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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, International researchers obtain crucial data from meteoroid impact

Posted  November 6, 2013

A team of NASA and international scientists for the first time have gathered a detailed understanding of the effects on Earth from a small asteroid impact. The unprecedented data obtained as the result of the airburst of a meteoroid over the Russian city of Chelyabinsk on Feb. 15, has revolutionized scientists’ understanding of this natural…

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Unprecedented dual intercept success for MEADS at White Sands Missile Range

Posted  November 6, 2013

  The Medium Extended Air Defense System intercepted and destroyed two simultaneous targets attacking from opposite directions during a stressing demonstration of its 360-degree air and missile defense capabilities at White Sands Missile Range, N.M. The flight test achieved all criteria for success. All elements of the MEADS system were tested, including the 360-degree MEADS…

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Air Force’s oldest Osprey retires

Posted  November 6, 2013

The Air Force's oldest CV-22 Osprey, Tail #21, made its final departure from Hurlburt Field, Fla., Nov. 4.

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Boeing delivers Air Europa’s 25th Next-Generation 737-800

Posted  November 6, 2013

Boeing and Air Europa Nov. 5 celebrated the Spanish carrier’s 25th direct delivery of a Next-Generation 737-800. Air Europa showcased the latest addition to its fleet at a special event at its base on the Spanish island of Mallorca. “Today is a very important day for Air Europa, since the arrival of a new aircraft…

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Headlines November 4, 2013

Posted  November 4, 2013

News: Training aircraft crashes in Pensacola, 2 pilots hospitalized¬†– A Navy T-45C Goshawk aircraft from Training Squadron 86 crashed at approximately 10:30 this morning while making an approach to Sherman Field at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla.   Business: Boeing seen in advanced talks to make 777X near Seattle¬†– Boeing is in advanced talks with…

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News Briefs November 4, 2013

Posted  November 4, 2013

Israeli drone crashes inside Gaza Strip An unmanned Israeli surveillance aircraft crashed in the Gaza Strip Nov. 3 after experiencing a technical malfunction, the military said. The military said it was investigating what caused the Skylark drone to go down. Israel uses drones to gather intelligence on militant activity in Gaza. The territory is governed…

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AFSC, Boeing reach enterprise partnership agreement

Posted  November 4, 2013

The Air Force Sustainment Center and Boeing have reached an enterprise-level, public-private partnership agreement which allows the two organizations to more efficiently take on sustainment workload for the warfighter. The agreement, signed Oct. 9 by AFSC Commander Lt. Gen. Bruce Litchfield is the first center-wide partnership agreement implemented since the stand up of the Air…

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Scaled Composites’ Mark Stucky earns 2013 Iven C. Kincheloe award from Society of Experimental Test Pilots

Posted  November 4, 2013

REDONDO BEACH, Calif. –¬†Northrop Grumman Nov. 1 announced Scaled Composites Test Pilot Mark “Forger” Stucky has earned the Society of Experimental Test Pilots’ Iven C. Kincheloe Award for outstanding professional accomplishment in the conduct of flight testing. SETP presented the award to Stucky Sept. 28. The award, established in 1958, honors the memory of test…

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AeroVironment awarded $2.3 million DARPA concept definition contract

Posted  November 4, 2013

AeroVironment has been selected by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agencyto provide its market-leading expertise in unmanned aircraft systems toward the development of a new category of this technology. AeroVironment will work as the prime contractor with DARPA on the Tactically Exploited Reconnaissance Node Program to develop a medium-altitude, long-endurance UAS designed to operate from…

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Spirit AeroSystems, Progresstech announce intent to sell joint venture

Posted  November 4, 2013

Spirit AeroSystems International Holdings, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Spirit AeroSystems, Inc., and the Progresstech Group of Companies of Moscow, Russian Federation, announced Oct. 31 that they intend to conclude their joint venture that began in 2007. Spirit intends to sell its 50 percent interest in Spirit-Progresstech, LLC to a member company of Progresstech. Spirit’s…

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