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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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STRATCOM strives to build coalitions for space operations

Posted  May 15, 2013

Recognizing the value of multinational coalitions for operations in the land, maritime and air domains, officials at U.S. Strategic Command here hope to forge a coalition that shares assets and capabilities in space. The U.S. and its allies are discussing details for the first agreement of its kind promoting combined space operations, Brig. Gen. David…

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Skeldar V-200 successfully completes flight test milestones

Posted  May 15, 2013

Defense and security company Saab has verified a number of key capabilities of its Skeldar V-200 vertical lift UAS through flight campaigns at different sites in the United States and Sweden demonstrating the system's performance for both land and sea based operations.

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News Briefs May 15, 2013

Posted  May 15, 2013

Turkey: contact lost with fighter jet Turkey’s military says it has lost contact with a fighter plane in southern Turkey. A military statement said May 13 it lost contact with the F-16 jet over a mountainous area in Osmaniye province, which is close to the border with Syria. The plane had taken off from a…

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Headlines May 15, 2013

Posted  May 15, 2013

Business Lockheed says furloughs could delay F-35 fighter, other programs The Pentagon’s plans to put most of its 800,000 civilian employees on unpaid leave for 11 days could lead to delays on Lockheed Martin’s F-35 Joint Strike Fighter and other weapons programs, a top company official said on May 14. EADS sees use for Euro…

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VA requiring employees to work overtime

Posted  May 17, 2013

More than 10,000 workers who handle disability claims at the Department of Veterans Affairs will be required to work at least 20 hours of overtime each month in an effort reduce a sizable backlog, the department announced May 15. The overtime requirement will last through September and comes as many federal workers face furloughs because…

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Aerojet Rocket Motors contribute to third Standard Missile-3 Block IB intercept

Posted  May 17, 2013

Aerojet, a GenCorp company, announced May 16 that its propulsion systems successfully contributed to the third consecutive intercept test of Raytheon’s Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block IB. The SM-3 Block IB missile is part of the Missile Defense Agency’s Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense system. During Flight Test Mission-19, the sea-based missile intercepted and destroyed a separating…

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NASA extends environmental testing, integration services contract at Goddard

Posted  May 17, 2013

NASA has extended a contract with Analex Corporation of Fairfax, Va., for Environmental Testing and Integration Services at the agency’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. This extension increases the maximum ordering value of the cost-plus award-fee indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract by $81.1 million to $328.1 million. The period of performance is from May 15…

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U.S. airmen train with Polish air force

Posted  May 17, 2013

Air Force photograph by TSgt. Kenya Shiloh Members of the 115th Fighter Wing, Wisconsin Air National Guard, arrive at Lask Air Base, Poland, for Aviation Detachment Rotation 13-2, May 9, 2013. More than 100 Airmen will be working with the Polish air force for the first F-16 fighter aircraft rotation and second overall this year….

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Fourth Boeing GPS IIF satellite joins constellation on orbit

Posted  May 17, 2013

With the May 125 launch of the fourth GPS IIF satellite, Boeing and the U.S. Air Force continue modernizing the Global Positioning System that millions of people worldwide rely on as a navigation and timing resource.

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Company with DC-10 tankers leaving California for Wyoming

Posted  May 17, 2013

A California company that operates two large, jet-powered air tankers for fighting wildfires is moving from California to Wyoming. Victorville, Calif.,-based 10 Tanker Air Carrier operates two Boeing DC-10 passenger planes it has modified to drop up to 11,600 gallons of fire-retardant slurry. That’s about four times the capacity of the next-biggest large air tankers…

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