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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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Skymark Airlines intends to select the 737 MAX for fleet renewal program

Posted  June 17, 2013

Boeing and Tokyo-based Skymark Airlines announced June 17 the airline’s intent to select the Boeing 737 MAX as its next generation single aisle aircraft of choice, making it Japan’s first airline to do so. The announcement came on the first day of the 2013 Paris Air Show. Boeing will work closely with Skymark to finalize…

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GenCorp completes acquisition of Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne from United Technologies Corporation

Posted  June 17, 2013

GenCorp Inc. announced June 14 that it has completed the acquisition of substantially all operations of the Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne business from United Technologies Corporation. GenCorp will combine Rocketdyne with Aerojet-General Corporation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of GenCorp, and the combined businesses will operate as Aerojet Rocketdyne, Inc., headquartered in Sacramento, Calif. As part of…

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GA-ASI successfully demonstrates enhanced sensor dissemination capability in U.S. Navy exercise

Posted  June 17, 2013

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc., a leading manufacturer of Remotely Piloted Aircraft, tactical reconnaissance radars, and electro-optic surveillance systems, today announced its successful participation in the recent U.S. Navy Trident Spectre experiment conducted at the Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story, Va. During its May 8-18 participation, GA-ASI operated a PredatorÆ B surrogate (King Air…

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Sikorsky Aerospace Services announces early September launch for full tervice flight training academy in Oklahoma

Posted  June 17, 2013

Sikorsky Aerospace Services announced June 17 that the Sikorsky Training Academy ñ located in Altus, Okla. ñ will open Sept. 6, 2013. The academy will provide advanced flight and maintenance training† and will initially focus on the needs of international military Black Hawk helicopter operators. SAS, the worldwide aftermarket business of Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., implements…

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Raytheon, U.S. Navy deliver 5,000th AIM-9X Sidewinder missile

Posted  June 17, 2013

Raytheon’s AIM-9X ® Sidewinder air-to-air missile program has marked a milestone of delivering 5,000 missiles to the U.S. government and nine international partners. “The 400 Raytheon employees and the hundreds of employees who work for our suppliers around the world helped achieve this significant milestone,” said Harry Schulte, vice president of Raytheon Missile Systems’ Air…

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News Briefs June 17, 2013

Posted  June 17, 2013

U.S. Marines land Osprey aircraft on Japanese ship A U.S. Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey aircraft has made an unprecedented landing on a Japanese naval vessel off the California coast. The aircraft flew from San Diego to the Japanese ship Hyuga June 14 as part of an 18-day drill aimed at improving Japan’s amphibious capabilities. The…

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Headlines June 14, 2013

Posted  June 17, 2013

News Airbus off to a flyer in air show dog-fight with Boeing Airbus has landed $23.5 billionof potential orders, at list prices, in the opening skirmishes at the Paris Air Show, giving the European plane maker an early lead in its annual dogfight with U.S. rival Boeing. Pratt & Whitney says it will pay for…

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Boeing, Korean Air announce commitment to buy 11 twin-aisle airplanes

Posted  June 19, 2013

Boeing and Korean Air announced June 18 that the airline has agreed to purchase five 747-8 Intercontinental airplanes and six 777-300ER (Extended Range) jetliners, valued at approximately $3.6 billion at current list prices. Boeing will work with Korean Air to finalize the order, at which time the order will be posted to Boeing’s Orders &…

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AAR explore establishment of supply chain, MRO 0perations in Russia

Posted  June 19, 2013

AAR CORP. announced June 18 that it has signed a letter of intent outlining a tentative two-phase project to establish a technical maintenance center for commercial aircraft in Ulyanovsk, Russia. The project, as initially defined, includes an aircraft parts distribution and logistics center, scheduled to open in mid-2014, followed by a commercial aircraft maintenance facility,…

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Veterans

Reunions

Posted  June 19, 2013

July 2013 Veterans & Friends of Spain Sevilla, Spain July 1-7 For more information, call Eddie Macklin at (917) 963-2136 or email emacklin@comcast.net. Army Sec Agency (ASA) Korea 351st Comm Recon Co (1952-1953) Great Barrington, Mass. July 15-18 For more information, call George Fleck at (413) 528-9233 or email pennies11@verizon.net. 96th Inf OCS Co Class…

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