring the 33rd Fighter Wing and the F-35 Lightning II integrated training center at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., July 10, 2014. During his visit, he met with Eglin service members for 45 minutes to praise their work in the…

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General Dynamics to continue amphibious combat vehicle testing

Posted  July 11, 2014

General Dynamics Land Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics, is continuing work on an Amphibious Combat Vehicle solution for the U.S. Marine Corps. The recently awarded five-month contract extension, valued at $7 million, continues General Dynamics’ ongoing work to determine the best option for developing an affordable, survivable and high water speed ACV platform…

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NASA spacecraft sees further evidence of dry ice gullies on Mars

Posted  July 11, 2014

Repeated high-resolution observations made by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter indicate the gullies on Mars' surface are primarily formed by the seasonal freezing of carbon dioxide, not liquid water.

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Hubble spots spiral bridge of young stars linking two ancient galaxies

Posted  July 11, 2014

NASA/ESA image NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope photographed a 100,000-light-year-long structure that looks like a string of pearls twisted into a corkscrew shape winds around the cores of the two massive galaxies. The ìpearlsî are superclusters of blazing, blue-white, newly born stars. NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has photographed an unusual structure 100,000 light years long, which…

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Army tests putting NERO electronic warfare jammer on UAVs

Posted  July 11, 2014

Army photograph by Doug McDaniel View of the NERO jamming payload attached to a Gray Eagle. NERO stands for Networked Electronic Warfare Remotely Operated. Last month within the mountainous terrain of The Great Salt Lake Desert at Dugway Proving Ground Utah, the U.S. Army conducted flight testing of an unmanned airborne electronic attack capability known…

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Hill AFB plays key role in delivering F-16s to Indonesia

Posted  July 11, 2014

The combined efforts of Hill Air Force Base’s Ogden Air Logistics Complex, F-16 System Program Office, Defense Logistics Agency and several other Defense Department organizations will culminate in the initial delivery of three of 24 F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft to the government of Indonesia July 14. The Indonesian government will accept delivery of one F-16C…

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Lockheed Martin MUOS satellite enters final testing

Posted  July 11, 2014

Lockheed Martin has successfully completed environmental testing of the U.S. Navy's third Mobile User Objective System satellite. It recently cleared thermal vacuum trials, which validate performance in simulated space conditions, and the satellite is now in final check out.

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