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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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Local improvement projects culminate in new fuel metering station on Edwards

Posted  February 7, 2014

While T-38s took to the Edwards skies, down on the ground a group of contractors, base civil engineers and members of the Defense Logistics Agency officially opened up the new Kinder Morgan Metering Station Facility with a ribbon cutting ceremony Jan. 22.

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Lockheed Martin, AeroVironment pursue joint opportunities in UAS markets

Posted  February 7, 2014

AeroVironment, Inc. and Lockheed Martin Feb. 7 announced an agreement to jointly pursue opportunities in unmanned aircraft system development. At Lockheed Martin, we look forward to partnering with AeroVironment to potentially develop integrated solutions for the unmanned systems market, said Paul Lemmo, Lockheed Martin senior vice president, corporate strategy and business development. Using our expertise…

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Register now for Air Force Association’s Air Warfare Symposium and Technology Exposition

Posted  February 7, 2014

The Air Force Association’s 2014 Air Warfare Symposium is just two weeks away! The 2014 Symposium will take place Feb. 19 to 21, 2014, at the Rosen Shingle Creek Hotel in Orlando, Fla. Themed “Preserving the Airpower Advantage,” this year’s Symposium examines current challenges facing the Air Force, the aerospace industry, and national security in…

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Remotely piloted aircraft flies first long-duration test using repurposed satellite

Posted  February 7, 2014

Using a repurposed commercial satellite, Air Force crews flew MQ-1 Predators and MQ-9 Reapers from Creech Air Force Base, Nev., during multiple missions in November and December. A test team with the 53rd Test Management Group, Detachment 4 and led by Lt. Dan Broyles successfully demonstrated inclined orbit satellite capability for MQ-1 and MQ-9 to…

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New AC-130J completes first test flight

Posted  February 7, 2014

After more than a year of modification maintenance, the newly created AC-130J Ghostrider took to the skies for the first time as a gunship at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., Jan. 31.

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HAECO completes acquisition of TIMCO Aviation Services

Posted  February 7, 2014

Hong Kong Aircraft Engineering Company Limited announced Feb. 6 that it has completed its previously announced acquisition of TIMCO Aviation Services, Inc., creating one of the world’s leading providers of aircraft maintenance, repair, overhaul services and aircraft interiors products and services. “This is a truly exciting day for HAECO and TIMCO as our companies embark…

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Air Force to replace aviator locator beacons

Posted  February 7, 2014

The Air Force will replace thousands of unreliable aircraft personnel locator beacons across the fleet, a service official said Jan. 16. Locator beacons are an automated method used to locate an aviator should he or she eject or egress in peacetime flights, said Col. Aaron Clark, the Global Power Programs Directoratedeputy director for Air Force…

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Wounded Warrior Project event

Posted  February 7, 2014

The University of Antelope Valley will be holding a Wounded Warrior Project benefit Feb. 9. UAV’s baseball team will be playing a double header against Oregon Tech 11 a.m., Feb. 9 at Lancaster Municipal Stadium (where the Jethawks play). Typically, admission is free to all UAV athletic events, but the purpose of this event is…

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Space

SSL-built ABS-2 satellite successfully performs post-launch maneuvers

Posted  February 7, 2014

Space Systems/Loral, a leading provider of commercial satellites, today announced that the ABS-2 satellite, designed and built for ABS, was launched yesterday and is successfully performing post-launch maneuvers according to plan. The satellite deployed its solar arrays on schedule following its launch aboard an Ariane 5 launch vehicle from the European Spaceport in Kourou, French…

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National Space Club honors Kepler’s planet hunters

Posted  February 7, 2014

NASA’s Kepler space telescope mission will be honored with the National Space Club’s preeminent award, the Robert H. Goddard Memorial Trophy, in March. The National Space Club is recognizing Kepler for revolutionizing astrophysics and exoplanet science by expanding the census of planets beyond our solar system and fundamentally altering our understanding of our place in…

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