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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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Space Command’s ops chief discusses new war fighter role

Posted  April 12, 2013

Air Force photograph by SSgt. Christopher Boitz Maj. Gen. Jack Weinstein discusses Gen. William Shelton’s new role as commander, Air Force Forces for space and cyber, how Air Force Space Command is transforming to meet that responsibility, and what this role means to the war fighter. Weinstein, Director of Air, Space and Cyberspace Operations, Air…

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Lockheed Martin PAC-3 missile intercepts, destroys tactical ballistic missile in new test

Posted  April 12, 2013

Lockheed Martin’s PAC-3 Missile successfully detected, tracked and intercepted a tactical ballistic missile (TBM) in a Lower Tier Project Office flight test April 12 at White Sands Missile Range, N.M. Two PAC-3 Missiles were ripple-fired in the test per current doctrine. The first interceptor destroyed the target and the second PAC-3 Missile self-destructed as planned….

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News Briefs April 12, 2013

Posted  April 12, 2013

China’s president visits key southern naval base Chinese President Xi Jinping has visited a key naval base in an island province in the disputed South China Sea in his latest move advertising his close ties to the military. Xi reviewed vessels and troops April 11 before boarding an ultra-modern amphibious ship and submarine. Dressed in…

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Headlines April 12, 2013

Posted  April 12, 2013

Business BAE checks Harpoon fit for anti-ship Typhoon BAE Systems has conducted first windtunnel tests to assess the suitability of integrating Boeing’s AGM-84 Harpoon anti-ship missile with the Eurofighter Typhoon.   Defense Pentagon weapons spending to be 4.5 percent less than earlier Pentagon weapons spending through 2017 will be $20.6 billion, or 4.5 percent, less…

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NASA announces challenges for 2013 International Space Apps Challenge

Posted  April 15, 2013

NASA and more than 150 partner organizations worldwide will be hosting the International Space Apps Challenge April 20-21, 2013. The International Space Apps Challenge is a technology development event during which citizens from around the world work together to solve challenges relevant to improving life on Earth and in space. NASA and its partners have…

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Pratt and Whitney PurePower® Engine for Airbus A320neo successfully completes ground test program: Prepares for first flight tests

Posted  April 15, 2013

The first Pratt & Whitney PurePower® PW1100G-JM engine for the Airbus A320neo family of aircraft has successfully completed ground testing at the company’s West Palm Beach, Fla., test facility. The engine completed over 120 hours of testing, validating overall engine operation and fuel efficiency. The engine will next undergo flight testing on the company’s experimental…

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Secretary of the Navy names multiple ships

Posted  April 15, 2013

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced April 12 the names of seven ships: three joint high speed vessels, the USNS Trenton, the USNS Brunswick and the USNS Carson City; an amphibious transport dock ship (LPD), the USS Portland; two littoral combat ships (LCS), the USS Wichita and the USS Manchester; and an ocean-class auxiliary…

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Colombian Army contracts for two additional S-70i™ Black Hawk helicopters

Posted  April 15, 2013

Sikorsky Aircraft, a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. announced April 10 at the LAAD Defence & Security International Exhibition that the Colombian Army has contracted to buy two additional S-70i™ Black Hawk helicopters. The two aircraft will augment five S-70i helicopters that arrived Jan. 30 in Colombia to join the Special Forces of the Colombian…

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Boeing successfully completes first flight of newest U.K. Chinook helicopter

Posted  April 15, 2013

Boeing recently completed the first flight of the newest CH-47 Chinook heavy-lift helicopter for the United Kingdom’s Royal Air Force. The March 15 flight, at the Boeing helicopter facility near Philadelphia, Penn., happened ahead of schedule and confirmed initial airworthiness for the Mk6 Chinook. “This is a truly impressive achievement for both Boeing and the…

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Refined precision-guided parachutes may be cure-all for overburdened soldier

Posted  April 15, 2013

A fully equipped soldier may carry anywhere from 50 to 120 pounds on his or her back in theater. Refinements to precision-guided parachutes may reduce that load - if the Army can just convince soldiers it can provide supplies to them as needed.

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