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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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News Briefs May 8, 2013

Posted  May 8, 2013

Air Force says spending cuts hit combat aircraft Air Force officials say the across-the-board spending cuts have led the service to cease operations for one third of the bomber and jet fighter force. Air Force Secretary Michael Donley and Chief of Staff Mark Welsh told a Senate committee that nine fighter units and three bomber…

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Headlines May 8, 2013

Posted  May 8, 2013

News Air Force sidelines 17 nuclear missile officers; commander cites ‘rot’ in system The Air Force stripped an unprecedented 17 officers of their authority to control — and, if necessary, launch — nuclear missiles after a string of unpublicized failings, including a remarkably dim review of their unit’s launch skills. The group’s deputy commander said…

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Boeing rolls out 787 Dreamliner at increased production rate

Posted  May 10, 2013

Boeing has rolled out of the factory the first 787 Dreamliner to be built at the increased production rate of seven airplanes per month. The airplane, which rolled out earlier this week, is the 114th 787 to be built overall and the 100th 787 to be built at the Everett, Wash., factory.   Boeing’s 787…

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Officials call for continued ballistic missile defense modernization

Posted  May 10, 2013

Senior defense officials underscored the importance of ballistic missile defense modernization efforts requested in the fiscal 2014 budget proposal during testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee May 9. The budget requests $9.2 billion in fiscal 2014 and $45.7 billion over future years to develop and deploy missile defense capabilities. Madelyn Creedon, assistant secretary of…

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Mississippi submits proposal for drone test site

Posted  May 10, 2013

Mississippi is bidding for one of six sites nationwide to test unmanned aerial vehicles, also known as drones. The state submitted its proposal to the Federal Aviation Administration May 6, according to a Mississippi Development Authority. State officials say the FAA should choose Mississippi because it has three manufacturers of unmanned aerial vehicles, as well…

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Former trustee Don Ross dies

Posted  May 10, 2013

Author, engineer, veteran and former Antelope Valley College trustee Donald M. Ross died May 3 in Lancaster, Calif., according to his son, Gary Ross. A memorial service is planned for 1 p.m. Friday, May 31 – which would have been his birthday – at Lancaster United Methodist Church, 918 W. Ave. J, where he was…

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AFOSR-funded research key to revolutionary ‘green’ spacecraft propellant

Posted  May 10, 2013

In 2015, NASA, for the first time, will fly a space mission utilizing a radically different propellant – one which has reduced toxicity and is environmentally benign. In 2015, NASA, for the first time, will fly a space mission utilizing a radically different propellant -one which has reduced toxicity and is environmentally benign. This energetic…

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Raytheon, U.S. Army complete AI3 control vehicle tests

Posted  May 10, 2013

Raytheon has successfully completed its control test vehicle flights for the Accelerated Improved Intercept Initiative program. The two CTV flights are part of a company-led effort to demonstrate the effectiveness of the system elements. Once fielded, AI3 is designed to enhance warfighter protection by destroying a wider array of incoming rockets, artillery and mortars than…

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F-35 fighter takes another step forward

Posted  May 10, 2013

The Air Force took another step forward with its newest fighter jet when an advanced F-35 Lightning II landed at the service's lead training base, home to the largest fleet of F-35s worldwide.

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Synonyms: Superman and Doolittle Raider

Posted  May 10, 2013

Air Force photograph by SrA. Carlin Leslie From right, retired Lt. Col. Dick Cole, retired Lt. Col. Ed Saylor and retired Staff Sgt. David Thatcher salute their fallen brother, retired Master Sgt. Edwin Horton, April 18, 2013 in Fort Walton Beach, Fla. The men were all part of the Doolittle Raiders, who bombed Tokyo 71…

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