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Navy’s first F-35C squadron surpasses 1,000 flight hours

Air Force photograph by Samuel King Jr. 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…

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Boeing South Carolina begins final assembly of its first 787-9 Dreamliner

Boeing has started final assembly of the 787-9 Dreamliner at its South Carolina facility. The team began joining large fuselage sections of the newest 787 Nov. 22 on schedule, a proud milestone for the South Carolina team and another sign of stability for the program. The North Charleston, S.C., site joins Boeing’s Everett, Wash., final…

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Ball Aerospace equips Orion mission with key avionics, antenna hardware

Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. is providing the phased array antennas and flight test cameras to prime contractor Lockheed Martin for Orion's Exploration Flight Test-1 (EFT-1), which is an unmanned test flight scheduled to launch from Cape Canaveral, Fla.

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President announces Hagel’s resignation as defense secretary

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel shakes hands with President Barack Obama at the White House Nov. 24. The president announced that Hagel would resign his position as defense secretary. Praising Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s class and integrity, President Barack Obama announced Nov. 24 at the White House that Hagel will leave his post. The president said…

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SEWIP block upgrade program evaluated for LCS

The Navy is evaluating a scaled-down version of the Surface Electronic Warfare Improvement Program system for potential incorporation on future Littoral Combat Ships


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Eglin’s F-35 fleet exceeds 2K sorties

Posted  August 19, 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 and generated their 2,000th sortie Aug. 13.

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NASA exercises Expendable Launch Vehicle contract option

Posted  August 19, 2013

NASA has exercised the first option on a contract providing integrated services for the preparation and launch of the next generation of the agency’s scientific and exploration spacecraft. The two-year Option Period 1 on the Expendable Launch Vehicle Integrated Support 2 contract, operated by a.i. solutions Inc. of Lanham, Md., begins Oct. 1 and is…

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Crews rush to clean up former California nuke lab

Posted  August 19, 2013

SIMI VALLEY, Calif. – The sun was barely up at a former Cold War rocket test site when crews in hard hats, neon vests and steel-toe boots collected jars of dirt as part of a massive effort to clean up from a partial nuclear meltdown a half century ago. Parties that inherited the toxic mess…

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Communications capability surpasses 50,000 flight hours

Posted  August 19, 2013

Courtesy photograph An E-11A aircraft outfitted with the Battlefield Airborne Communications Node, or BACN, flies at an undisclosed location. BACN enables interoperability across voice and datalink networks and it recently surpassed 50,000 flight hours. A Life Cycle Management Center program managed at Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass., that ensures war fighters can stay connected reached…

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Boeing, ILFC deliver first 787 Dreamliner to Aeromexico

Posted  August 19, 2013

Boeing, International Lease Finance Corporation and Aeromexico celebrated the first delivery of a 787 Dreamliner for use by the Mexico City-based carrier Aug. 16. The airplane, delivered from Boeing’s Everett, Wash., delivery center Aug. 15, took off for Mexico City Aug. 16. “The arrival of Aeromexico’s first Boeing 787 Dreamliner represents a milestone for the…

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B-1 Lancer crashes in Montana

Posted  August 19, 2013

A B-1B Lancer with the 28th Bomb Wing, Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., crashed near Broadus, Mont., during a routine training mission Aug. 19. A crew of two pilots and two weapon systems officers†were on†board. All four members of the aircrew safely ejected with some injuries. “We are actively working to ensure the safety of…

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Helium supply critical to Army research

Posted  August 19, 2013

Army photograph by Ryan Keith Henry Everitt, Ph.D., senior research scientist for optical sciences at the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Research Development and Engineering Center at Redstone Arsenal, Ala., describes the critical role liquid helium plays in conducting basic research of terahertz spectroscopic and imaging techniques. Army senior research scientist Henry Everitt doesn’t take…

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Inspired by nature: Innovative C-17 flight tests to save AF millions

Posted  August 19, 2013

Air Mobility Command’s chief scientist credited birds, dolphins and surfers for the success of recent ground-breaking C-17 Globemaster III flight tests expected to save the Air Force millions in annual fuel costs. Dr. Donald Erbschloe flew aboard the test flights involving surfing aircraft vortices for energy – or “$AVE” – from Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.,…

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AAR awarded major U.S. airline reconfiguration program

Posted  August 19, 2013

Engineering Services to replace seats, galleys and install IFE to improve customer experience AAR has been awarded of a B757-200 reconfiguration program for a major U.S. airline. The program ñ applicable to 56 of the undisclosed carrierís aircraft – includes replacement of all first and economy class passenger seats and existing galleys, a new In-Flight…

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US Army, Raytheon achieve first inflight lethal intercept of low quadrant elevation rocket

Posted  August 19, 2013

YUMA PROVING GROUND, Ariz. – Raytheon successfully intercepted and destroyed a low quadrant elevation 107mm rocket as part of the second series of guided test vehicle flight tests of the Accelerated Improved Intercept Initiative program. The intercept is a major test milestone before the U.S. Army live-fire engagements begin in September. “Beginning only 18 months…

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