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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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Air Force awards Aerojet Rocketdyne medium class stage III demonstration contract

Posted  December 6, 2013

Aerojet Rocketdyne announced Dec. 2 that it has been awarded a contract under the Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center Propulsion Applications Program to demonstrate a Medium Class Stage III motor with propulsion technologies that are applicable to multiple future common strategic propulsion systems. Aerojet Rocketdyne is a GenCorp company. The contract includes development, fabrication and…

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Boeing, Saab sign joint development agreement on T-X family of systems training competition

Posted  December 6, 2013

Boeing and Saab AB have signed a Joint Development Agreement to jointly develop and build a new advanced, cost-efficient T-X Family of Systems training solution for the upcoming competition to replace the U.S. Air Force's aging T-38 aircrew training system.

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President issues Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day proclamation

Posted  December 6, 2013

President Barack Obama issued a proclamation declaring Dec. 7, 2013, as National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. Here is the text of the presidentís proclamation: More than seven decades ago, on a calm Sunday morning, our Nation was attacked without warning or provocation. The bombs that fell on the island of Oahu took almost 2,400 American…

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News Briefs December 4, 2013

Posted  December 4, 2013

Some Air Force recruits in Texas take abuse survey Recruits at a Texas Air Force base where more than two dozen instructors were convicted of sexual abuse and other wrongdoing have been given a voluntary survey designed to help determine if the problems persist. Recruits at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland began taking the survey in…

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Headlines December 4, 2013

Posted  December 4, 2013

News SpaceX launches SES commercial TV satellite for Asia The U.S. SpaceX company has announced its intention to take a big slice of the market for launching the world’s TV and telecoms satellites. The California outfit has just launched a new platform for satellite operator SES to serve its growing customer base in India and…

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Northrop Grumman begins on-time production of first NATO Global Hawk

Posted  December 4, 2013

Northrop Grumman photograph Jim Edge, general manager for the NATO AGS Management Agency, addresses employees and guests during a ceremony to commemorate the start of the first NATO AGS aircraft. The first NATO AGS aircraft started production on Dec. 3 at Northrop Grumman’s Unmanned Systems Center in Moss Point, Miss. Northrop Grumman’s Moss Point, Miss.,…

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Supernova blast provides clues to determining age of binary star system

Posted  December 4, 2013

NASA image Illustration of Circinus X-1, an X-ray binary star system. Data from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory has revealed faint remnants of a supernova explosion and helped researchers determine Circinus X-1 – an X-ray binary – is the youngest of this class of astronomical objects found to date. As the name suggests, X-ray binaries are…

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Marine Corps conducts operational assessment of G/ATOR system

Posted  December 4, 2013

The AN/TPS-80 Ground/Air Task Oriented Radar (G/ATOR) system, built by Northrop Grumman for the U.S. Marine Corps, has successfully conducted developmental testing and supported two Weapons and Tactics Instruction vents at Marine Air Control Squadron Yuma, Ariz., over the past 10 months. These events supported the operational assessment of the G/ATOR system for Milestone C….

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NASA iPad app shows Earth changing before your eyes

Posted  December 4, 2013

NASA photograph by Bill Ingalls NASA Administrator Charles Bolden explores “Images of Change,” a NASA application that allows users to view “before and after” images of the impact of human activities, a changing climate and natural disasters on Earth, Monday, Dec. 2, 2013, at NASA Headquarters in Washington. The application is available free for iOS…

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U.S. Army awards General Dynamics $28 million for engineering development for Stryker modernization

Posted  December 4, 2013

The U.S. Army TACOM Contracting Command recently awarded General Dynamics Land Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics, a $28 million contract for research, development and testing in preparation for the Stryker Engineering Change Proposal upgrade program. The Stryker ECP upgrade program is an engineering-development effort focused on integrating a group of system improvements into…

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