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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. Dorothy Roth’s husband and John’s…

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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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Sixty-five years later, World War II veteran returns to England

Posted  November 26, 2012

On a typical day from 1942 to 1945, the flightline on Royal Air Force Alconbury, England, would be full of activity as aircrews, maintainers and weapons troops prepared as many B-17 Flying Fortresses as they could for missions in Germany.

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Contract award helps keep BACN airborne

Posted  November 26, 2012

The Space, Aerial and Nuclear Network Division here recently awarded a firm-fixed-price contract to Northrop Grumman Systems Corp. for long-term platform maintenance on four E-11A aircraft. The current amount awarded is $48 million, which is for a one-year base. There are four one-year options, which could eventually bring the value to $260 million. The E-11A…

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Navy announces first MUOS satellite accepted for initial operational use

Posted  November 26, 2012

The Navy announced Nov. 21 that U.S. Strategic Command has accepted the first Mobile User Objective System satellite for initial operational use. MUOS is a next-generation narrowband tactical communications system designed to improve communications for U.S. forces on the move. The Naval Satellite Operations Center at Point Mugu, Calif., began “flying” the satellite in June….

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General Dynamics receives $62 million Navy award for Common Missile Compartment development

Posted  November 26, 2012

The U.S Navy has awarded General Dynamics Electric Boat a $61.7 million contract modification for the continued development of the Common Missile Compartment for the United Kingdom’s Successor ballistic-missile submarine and the U.S. Ohio replacement submarine. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics. Under the modification, Electric Boat will procure, manufacture and…

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Soldiers at NIE run network equipment through life-like combat scenarios

Posted  November 26, 2012

Testing networked equipment in a lab ensures functionality, but only a field evaluation with soldiers ensures it will work as designers intended in an operating environment. At Fort Bliss, Texas, and on its training ranges just north of the border in New Mexico, Soldiers with the 2nd Brigade, 1st Armored Division, completed Network Integration Evaluation…

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Second production-level F-35B arrives at Patuxent River

Posted  November 26, 2012

Lockheed Martin photograph Navy test pilot Lt. Christopher Tabert taxis BF-18, a production-level F-35B variant of the Lightning II, after arrival Nov. 8. BF-18 temporarily adds to the complement of F-35B and F-35C test aircraft at the F-35 Integrated Test Facility, Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md., before heading to its ultimate destination of Edwards…

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Panetta details steps needed to end al Qaeda threat

Posted  November 26, 2012

For the United States and its alliesending the al Qaeda threat calls for a modified military footprint, close work with partners and continued U.S. involvement in regions of the world where violent extremism has flourished, , Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said recently

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New DOD space policy addresses safety, security, access

Posted  November 26, 2012

The new Defense Department space policy, updated to reflect the fast-growing use and sometimes misuse of the space domain, addresses issues of safety, sustainability and security in space for the 21st century and beyond. The policy, signed Oct. 18, 2012, by Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter, follows the release in 2010 of President Barack…

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News Briefs November 26, 2012

Posted  November 26, 2012

Danes to buy Sikorsky combat helicopters   Denmark’s Defense Ministry says it will purchase nine Sikorsky Sea Hawk naval combat helicopters for $686 million. Minister Nick Haekkerup said in a statement Nov. 21 that the MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopters built by Sikorsky-Lockheed Martin will be delivered in 2016-2018. The company is a division of Lockheed…

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QF-16 drone arrives for testing, prepares war fighters for tomorrow’s threats

Posted  November 26, 2012

The 53rd Weapons Evaluation Group marked an important milestone in continuing to prepare the war fighter for tomorrow’s threats as the first QF-16 drone arrived for developmental testing at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., Nov. 19. “The work done prior to today and the test work that is forthcoming will enable the Air Force to…

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