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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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Unmanned QF-16 takes flight at Holloman

Posted  May 21, 2014

Air Force photograph by SSgt. E’Lysia Wray An unmanned QF-16 aircraft prepares to participate in a graduation exercise at Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., May 14. The graduation exercise tests the aircraftís capabilities and connectivity to the White Sands Test System at White Sands Missile Range. The unmanned QF-16ís were converted to remotely piloted aircraft…

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Pratt & Whitney’s new engine center delivers first F135 engine

Posted  May 21, 2014

Pratt & Whitney announced May 20 that the first F135 engine has been delivered to the F-35 Final Assembly Check Out facility in Cameri, Novara, Italy. This engine – the 137th delivered to date – is also the first F135 engine produced in Pratt & Whitney’s West Palm Beach Engine Center; the company’s brand new,…

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MEADS system gains full certification for identifying friend or foe aircraft

Posted  May 21, 2014

The Medium Extended Air Defense System Mode 5 Identification Friend or Foe subsystem has received full certification for operation by the United States Department of Defense International AIMS (Air Traffic Control Radar Beacon System, Identification Friend or Foe, Mark XII/Mark XIIA, Systems) Program Office. The system is designed to ensure the safety of allied aircrews…

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Construction to begin on NASA Mars lander scheduled to launch in 2016

Posted  May 21, 2014

NASA and its international partners now have the go-ahead to begin construction on a new Mars lander after it completed a successful Mission Critical Design Review May 16. NASA’s Interior Exploration Using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport (InSight) mission will pierce beneath the Martian surface to study its interior. The mission will investigate how…

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Orion in final assembly at Kennedy Space Center

Posted  May 21, 2014

Lockheed Martin and NASA engineers have started the process of installing the largest heat shield ever built onto the Orion spacecraft’s crew module. The heat shield installation marks one of the final steps in the spacecraft’s assembly leading up to its first test flight, Exploration Flight Test-1 (EFT-1), later this year. EFT-1 will provide engineers…

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Pratt & Whitney making significant investments to increase capacity

Posted  May 21, 2014

Pratt & Whitney, a United Technologies Corp. company, is making significant investments in its global facilities as the company prepares for an increase in commercial and military engine production to levels. “This is a very exciting time for Pratt & Whitney,” said Danny Di Perna, senior vice president of Engineering & Operations. “Over the next…

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DOD shows science, technology success despite hard year for workforce

Posted  May 21, 2014

Despite a year of workforce furloughs and dwindling budgets, the Defense Department’s science and technology enterprise reports advances ranging from a full hypersonic weapon system and high-energy lasers to light-based brain treatments and new core capabilities in cyber warfare, senior DOD officials told a Senate panel May 14, 2014. Alan Shaffer, acting assistant secretary of…

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House approves Congressional Gold Medal for Civil Air Patrol

Posted  May 21, 2014

When the founding members of Civil Air Patrol, the U.S. Air Force auxiliary, risked life and limb to help protect the home front during the early days of World War II, they weren’t looking for recognition.

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Boeing 737 MAX surpasses 2,000 orders

Posted  May 21, 2014

Boeing celebrated a milestone achievement May 20 on the 737 MAX program, surpassing the 2000th order for the super-efficient single-aisle airplane. With the addition of 30 orders from unidentified customers this week, the 737 MAX now has a total of 2,010 orders from 39 customers worldwide, valued at $209 billion at list prices. The 737…

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Ball Aerospace completes final phase of DARPA MOIRE telescope program

Posted  May 21, 2014

Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. has completed thermal vacuum environmental tests on critical components for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency Membrane Optic Imager Real-Time Exploitation telescope. Two sections of the primary mirror composite back structure and the structure deployment hinges successfully underwent environmental tests to simulate the temperature range and vacuum of a space…

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