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Navy’s first F-35C squadron surpasses 1,000 flight hours

Air Force photograph by Samuel King Jr. An F-35C Lightning II aircraft piloted by Lt. Cmdr. Chris Tabert, assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 101, flies the squadron’s first local sortie. The F-35C is the carrier variant of the Joint Strike Fighter. VFA 101, based at Eglin Air Force Base, serves as the F-35C Fleet…

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Boeing South Carolina begins final assembly of its first 787-9 Dreamliner

Boeing has started final assembly of the 787-9 Dreamliner at its South Carolina facility. The team began joining large fuselage sections of the newest 787 Nov. 22 on schedule, a proud milestone for the South Carolina team and another sign of stability for the program. The North Charleston, S.C., site joins Boeing’s Everett, Wash., final…

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Ball Aerospace equips Orion mission with key avionics, antenna hardware

Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. is providing the phased array antennas and flight test cameras to prime contractor Lockheed Martin for Orion's Exploration Flight Test-1 (EFT-1), which is an unmanned test flight scheduled to launch from Cape Canaveral, Fla.

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President announces Hagel’s resignation as defense secretary

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel shakes hands with President Barack Obama at the White House Nov. 24. The president announced that Hagel would resign his position as defense secretary. Praising Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s class and integrity, President Barack Obama announced Nov. 24 at the White House that Hagel will leave his post. The president said…

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SEWIP block upgrade program evaluated for LCS

The Navy is evaluating a scaled-down version of the Surface Electronic Warfare Improvement Program system for potential incorporation on future Littoral Combat Ships


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Northrop Grumman awarded U.S. Air Force DMON contract with potential value of $490 million

Posted  July 31, 2013

The U.S. Air Force has awarded Northrop Grumman a contract potentially worth $490 million to continue providing network and integration services under the Distributed Mission Operations Network 2.0 service contract. The DMON enables dissimilar aircraft platforms located across the globe to seamlessly interoperate and train together in a realistic virtual environment. The single-award, firm-fixed-price, indefinite…

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Mission control center upgrades increase capability

Posted  July 31, 2013

Performing major renovations to the gold and blue rooms may sound like it's leading to the grand re-opening of a popular night club, but at NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center, it means an increased capability in flight operations and testing.

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More SpaceShipTwo glide tests completed

Posted  July 31, 2013

Scaled Composites and Virgin Galactic have conducted two successful glide tests of SpaceShipTwo at Mojave Air and Space Port in the last weeks. There were tests in the early morning hours of July 19 and July 25. Both were announced on the Virgin Galactic Facebook page only, rather than via the Virgin Galactic or Scaled…

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Northrop Grumman establishes small business mentor-protege agreement with Roane’s Rigging and Transfer

Posted  July 31, 2013

Northrop Grumman photograph Kimberlee Roane, president and owner of Roane’s Rigging and Transfer Company, Inc., hands the credit mentor-protege agreement to Jay Shiba, vice president of supply chain management at Northrop Grumman, to sign during the recent signing ceremony. Northrop Grumman and Roane’s Rigging and Transfer Company, Inc. have been approved by the Defense Contracts…

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Boeing, ANA announce order for three 777-300ERs

Posted  July 31, 2013

Boeing and All Nippon Airways has announced that ANA has ordered three additional 777-300ER (extended range) airplanes.

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No decisions yet on cutting furlough days, official says

Posted  July 31, 2013

Despite media reports that say Defense Department civilians may face up to five fewer furlough days, “no decisions have been made at this time,” a Pentagon spokesman said July 30. More than 640,000 civilian employees are being furloughed one day a week for 11 weeks, Navy Lt. Cmdr. Nate Christensen said. These unpaid days are…

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Civ-Mil celebrates 24th annual barbecue

Posted  July 31, 2013

Photographs by Linda KC Reynolds On behalf of Civ-Mil, Dr. George ìBudî Reams and Civ-Mil founder Aida OíConnor, present a gift to Frances Lane (center) for generously donating her ranch to Civ-Mil for the past 24 years. The Edward Air Force Base Civilian-Military ìCiv-Milî Support Group celebrated their 24th annual barbecue at the beautiful Hacienda…

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NASA’s Cassini spacecraft reveals forces controlling Saturn moon jets

Posted  July 31, 2013

The intensity of jets of water ice and organic particles that shoot out from Saturn’s moon Enceladus depends on the moon’s proximity to the ringed planet, according to data obtained by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft. The finding adds to evidence that a liquid water reservoir or ocean lurks under the icy surface of the moon. This…

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Reunions and events for August 2013

Posted  July 31, 2013

555th Civil Eng Squadron Heavy Repair “Red Horse” (Vietnam) San Antonio, Texas Aug. 5-8 For more information, call Audra Ainsworth at (936) 675-4560 or email audraains@yahoo.com.   Retired Fire Chiefs Wilmington, N.C. Aug. 6-8 For more information, call Charles Richardson at (386) 760-6286 or email clardb@att.net.   Vietnam Guntruckers and all trans units Indianapolis, Ind….

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X-56A technology demonstrator achieves first flight

Posted  July 31, 2013

NASA photograph by Kenneth E. Ulbrich The X-56A Multi-Utility Technology Testbed takes off on its inaugural flight July 26 at Edwards AFB, Calif. The unmanned aircraft is designed to study active aeroelastic control technologies such as active flutter suppression and gust load alleviation. The Air Force Research Laboratory, in conjunction with Lockheed Martin and NASA,…

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