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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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Air Force nuclear unit fails key security test

Posted  August 14, 2013

An Air Force unit that operates one-third of the nation’s land-based nuclear missiles has failed a safety and security inspection, marking the second major setback this year for a force charged with the military’s most sensitive mission, the general in charge of the nuclear air force told The Associated Press Aug. 13. Lt. Gen. James…

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SOFIA Observatory returns from New Zealand deployment

Posted  August 14, 2013

NASA’s SOFIA flying observatory flares for landing at Air Force Plant 42 in Palmdale, Calif., upon its return from its inaugural three-week southern hemisphere deployment to New Zealand Aug. 2.   NASA’s Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy has returned to its base at the Dryden Aircraft Operations Facility in Palmdale, Calif., following its inaugural three-week…

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Unique testing helps war fighter, saves lives

Posted  August 14, 2013

When large transport or rotary-wing aircraft support a mission in a deployed location, there’s always the threat of those wanting to harm to the lives and assets onboard. That includes risks from a range of shoulder-fired, vehicle-mounted and other infrared-guided missiles capable of following the path of an Air Force C-17 Globemaster III or C-130…

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Lockheed Martin delivers 22 JLTV development vehicles to U.S. Army, Marines

Posted  August 14, 2013

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=QzdHCp7z6F4 Lockheed Martin celebrated the delivery of 22 Joint Light Tactical Vehicles to the U.S. Army and Marine Corps Aug. 14 under the JLTV programís Engineering and Manufacturing Development contract. JLTV team members marked the milestone during a ceremony at the Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control facility in Dallas. The vehicles will be transferred…

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Headlines August 12, 2013

Posted  August 12, 2013

News Air Force identifies airman killed in helicopter crash The Air Force has identified an airman killed in a helicopter crash last week as TSgt. Mark A Smith. Smith, of the 33rd Rescue Squadron, was killed when his HH-60G Pave Hawk crashed Aug. 5 in Okinawa, according to a news release from the 18th Wing….

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News Briefs August 12, 2013

Posted  August 12, 2013

Air Force: Electrical wire caused F-22 crash The U.S. Air Force said Aug. 9 that a chafed electrical wire caused an F-22 Raptor fighter jet to crash near Tyndall Air Force Base in November. The Air Command Accident Investigation Board, based in Langley, Va., determined that the chafed wire let to an internal fire in…

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Northrop Grumman awarded $617 million for full-rate production E-2D Advanced Hawkeyes

Posted  August 12, 2013

Northrop Grumman photograph Since the first E-2D Advanced Hawkeye took to the skies over St. Augustine, Fla., for the first time in August 2007, Northrop Grumman has delivered 10 new production E-2Ds to the U.S. Navy, on cost and on schedule. An additional 10 aircraft are in various stages of manufacturing and predelivery flight testing…

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T-20 UAV reaches high altitude mark

Posted  August 12, 2013

CHEYENNE, Wyo., Aug. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — The Arcturus T-20 Unmanned Aerial Vehicle flew to an altitude of 23,500 feet MSL during a training flight at Camp Guernsey Joint Training Center, Wyo. The previous altitude record for the T-20 was 15,000 MSL set at Edwards AFB, Calif. No special modifications to the aircraft were needed. The…

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Raytheon awarded contract for third Visible Infrared Imager Radiometer Suite

Posted  August 12, 2013

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – Raytheon has received a contract from NASA to develop a Visible Infrared Imager Radiometer Suite for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Joint Polar Satellite System-2 spacecraft. This is the third VIIRS unit Raytheon has been contracted to build. JPSS is a joint program of NOAA and NASA that provides critical observations…

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XM25 Counter Defilade Target Engagement system may lose ‘X’ by next August

Posted  August 12, 2013

The XM25 Counter Defilade Target Engagement weapon system is now in development. But by this time next year, the system may have moved into low-rate initial production and if so, will lose the experimental “X” prefix. Lt. Col. Shawn Lucas, the PEO Soldier program manager for individual weapons at Picatinny Arsenal, N.J., said the XM25…

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