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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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Special Operations Command leads development of ‘Iron Man’ suit

Posted  May 9, 2014

The U.S. Special Operations Command is using unprecedented outreach and collaboration to develop something special with revolutionary capabilities.

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A first for the West Coast

Posted  May 9, 2014

  MARIETTA, Ga. May 8, 2014 – A U.S. Air Force crew ferried the first Travis Air Force Base, Calif.,  C-5M Super Galaxy today from the Lockheed Martin facilities in Marietta, Ga. Aircraft 87-0042 was flown by Lt. Gen. Brooks L. Bash, vice commander, Air Mobility Command at Scott Air Force Base, Ill., to the…

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Sikorsky wins $1.24 billion U.S. helicopter deal

Posted  May 9, 2014

Helicopter manufacturer Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. announced May 7 a $1.24 billion contract to build the next fleet of “Marine One” presidential helicopters, ending a years-long effort to return the high-profile aerospace project to Connecticut. Sikorsky, a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp., said the contract is to modify, test and deliver six S-92 helicopters and two…

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Aviators eager to witness birth of Future Vertical Lift aircraft

Posted  May 9, 2014

Pilots want to fly it, mechanics want to maintain it, but no one knows for sure what the Future Vertical Lift aircraft will look like or what its characteristics will be once it cracks its shell and hatches.

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House panel OKs $601 billion defense bill

Posted  May 9, 2014

The A-10 Warthog, military bases scattered around the country and the generous housing allowance for service members survived the budget knife early morning May 8 as a House panel rebuffed Pentagon pleas and approved a $601 billion defense bill that spares ships, planes and benefits. On a unanimous vote, the Armed Services Committee backed the…

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Raytheon’s JSOW scores direct hits in back-to-back flight tests

Posted  May 9, 2014

Raytheon and the U.S. Navy showcased the operational capability of the Joint Standoff Weapon in challenging back-to-back flight tests. Launched from F/A-18F Super Hornets, at approximately 25,000 feet, two JSOW II C air-to-ground weapons flew preplanned routes before destroying simulated cave targets. “These test shots further validate JSOW’s ability to deliver decisive battlefield effects against…

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French village memorializes U.S. World War II aircrew

Posted  May 9, 2014

The people of Avord, France, dedicated a memorial May 8 honoring the crew of a U.S. B-17 Flying Fortress shot down during World War II.

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DDR design poised to serve as open systems architecture pathfinder

Posted  May 9, 2014

Mounted on an experimental aircraft known as the Proteus, the Air Force's Dismount Detection Radar pod underwent its first test flight above Mojave, Calif., recently.

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Defense contractor announces major Florida expansion

Posted  May 9, 2014

Defense contractor Northrop Grumman, spurred on by millions in cash incentives from the state of Florida, announced plans May 8 for a major expansion of its already-existing operations in the state. While the company did not specify exactly what it would be doing, U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson said the company will design and build the…

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ATK awarded by South Korea for aircraft survivability equipment

Posted  May 9, 2014

ATK has received a contract from the Republic of Korea Army for the purchase, installation and integration of its AAR-47 Missile Warning System with Hostile Fire Indication (HFI and Laser Warning) onto AH-1S helicopters. The upgrade will also include the installation of the AN/ALE-47 countermeasure dispensing system. ATK’s AAR-47 Missile Warning System is a combat-proven…

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