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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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January 2014

Posted  December 18, 2013

Jan. 1-14 – NASA-NORDIC Astrobiology Winter School: Water and the Evolution of Life in the Universe, Hawaii www.ifa.hawaii.edu/UHNAI/2014winterschool/ Jan. 5-9 – 223rd Meeting of the American Astronomical Society, National Harbor, Md. http://aas.org/meetings/223rd-aas-meeting-washington-dc Jan. 6-7 – GREAT3 Mid-challenge Meeting, Edinburgh, United Kingdom www.great3challenge.info/?q=node/19 Jan. 8-9 – 10th NASA Small Bodies Assessment Group Meeting, Washington, D.C. www.cvent.com/events/10th-nasa-small-bodies-assessment-group-meeting/event-summary-42e6401017e64afda43b566e760a876e.aspx…

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Deployed wing to deactivate

Posted  December 18, 2013

Air Force photograph 451st Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chiefs secure an F-16 Fighting Falcon at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, Nov. 5, 2013. F-16s arrived as a changeover between the 138th Fighter Squadron, Tulsa, Okla., and the 457th Fighter Squadron, Carswell Air Reserve Base Texas. The 451st Air Expeditionary Wing at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, is scheduled…

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Aerojet Rocketdyne successfully completes launch abort engine development testing for Boeing’s CST-100 spacecraft

Posted  December 18, 2013

Aerojet Rocketdyne announced Dec. 16 that it completed development testing of a flight-like Launch Abort Engine for an innovative “pusher” launch abort system on Boeing’s CST-100 spacecraft. Aerojet Rocketdyhne is a GenCorp company. The launch abort engine is a critical component of future commercial crew transportation to low-Earth orbit. A pusher launch abort system “pushes”…

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Headlines December 16, 2013

Posted  December 16, 2013

News: Boeing reviewing 54 sites for 777X after union talks fail – Boeing is reviewing 54 sites in 22 states to build its 777X aircraft after union chiefs balked at contract concessions and said rank-and-file members wouldn’t vote on the company’s latest terms.   Business: AIG to sell aircraft leasing business in $5.4 billion deal – American…

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News Briefs December 16, 2013

Posted  December 16, 2013

U.S. says Chinese warship nearly struck Navy cruiser U.S. military officials say a Chinese warship nearly collided with an American Navy guided missile cruiser operating in international waters. U.S. Pacific Fleet says it happened Dec. 5 in the South China Sea, and that the USS Cowpens maneuvered to avoid the collision. The State Department has…

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Raytheon awarded $75 million for DDG 1000 program

Posted  December 16, 2013

Raytheon has been awarded $75 million to complete remaining hardware and electronics for DDG 1000 and 1001, the first two ships of the Zumwalt-class of multimission destroyers. The award reflects exercised options under a previously awarded U.S. Navy contract. Raytheon’s progress on the program continues, remaining on-cost and schedule, meeting all program milestones and shipyard…

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Raytheon completes integration of second Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite

Posted  December 16, 2013

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -†Raytheon has manufactured and integrated all required subassemblies in completion of a major milestone for its second Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite, which will fly on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Joint Polar Satellite System-1 spacecraft. The integrated sensor is now entering testing, on track for delivery in 2015. “The Raytheon…

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Pratt & Whitney opens new F100 engine overhaul facility in Columbus, Ga.

Posted  December 16, 2013

Pratt & Whitney has opened its new F100 engine overhaul facility in Columbus, Ga. The new 105,000-square-foot facility enhances Pratt & Whitney’s capacity to service engines that power F-16 and F-15 fighter aircraft used by the U.S. Air Force and international military customers. Pratt & Whitney, the Development Authority of Columbus and Western Devcon Inc….

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Future USS Jackson launches, marks production milestone

Posted  December 16, 2013

Navy illustration by Jay M. Chu An artistsí rendering of the littoral combat ship USS Jackson (LCS 6). The future USS Jackson (LCS 6) launched from the Austal USA shipyard in Mobile, Ala., Dec. 14, marking an important production milestone for the littoral combat ship program. Jackson joins the future USS Milwaukee (LCS 5), which…

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U.S. Air Force awards Lockheed Martin contract to complete two more GPS III satellites

Posted  December 16, 2013

The U.S. Air Force has awarded Lockheed Martin more than $200 million in contract options to complete production of its fifth and sixth next-generation Global Positioning System satellites, known as GPS III. In February, the Air Force awarded Lockheed Martin a fixed price $120 million contract to procure long lead parts for a second set…

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