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NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover arrives at Martian mountain

NASA's Mars Curiosity rover has reached the Red Planet's Mount Sharp, a Mount-Rainier-size mountain at the center of the vast Gale Crater and the rover mission's long-term prime destination.

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Aerial target QF-16 takes to the sky

Air Force photograph by MSgt. J. Scott Wilcox The first unmanned QF-16 Viper struck down over the Gulf of Mexico Sept. 5, 2014, was part of a joint effort between the Test and Training Division at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., and the 82nd Aerial Target Squadron at Tyndall AFB, Fla. The test was an…

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NASA’s Orion spacecraft nears completion, ready for fueling

NASA is making steady progress on its Orion spacecraft, completing several milestones this week at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida in preparation for the capsule's first trip to space in December.

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DRAGON ‘fires up’ for flight

Air Force photograph by SSgt. Annie Edwards, Utah Air National Guard A NATO E-3A AWACS aircraft approaches a Utah Air National Guard KC-135R Stratotanker for air refueling during a training exercise over Germany in May 2014. The U.S. Air Force and NATO are undergoing a cooperative development effort – known as the DRAGON program –…

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C-17 treads into new territory

As important as ailerons, rudders and elevators are to the fundamental movement of any aircraft in flight, its tires are equally important while moving on the ground.


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Pratt & Whitney completes U.S. Air Force C-17 program of record for F117 production install engines

Posted  April 15, 2013

Pratt & Whitney, a unit of United Technologies Corp., has completed production install F117 engine deliveries for the U.S. Air Force, marking more than 20 years of successfully powering the C-17 Globemaster III aircraft. The engines were recently shipped to Triumph Aerostructures in Dallas, Texas for nacelle installation and will then ship to Boeing’s final…

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Budget request provides for best Air Force possible, Welsh says

Posted  April 15, 2013

The Air Force’s $114.1 billion fiscal 2014 budget request will provide for the most capable airpower arm possible, the Air Force chief of staff said April 12. Testifying with Secretary of the Air Force Michael B. Donley, Gen. Mark A. Welsh III told the House Armed Services Committee his service’s portion of DOD’s fiscal 2014…

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Air Force Reserve celebrates 65 years of historic service

Posted  April 15, 2013

Courtesy photograph From 1950-1953, more than 147,000 reservists were mobilized to augment the active duty. Both the 452nd Bombardment Wing, Long Beach Municipal Airport, Calif., and the 437th Troop Carrier Wing, O’Hare International Airport, Ill., saw extensive combat service in Korea. President Harry S. Truman signed legislation on April 14, 1948, establishing the modern-day Air…

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Lockheed Martin’s Nemesis Missile scores 3-for-3 in flight tests

Posted  April 15, 2013

Lockheed Martin successfully demonstrated the launch, guided flight, target acquisition and precision strike capability of its Nemesis missile in three flight tests at White Sands Missile Range, N.M. Nemesis is a man-portable, surface-launched missile that enables war fighters to engage targets with precision lethality from as close as 100 meters to well beyond line of…

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Raytheon honors employee commitment to volunteerism

Posted  April 15, 2013

Raytheon employees are passionate about the communities where they live and work – giving nearly 400,000 hours of their personal time over the past two years alone. In recognition of this extraordinary level of community engagement, Raytheon will highlight during National Volunteer Week, April 21-27, the positive impact company employees have on individuals and organizations…

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Air Force installations chief testifies to Congress on BRAC, MILCON

Posted  April 15, 2013

Air Force photograph by SrA. Carlin Leslie Kathleen Ferguson, Acting Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for installations, Environment and Logistics, testifies before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction-Veteran Affairs, April 12, 2013. Fergusonís statement included topics as military construction, military family housing, environmental, energy and base realignment and closure. In testimony before the…

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Pratt & Whitney to provide fuel efficient PurePower® Engines on Airbus A321neo aircraft for Hawaiian Airlines

Posted  April 15, 2013

Pratt & Whitney will provide exclusive power for 25 Airbus A321neo aircraft for an order announced today by Hawaiian Airlines. The 16 firm and nine option aircraft order between Hawaiian Airlines and Airbus represents up to 50 fuel efficient PurePower® PW1133G-JM engines. Hawaiian Airlines also selected a long-term PureSolutionSM Fleet Management Program to maintain the…

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Sixth grade engineering program prepares students for future

Posted  April 15, 2013

Lancaster, Calif.— Antelope Valley parents with a desire to send their 6th grade students through a groundbreaking engineering program that prepares them for the challenges of their future careers are encouraged to consider the Hillview Middle School 6th Grade Honors Academy. A parent information meeting for this program will be held at the school cafeteria…

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NASA selects Explorer projects to probe Earth’s upper atmosphere

Posted  April 15, 2013

NASA has selected a new satellite mission and a new space-based instrument to begin development as part of the agency’s Heliophysics Explorer Program. The projects will provide space observations to study Earth’s ionosphere and thermosphere. The Ionospheric Connection (ICON) mission, led by Thomas Immel of the University of California, Berkeley, will probe the extreme variability…

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Boeing successfully completes first flight of newest U.K. Chinook helicopter

Posted  April 15, 2013

Boeing recently completed the first flight of the newest CH-47 Chinook heavy-lift helicopter for the United Kingdom’s Royal Air Force. The March 15 flight, at the Boeing helicopter facility near Philadelphia, Penn., happened ahead of schedule and confirmed initial airworthiness for the Mk6 Chinook. “This is a truly impressive achievement for both Boeing and the…

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