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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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Forecast International sees Pentagon bracing for major acquisition decisions

Posted  December 16, 2013

The Pentagon is fighting an uphill battle against a fractured Congress eager to rein in deficits, though lawmakers thus far appear either unwilling or unable to do so in a sound and practical manner, according to a recent analysis by Forecast International. “The discord on Capitol Hill threatens to undermine the Pentagon’s acquisition plans through…

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Fighter pilot gets hero’s burial

Posted  December 16, 2013

Air Force photograph by SSgt. Carlin Leslie Family, friends and U.S. Air Force members attend the remembrance funeral of Maj. Troy Gilbert Dec. 11, 2013, at Arlington Cemetery, Va. Gilbert was an F-16 Fighting Falcon pilot whose aircraft crashed on Nov. 27, 2006 during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Maj. Troy Gilberts former wife and their five…

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Budget woes cause Air Force to refine funding priorities

Posted  December 16, 2013

Budget battles here are causing tectonic shifts in the Air Force, the service’s leaders said during a Pentagon news conference Dec. 13. Acting Air Force Secretary Eric Fanning and Gen. Mark A. Welsh III, the Air Force chief of staff, said that even with some relief from sequestration, the service will pay the bills via…

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Space

NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory reveal giant plasma flows on sun

Posted  December 16, 2013

Observations from NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory, or SDO, have enabled scientists to confirm the existence of giant flows of gases and plasma moving heat from the sun’s interior to its surface. The findings end 45 years of speculation about the “giant convection cells” and advance understanding of the formation of sunspot activity that causes space…

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Home for the holidays

Posted  December 16, 2013

  Lockheed Martin delivered its 15th C-5M Super Galaxy to the U.S. Air Force from its facilities in Marietta, Ga., Dec. 13. Air Force crews flew the Super Galaxy to Dover Air Force Base, Del. It is the third C-5M delivery in less than a month and the fifth for 2013. The Super Galaxy is…

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NASA selects SpaceX to begin negotiations for use of historic launch pad

Posted  December 16, 2013

NASA has selected Space Exploration Technologies Corporation of Hawthorne, Calif., to begin negotiations on a lease to use and operate historic Launch Complex 39A at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Permitting use and operation of this valuable national asset by a private-sector, commercial space partner will ensure its continued viability and allow for…

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Raytheon opens new San Antonio cyber center

Posted  December 16, 2013

Raytheon has opened its newest cyber facility in San Antonio, Texas, combining Raytheon’s San Antonio-area cyber professionals and its full spectrum of cyber offerings together for collaboration and smoother integration for the company’s customers. “Raytheon is excited to be growing its presence in ‘Cyber City USA’ as San Antonio plays a significant role in developing…

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Air Force envisions smaller force to preserve readiness

Posted  December 16, 2013

Discussing upcoming budgetary variables during a Pentagon news conference Dec. 13, the Air Force’s top civilian leader for the past six months addressed the inevitability of a smaller force. Acting Air Force Secretary Eric Fanning, who is returning next week to his position as undersecretary of the Air Force following today’s Senate confirmation of Deborah…

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NASA, CASIS make space station accessible for stem cell research

Posted  December 16, 2013

NASA and the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space are enabling research aboard the International Space Station that could lead to new stem cell-based therapies for medical conditions faced on Earth and in space. Scientists will take advantage of the space station’s microgravity environment to study the properties of non-embryonic stem cells. NASA…

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Headlines December 13, 2013

Posted  December 13, 2013

News: Chinese try to halt U.S. cruiser in international waters – A Chinese naval vessel tried to force a U.S. guided missile warship to stop in international waters recently, causing a tense military standoff in the latest case of Chinese maritime harassment, according to defense officials.   Business: Boeing must decide on F/A-18 production in March…

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