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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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Navy moves forward with full-rate production award

Posted  August 9, 2013

The E-2/C-2 Airborne Tactical Data System Program Office awarded a $775 million contract to Northrop Grumman) for the full-rate production, Lot 1, of five E-2D Advanced Hawkeye aircraft in July.

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Patent-pending power at the speed of light

Posted  August 9, 2013

The Navy's submarine force has a new, patent-pending tool allowing it to maintain its fiber optic systems like never before - a new capability powered by an invention from the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Corona Division, its top officer announced Aug. 8.

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X-47B returns to Pax River concluding historic carrier demonstration phase

Posted  August 9, 2013

The Navy’s X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System demonstrator safely returned to Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md., Aug. 8 from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia after recently completing a number of historic firsts for carrier-based unmanned aviation.

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Navy celebrates 100th AARGM delivery

Posted  August 9, 2013

  Rear Adm. Mat Winter speaks at the 100th Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile delivery event Aug. 5 at the Naval Air Weapons Station in China Lake, Calif. Less than a year ago, the Navy awarded a Full Rate Production contract to ATK for the production of the missiles for the U.S. Navy and Italian Air…

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News Briefs August 9, 2013

Posted  August 9, 2013

Suspected U.S. drone kills three militants in Yemen A military official says a suspected U.S. drone strike has killed three alleged al Qaeda militants in a southern Yemeni province, the second strike in a day. The official says the Aug. 8 attack in the al-Ayoon area of Hadramawt province targeted a car carrying the suspected…

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Headlines August 9, 2013

Posted  August 9, 2013

Business Budget cuts hurt Rheinmetall to Cobham as U.S. protects programs European defense companies from Rheinmetall AG to Cobham Plc are bearing the brunt of government budget cuts, contrasting with a more upbeat outlook in the United States, where companies are still showing resilience to reductions. Raytheon’s sole role on $7 billion jammer questioned A…

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Firms compete to expand Air Force museum in Ohio

Posted  August 12, 2013

A new $46 million aircraft and space gallery at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force is now scheduled to open in late 2015, with five companies competing to build it. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will select the winning bid for construction of the 224,000-square-foot building for the museum at Wright-Patterson Air…

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Obama: Veterans programs making progress

Posted  August 12, 2013

In a speech to the Disabled American Veterans National Convention Aug. 10 in Orlando, Fla., President Barack Obama described the progress made by programs designed to give veterans the support they need. Following an introduction by First Lady Michelle Obama – who has made support to veterans her signature issue – the president said Americans…

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NASA selects university teams for new smallsat collaborative projects

Posted  August 12, 2013

NASA has selected 13 university teams for collaborative projects to develop and demonstrate new technologies and capabilities and spur innovation in communication, navigation, propulsion, science instruments, and advanced manufacturing for small spacecraft. Selected project teams will work with engineers and scientists from six NASA centers. The goal of these efforts is to transform small spacecraft,…

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AeroVironment solar-powered Puma AE small UAS achieves continuous flight for more than nine hours

Posted  August 12, 2013

AeroVironment, Inc. announced Aug .12 that a recent outdoor test flight of a solar-powered prototype version of the companyís proven Puma AEô small unmanned aircraft system, operating with the company’s newest long-endurance battery, lasted 9 hours, 11 minutes significantly longer than the flight endurance of small UAS being used in the field today. AeroVironment is…

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