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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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Orbital’s Cygnus cargo logistics spacecraft successfully mated with Antares rocket

Posted  September 9, 2013

  Orbital Sciences Corporation, one of the world’s leading space technology companies, successfully mated its Cygnus™ cargo logistics spacecraft to its Antares™ rocket Sept. 6 in preparation for its Sept. 17 launch from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport, located at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in eastern Virginia. This upcoming demonstration flight is the final milestone in…

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Headlines September 6, 2013

Posted  September 6, 2013

News: U.S. has bombs designed to ‘vaporize’ chemical, biological weapons –  If the United States takes part in a military strike on Syria, the Air Force will likely be using bombs designed specifically for the destruction of chemical and biological weapons. If successful, these weapons would “vaporize” stockpiles of deadly agents and stop any particles from…

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News Briefs September 6, 2013

Posted  September 6, 2013

Vermont F-35 opponents ask city to block planes Opponents of a proposal that could base F-35 fighter planes at Vermont’s Burlington International Airport want city officials to refuse to allow the plane to be based there. The airport is located in South Burlington, but it is owned by Burlington. Opponents say the Burlington City Council…

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Pratt & Whitney signs exclusive maintenance agreement with Transaero Airlines

Posted  September 6, 2013

Pratt & Whitney, a United Technologies Corp. company, has signed an exclusive eight-year maintenance services agreement with Transaero Airlines to provide engine overhaul services on the airline’s fleet of PW4000-112″ engines. The agreement is expected to be worth approximately $55 million over its life. Under the terms of the agreement, Pratt & Whitney will provide…

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CNO details Navy’s fiscal 2014 budget realities

Posted  September 6, 2013

Even without the uncertainty caused by budget negotiations, it will take years for the Navy to recover from the effects of sequestration, the chief of naval operations told an audience at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington Sept 5.

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Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey deploys refueling equipment in flight test

Posted  September 6, 2013

The Bell Boeing V-22 Program, a strategic alliance between Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. and Boeing, has successfully completed an initial test of the V-22 Osprey performing as an aerial refueling tanker.

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Official predicts bleak budget picture for fiscal 2014

Posted  September 6, 2013

Budget pressures mean defense acquisition workers’ lives “are going to stay difficult for a while,” their chief told the workforce at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md., this week, but he reminded them that they have a critical mission for the country. Frank Kendall, undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, visited here Sept….

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NASA selects top 96 asteroid initiative ideas

Posted  September 6, 2013

NASA has chosen 96 ideas it regards as most promising from more than 400 submitted in response to its June request for information about protecting Earth from asteroids and finding an asteroid humans can explore. The ideas provide the agency with fresh insight into how best to identify, capture and relocate a near-Earth asteroid for…

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Raytheon’s SeaVue XMC showcases innovative maritime radar solutions

Posted  September 6, 2013

Raytheon has completed successful test and demonstration flights of the SeaVue XMC (eXpanded Mission Capability) maritime surveillance radar in Australia. The flights have been conducted during the last year in coordination with the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service. As part of the Australian Border Protection program’s technology refresh initiative, an Australian Customs Dash 8…

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JLTV testing begins, program on schedule, budget

Posted  September 6, 2013

Full-pace, full-scope testing of the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle prototypes began Sept. 3 and will last for 14 months.

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