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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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NASA crashes helicopter to study safety

Posted  August 21, 2013

NASA researchers will drop a 45-foot-long helicopter fuselage from a height of about 30 feet to test improved seat belts and seats and advance experimental techniques and crashworthiness data. News media representatives are invited to observe the drop test, scheduled for 1 p.m. EDT Wednesday, Aug. 28, at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va….

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4 crew names released from B-1B bomber crash

Posted  August 21, 2013

ELLSWORTH AIR FORCE BASE, S.D. (AP) _ The Air Force has released the names of the four South Dakota crew members who safely ejected from a B-1B bomber that crashed in Montana. Maj. Frank Biancardi II and Capt. Curtis Michael were the instructor pilots on board. Capt. Chad Nishizuka and Capt. Brandon Packard were weapons…

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Boeing reaches 250,000-kit milestone for JDAM weapon program

Posted  August 21, 2013

Boeing Aug. 20 marked its recent production of the 250,000th Joint Direct Attack Munition guidance kit, a major milestone for a program that, since 1998, has reliably and affordably converted unguided munitions into near-precision weapons. The company facility in St. Charles, Mo., produces more than 40 JDAM kits every day, on time and on budget….

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NAWCAD team helps British crew complete new helo tests

Posted  August 21, 2013

Photograph courtesy of Fred Troilo The upgraded CH-47 Chinook, outfitted with bright red skis, hovers over the airfield at Naval Air Station Patuxent River as it completes checks of a new digital automatic flight control system. The system gives the aircraft better low speed capabilities, allowing for safer maneuvering and increased control. Royal Air Force…

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Boeing communications relay satellites complete space, Earthly testing

Posted  August 21, 2013

Two Boeing Tracking and Data Relay Satellites have completed testing milestones – one in space and the other on Earth – marking more progress in enhancing the tracking and communications network used by NASA and its customers.

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Chinese ships depart for rare drills with U.S. Navy

Posted  August 21, 2013

Three Chinese ships are sailing east to join rare naval drills with the United States as Beijing ramps up its military diplomacy amid regional territorial disputes and other tensions. The ships left the port of Qingdao Aug. 20 to participate in search-and-rescue drills with the U.S. Navy in the waters off Hawaii. Afterward, the ships…

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Judge sentences Manning to 35 years confinement

Posted  August 21, 2013

Army Pfc. Bradley E. Manning was sentenced at Fort Meade, Md., Aug. 21 to 35 years of confinement, reduction to the lowest enlisted rank, a dishonorable discharge and forfeiture of all pay and allowances for his July 30 conviction on a variety of charges related to publication of government information on the WikiLeaks website. Army…

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California National Guard battles wildfires

Posted  August 21, 2013

Nearly a dozen aircraft and crews from the California Air and Army National Guard are battling wildfires across Northern California.

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NASA’s Fermi celebrates five years in space, enters extended mission

Posted  August 21, 2013

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F0ELBnoVCsM&feature=player_embedded During its five-year primary mission, NASA’s Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope has given astronomers an increasingly detailed portrait of the universe’s most extraordinary phenomena, from giant black holes in the hearts of distant galaxies to thunderstorms on Earth. But its job is not done yet. On Aug. 11, Fermi entered an extended phase of its…

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F-15SE standing alone in South Korean contest

Posted  August 21, 2013

The Boeing F-15SE Silent Eagle now stands alone as the sole remaining candidate for South Korea’s $7.4 billion F-X Phase 3 fighter aircraft procurement. Forecast International has long viewed the F-15SE as a very strong contender for the F-X Phase 3 fighter procurement. South Korea’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration announced that one of the two…

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