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F-35 Rollout Marks U.S.-Australia Partnership Milestone

Lockheed Martin photograph by Beth Groom Royal Australian Air Force Air Marshal Geoff Brown delivers his remarks at the roll out ceremony for Australia’s first F-35. The official rollout of the first two F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter aircraft for the Royal Australian Air Force is a milestone in the U.S.-Australia partnership, the undersecretary…

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NASA’s Mars spacecraft maneuvers to prepare for close comet flyby

NASA is taking steps to protect its Mars orbiters, while preserving opportunities to gather valuable scientific data, as Comet C/2013 A1 Siding Spring heads toward a close flyby of Mars Oct. 19.

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U.S. Forces display military might at Farnborough

Air Force photograph by A1C Erin O’Shea Capt. Tom Meyers discusses the F-15E Strike Eagle’s capabilities with spectators July 17, 2014, at the Farnborough International Airshow in England. Public access was granted for spectators to ask questions and observe the aircraft up-close with pilots and aircrew members. Meyers is a 494th Fighter Squadron F-15E instructor…

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Lockheed Martin’s unmanned cargo helicopter team returns from deployment

After lifting more than 4.5 million pounds of cargo and conducting thousands of delivery missions for the U.S. Marine Corps, the Lockheed Martin and Kaman Aerospace Corporation K-MAX cargo unmanned aircraft system has returned to the United States following a nearly three-year deployment in Afghanistan. In 2011, K-MAX became the first unmanned helicopter to deliver…

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Sun sets on Red Flag 14-3

Air Force photograph by A1C Thomas Spangler The sun sets behind a row of F-16 Fighting Falcons during Red Flag 14-3, July 16, 2014, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. Red Flag provides a series of intense air-to-air combat scenarios for aircrew and ground personnel, which will in turn increase their combat readiness and effectiveness…


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Panetta signs order to deploy 400 U.S. personnel to Turkey

Posted  December 14, 2012

Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta has signed an order that will deploy 400 U.S. personnel to Turkey to support the deployment that NATO agreed to recently of Patriot missile capability there, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said today. Panetta signed the agreement en route to Turkey as he wrapped up a trip this week that…

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Thunderbirds release 2013 show schedule, prepare for 60th anniversary

Posted  December 14, 2012

The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds announced their 2013 show schedule Dec. 11. In its 60th season, the team is slated to perform more than 60 demonstrations in 38 locations, including a six-week tour through the Pacific. The flying unit, officially known as the U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, will again kick off its season…

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Leaders meet at Fort Sill to discuss unmanned aerial system threats

Posted  December 14, 2012

U.S. ground forces detect an enemy unmanned aircraft performing reconnaissance over their forward operating base. Now the soldiers must determine how to neutralize the Unmanned Aerial System threat: whether to jam the electronic signal from its ground controller, kill the ground controller or shoot down the Unmanned Aerial System, or UAS. This is a possible…

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Beating heart of J-2X engine finishes year of successful NASA tests

Posted  December 14, 2012

J-2X Powerpack Completes Testing NASA Dec. 13 took another step toward human exploration of new destinations in the solar system. At the agency’s Stennis Space Center in Mississippi, engineers conducted the final test-firing of the J-2X powerpack assembly, an important component of America’s next heavy-lift rocket. The J-2X engine is the first human-rated liquid oxygen…

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Canada to consider other planes besides F-35

Posted  December 14, 2012

Canada is considering buying fighter jets other than U.S.-made F-35′s because of escalating costs associated with Lockheed Martin’s troubled Joint Strike Fighter program, the country’s defense minister said Wednesday. Defense Minister Peter MacKay said the government needs to ensure a balance between military and taxpayer interests. MacKay said Canada needs to have all viable options…

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Lajes Field drawdown as part of force structuring announced

Posted  December 14, 2012

Department of Defense officials announced Dec. 13 that Lajes Field will transition from an air base wing to an air base group with a reduction of more than 400 military personnel and 500 family members by the end of fiscal year 2014. “The drawdown of the 65th Air Base Wing is part of a larger…

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Boeing appoints Pratyush Kumar to lead Boeing business in India

Posted  December 14, 2012

Boeing Dec. 13 named Pratyush “Prat” Kumar as president of Boeing India, effective Dec. 14. He joins Boeing with significant business leadership experience and insight into the Indian market, having served in senior executive positions at GE Transportation since 2003. Kumar succeeds Dinesh Keskar, who earlier this year returned to Boeing Commercial Airplanes in a…

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Boeing demonstrates unmanned Little Bird for Republic of Korea Army

Posted  December 14, 2012

Boeing demonstrated affordable unmanned aircraft technology Dec. 13 that could be integrated onto Republic of Korea Army MD 500 helicopters to expand the fleet’s mission capabilities. A Boeing Unmanned Little Bird demonstrator aircraft, a variant of the highly successful MD 500 helicopter, autonomously flew for approximately 25 minutes at the ROKA Aviation School in Nonsan….

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NASA hosts social media event at TDRS-K launch in Florida

Posted  December 14, 2012

NASA will give 70 of its social media followers an insider’s look at America’s space program and the opportunity to see a launch in-person. The NASA Social, scheduled for Jan. 28-29 to coincide with the launch of NASA’s Tracking and Data Relay Satellite-K (TDRS-K), will be held at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida….

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Posted  December 12, 2012

Lawmakers question gift of 20 F-16s to Morsi’s Egypt; Greece says Qatar eyeing investment in defense sector; Britain’s controversial unmanned drones are being flown by ‘poorly trained pilots who have just 25 hours training’; Robotic surgery gives soldier a new spring in his step; Rolls-Royce in bribery talks with Serious Fraud Office; Concorde 216: BAE…

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