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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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SecAF farewell ceremony set for June 21

Posted  June 19, 2013

Secretary of the Air Force Michael B. Donley will be honored during a ceremony June 21 at 1 p.m., at Joint Base Andrews, Md. The ceremony will stream live online at the Pentagon Channel’s live stream site (here) and Air Force Link’s live video page. Donley was confirmed as the 22nd secretary of the Air Force Oct. 2,…

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Planes of Fame monthly event

Posted  June 19, 2013

Planes of Fame Air Museum is hosting its monthly Living History event 10 a.m.-noon, July 6. Open to the public, the museum doors open at 9 a.m. The theme for July 6 is the “Flying Tigers/AVG”, featuring the Curtiss P-40 Warhawk. Featured speakers will present on the topic.  Following the presentation, the P-40 will perform…

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Boeing launches 787-10 Dreamliner

Posted  June 19, 2013

Boeing announced June 18 at the 2013 Paris Air Show that it has launched the 787-10 Dreamliner, the third member of the super-efficient 787 family. Commitments for 102 airplanes from five customers across Europe, Asia and North America provide a strong foundation to support development and production of the newest Dreamliner. Customer launch commitments for…

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Events for July 2013

Posted  June 19, 2013

July 1-2 – Australian Astrobiology Meeting, Sydney, Australia http://aca.unsw.edu.au/aa-meeting July 1-3 – Exoplanet Characterization Observatory Open Science Workshop, Noordwijk, The Netherlands www.echo2013.net/ July 1-4 – International Symposium on Planetary Sciences, Shanghai, China http://202.127.29.4/meetings/iaps2013/ July 1-5 – 8th Annual International Conference on Numerical Modeling of Space Plasma Flows, Biarritz, France www.maisondelasimulation.fr/astronum2013/ July 1-5 – Conference: Tracing…

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Local, national companies hiring vets in Los Angeles area

Posted  June 19, 2013

RecruitMilitary, in cooperation with The American Legion, is hosting a veteranís job fair 11 a.m.-3 p.m., June 20 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. The stadium is located at 1000 Elysian Park Avenue. This free event is a unique opportunity for veterans, transitioning military personnel, and other military family members to network with 40 veteran-friendly…

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Boeing, Air Lease Corporation announce commitment for 30 787-10Xs

Posted  June 19, 2013

Boeing announced June 18 at the Paris Air Show a memorandum of understanding with Air Lease Corporation to purchase 33 airplanes. The Los Angeles-based leasing company has committed to order three 787-9 and 30 787-10X Dreamliners. Boeing looks forward to working with ALC to finalize the details of the agreement, at which time the airplanes…

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Aerojet Rocketdyne, Fakel expand teaming agreement for low-power hall thrusters

Posted  June 19, 2013

Aerojet Rocketdyne, a GenCorp company, and Experimental Design Bureau Fakel of Kaliningrad, Russia, announced June 18 at the Paris Air Show the signing of an extension to the teaming agreement between the two companies. The agreement provides Aerojet Rocketdyne with the right to market and sell Fakel’s low-power Hall thrusters in the United States market….

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B-1B Lancer: More than meets the eye

Posted  June 19, 2013

Air Force photograph by SrA. Benjamin Stratton Capt. Brandon Packard performs pre-flight checks of a B-1B Lancer June 11, 2013, at the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing in Southwest Asia. Packard is a 34th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron weapons systems officer deployed from Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D. Carrying the largest payload of both guided and unguided…

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Tehachapi hosts intermediate space challenge

Posted  June 19, 2013

Photographs by Linda KC Reynolds Students from Janice Tietz class took the overall top score at the Tehachapi Space Challenge and will proudly display the Traveling Trophy for one year at Tompkins Elementary School. More than 500 students, guests and volunteers participated in the event. High winds and cool temperatures didnít keep rockets on their…

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NASA announces asteroid grand challenge

Posted  June 19, 2013

NASA announced June 18 a Grand Challenge focused on finding all asteroid threats to human populations and knowing what to do about them. The challenge, which was announced at an asteroid initiative industry and partner day at NASA Headquarters in Washington, is a large-scale effort that will use multi-disciplinary collaborations and a variety of partnerships…

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