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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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Eglin AFB F-35 fleet exceeds 2K sorties, training presses on

Posted  August 16, 2013

Airmen and Marines assigned to the F-35 Integrated Training Center at the 33rd Fighter Wing, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., have consistently flown successful training sorties

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Moody AFB receives second HC-130J

Posted  August 16, 2013

Lockheed Martin photograph by Andrew McMurtrie The second†Lockheed Martin HC-130J Combat King II to be assigned to Air Combat Commandís 347th Rescue Group at Moody Air Force Base, Ga., was ferried by a Moody AFB crew from the companyís Aeronautics facility in Marietta, Ga., Aug. 14. The Lockheed Martin HC-130J Combat King II is the…

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Navy awards preliminary design review contracts for Unmanned Carrier-Based System

Posted  August 16, 2013

The Navy announced Aug. 14 that four Preliminary Design Review contracts were awarded for the Unmanned Carrier Launched Airborne Surveillance and Strike air vehicle segment. The four $15 million firm-fixed price contracts were awarded to Boeing, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc., Lockheed Martin Corp. and Northrop Grumman Systems Corp. The period of performance for the…

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NASA ends attempts to fully recover Kepler spacecraft, potential new missions considered

Posted  August 16, 2013

Following months of analysis and testing, the Kepler Space Telescope team is ending its attempts to restore the spacecraft to full working order, and now is considering what new science research it can carry out in its current condition. Two of Kepler’s four gyroscope-like reaction wheels, which are used to precisely point the spacecraft, have…

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Renovated lab earns top certification for energy, environmental design

Posted  August 16, 2013

Air Force photograph by Al Bright In the new Advanced Power and Thermal Research Laboratory inside Bldg. 23, Benjamin Pierce, a research scientist in the Superconductor Pulsed Laser Deposition Lab, conducts basic material research on thin, superconductive films, which carry currents for thermo-electric effect. The Advanced Power and Thermal Research Laboratory, part of the Air…

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Lockheed Martin first flight for first ROKAF C-130J

Posted  August 16, 2013

  The Republic of Korea Air Force’s first C-130J Super Hercules took to the skies Aug. 14 for its first flight at the Lockheed Martin production facility in Marietta, Ga. This C-130J (Lockheed Martin aircraft number 5730) is scheduled for a 2014 delivery to the ROKAF, a legacy C-130 operator.  

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National plan supports veterans mental health, brain injury care

Posted  August 16, 2013

Experts from the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs gathered in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Aug. 14 to discuss the future of veteransí mental health and traumatic brain injury research efforts at the Military Health System Research Symposium. Discussion leaders included Health Affairs Director of Medical Research Dr. Terry Rauch, Acting Chief Officer…

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Headlines August 14, 2013

Posted  August 14, 2013

Business Textron Systems eyes rising foreign demand for drones, weapons Textron Systems, a unit of Textron Inc , says strong demand from the Middle East and Asia for unmanned systems, ground vehicles and smart weapons will help expand foreign sales to about half of the division’s total revenues in coming years. Israeli drones over Brazil’s…

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Strike Fighter Squadron 101 granted “interim safe for flight”

Posted  August 14, 2013

Lockheed Martin photograph by Liz Kaszynski An F-35C Lightning II aircraft piloted by Lt. Cmdr. Chris Tabert, assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 101, flies the squadron’s first local sortie. The F-35C is the carrier variant of the Joint Strike Fighter. VFA 101, based at Eglin Air Force Base, serves as the F-35C Fleet Replacement…

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Training pods produce knowledge, keeps war fighters sharp

Posted  August 14, 2013

Keeping track of 60 aircraft from U.S. and allied partners during a two-week exercise could seem to be an impossible task especially in a training space the size of Florida.

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