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Navy’s first F-35C squadron surpasses 1,000 flight hours

Air Force photograph by Samuel King Jr. An F-35C Lightning II aircraft piloted by Lt. Cmdr. Chris Tabert, assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 101, flies the squadron’s first local sortie. The F-35C is the carrier variant of the Joint Strike Fighter. VFA 101, based at Eglin Air Force Base, serves as the F-35C Fleet…

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Boeing South Carolina begins final assembly of its first 787-9 Dreamliner

Boeing has started final assembly of the 787-9 Dreamliner at its South Carolina facility. The team began joining large fuselage sections of the newest 787 Nov. 22 on schedule, a proud milestone for the South Carolina team and another sign of stability for the program. The North Charleston, S.C., site joins Boeing’s Everett, Wash., final…

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Ball Aerospace equips Orion mission with key avionics, antenna hardware

Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. is providing the phased array antennas and flight test cameras to prime contractor Lockheed Martin for Orion's Exploration Flight Test-1 (EFT-1), which is an unmanned test flight scheduled to launch from Cape Canaveral, Fla.

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President announces Hagelís resignation as defense secretary

Courtesy photograph Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel shakes hands with President Barack Obama at the White House Nov. 24. The president announced that Hagel would resign his position as defense secretary. Praising Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s class and integrity, President Barack Obama announced Nov. 24 at the White House that Hagel will leave his post. The…

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SEWIP block upgrade program evaluated for LCS

The Navy is evaluating a scaled-down version of the Surface Electronic Warfare Improvement Program system for potential incorporation on future Littoral Combat Ships


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Intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance aircraft flies for four hours

Posted  June 3, 2013

Boeing photograph A U.S. Army and Boeing team completed the first flight of the first of four Enhanced Medium Altitude Reconnaissance and Surveillance System Engineering, Manufacturing and Development aircraft May 22. The aircraft was in the air for more than four hours and completed all first-flight test objectives, including evaluation of aerodynamic handling qualities, aircraft…

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Raytheon, U.S. Navy complete first phase of RAM Block 2 developmental testing

Posted  June 3, 2013

The U.S. Navy has completed the first series of developmental and operational testing of Raytheon’s Rolling Airframe Missile Block 2. In at-sea tests conducted from the U.S. Navy’s Self-Defense Test Ship, RAM Block 2 missiles engaged two targets in tactical dual-salvo scenarios designed to demonstrate the advanced missile’s defensive capabilities. The DT/OT tests successfully engaged…

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Wyle wins $46.8 million award to support U.S. Army missile, weapon systems

Posted  June 3, 2013

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – Wyle has been awarded a contract worth $46.8 million to provide logistics, engineering, technical, programmatic and field engineering services for a variety of missile and close combat weapon systems for the U.S. Army. The award, in a task order from the Reliability Information Analysis Center, supports the Army’s Program Executive Office,…

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NASA’s GRAIL mission solves mystery of moon’s surface gravity

Posted  June 3, 2013

NASA’s Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory mission has uncovered the origin of massive invisible regions that make the moon’s gravity uneven, a phenomenon that affects the operations of lunar-orbiting spacecraft. Because of GRAIL’s findings, spacecraft on missions to other celestial bodies can navigate with greater precision in the future. GRAIL’s twin spacecraft studied the internal…

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Air Force establishes F-35 IOC target

Posted  June 3, 2013

Air Force photograph by Samuel King Jr. Lt. Col. Benjamin Bishop completes preflight checks before his first sortie in an F-35A Lightning II, March 6, 2013, at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. Bishop is among the first pilots to begin the official training that began in January. The Air Force announced May 31, 2013, it…

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Newest 787 complements, extends the super-efficient family

Posted  June 3, 2013

Boeing has begun final assembly of the first 787-9 Dreamliner. The newest member of the 787 family began taking shape on schedule May 30 in Everett, Wash., when Boeing started joining large sections of the super-efficient jet.

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New under secretary of the Air Force is sworn in during formal ceremony at the Pentagon

Posted  June 3, 2013

Air Force photograph by Scott M. Ash Under Secretary of the Air Force Eric Fanning is sworn in by Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley during a formal ceremony May 31, 2013, at the Pentagon. In his duties, Fanning will be responsible for the efficient and effective management of Air Force resources and serve…

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NASA’s Swift produces best ultraviolet maps of nearest galaxies

Posted  June 3, 2013

Courtesy Photo New surveys conducted by NASA’s Swift provide the most detailed overviews ever captured in ultraviolet light of the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds, the two closest major galaxies to our own. Swift team member Stefan Immler, who proposed the imaging project, narrates this quick tour. All visible light imagery provided by Axel Mellinger,…

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Headlines May 31, 2013

Posted  May 31, 2013

Defense Kansas religion bill urges military to defend ‘Judeo-Christian tradition’ against alleged discrimination Republican lawmakers in Kansas want the state Legislature to call on the U.S. military to aggressively defend the “Judeo-Christian tradition” in the face of alleged discrimination by the Defense Department.   Veterans Shinseki on stopping homelessness: ‘The climb will get steeper’ Veterans…

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News Briefs May 31, 2013

Posted  May 31, 2013

Hill AFB wins bigger F-22 Raptor assignment The Air Force is throwing more fighter-jet maintenance at Hill Air Force Base, Utah. That could help insulate the base from future national defense budget cuts, and Rep. Rob Bishop said it means 200 more defense jobs for Utah. The Air Force is announcing it will consolidate maintenance…

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