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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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Boeing selects supplier for 737 MAX full-flight simulator

Posted  July 11, 2014

Boeing announced July 11 the selection of TRU Simulation + Training Inc. as its supplier for state-of-the-art full-flight training suites for the 737 MAX. The initial suite will include a full-flight simulator, a flat-panel training device and 10 desktop trainers which are anticipated to be ready for training in 2017 for customers new to both…

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Ball Aerospace takes delivery of CERES instrument for the JPSS-1 Polar-orbiting satellite

Posted  July 11, 2014

The Clouds and Earth’s Radiant Energy Systems instrument for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Joint Polar Satellite System, the nation’s next generation polar-orbiting satellite, arrived at Ball June 17.  Integration of the JPSS-1 satellite will begin later this year. The CERES instrument is key to the continuity of long-standing weather and climate measurements currently provided by…

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Boeing announces new communications leadership assignments

Posted  July 11, 2014

Boeing announced July 11 a series of new senior leadership assignments within its Communications organization. Sean I. McCormack has been named vice president of Communications for Boeing Commercial Airplanes, succeeding Mark G. Hooper, who plans to retire from Boeing Sept. 1, after more than 26 years with the company. McCormack will lead a team responsible…

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National Museum of the U.S. Air Force to host World War I 100th anniversary event

Posted  July 11, 2014

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I in Europe as one of the nation’s premier historical aviation events, the World War I Dawn Patrol Rendezvous will bring the excitement and adrenaline of early air power to Ohio, Sept. 27-28. The World War I Dawn Patrol Rendezvous will feature vintage reproduction…

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Headlines July 9, 2014

Posted  July 9, 2014

News: Iran sends three attack planes to Iraqi government – An American official said that Su-25s had already carried out missions over Ramadi, Falluja in western Iraq and the Baiji refinery in northern Iraq. The official did not say whether the aircraft dropped any bombs but added that Iran had sent more Revolutionary Guards ground forces…

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News Briefs July 9, 2014

Posted  July 9, 2014

Air Force reservist sues U.S. Steel over 2014 firing An Air Force reservist who serves near Pittsburgh says she was wrongly fired by U.S. Steel because she missed work due to her military deployments. The plaintiff, 33-year-old Rebecca Jackanic, of Coraopolis, says she had worked for U.S. Steel as an aircraft dispatcher since 2002. Jackanic…

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U.S. Air Force GPS technology exceeds technical requirements in critical test

Posted  July 9, 2014

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – The U.S. Air Force has demonstrated successful operation of its next-generation Military-code GPS signal in a jamming environment using a Raytheon Creceiver. In a recent test, the Raytheon-built Miniaturized Airborne GPS Receiver 2000 maintained GPS satellite tracking and provided accurate navigation at jamming levels far exceeding technical requirements. The MAGR2K was…

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Northrop Grumman hosts 10th annual engineering competition

Posted  July 9, 2014

Northrop Grumman's Azusa campus recently concluded its year-end activities for the company's High School Involvement Partnership program with its tenth annual engineering competition and an awards dinner.

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USAFE-AFAFRICA releases investigation results on HH-60 accident

Posted  July 9, 2014

U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa officials released the results of the investigation into the Jan. 7 crash of an HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter near Cley next the Sea, United Kingdom, resulting in the death of the four crew members on board. At the conclusion of the investigation, Brig. Gen. Jon Norman,…

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Northrop Grumman, ATK complete testing of backplane for Webb telescope

Posted  July 9, 2014

Northrop Grumman photograph The backplane of NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope was mounted to a structure for static load testing to verify it can withstand the rigors of launch and hold the weight needed to support the telescope in space. The backplane is the backbone of the observatory, the primary load carrying structure for launch,…

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