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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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NASA successfully launches three smart phone satellites

Posted  April 22, 2013

Three smartphones destined to become low-cost satellites rode to space Sunday aboard the maiden flight of Orbital Science Corp.’s Antares rocket from NASA’s Wallops Island Flight Facility in Virginia. The trio of “PhoneSats” is operating in orbit, and may prove to be the lowest-cost satellites ever flown in space. The goal of NASA’s PhoneSat mission…

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Senate confirms Fanning as next Air Force under secretary

Posted  April 22, 2013

Eric Fanning will be the next Air Force under secretary, according to a Senate confirmation vote April 18.

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Army, universities partner for aviation research

Posted  April 22, 2013

Photograph by Merv Brokke Auburn University mascot Aubie learns how to hand-launch an RQ-11A Raven with engineer Daniel Hiatt, holding a Puma, during a 2012 visit to the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center at Redstone Arsenal, Ala. College students conducting research into remotely piloted unmanned aerial systems are testing their…

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Report: U.S. footing greater bill for overseas bases

Posted  April 22, 2013

The United States is footing more of the bill for overseas bases in Germany, Japan and South Korea even as the military reduces the number of American troops in Europe and strategically repositions forces in Asia, a congressional report says. The exhaustive, yearlong investigation by the Senate Armed Services Committee focused on costs and burden-sharing…

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NASA partner Orbital Sciences test launches Antares rocket

Posted  April 22, 2013

NASA photograph by Bill Ingalls NASA photograph by Bill Ingalls The Antares rocket clears the launch pad on its way to orbit. NASA commercial space partner Orbital Sciences Corporation April 21 launched its Antares rocket at 5 p.m. ,EDT, from the new Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport Pad-0A at the agency’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. The…

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AF leaders highlight space program successes, address fiscal 2014 budget

Posted  April 22, 2013

Space today is in as good a position as it’s been in a very long time, said Richard McKinney, the deputy under secretary of the Air Force for space. McKinney, along with Dr. Jamie Morin, the acting under secretary of the Air Force, and Brig. Gen. Robert McMurry, the director of space programs for the…

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Raytheon delivers second Phalanx Block 1B for Australia’s Air Warfare Destroyer

Posted  April 22, 2013

Raytheon has delivered the second Phalanx Block 1B Close-In Weapon System for installation on Australia’s newest Air Warfare Destroyer, the Brisbane. A previously awarded direct commercial sale contract calls for a total of three Phalanx mounts to be delivered to the Royal Australian Navy. The first mount was delivered in late 2012 for installation aboard…

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A tribute to the Doolittle Raiders

Posted  April 22, 2013

Air Force photograph by Samuel King Jr. Doolittle Raiders, Col. Dick Cole, Lt. Col. Ed Saylor and Staff Sgt. David Thatcher, salute during the National Anthem at the 33rd Fighter Wing hangar dedication in honor of Saylor April 17, 2013, at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. After unveiling the plaque with his name on it,…

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NASA’s Kepler discovers its smallest ‘habitable zone’ planets to date

Posted  April 22, 2013

NASA’s Kepler mission has discovered two new planetary systems that include three super-Earth-size planets in the “habitable zone,” the range of distance from a star where the surface temperature of an orbiting planet might be suitable for liquid water. The Kepler-62 system has five planets; 62b, 62c, 62d, 62e and 62f. The Kepler-69 system has…

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ATK awarded DARPA study contract

Posted  April 22, 2013

ATK was awarded a contract to support the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency in Arlington, Va. for the Space Enabled Effects for Military Engagements program. SeeMe seeks to develop enabling technologies to provide reliable surveillance data to the war fighter in the field, using small, low-cost satellites that are launched quickly to support the…

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