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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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Boeing delivers British Airways’ first 787 Dreamliner

Posted  June 28, 2013

Boeing and British Airways announced the delivery today of the U.K. carrier’s first Boeing 787 Dreamliner. The British Airways 787 departed Paine Field in Everett, Wash., June 26, arriving at London’s Heathrow Airport June 27 at 12:10 pm local time. The airplane was welcomed to its Heathrow home by Willie Walsh, chief executive officer of International Airlines…

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Lockheed Martin-led team lays keel on nation’s ninth Littoral Combat Ship

Posted  June 28, 2013

Lockheed Martin photograph The keel laying ceremony for LCS 9, the future USS Little Rock, took place at Marinette Marine Corporation’s shipyard on June 27, 2013. Pictured from left to right: Monsignor James Dillenburg, Keel Laying Chaplain; Chuck Goddard, President & CEO Marinette Marine Corporation; Mrs. Janee Bonner, ship sponsor; Joe North, Lockheed Martin Vice…

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Alert Reaper Airmen find IED

Posted  June 28, 2013

Most airmen can mentally rewind to the Combat Airman Skills Training course and recall the frustration and apprehension of not being able to locate all the improvised-explosive devices set out in the training lanes.

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Weapons Division sets world record on China Lake track

Posted  June 28, 2013

A team of scientists and engineers at Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division China Lake, Calif., recently set a world record for producing the most thrust for a rocket sled test on the Supersonic Naval Ordnance Research Track at China Lake.

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Lockheed Martin-built MUOS satellite encapsulated in launch vehicle payload fairing

Posted  June 28, 2013

The second Mobile User Objective System satellite built by Lockheed Martin for the U.S. Navy was encapsulated into its payload fairing yesterday. It is scheduled to launch July 19 aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V launch vehicle.

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Precision Castparts expands fluid fittings capabilities with the acquisition of Permaswage

Posted  June 28, 2013

Precision Castparts Corp. has agreed to acquire Permaswage SAS, a world-leading designer and manufacturer of aerospace fluid fittings, for $600 million. Permaswage’s primary focus is the design and manufacture of permanent fittings used in fluid conveyance systems for airframe applications, as well as related installation tooling. The company has particular expertise in swaged fittings, which…

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NASA, Space Florida begin partnership discussions

Posted  June 28, 2013

NASA has selected Space Florida, the aerospace economic development agency for the state of Florida, for negotiations toward a partnership agreement to maintain and operate the historic Shuttle Landing Facility. NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and the director of NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, Robert Cabana, announced the selection during a news conference June 28 at Kennedy’s…

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352nd SOG welcomes Osprey to fleet

Posted  June 28, 2013

The 352nd Special Operations Group resurrected a key capability when two CV-22B Ospreys touched down June 24 at RAF Mildenhall, England.

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NASA launches satellite to study how sun’s atmosphere is energized

Posted  June 28, 2013

NASA’s Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph spacecraft launched at 7:27 p.m., PDT, June 27 from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The mission to study the solar atmosphere was placed in orbit by an Orbital Sciences Corporation Pegasus XL rocket. “We are thrilled to add IRIS to the suite of NASA missions studying the sun,” said John…

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Boeing delivers ILFC’s First 787 Dreamliner for operation by Norwegian

Posted  June 28, 2013

Boeing, International Lease Finance Corporation Norwegian celebrated several milestones June 27 during a delivery ceremony for a new 787 Dreamliner.

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