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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 Hagelís resignation as defense secretary

Courtesy photograph 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…

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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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Air Force announces KC-46A candidate bases

Posted  January 11, 2013

The Air Force announced Altus Air Force Base, Okla., and McConnell AFB, Kansas, as candidate bases for the KC-46A formal training unit Jan. 9. Altus AFB, Fairchild AFB, Wash., Grand Forks AFB, N.D., and McConnell AFB, are candidate bases for the first active-duty led KC-46A main operating base (MOB 1). Forbes Air Guard Station, Kansas,…

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Boeing grows composite manufacturing capability in Utah

Posted  January 11, 2013

Boeing announced Jan. 11 the purchase of a new building in Salt Lake County, Utah. Employees at the new site, located in West Jordan, will focus on fabrication of composite horizontal stabilizer components for the 787-9. “The site we’ve chosen is an ideal location to add composite manufacturing capability focused on Boeing’s key business strategies,”…

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Highly-skilled dance performed at 25,000 feet

Posted  January 11, 2013

Courtesy photograph An E-3 Sentry moves to within 50 feet of a KC-135 from the 507 ARW recently as the two planes prepare for an aerial refueling over the cloudy skies of St. Louis, Mo., Jan. 3, 2013. When most people think about skillful dancing, the thought of a couple moving gracefully across a dance…

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Boeing rolls out first 777 at increased production rate

Posted  January 11, 2013

Boeing photograph Boeing has rolled out the first 777 to be built at the increased production rate of 8.3 per month, or 100 airplanes per year. The airplane is a 777 Freighter that will be delivered in February to Korean Air. Boeing has rolled out the first 777 to be built at the increased production…

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Headlines: January 9, 2013

Posted  January 10, 2013

Business KBR, guilty in Iraq negligence, wants taxpayers to foot the bill; Pictured: Smoke billowing from Boeing Dreamliner after explosion at Boston airport – the fourth mechanical failure in a month; Lockheed subsidiary to buy Aveos repair business, rehire some workers;     Space NASA space telescope shows there may be 17 billion Earth-like planets…

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News Briefs: January 9, 2013

Posted  January 10, 2013

U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan at 2,043 As of Jan. 8, 2012, at least 2,043 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 1,703 military service members have died in Afghanistan as a result…

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NASA’s NuSTAR catches black holes in galaxy web

Posted  January 10, 2013

NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or NuSTAR, set its X-ray eyes on a spiral galaxy and caught the brilliant glow of two black holes lurking inside.

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NASA’s Hubble reveals rogue planetary orbit for Fomalhaut b

Posted  January 10, 2013

Newly released NASA Hubble Space Telescope images of a vast debris disk encircling the nearby star Fomalhaut and a mysterious planet circling it may provide forensic evidence of a titanic planetary disruption in the system. Astronomers are surprised to find the debris belt is wider than previously known, spanning a section of space from 14…

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SOFIA spots recent starburst in the Milky Way galaxyís center

Posted  January 10, 2013

NASA photograph SOFIA/FORCAST mid-infrared image of the Milky Way galaxyís nucleus showing the Circumnuclear Ring of gas and dust clouds orbiting a central supermassive black hole. The bright Y-shaped feature is believed to be material falling from the ring toward the black hole that is located where the arms of the ìYî intersect. Researchers using…

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