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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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KC-46 critical design review nearing completion

Posted  July 19, 2013

The Air Force and Boeing successfully conducted the KC-46 critical design review, or CDR, from July 8-10 at the Boeing facility in Mukilteo, Wash. The KC-46 weapon system CDR was the culmination of nine months of component and sub-system design reviews, which blended the best practices of both the commercial and Department of Defense frameworks….

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New military communications satellite built by Lockheed Martin launches successfully

Posted  July 19, 2013

The second Mobile User Objective System satellite built by Lockheed Martin for the U.S. Navy is responding to commands after being launched July 19 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. The Lockheed Martin-led initialization team is now commanding the satellite from the Naval Satellite Operations Center located at the Naval Base Ventura County, Point…

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418th FLTS stands up detachment in support of KC-46

Posted  July 19, 2013

In light of Boeing's recent announcement they have begun assembly of the first KC-46 wing spar for the Air Force tanker program, Air Force Materiel Command officially stood-up the 418th Flight Test Squadron, Detachment 1, during an activation ceremony July 11 in Seattle, Wash.

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Soldier missing from Korean War identified

Posted  July 19, 2013

The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office announced July 18 that the remains of a serviceman, missing from the Korean War, have been identified and have been returned to his family for burial with full military honors. Army Sgt. Bernard J. Fisher of Wilkes Barre, Penn., was buried July 16, in Arlington National Cemetery. In…

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Navy awards Northrop Grumman contract for E-2D Advanced Hawkeyes

Posted  July 19, 2013

Following the decision earlier this year to proceed with full-rate production, the Navy has awarded Northrop Grumman a $113.7 million advance acquisition contract for long lead materials and related support for five full-rate production Lot 2 E-2D Advanced Hawkeye aircraft.

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NASA announces effort to form new collaborative partnerships with private space industry

Posted  July 19, 2013

NASA officials July 17 released a synopsis requesting information from U.S. private enterprises interested in pursuing unfunded partnerships. The aim is to advance the development of commercial space products and services. The Collaborations for Commercial Space Capabilities synopsis describes a potential opportunity for existing and new companies and non-profit organizations to access NASA’s spaceflight expertise…

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NASA’s Hubble shows link between stars’ ages and their orbits

Posted  July 19, 2013

Astronomers using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope have determined the orbital motion of two distinct populations of stars in an ancient globular star cluster, offering proof they formed at different times and providing a rare look back into the Milky Way galaxy’s early days. Researchers led by Harvey Richer of the University of British Columbia in…

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NAWCAD commander visits Weapons Division in China Lake

Posted  July 19, 2013

Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division Commander Rear Adm. Mark Darrah, and Deputy Assistant Commander for Research and Engineering Tony Cifone visited NAWCWD Point Mugu and China Lake, Calif., July 8-11.

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Aircraft mishap at Sheppard Air Force Base

Posted  July 19, 2013

A T-38 Talon crashed at approximately 6:48 a.m., CDC, July 19 just south of Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas. It carried two people on board, a student pilot and instructor pilot. Both pilots ejected safely and one was taken to United Regional. An investigation into the accident is underway. The public is asked to cooperate…

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CSAF says readiness harmed by steep cuts

Posted  July 19, 2013

The rigid requirements of sequestration spending cuts have made it difficult for the Air Force to maintain readiness, the service’s top officer said July 17. Speaking to CNN’s John King at the annual Aspen Institute Security Forum in Aspen, Colo., Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III said each service has four…

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