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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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Hubble traces subtle signals of water on hazy worlds

Posted  December 4, 2013

Using the powerful eye of NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, two teams of scientists have found faint signatures of water in the atmospheres of five distant planets. The presence of atmospheric water was reported previously on a few exoplanets orbiting stars beyond our solar system, but this is the first study to conclusively measure and compare…

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DRS Technologies to continue support for Arleigh Burke-class modernization program

Posted  December 4, 2013

DRS Technologies, a Finmeccanica Company, announced Dec. 3 that its Laurel Technologies business unit in Johnstown, Penn., has been awarded an indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity five-year contract with a total potential value of up to $22 million for upgrades to the repair station consoles on DDG 51-class ships. RSC systems automate and integrate shipboard damage control…

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NASA Commercial Crew Partner Blue Origin test-fires new rocket engine

Posted  December 4, 2013

NASA photograph by Lauren Harnett Blue Origin test fires a powerful new hydrogen- and oxygen-fueled American rocket engine at the company’s West Texas facility in Van Horn. During the test, the BE-3 engine fired at full power for more than two minutes to simulate a launch, then paused for about four minutes, mimicking a coast…

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AF participates in first Israeli Blue Flag exercise

Posted  December 4, 2013

Air Force photograph by MSgt. Lee Osberry A group of F-15E Strike Eagles taxi following a combat mission during the Blue Flag exercise Nov. 26, 2013, on Uvda Air Force Base, Israel. Aircraft from the 492nd Fighter Squadron, Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, deployed to participate in the exercise, which promoted improved operational capability, combat…

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Boeing, Jetairfly celebrate delivery of airline’s First 787 Dreamliner

Posted  December 4, 2013

Boeing and Jetairfly Dec. 4 celebrated the delivery of the airline’s first 787. The airplane departed Paine Field in Everett, Wash., Dec. 3 on its delivery flight to Brussels. “We are very excited about the Jetairfly Dreamliner entering service as the first and only 787 operated by a Belgian airline,” said Elie Bruyninckx, CEO TUI…

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UP Aerospace’ SL-8 flies NASA technology experiments

Posted  December 4, 2013

NASA photograph by Paul De Leon Members of the UP Aerospace ground grew roll back the moveable garage and payload integration facility to expose the launcher with the SL-8 sounding rocket mounted underneath. An enthusiastic group of suborbital space researchers arrived at Spaceport America in New Mexico in early November to prepare and load their…

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NASA selects contractors for facility construction at Ames

Posted  December 4, 2013

NASA has selected four California companies to perform facility construction and modifications at the agency’s Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif. The companies are Cyber Professional Solutions of Chula Vista, SM Construction Inc. of Clovis, Menco Pacific of Escondido, and Tri-Technic Inc. of Sonora will share a multiple award contract valued at $30 million….

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Honor, deception in secret air academy spy system

Posted  December 4, 2013

Facing pressure to combat drug use and sexual assault at the Air Force Academy, the Air Force has created a secret system of cadet informants to hunt for misconduct among students, The Gazette of Colorado Springs reports. Cadets who attend the publicly funded academy must pledge never to lie. But the program pushes some to…

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ATK completes first flight test of light gunship for Kingdom of Jordan

Posted  December 4, 2013

ATK it has completed the first flight test for the Kingdom of Jordan’s two CASA-235 light gunship aircraft. ATK was awarded a contract by King Abdullah II Design and Development Bureau of the Kingdom of Jordan to modify two of the country’s CASA-235 transport aircraft into highly-capable and cost-effective special mission aircraft. With modifications and…

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NASA’s HS3 Hurricane Mission calls it a wrap for 2013

Posted  December 4, 2013

NASA photograph NASA’s Global Hawk unmanned aircraft project celebrated a flight milestone on Sept. 17, 2013. The two Global Hawks reached a combined 100 NASA flights during the deployment at the Wallops Flight Facility. In this photo, NASA’s Global Hawk 872 takes off from Runway 04 Sept. 4. NASA’s Hurricane and Severe Storms Sentinel airborne…

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