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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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ESGR accepting nominations for 2013 SecDef employer support freedom award

Posted  November 2, 2012

Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, a Department of Defense agency, is now accepting nominations for the 2013 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award. The Freedom Award is the nation’s highest award for civilian employers that support their employees serving in the National Guard and Reserve. Nominations may be submitted by Guardsmen, Reservists,…

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NASA/DOE/Fermi LAT Collabotation
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NASA’s Fermi measures cosmic ‘fog’ produced by ancient starlight

Posted  November 2, 2012

NASA/DOE/Fermi LAT Collabotation This plot shows the locations of 150 blazars (green dots) used in the EBL study. The background map shows the entire sky and was constructed from four years of gamma rays with energies above 10 billion electron volts detected by Fermi. The plane of our Milky Way galaxy runs along the middle…

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Boeing delivers Royal Australian Air Force’s sixth C-17

Posted  November 2, 2012

LONG BEACH, Calif. – Boeing delivered the sixth Royal Australian Air Force C-17 Globemaster III Nov. 1 at the company’s final assembly facility in Long Beach, Calif. The airlifter will be assigned to No. 36 Squadron at RAAF Base Amberley near Brisbane, where it will help meet increased demand for airlift to support military, humanitarian…

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Soldiers’ suit of Iraq War contractor goes to jury

Posted  November 2, 2012

Jurors will decide whether an Iraq War contractor is responsible for respiratory ailments and the fear of future illness that Oregon National Guard soldiers blame on a carcinogen present at a water plant they were tasked to defend. The contractor says the substance was in concentrations so small it was harmless. Attorneys for 12 Oregon…

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Spirit AeroSystems posts loss on productivity woes

Posted  November 2, 2012

Aerospace supplier Spirit AeroSystems Holdings Inc. Nov. 1 posted a third-quarter loss on charges due to production setbacks for several aircraft. The Wichita, Kansas, company booked $590 million in charges during the third quarter, which it announced last month. The complexity in developing some products drove up supplier, factory and labor costs, it said. The…

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Spot the space station over your backyard with new NASA service

Posted  November 2, 2012

On the 12th anniversary of crews continuously living and working aboard the International Space Station, NASA announced Nov. 2 a new service to help people see the orbiting laboratory when it passes overhead. “Spot the Station” will send an email or text message to those who sign up for the service a few hours before…

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Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules variants declared ‘mission capable’ after Air Force testing

Posted  November 2, 2012

The Lockheed Martin HC-130J Combat King II and the MC-130J Commando II aircraft have been certified as “Effective, Suitable and Mission Capable” by the Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Center. The U.S. Air Force is currently recapitalizing the HC, MC and AC-130 gunship fleets with new C 130J variants. The HC-130J is the personnel…

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Northrop Grumman, ITT Exelis partner for U.S. Navy’s next gen jammer

Posted  November 2, 2012

Northrop Grumman and ITT Exelis are teaming to bring together the best of industry to offer unique solutions for the U.S. Navy’s Next Generation Jammer program. The two companies have been involved in electronic warfare and airborne electronic attack technological development since the 1960s, making them well positioned to compete for the next phase of…

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Boeing opens first System Integration Lab for KC-46 tanker program

Posted  November 2, 2012

Boeing has opened the first KC-46 Tanker System Integration Laboratory to support testing and reduce risk in the development of the U.S. Air Force’s next-generation aerial refueling tanker. “Opening this lab says a lot about Boeing’s commitment to executing on this contract,” said Maj. Gen. John Thompson, Air Force Tanker Program Executive Officer and KC-46…

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NASA selects contract for safety, environmental, medical services

Posted  November 2, 2012

NASA has selected Earth Resources Technology, Inc., of Laurel, Md., to receive a contract for safety, environmental, and medical support services at the agency’s Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif. The contract has a maximum value of $55 million. This is a firm-fixed-price, time-and-materials indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity hybrid contract that begins Nov. 16. The contract…

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