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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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Element Huntington Beach expands aerospace testing lab by 70 percent

Posted  December 18, 2013

The laboratory operated by Element Materials Technology in Huntington Beach, Calif., is substantially increasing its aerospace testing capacity by expanding its laboratory facilities by 70 percent and adding a third shift to operations. With demand from the Aerospace Primes and their supply chain partners continuing to increase, Element Huntington Beach has leased a 20,000 square-foot…

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Lockheed Martin team completes first solar ultraviolet imager for GOES-R satellite series

Posted  December 18, 2013

A Lockheed Martin team has completed the Solar Ultraviolet Imager instrument that will make crucial solar measurements when it flies on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administrations next-generation Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellit) satellite missions, known as the GOES-R series. The team is on track for instrument delivery in January 2014 for integration with the first…

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Feds grant Navy permit for sonar training

Posted  December 18, 2013

Environmental organizations filed a lawsuit Dec. 16 against the National Marine Fisheries Service to demand it force the Navy to consider alternatives to its five-year plan that will intensify its sonar use off Southern California and Hawaii. Earthjustice, representing several groups, filed the lawsuit in federal court in Honolulu, only hours after the federal agency…

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CV-22 Osprey arrives at National Museum of the U.S. Air Force

Posted  December 18, 2013

Air Force photograph by Don Popp The Bell-Boeing CV-22B Osprey landed at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, Dec. 12, 2013. One of the U.S. Air Force’s more unique aircraft landed at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force Dec. 12. The CV-22 Osprey, a tiltrotor aircraft that combines the vertical takeoff,…

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Minuteman III test missile launches from Vandenberg

Posted  December 18, 2013

A team of Air Force Global Strike Command airmen successfully launched an unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile Dec. 17 at 4:36 a.m., PST, from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. Every test launch verifies the accuracy and reliability of the ICBM weapon system, providing valuable data to ensure a safe, secure and effective nuclear deterrent,…

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Boeing to expand aviation tTraining in Russia

Posted  December 18, 2013

Boeing has announced it will expand its flight and maintenance training capabilities in Russia with a new, state-of-the-art training campus. The new full-service training facility ó set to open in 2015 ó will be located in the Skolkovo Innovation Center in Moscow. Boeing will work in cooperation with Industrial Investors Group and their subsidiary Transas…

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VA to expand benefits for traumatic brain injury

Posted  December 18, 2013

Adds five illnesses related to service connected TBI Some veterans with traumatic brain injury who are diagnosed with any of five other ailments will have an easier path to receive additional disability pay under new regulations developed by the Department of Veterans Affairs. The new regulation, which takes effect 30 days from today, impacts some…

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NASA receives third consecutive clean audit opinion

Posted  December 18, 2013

NASA released its Fiscal Year 2013 Agency Financial Report Dec. 16 detailing financial results, performance highlights, and its third consecutive unmodified, or clean, audit opinion. An independent auditor found NASA has no material weaknesses, resolved the last significant deficiency carried over from fiscal 2012, and complied with applicable laws. “2013 marks our third clean audit…

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Boeing promotes key leaders to position for future growth

Posted  December 18, 2013

Boeing Chairman, President and CEO Jim McNerney announced Dec. 18 the promotion of two top executives to vice chairmen, the naming of a company president and chief operating officer, and the selection of new leaders for Boeing Defense, Space & Security and Boeing Military Aircraft. Effective Dec. 31: Dennis A. Muilenburg is named Boeing vice…

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Aircraft crash in Afghanistan kills six NATO troops

Posted  December 18, 2013

KABUL, Afghanistan ó NATO says six service members have died in an aircraft crash in southern Afghanistan, in an area where there was no fighting reported at the time. The alliance says in a statement the crash occurred Dec. 17 and that it’s under investigation. It did not provide any further details nor on the…

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