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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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NASA delivers precipitation satellite to Japan for 2014 launch

Posted  November 25, 2013

JAXA photograph A U.S. Air Force C-5 transport aircraft carrying the Global Precipitation Measurement Core Observatory landed at Kitakyushu Airport in Japan at approximately 10:30 p.m., EST, Nov. 23. An international satellite that will set a new standard for global precipitation measurements from space has completed a 7,300-mile journey from the United States to Japan,…

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Boeing, Korean Air break ground on new training facility

Posted  November 25, 2013

Boeing participated in a groundbreaking ceremony Nov. 25 with Incheon and Korean Air for construction of Korea’s largest new aviation training facility to be located in  Incheon’s Free Economic Zone. The new campus, which is slated to open in 2015, will allow Boeing to expand the scope of its training business in Korea and continue…

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Meet the SR-72

Posted  November 25, 2013

In 1976, U.S. Air Force SR-71 Blackbird crews flew from New York to London in less than two hours, reaching speeds exceeding Mach 3 and setting world records that have held up for nearly four decades. But those world records may not stay unbroken for long. That’s because today, at the birthplace of the Blackbird…

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Unmanned aerial vehicles industry takes off in Alaska

Posted  November 25, 2013

The venerable Piper Super Cub isn’t being squeezed out, but the face of aviation in Alaska is changing. Once strictly a military tool, unmanned aerial vehicles, or UAVs, are now being used in civilian government work and the private sector. Fairweather LLC announced the formation of research subsidiary Tulugaq LLC Sept. 30. A joint venture…

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VA offers dental insurance program

Posted  November 25, 2013

The VA is partnering with Delta Dental and MetLife to allow eligible Veterans, plus family members receiving care under the Civilian Health and Medical Program, to purchase affordable dental insurance beginning Nov. 15, VA officials announced recenlty. “VA continues to explore innovative ways to help Veterans get access to the care and services they have…

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Hagel visits first Zumwalt-class destroyer

Posted  November 25, 2013

BATH, Maine – Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said the not-yet-launched Zumwalt-class destroyer he toured Nov. 21 “represents the cutting edge of our naval capabilities.” The ship, now known as the Pre-Commissioning Unit, or PCU, Zumwalt, will become the USS Zumwalt, named for former Navy Adm. Elmo Zumwalt. Officials said the ship is about a year…

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Boeing tests validate performance of FAB-T satellite communications program

Posted  November 25, 2013

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. ñ Boeingís Family of Advanced Beyond Line-of-Sight Terminals development program has completed the functional qualification testing phase for the protected wideband satellite communications system. FAB-T will be used in the command and control of U.S. nuclear forces. Boeingís tests verified operational capabilities required for the ground and airborne terminal types specified in…

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Headlines November 22, 2013

Posted  November 22, 2013

News: U.S. has deal on Afghan pact before tribal leaders meet – U.S. and Afghan officials have reached an accord permitting some American forces to remain in Afghanistan after next year, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Nov. 21. Karzai lauds U.S. accord as Afghans debate keeping troops – Afghan President Hamid Karzai hailed a pact…

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News Briefs November 22, 2013

Posted  November 22, 2013

EU president says no military solution in Syria EU President Herman Van Rumpoy says there is no military solution to the ongoing conflict in Syria. Van Rumpoy spoke Nov. 21 following an EU-China summit in Beijing at which Syria and other international issues were discussed. He said that China, a U.N. Security Council member, has…

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Northrop Grumman’s BACN completes 5,000 combat missions

Posted  November 22, 2013

The Battlefield Airborne Communications Node, developed by Northrop Grumman for the U.S. Air Force, has completed 5,000 combat missions connecting warfighters in the air and on the ground. BACN is a high-altitude, airborne gateway that translates and distributes voice communications, video, imagery and other battlespace information from numerous sources. Using a suite of computers and…

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