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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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Boeing delivers Indian Air Force’s third C-17 Globemaster III

Posted  August 23, 2013

  LONG BEACH, Calif. – The third Boeing C-17 Globemaster III airlifter for the Indian Air Force departed for India Aug. 20 from the company’s Long Beach, Calif., facility. It joins the first and second India C-17 airlifters, which arrived in June and July, respectively. Boeing is on track to deliver two more C-17s to…

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NASA spacecraft reactivated to hunt for asteroids

Posted  August 23, 2013

A NASA spacecraft that discovered and characterized tens of thousands of asteroids throughout the solar system before being placed in hibernation will return to service for three more years starting in September, assisting the agency in its effort to identify the population of potentially hazardous near-Earth objects, as well as those suitable for asteroid exploration…

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Headlines August 21, 2013

Posted  August 21, 2013

News: F-35 support costs fall 22 percent, Pentagon manager estimates A fleet of Lockheed Martin’s F-35 fighters will cost $857 billion over 55 years to operate and support, 22 percent less than previously estimated, according to the head of the Pentagon office developing the plane.   Business: 10 U.S companies profiting most from U.S. military…

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News Briefs: August 21, 2013

Posted  August 21, 2013

U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan at 2,126 As of Aug. 20, at least 2,126 members of the U.S. military had died in Afghanistan as a result of the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, according to an Associated Press count. At least 1,763 military service members have died in Afghanistan as a result of…

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Little Rock AFB expands C-130J Super Hercules fleet

Posted  August 21, 2013

The first of five C-130J Super Hercules airlifters designated for delivery to Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark., in 2013 was ferried to the base Aug. 20 from the Lockheed Martin facility in Marietta, Ga. This aircraft is the first new C-130J for Little Rock AFB since 2009. Maj. Gen. Margaret Woodward, director of the…

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Navy sailors, divers find, salvage downed F-16C

Posted  August 21, 2013

Navy sailors and divers from Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit 2, embarked aboard the Navy's rescue and salvage ship USNS Grasp (T-ARS-51), found and salvaged a downed F-16 aircraft off the coast of Virginia, Aug. 6-20.

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Space, missile defense symposium promotes defensive future

Posted  August 21, 2013

Army photograph by Dottie White Lt. Gen. David L. Mann, commanding general, U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command, gives his opening remarks to kick off the 16th annual Space and Missile Defense Symposium at the Von Braun Center, Huntsville, Ala., Aug. 13, 2013. The symposium took place Aug. 12-15. The Rocket…

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F-15SE standing alone in South Korean contest

Posted  August 21, 2013

The Boeing F-15SE Silent Eagle now stands alone as the sole remaining candidate for South Korea’s $7.4 billion F-X Phase 3 fighter aircraft procurement. Forecast International has long viewed the F-15SE as a very strong contender for the F-X Phase 3 fighter procurement. South Korea’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration announced that one of the two…

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F-35B accomplishes first night vertical landing aboard USS Wasp

Posted  August 21, 2013

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=AW72dBp5DBM Aug. 14, U.S. Marine Corps test pilot Lt. Col. Russell Clift performed the first F-35B night-time vertical landing aboard the USS WASP. During the Ship Suitability Sea Trials, also known as Developmental Test Phase Two (DT-II), the F-35B short takeoff/vertical landing variant will demonstrate critical capabilities of the aircraft that will be employed by…

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NASA’s Fermi celebrates five years in space, enters extended mission

Posted  August 21, 2013

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F0ELBnoVCsM&feature=player_embedded During its five-year primary mission, NASA’s Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope has given astronomers an increasingly detailed portrait of the universe’s most extraordinary phenomena, from giant black holes in the hearts of distant galaxies to thunderstorms on Earth. But its job is not done yet. On Aug. 11, Fermi entered an extended phase of its…

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