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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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First Boeing-built Inmarsat-5 satellite on track for 2013 launch

Posted  September 18, 2013

The first of three Inmarsat-5 Global Xpress satellites being built by Boeing has successfully completed a key system life test, paving the way for it to launch later this year.

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KC-46 progress hinges on requirements, funding stability

Posted  September 18, 2013

An Air Force official Sept. 17 announced production and high-priority upgrade plans to refresh its fleet of KC-135 Stratotankers. In a presentation at the at the Air Force Associations 2013 Air & Space Conference & Technology Exposition, Maj. Gen. John Thompson, the Air Force program executive officer for tankers, outlined continued progress in the cargo…

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Experimental space plane shooting for ‘aircraft-like’ operations in orbit

Posted  September 18, 2013

Commercial, civilian and military satellites provide crucial real-time information essential to providing strategic national security advantages to the United States.

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Headlines September 16, 2013

Posted  September 16, 2013

News: Multiple deaths in Navy Yard shooting rampage – Multiple people were killed Sept. 16 after a shooter opened fire in a rampage at a Navy yard in the nation’s capital, putting government buildings on lockdown and sending police SWAT teams rushing to the scene. One suspect is dead, but two others may be on the…

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News Briefs September 16, 2013

Posted  September 16, 2013

Study recommends $453 million Los Angeles River restoration A federal study recommends spending $453 million to restore part of the concrete-line Los Angeles River to nature – but critics say it doesn’t go far enough. The Army Corps of Engineers on Friday unveiled four options for restoring an 11-mile stretch of the river, a flood…

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Journey home: Final C-17 leaves Boeing for Charleston

Posted  September 16, 2013

Air Force photograph by SrA. Dennis Sloan The sun rises above the final U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III, P-223, as crew members arrive at the Boeing plant Sept. 12, 2013, in Long Beach, Calif. The C-17 was flown from California to Joint Base Charleston, S.C. As the sun rose above Long Beach, Calif., the…

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In U.S. arsenal, lessons for Syria chemical weapons

Posted  September 16, 2013

Three decades after the United States started destroying its own chemical weapons, the nation’s stockpile stands at more than 3,000 tons – about three times what the U.S. now says Syrian President Bashar Assad controls. Taken together, the remaining U.S. arsenal weighs about as much as three dozen Boeing 737s loaded for takeoff. And while…

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Guardsmen mobilize to assist in Colorado flooding

Posted  September 16, 2013

Army National Guard photograph by Sgt. Joseph K. VonNida Colorado National Guardsmen respond to floods in Boulder County, Colo., Sept.12, 2013. The guardsmen are working with local agencies to help citizens in the area affected by the flooding by evacuating people using high-clearance vehicles.   Nearly 100 Colorado National Guard soldiers and airmen, along with…

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Northrop Grumman unveils new B-2 book at AFA conference

Posted  September 16, 2013

Northrop Grumman has released a new book about the people and innovation that helped create the U.S. Air Force’s B-2 stealth bomber, one of most powerful and survivable aircraft ever produced. Entitled “B-2: The Spirit of Innovation,” the book was written by political analyst Rebecca Grant, president of IRIS Independent Research, and the author of…

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AFA Air & Space Conference comes to AF.mil

Posted  September 16, 2013

A new iteration of the Air Force Association’s annual Air & Space Conference and Technology Exposition is set to take place Sept. 16-18 at National Harbor, Md.

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