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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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Xiamen Airlines finalizes order for Six 787 Dreamliners

Posted  August 26, 2013

Boeing and Xiamen Airlines have finalized an order for six 787-8s. Originally announced by Xiamen Airlines in May 2011, the order is valued at $1.3 billion at list prices. “Adding 787s to our all-Boeing fleet is a strategic decision to facilitate our international expansion plans,” said Che Shanglun, president and CEO of Xiamen Airlines. “The…

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Air Force releases nuclear enterpriseís future plan

Posted  August 26, 2013

The Air Force recently announced a long-term vision for the serviceís nuclear enterprise. The plan, signed by the chief of staff and secretary of the Air Force and approved by the 4-star-level Nuclear Oversight Board, provides a framework for advancing and monitoring the overall health of the Air Force nuclear enterprise, supporting infrastructure and processes….

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Bales sentenced to life in prison, no chance of parole

Posted  August 26, 2013

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. ñ A military jury Aug. 23 sentenced a U.S. soldier who massacred 16 Afghan civilians last year to life in prison without a chance of parole. The decision came in the case of SSgt. Robert Bales, 40, who pleaded guilty in June in a deal to avoid the death penalty. Bales…

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Boeing rolls out first 787-9 Dreamliner

Posted  August 26, 2013

The second member of the super-efficient 787 family rolled out of the Everett, Wash., factory Aug. 24 to the flight line.

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Astronaut Gregory H. Johnson leaves NASA

Posted  August 26, 2013

NASA astronaut Gregory H. Johnson has left the agency, after a 15-year career that included more than 31 days in space, for a position with the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space. A veteran of two space shuttle flights, Johnson served in 2008 as the pilot of STS-123, a mission vital to the…

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Lockheed Martin celebrates 10 years of mission success for Spitzer Space Telescope

Posted  August 26, 2013

Ten years ago, NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope ñ built, integrated and tested at Lockheed Martin Space Systems in Sunnyvale, Calif. ñ roared into space from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, carrying the observatory into an Earth-trailing orbit around the sun. The Spitzer Space Telescope is a space-borne, cryogenically-cooled infrared observatory that studies objects ranging…

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Headlines August 21, 2013

Posted  August 23, 2013

News Pentagon weights firing thousands under 2014 spending cuts The Defense Department may have to fire at least 6,272 civilian employees if automatic cuts known as sequestration slice $52 billion from its fiscal 2014 budget, according to a Pentagon planning document.   Business Lockheed eyes 40 percent savings on next F-35 logistics contract Lockheed Martin…

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News Briefs: August 23, 2013

Posted  August 23, 2013

South Dakota flights resuming three days after B-1B crash Flights were resuming out of Ellsworth Air Force Base in South Dakota Aug. 22, three days after a B-1B bomber crashed in a remote area of southeastern Montana, an Air Force official said. Two pilots and two weapons system officers safely ejected Monday morning before the…

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NASA releases new imagery of asteroid mission

Posted  August 23, 2013

NASA released Thursday new photos and video animations depicting the agency's planned mission to find, capture, redirect and study a near-Earth asteroid.

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Lockheed Martin’s latest Aegis Combat System evolution demonstrates extended line of sight capability in latest test

Posted  August 23, 2013

The Lockheed Martin and U.S. Navy team’s Aegis Combat System successfully completed the first live firing test that proves the system can defend beyond its line of sight by integrating data from a remote sensor to intercept a target. The latest Naval Integrated Fire Control-Counter Air test marks the first test at sea, and the…

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