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Navy’s first F-35C squadron surpasses 1,000 flight hours

Air Force photograph by Samuel King Jr. An F-35C Lightning II aircraft piloted by Lt. Cmdr. Chris Tabert, assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 101, flies the squadron’s first local sortie. The F-35C is the carrier variant of the Joint Strike Fighter. VFA 101, based at Eglin Air Force Base, serves as the F-35C Fleet…

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Boeing South Carolina begins final assembly of its first 787-9 Dreamliner

Boeing has started final assembly of the 787-9 Dreamliner at its South Carolina facility. The team began joining large fuselage sections of the newest 787 Nov. 22 on schedule, a proud milestone for the South Carolina team and another sign of stability for the program. The North Charleston, S.C., site joins Boeing’s Everett, Wash., final…

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Ball Aerospace equips Orion mission with key avionics, antenna hardware

Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. is providing the phased array antennas and flight test cameras to prime contractor Lockheed Martin for Orion's Exploration Flight Test-1 (EFT-1), which is an unmanned test flight scheduled to launch from Cape Canaveral, Fla.

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President announces Hagel’s resignation as defense secretary

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel shakes hands with President Barack Obama at the White House Nov. 24. The president announced that Hagel would resign his position as defense secretary. Praising Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s class and integrity, President Barack Obama announced Nov. 24 at the White House that Hagel will leave his post. The president said…

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SEWIP block upgrade program evaluated for LCS

The Navy is evaluating a scaled-down version of the Surface Electronic Warfare Improvement Program system for potential incorporation on future Littoral Combat Ships


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NASA’s SOFIA flying observatory marks 100th flight

Posted  April 17, 2013

NASA photograph by Tom Tschida The staff of NASA’s Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) gathered on the ramp outside the Dryden Aircraft Operations Facility in Palmdale, Calif., to mark a milestone√≥the flying observatory’s 100th flight. The airborne observatory departed from the facility that evening on an engineering flight for the German Receiver for Astronomy…

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Northrop Grumman’s SABR gives F-16 pilots the big picture

Posted  April 17, 2013

To a pilot, a radar is only as useful as the information it provides, and Northrop Grumman’s Big SAR (synthetic aperture radar) mapping for the Scalable Agile Beam Radar delivers the largest, sharpest radar images ever available in an F-16. The company’s SABR has successfully demonstrated several advanced radar capabilities for the F-16, including Big…

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Budget challenges impacting Army readiness

Posted  April 17, 2013

Army photograph by Mark Cleghorn Army leaders say if sequestration, continuing resolutions and furloughs continue, equipment reset in Army depots, such as at Anniston Army Depot, Ala., could be delayed. That means that equipment will be delayed in its return to units that need it for training. Army leaders told Congress that the readiness Americans…

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E-6 Mercury fleet expands, upgrades bandwidth capabilities

Posted  April 17, 2013

Navy photograph The E-6B Mercury’s capability to support U.S. leaders continues to expand with the latest internet protocol expansion. The upgrades to the aircraft’s secure local area computer network now allow the onboard battle staff members to operate virtually. An internet bandwidth upgrade being rolled out on the E-6B Mercury aircraft, the nation√≠s airborne strategic…

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Navy, Marine Corps leadership warn about sequester

Posted  April 17, 2013

Navy photograph by PO1 Peter D. Lawlor Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert listens to the opening remarks of the Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, Congressman Buck McKeon, with Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus and Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. James Amos before providing testimony on the fiscal year 2014…

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Posted  April 17, 2013

News U.S. helicopter makes ‘hard landing’ near North Korea border A U.S. Marine helicopter made a “hard landing” April 16 during a training exercise in South Korea, near the North Korean border. South Korea’s Yonhap news agency reports that the incident with the CH-53 Super Stallion helicopter occurred at a military shooting range in Cherwon….

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News Briefs April 17, 2013

Posted  April 17, 2013

At least 2,070 US military deaths in Afghanistan since 2001 As of April 17, 2013, at least 2,070 members of the U.S. military had died in Afghanistan as a result of the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, according to an Associated Press count. At least 1,716 military service members have died in Afghanistan…

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After 62 years, Korean War Medal of Honor recipient rests in American soil

Posted  April 22, 2013

Lt. Col. Don C. Faith Jr., a World War II and Korean War veteran and Medal of Honor recipient, was buried in Arlington National Cemetery, Va., April 17

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Air Force Combat Talons fly for last time

Posted  April 22, 2013

Air Force photograph by TSgt. Samuel King Jr. Aircrew from the 919th Special Operations Wing admire their aircraft, the MC-130E Combat Talon I, in flight one last time April 15, 2013, during its final flight before retirement. The last five Talons in the Air Force belong to the 919th SOW and are scheduled to be…

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MEADS low frequency sensor successfully cues multifunction fire control radar in test

Posted  April 22, 2013

Courtesy photograph The advanced 360-degree rotating X-band MFCR completed initial performance tests in a near-field facility at SELEX Sistemi Integrati SpA in Rome in 2012. A Medium Extended Air Defense System Low Frequency Sensor has proven its ability to cue the Multifunction Fire Control Radar in a test near Syracuse, N.Y. During the demonstration, the…

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