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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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418th FLTS stands up detachment in support of KC-46

Posted  July 19, 2013

In light of Boeing's recent announcement they have begun assembly of the first KC-46 wing spar for the Air Force tanker program, Air Force Materiel Command officially stood-up the 418th Flight Test Squadron, Detachment 1, during an activation ceremony July 11 in Seattle, Wash.

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Soldier missing from Korean War identified

Posted  July 19, 2013

The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office announced July 18 that the remains of a serviceman, missing from the Korean War, have been identified and have been returned to his family for burial with full military honors. Army Sgt. Bernard J. Fisher of Wilkes Barre, Penn., was buried July 16, in Arlington National Cemetery. In…

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Navy awards Northrop Grumman contract for E-2D Advanced Hawkeyes

Posted  July 19, 2013

Following the decision earlier this year to proceed with full-rate production, the Navy has awarded Northrop Grumman a $113.7 million advance acquisition contract for long lead materials and related support for five full-rate production Lot 2 E-2D Advanced Hawkeye aircraft.

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NASA announces effort to form new collaborative partnerships with private space industry

Posted  July 19, 2013

NASA officials July 17 released a synopsis requesting information from U.S. private enterprises interested in pursuing unfunded partnerships. The aim is to advance the development of commercial space products and services. The Collaborations for Commercial Space Capabilities synopsis describes a potential opportunity for existing and new companies and non-profit organizations to access NASA’s spaceflight expertise…

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NASA’s Hubble shows link between stars’ ages and their orbits

Posted  July 19, 2013

Astronomers using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope have determined the orbital motion of two distinct populations of stars in an ancient globular star cluster, offering proof they formed at different times and providing a rare look back into the Milky Way galaxy’s early days. Researchers led by Harvey Richer of the University of British Columbia in…

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NAWCAD commander visits Weapons Division in China Lake

Posted  July 19, 2013

Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division Commander Rear Adm. Mark Darrah, and Deputy Assistant Commander for Research and Engineering Tony Cifone visited NAWCWD Point Mugu and China Lake, Calif., July 8-11.

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Aircraft mishap at Sheppard Air Force Base

Posted  July 19, 2013

A T-38 Talon crashed at approximately 6:48 a.m., CDC, July 19 just south of Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas. It carried two people on board, a student pilot and instructor pilot. Both pilots ejected safely and one was taken to United Regional. An investigation into the accident is underway. The public is asked to cooperate…

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CSAF says readiness harmed by steep cuts

Posted  July 19, 2013

The rigid requirements of sequestration spending cuts have made it difficult for the Air Force to maintain readiness, the service’s top officer said July 17. Speaking to CNN’s John King at the annual Aspen Institute Security Forum in Aspen, Colo., Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III said each service has four…

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NASA announces 2013 aeronautics scholarship recipients

Posted  July 19, 2013

NASA has selected 25 students from across the nation to receive the agency’s Aeronautics Scholarship for the 2013-2014 school year. This scholarship program, which is in its sixth year, is designed to assist undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in fields of study related to aeronautics and aviation. Recipients were selected from hundreds of applications to…

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General Dynamics dedicates new facility in Healdsburg, Calif.

Posted  July 19, 2013

General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics, dedicated its new Healdsburg, Calif., facility July 17 at 190 Foss Creek Circle. A ribbon-cutting ceremony and facility tour was held with employees, local business and community leaders, customers and government personnel. The state-of-the-art facility is designed to meet the rigorous standards of…

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