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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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Moon Express unveils breakthrough ‘MX-1’ commercial lunar lander

Posted  December 9, 2013

Moon Express, Inc., a privately funded lunar resources company, unveiled its "MX-1" lunar lander spacecraft Dec. 5 as a breakthrough robotic space vehicle capable of a multitude of applications.

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Navy honors F/A-18 for 35 years of distinction

Posted  December 9, 2013

NAVAL AIR STATION PATUXENT RIVER, Md. ó The F/A-18 Hornet community celebrated the 35th anniversary of the aircraftís first flight during a ceremony Dec. 9 in the Rear Adm. William A. Moffett building atrium at Naval Air Station Patuxent River. Md. Sponsored by the F/A-18 and EA-18G Program Office (PMA-265), the celebration highlighted the accomplishments…

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Ball Aerospace demonstrates ultra-lightweight telescope technologies for DARPA’s MOIRE program

Posted  December 9, 2013

Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. has demonstrated unprecedented telescope technologies using ultra-lightweight polymer membrane optics. Ball is incrementally demonstrating technology needed to deploy a large, 20-meter-diameter, lightweight space-based telescope in geosynchronous orbit as part of the Membrane Optic Imager Real-time Exploitation program, led by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. Most recently, Ball completed construction…

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Vietnam MIA identified

Posted  December 9, 2013

The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office announced Dec. 9 that the remains of a serviceman, missing from the Vietnam War, has been identified and will be returned to his family for burial with full military honors. U.S. Air Force Col. Francis J. McGouldrick Jr. of New Haven, Conn., will be buried Dec. 13, at…

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Headlines December 6, 2013

Posted  December 6, 2013

News: Arlington Cemetery wreath laying tradition faces donations shortfall – There may be a shortage of wreaths to lay on the graves at Arlington National Cemetery this year because corporate donors that help cover the cost are spreading their funds to include other veteran’s cemeteries across the nation, the Washington Post reported Dec. 5. Rocket with…

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News Briefs December 6, 2013

Posted  December 6, 2013

Court looks at protest ban at Calif. military base The Supreme Court seemed likely Decd. 4 to reinstate the trespassing conviction of a man who was caught protesting military activities in a place he had been ordered to avoid: the zone designated for demonstrators outside the main gate at a California air force base. Protester…

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Another Super Galaxy delivered

Posted  December 6, 2013

  Lockheed Martin delivered its 14th C-5M Super Galaxy to the U.S. Air Force from its facilities in Marietta, Ga., Dec. 5. An Air Force crew flew the Super Galaxy to Stewart Air National Guard Base, N.Y., where it will undergo internal paint restoration before traveling to its permanent home at Dover Air Force Base,…

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Northrop Grumman recognizes top suppliers

Posted  December 6, 2013

Northrop Grumman’s Information Systems sector presented Supplier Excellence Awards to 24 suppliers Dec. 5 as part of its annual Supplier Recognition Program. The Supplier Recognition Program recognizes and incentivizes suppliers to continuously provide outstanding support to the company and the sector. Each company, selected from more than 5,000 Information Systems sector suppliers, was evaluated on…

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New sortie record for Eglin F-35s

Posted  December 6, 2013

A United Kingdom F-35 Lightning II breaks left out of a formation flight with other F-35 aircraft over Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., Dec. 4. The joint-program reached a new single-day record for F-35 sorties Dec. 4 with 45 training missions between all three models of the aircraft. The Marine B-model completed 32 of the…

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U.S. Government Receives 200th C-130J Super Hercules

Posted  December 6, 2013

An MC-130J Commando II designated for Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M., was ferried Dec. 5 from the Lockheed Martin plant in Marietta, Ga. This MC-130J has the distinction of being the 200th C-130J Super Hercules delivered to the U.S. Government, which is the largest Super Hercules operator.

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