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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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VA grants up to one year of retroactive veterans benefits

Posted  August 2, 2013

The Department of Veterans Affairs announced Aug. 1 that veterans filing an original fully developed claim for service-connected disability compensation may be entitled to up to one-year of retroactive disability benefits. The retroactive benefits, which are in effect Aug. 6, 2013, through Aug. 5, 2015, are a result of a comprehensive legislative package passed by…

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NASA awards contract for gaseous nitrogen supply

Posted  August 2, 2013

NASA has awarded a contract to Air Liquide Large Industries U.S. LP of Houston to supply gaseous nitrogen to Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. This will include the continued operations and maintenance of the Kennedy pipeline system. The firm fixed-price contract includes an economic price adjustment clause. The total…

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Headlines July 31, 2013

Posted  July 31, 2013

News European aerospace group to adopt ‘Airbus’ name as civil aircraft demand soars The parent company of European jet maker Airbus says its profit soared in the first half and it has announced a corporate shakeup to give new prominence to its civil aviation division.   Business Boeing pressed to refund $13 million in parts…

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News Briefs: July 31, 2013

Posted  July 31, 2013

U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan at 2,119 As July 30, 2013, at least 2,119 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 1,757 military service members have died in Afghanistan as a result of…

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Boeing expands 787 flight training support in Europe

Posted  July 31, 2013

Boeing announced July 31 it is enhancing its flight training support for customers of the 787 Dreamliner with an additional 787 full-flight simulator at the Boeing Flight Services campus in London. The new device will be ready for training in the first quarter of 2014 and will join two other 787 flight simulators currently used…

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Business

Curtiss-Wright awarded contract from Irkut Corporation

Posted  July 31, 2013

Curtiss-Wright Corporation announced July 31 the receipt of a contract from Irkut Corporation to supply the flight data recording system for use on the MC-21 aircraft program. The initial contract is valued at approximately $21 million, with an estimated future value over the life of the program in excess of $50 million. Shipment of the…

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NASA completes first internal review of concepts for asteroid redirect mission

Posted  July 31, 2013

NASA has completed the first step toward a mission to find and capture a near-Earth asteroid, redirect it to a stable lunar orbit and send humans to study it. In preparation for fiscal year 2014, a mission formulation review on Tuesday brought together NASA leaders from across the country to examine internal studies proposing multiple…

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Business

Boeing Defence Australia takes on prime role for Wedgetail sustainment

Posted  July 31, 2013

Boeing Defence Australia, a local subsidiary of The Boeing Company, has taken over prime responsibility for supporting the Royal Australian Air Force E-7A Wedgetail Airborne Early Warning & Control fleet from Boeing in the United States. The move ensures a continued high level of readiness for the nation’s command and control aircraft fleet. Through a…

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Business

General Dynamics awarded SSC Atlantic contract for enterprise full systelLifecycle Support

Posted  July 31, 2013

General Dynamics has been awarded one of fifteen prime contracts for the Business and Force Support Multiple Award Pillar contract by the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Atlantic to provide services including worldwide command, control, communications, computers, combat systems, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance support to various locations. The multiple-award, indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract…

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Principle agreement reached on two lower cost F-35 contracts

Posted  July 31, 2013

The U.S. Department of Defense and Lockheed Martin reached an agreement in principle for the next two F-35 Lightning II aircraft production contracts (Low-Rate Initial Production lots 6 and 7), which is expected to include 71 stealth fighter aircraft and continue a reduction in F-35 aircraft pricing. The contracting effort spanned six months from proposal…

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