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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.

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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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Lockheed Martin receives $449 million in contracts for JASSM production

Posted  January 10, 2014

Lockheed Martin received two production contracts on Dec. 19 totaling $449 million from the U.S. Air Force for continued production of the Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile (JASSM) and the Extended Range variant. The Lot 11 and Lot 12 contracts include production of 340 baseline missiles and 100 ER missiles. The contracts also include systems engineering,…

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Airmenís identities released following fatal AF helicopter crash

Posted  January 10, 2014

Capt. Christopher S. Stover, Capt. Sean M. Ruane, Tech. Sgt. Dale E. Mathews, and Staff Sgt. Afton M. Ponce were the HH-60G Pave Hawk aircrew members killed in a crash on the Norfolk coast in England Jan. 7. An HH-60G helicopter carries a four-person aircrew: a pilot, co-pilot, and two special mission aviators who are…

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Navy Identifies Missing Pilot in Crash (1/9 11 p.m.)

Posted  January 10, 2014

Coast Guard photograph by Samantha May A Navy Sea Hawk helicopter and Coast Guardsmen from the U.S. Coast Guard patrol boat Shearwater (WPB 87349) search for a crew member of an MH-53E Sea Dragon helicopter that crashed, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014, with five people aboard. Two Navy helicopters rescued four of the five crew members…

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C-23 Sherpa makes final flight as Army Guard retires aircraft

Posted  January 10, 2014

Army National Guard photograph An aircrew from the California Army National Guard’s Detachment 1, Company I, 185th Theater Aviation Brigade, flies a C-23 Sherpa aircraft over San Diego. The cargo plane, which has served the Army National Guard since the early 1990’s, has recently been retired by the Army National Guard. The sounds of the…

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DARPA’s ‘bionic’ upper limb enhances life for amputees

Posted  January 10, 2014

It’s metal, sleek and precise. It pivots and flexes like a real hand, or at least one from a science-fiction movie. But with no Hollywood special effects involved, brain research experts at yesterday’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency Congressional Tech Showcase here demonstrated an artificial arm and hand that can do everything from picking up…

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Northrop Grumman to Support U.S. Marine Corps command, control, communications facility for TAOM

Posted  January 10, 2014

Northrop Grumman has been awarded a contract from the U.S. Marine Corps to provide post-production life cycle support for mobile command, control and communications systems through September 2014. Under the $7.3 million firm-fixed-price contract, Northrop Grumman will provide life cycle support of the AN/TYQ-23(V)4 Tactical Air Operations Module and related subsystems. “As the original equipment…

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Orbital successfully launches Antares rocket carrying Cygnus spacecraft

Posted  January 10, 2014

Orbital Sciences Corporation announced Jan. 9 it successfully launched its Antares™ medium-class rocket carrying the first of eight Cygnus™ cargo logistics spacecraft missions to the International Space Station as part of its $1.9 billion Commercial Resupply Services contract with NASA.

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Lockheed Martin receives JASSMÆ contract for additional Finnish Air Force F-18 integration

Posted  January 10, 2014

Lockheed Martin received a $13.3 million Foreign Military Sales contract in November from the U.S. Air Force to support additional integration of the Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile onto the Finnish Air Force F-18C/D aircraft. This third contract for Finland includes wind tunnel models and test support, software development completion, logistics support and engineering documentation. All…

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Headlines – January 8, 2014

Posted  January 8, 2014

News: Did bird strike cause fatal Black Hawk helicopter crash? – A U.S. military helicopter that crashed on a coastal nature reserve in north Norfolk killing all four crew could have been brought down by a bird strike, it emerged Jan. 8. Investigators are considering whether the HH-60G Pave Hawk may have lost power suddenly after…

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Northrop Grumman Palmdale employees raise money for local families in need

Posted  January 8, 2014

Northrop Grumman's Palmdale (Calif.) Integration Center of Excellence employees provided more than $105,000 to 25 local organizations, benefiting homeless shelters, the disabled, elder and children care services, and food banks as a part of their annual holiday giving campaign.

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