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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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News Briefs December 28, 2013

Posted  December 28, 2013

Nader says Boeing pressure on union ‘unseemly’ Consumer activist and failed presidential candidate Ralph Nader has some words for Boeing. In an open letter to Boeing CEO Jim McNerney Dec. 26, Nader said the company’s effort to squeeze worker pensions and pay is “unseemly.” He cited McNerney’s salary as one reason and the tax advantages…

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Sweet Sixteen

Posted  December 28, 2013

Lockheed Martin delivered its 16th C-5M Super Galaxy to the U.S. Air Force from its facilities in Marietta, Ga., Dec. 23. U.S. Air Force aircrews ferried aircraft tail number 87-0036 to Dover Air Force Base, Del. It is the fourth C-5M delivery in 32 days and the sixth for 2013. The C-5M Super Galaxy has…

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General Dynamics awarded $122 million for Virginia-class submarine procurement

Posted  December 28, 2013

The U.S. Navy has awarded General Dynamics Electric Boat a $121.8 million contract modification to buy long lead-time material for three Virginia-class submarines, SSN-793, SSN-794 and SSN-795. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics. The contract provides funding for steam and electrical-plant components, main propulsion unit and ship-service turbine generator sets, as…

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Africa Command repositions forces to increase flexibility

Posted  December 28, 2013

The commander of U.S. Africa Command is repositioning forces in East Africa in an effort to attain maximum flexibility to respond to State Department requests, Pentagon spokesman Army Col. Steve Warren told reporters in Washington, D.C., Dec. 23.

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Northrop Grumman expands industry support for Japan E-2C Hawkeye program

Posted  December 28, 2013

Northrop Grumman has entered into an exclusive, five-year agreement with AAR Corporation of Illinois and Sumitomo Corporation of Japan, expanding industrial support for the Japan E-2C Hawkeye program by establishing a “just-in-time” inventory management process. “Japan is our largest international Hawkeye operator,” said Bart LaGrone, vice president, E-2/C-2 programs, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems. “The Japan…

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Boeing, Cathay Pacific Airways announce order for additional wide-body airplanes

Posted  December 28, 2013

Boeing and Cathay Pacific Airways announced that Cathay Pacific has ordered an additional 747-8 Freighter and three 777-300ER (Extended Range) airplanes. The order, valued at about $1 billion at current list prices, will bolster Cathay Pacific’s 747-8 Freighter fleet and 777-300ER fleet to 14 and 53, respectively. “We are very pleased to confirm this latest aircraft…

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DOD looks 25 years ahead in unmanned vehicle roadmap

Posted  December 28, 2013

Strategy and budget realities are two aspects of the Defense Department's new Unmanned Systems Integrated Roadmap, released Dec. 23.

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Raytheon awarded $80.5 million from U.S. Navy for Joint Standoff Weapon

Posted  December 28, 2013

Raytheon has received an $80.5 million modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract for the procurement of 200 full rate production Lot 10 AGM-154C-1 Joint Standoff Weapons. The contract also includes associated support equipment and one performance characterization test. JSOW provides growth and threat adaptation opportunities for current and future customers, and interoperates with several…

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NASA, JAXA announce launch date for global precipitation satellite

Posted  December 28, 2013

Environmental research and weather forecasting are about to get a significant technology boost as NASA and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency prepare to launch a new satellite in February. NASA and JAXA selected 1:07 p.m. to 3:07 p.m., EST, Feb. 27 as the launch date and launch window for a Japanese H-IIA rocket carrying the…

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Lockheed Martin team moves forward in ‘elite eight’ following DARPA robotics challenge trials

Posted  December 28, 2013

Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Laboratories recently completed the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency Robotics Challenge trials at the Homestead-Miami Speedway in Florida. The Lockheed Martin-led team, which includes the University of Pennsylvania and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, guided an Atlas humanoid robot through a number of tasks designed to simulate disaster response scenarios. Lockheed Martin is…

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