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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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Pratt & Whitney, Boeing celebrate delivery of first PW4062 engines for KC-46 tankers

Posted  December 24, 2013

Pratt & Whitney and Boeing officials celebrated the delivery of the first PW4062 engines for the first KC-46 test aircraft during an event at Boeing’s Everett, Wash., facility last week. Howie Chandler, vice president of business development, Pratt & Whitney Military Engines, and Maureen Dougherty, Boeing vice president and program manager, KC-46 Tanker Program, addressed…

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Remains of U.S. soldier lost in Korean War come home

Posted  December 24, 2013

Sixty-three years after Army SFC Joseph E. Gantt went missing in action during the Korean War, his remains were returned to his 94-year-old widow in a solemn ceremony at Los Angeles International Airport before dawn Dec. 20. Clara Gantt wept as she stood in the cold before the flag-draped casket that was carried from a…

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Headlines December 20, 2013

Posted  December 20, 2013

Defense: General orders review of tracking battlefield awards – The top U.S. commander for the Persian Gulf has ordered a review of how recommendations for battlefield awards are tracked by the Afghanistan command, which lost the paperwork for a Medal of Honor nominee and for other heroes.   Space: Gaia ‘billion-star surveyor’ lifts off – Europe has…

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Future USS Milwaukee christened, launched; marks production milestone

Posted  December 20, 2013

The Navy, along with the Lockheed Martin-led industry team, christened and launched the future USS Milwaukee in a ceremony at the Marinette Marine Corporation shipyard, Marinette, Wisc., Dec. 18, marking an important production milestone for the littoral combat ship program.

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NASA’s asteroid hunter spacecraft returns first images after reactivation

Posted  December 20, 2013

NASA's Near-Earth Object Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, a spacecraft that made the most comprehensive survey to date of asteroids and comets, has returned its first set of test images in preparation for a renewed mission.

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Boeing delivers final focused lethality munition to U.S. Air Force

Posted  December 20, 2013

Boeing delivered the 500th Focused Lethality Munition to the U.S. Air Force this month, completing the contract for the low-collateral-damage weapon 100 percent on time and on cost. “This Direct Attack FLM team not only delivered to our customer with remarkable efficiency, but also provided an important tool to protect the lives of U.S. and…

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Orbital completes 40th consecutive successful suborbital research rocket mission for NASA

Posted  December 20, 2013

Orbital Sciences Corporation, one of the world’s leading space technology companies, announced today that Orbital’s NASA Sounding Rocket Operations Contract II team at Wallops Island, Va., recently completed its 40th consecutive successful mission over the last 24 months for NASA’s Sounding Rocket Program. Orbital began operations as the NSROC II prime contractor in October 2010…

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First Dutch F-35 pilot takes to skies

Posted  December 20, 2013

The first Netherlands pilot took to the skies over Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., Dec. 18, in the F-35A Lightning II, making the Netherlands the second partner country to operate the fifth-generation multirole fighter.

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NASA awards launch services contract for InSight mission

Posted  December 20, 2013

NASA has selected United Launch Services LLC of Centennial, Colo., to launch the Interior Exploration Using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport (InSight) mission to Mars. InSight will launch in March 2016 aboard an Atlas V 401 rocket from Space Launch Complex 3E at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The total cost for NASA to…

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Operation Desert Fox

Posted  December 20, 2013

Recalling the 15th anniversary of the first B-1 combat operation

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