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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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Enlisted retention board to convene in June

Posted  January 5, 2014

An enlisted retention board will convene in June to consider eligible senior airmen through senior master sergeants for retention, Air Force Personnel Center officials said. The enlisted retention program is one of several expanded force management programs that have been or will be implemented this year, said Lt. Col. Rick Garcia, the AFPC Retirements and…

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Southwest Airlines orders APB Split Scimitar™ Winglets

Posted  January 5, 2014

Aviation Partners Boeing announced Jan. 2 that Southwest Airlines has ordered Split Scimitar Winglets for its Boeing Next-Generation 737-800 aircraft. APB’s newest program is the culmination of a five-year design effort using the latest computational fluid dynamic technology to redefine the aerodynamics of the Blended Winglet into an all-new Split Scimitar Winglet. The unique feature…

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Airlift operations complete in Central African Republic

Posted  January 5, 2014

Initial airlift operations are complete in the Central African Republic, Pentagon spokesman Army Col. Steve Warren said Dec. 30.

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Deloitte report: Projects five percent growth in aerospace, defense industry, technology innovations to dominate in 2014

Posted  January 5, 2014

The continued decline of defense spending  into 2014 will likely force new revenue streams for the aerospace and defense industry that may include innovations in intelligence, precision strike technologies, and cyber security. This is according to the Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited 2014 Global Aerospace and Defense Outlook , which also projects the industry to repeat…

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Headlines December 30, 2013

Posted  December 30, 2013

News: Drones to take flight at six test sites chosen by FAA – The U.S. approved drone test centers in six states, including New York, as the start of research efforts to eventually allow civilian unmanned aircraft widespread access to the nation’s airways. Afghanistan war poll shows support falling to below Iraq, Vietnam levels – More than…

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News Briefs December 30, 2013

Posted  December 30, 2013

Man charged with bilking VA for travel expenses Prosecutors say a Memphis, Tenn., man has been charged with improperly billing the Veterans Affairs Medical Center more than $5,000 in mileage for trips to and from Mississippi that he never made. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs reimburses disabled veterans 41.5 cents per mile if they…

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Zhejiang Loong Airlines firms up order for 20 A320 Family aircraft

Posted  December 30, 2013

Zhejiang Loong Airlines, based in Hangzhou, capital city of Zhejiang province in Eastern China, has signed its first purchase agreement with Airbus, for 20 A320 Family aircraft, including 11 A320ceo and nine A320neo, becoming the latest Airbus customer.

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CPI Aero awarded $5 million order for E-2D seats from Northrop Grumman

Posted  December 30, 2013

CPI Aerostructures, Inc. announced Dec. 30 that it received a purchase order from Northrop Grumman to manufacture seats for full rate production, Lots 1 and 2, E-2D Advanced Hawkeye aircraft. This purchase order, valued at approximately $5 million, is a follow-on to one received in 2011.  There are a total of five seats in three…

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Cadet research seeks to end costly bird-strikes on aircraft

Posted  December 30, 2013

Bird strikes cost more than $700 million in damage annually to both military and commercial airplanes – putting both lives and property at risk. But a group of cadets at the U.S. Air Force Academy, Colo., are working on ways to scare birds away from the aircraft, particularly during take-offs and landings; when the majority…

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Headlines December 28, 2013

Posted  December 28, 2013

News: Obama signs defense law, calls it a ‘welcome step’ toward closing Guantanamo Bay prison – President Obama signed a sweeping defense policy law Dec. 26 that cracks down on sexual assault in the military and eases restrictions on transferring detainees from the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to the custody of foreign countries. Boeing…

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