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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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Lockheed Martin announces new system available for underwater inspection

Posted  May 8, 2013

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=068iIGi6dx0&feature=player_embedded Lockheed Martin photograph Lockheed Martin is leveraging its proven capabilities and technology with autonomous underwater vehicles toward the application of the Marlin class of AUVs for use in offshore oil and gas, science and oceanography, and other applications. Lockheed Martin is leveraging its proven capabilities and technology with autonomous underwater vehicles to enable the…

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Team works to improve precision of high altitude airdrops

Posted  May 8, 2013

Air Force photograph by SSgt. Richard P. Ebsenberger Maj. Daniel Hilferty (left) and Capt. Joshua Linden (right) review the Joint Precision Airdrop System, or JPADS, data prior to an airdrop during a training mission Aug. 14, 2012, at Fort Hood, Texas. JPADS is a cargo parachute system that incorporates an onboard global positioning system able…

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NASA announces winners of student ‘REEL Science Communications’ video contest

Posted  May 8, 2013

NASA has selected the winners of NASA’s educational “REEL Science Communications” video contest. The three winning videos were created by students in New Jersey, North Carolina and California. There were also six videos chosen as runners-up. The three winning videos were “All About Ozone,” produced by Michelle Goffreda and Ananya Joshi of Lincroft, N.J.; “Hurricanes,”…

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Afghan air university takes dynamic formal stride

Posted  May 8, 2013

Taking one more step to becoming Ministry of Defense accredited, Afghan air force leaders at Pohantoon-e-Hawayee “Air University” signed six newly developed training decrees May 4 at Kabul International Airport here. The implementation of these decrees marks the first time†the†school had†standard operating procedures for the teaching of the students. “I have been waiting for this…

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DOD cooperates with Congress on Benghazi probes

Posted  May 8, 2013

The Defense Department has cooperated fully with Congress and the State Department on the investigation into the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, that led to the death of four U.S. citizens, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said May 8. A number of panels on Capitol Hill are examining the incident, which occurred…

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Northrop Grumman completes lunar lander study for Golden Spike Company

Posted  May 8, 2013

Northrop Grumman has completed a feasibility study for a new commercial lunar lander for the Golden Spike Company.

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NASA to mark 40th anniversary of Skylab, life 0ff Earth

Posted  May 8, 2013

NASA will commemorate the 40th anniversary of America’s first space station Monday, May 13, with a televised roundtable discussion featuring Skylab astronauts, a current astronaut and agency managers planning future space missions. The discussion, open to NASA employees and the public, will begin at 2:30 p.m. EDT in the James Webb Auditorium of NASA Headquarters…

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NAWCAD scientists forge new path for underwater optics

Posted  May 8, 2013

Navy photograph Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division engineer Dr. Linda Mullen demonstrates a laser used in underwater optics at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md., March 6. Mullen patented a new encoding method for laser imaging, which offers possibilities for both fleet and commercial use. Scientists from the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division)…

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NASA extends electrical systems engineering services contract

Posted  May 8, 2013

NASA has extended its interim contract with MEI Technologies Inc. of Houston for electrical systems engineering services. The ordering period has been extended for five months from May 9 to Oct. 8. The maximum ordering value of this indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract has been increased by about $50 million to a total of about $287 million….

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DOD report on China details military modernization

Posted  May 8, 2013

A Defense Department report released today describes China’s military modernization and the Chinese army’s interaction with other forces, including those of the United States, a senior Pentagon official said May 6. The annual report – titled “2013 Military and Security Developments Involving the People’s Republic of China” – went to Congress today and covers China’s…

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