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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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Boeing partners with U.S. Air Force to reduce supply chain costs

Posted  November 8, 2013

Boeing and the U.S. Air Force Sustainment Center have entered into an overarching public-private partnership that will streamline supply chain contracting, saving money and speeding up execution by as much as 10 months. The partnership ñ the first of its kind allows the three Air Force logistics complexes that are under the AFSC to immediately…

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Headlines November 4, 2013

Posted  November 6, 2013

News: Hagel calls for smaller force delays picking among weapons – U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is outlining his vision of a smaller, better equipped military while anticipating tough choices about some multi-billion dollar weapons systems that declining Pentagon budgets may force President Obama’s administration to make.   Business: KC-46 came within 24 hours of contract…

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News Briefs November 6, 2013

Posted  November 6, 2013

U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan at 2,151 As of Nov. 5, 2013, at least 2,151 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 1,782 military service members have died in Afghanistan as a result…

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Lab improving combat capability by developing more energy-efficient systems

Posted  November 6, 2013

Technologies are being developed and tested that enable soldiers to focus more on mission and less on logistics and resupply, said Katherine Hammack, assistant secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and Environment.

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AFRL engineers conduct rain erosion testing

Posted  November 6, 2013

Materials and coatings created for aerospace systems that travel at high rates of speed are repeatedly exposed to rain droplets could make the systems, materials and coatings susceptible to damage or erosion. Engineers from the Air Force Research Laboratory Materials and Manufacturing Directorate’s Systems Support Division conducted testing on mission critical components for a Navy…

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Upgraded Orion delivered in nine months

Posted  November 6, 2013

The Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Greenville team delivered a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) P-3 Orion aircraft in nine months - 94 days early - on Nov. 6.

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Northrop Grumman offers open architecture solutions for enhanced avionics capabilities

Posted  November 6, 2013

WOODLAND HILLS, Calif. – Northrop Grumman is applying a modular, open architecture approach throughout its product portfolio, allowing for rapid addition of new avionics capabilities for warfighters. As a founding principal member of The Open Group Future Airborne Capability Environment (FACE ™) Consortium, Northrop Grumman was an early advocate of establishing open architecture standards to…

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Hagel: Six priorities shape future defense institutions

Posted  November 6, 2013

Air Force photograph by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel speaks at the Center for Strategic and International Studies Global Security Forum Nov. 5 in Washington, D.C. In the months since the 2012 defense strategic guidance first reflected a new budget reality, Pentagon officials and military leaders have been working on the department’s…

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Boeing celebrates Lion Group’s 100th Next-Generation 737

Posted  November 6, 2013

Boeing and the Lion Group, Indonesia’s largest airline group, Nov. 4 commemorated the delivery of the carrier’s 100th Next-Generation 737 at a special event. “This is an amazing moment for the Lion Group,” said Lion Group President Director Rusdi Kirana. “We’ve grown from one airplane and today we’re taking our 100th Next-Generation 737. It’s an…

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Air Force researchers demonstrate energy resiliency in mission critical environment

Posted  November 6, 2013

Energy security is critical to the Air Force’s war fighting capability. The 2013 Air Force Energy Strategic Plan identifies priorities and goals to secure a strategic energy advantage. These include resilience, demand reduction, supply assurance, and an energy-aware culture. The Air Force Research Laboratory’s Advanced Power Technology Office is working to achieve these goals through…

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