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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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NASA announces 17th screening of space program artifacts

Posted  April 3, 2013

NASA is inviting eligible educational institutions, museums and other organizations to screen and request historical space artifacts. The artifacts represent significant human spaceflight technologies, processes and the accomplishments of NASA’s many programs. NASA and the General Services Administration worked together to ensure broad access to space artifacts and to provide a web-based electronic artifacts viewing…

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Reunions

Posted  April 3, 2013

April 2013 April 9-12: Super Sabre Society Las Vegas, Nev. For more information, contact Dewey Clawson at (724) 336-4273 or email deweyclawson@hotmail.com April 18-21: 475th Fighter Group; 431st, 432nd and 433rd Fighter Squadrons, 5th Air Force Nashville, Tenn. For more information contact Dana Grossman at (858) 692-1358 or email dana@grossman.info. April 25-28: Air Force Public…

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Boeing to feature innovative maritime capabilities at Navy League Expo

Posted  April 3, 2013

At this year’s Navy League Sea-Air-Space Exposition, Boeing will showcase an array of proven maritime capabilities and innovative technologies, including advances in intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, that help U.S. maritime services accomplish their missions. The exposition is April 8-10 at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Md. Boeing’s exhibit at Booth…

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Headlines April 3, 2013

Posted  April 3, 2013

Space Starburst! Incredible rainbow image that shows what REALLY happens when a giant star dies Astronomers have managed to study the death throes of a giant star in unprecedented detail. A team of astronomers led by the International Center for Radio Astronomy Research have produced an astonishing image of their observation of Supernova 1987A.  …

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News Briefs April 3, 2013

Posted  April 3, 2013

At least 2,063 U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan since 2001 As of April 2, 2013, at least 2,063 members of the U.S. military had died in Afghanistan as a result of the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, according to an Associated Press count. At least 1,713 military service members have died in Afghanistan…

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Veterans home dedicated in honor of fallen Marine

Posted  April 5, 2013

A residence for disabled homeless veterans was dedicated in a ceremony, April 2, in honor of Marine killed in the Al-Anbar province, Iraq April 2, 2006. Sgt. Brian R. St. Germain was serving his second tour of duty in Iraq when he was killed during convoy security patrol duties. Nearly 300 attended the ceremony including…

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NASA invests in small business innovation research, technology proposals to enable future missions

Posted  April 5, 2013

NASA has selected 295 research and technology proposals from 216 American small businesses for negotiations that may lead to contract awards worth a combined $38.7 million. The proposals are part of NASA’s Small Business Innovation Research Program and Small Business Technology Transfer Program. SBIR addresses specific technology gaps in agency missions while striving to complement…

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Hubble breaks record in search for farthest supernova

Posted  April 5, 2013

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has found the farthest supernova so far of the type used to measure cosmic distances. Supernova UDS10Wil, nicknamed SN Wilson after American President Woodrow Wilson, exploded more than 10 billion years ago.

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Report calls for end to ‘Cold War autopilot’ plan

Posted  April 5, 2013

Dwindling military budgets and the diminished threat of a nuclear war in Europe dictate that the United States and Russia abandon their Cold War mentality and gradually remove some nuclear weapons from ready-to-launch status, according to a report Wednesday. The study by an international group of political, military and security experts questions the billions of…

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Boeing opens new Everett, Wash., delivery center

Posted  April 5, 2013

Boeing photograph Boeing April 3 opened its new expanded Everett Delivery Center, a world-class facility which will be the home of deliveries for the 747-8, 767, 777 and 787. The 180,000 square foot facility triples the amount of office, conference and delivery operations space as the old EDC and is designed to increase operational efficiencies….

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