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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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Headlines June 24, 2013

Posted  June 24, 2013

News Stunt plane crashes in Ohio; two dead A stunt plane crashed at an Ohio air show June 22, killing two people.   Business U.S. arms makers emerging hopeful in face of budget cuts The fallout of U.S. defense budget cuts was plain to see at last week’s Paris Air Show in a range of…

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News Briefs June 24, 2013

Posted  June 24, 2013

Remains of missing Korean War soldier returned The remains of a U.S. Army soldier from Missouri who disappeared in Korea in 1950 have been identified and returned to his family in Arkansas. The remains of Cpl. Marvin Omans arrived by plane June 21 in Little Rock where they were met by his sister – Dorothy…

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Northrop Grumman awarded U.S. Navy contract for Littoral Combat Ship mission package integration

Posted  June 24, 2013

Northrop Grumman has received a $28 million contract from the U.S. Navy for engineering and production planning services for surface warfare and mine countermeasures mission module components that will deploy from, and integrate with, the littoral combat ship. With this award, Northrop Grumman continues its role as the mission package integrator with expanding roles in…

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Pratt & Whitney announces more than 1,000 new engine orders

Posted  June 24, 2013

Pratt & Whitney, a division of United Technologies Corp., announced new orders for more than 1,000 engines, including options, and highlighted key milestones for its military engines programs – including the F135 engine – at the 2013 Paris Air Show. The company’s new commercial engine announcements include orders from customers around the world for new…

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John Canzio joins Aerojet Rocketdyne as finance VP

Posted  June 24, 2013

Aerojet Rocketdyne announced June 24 that John Canzio has joined the company as vice president, Finance. In this role, Canzio will be responsible for providing financial leadership and oversight to Aerojet Rocketdyne and will report to GenCorp’s Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Kathy Redd. Aerojet Rocketdyne is a Gencorp company. “John’s background and perspective…

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Raytheon’s next generation of Enhanced Paveway™ II provides improved capability, performance

Posted  June 24, 2013

Raytheon is leveraging innovative technology resulting in superior accuracy and reliability with the latest variant of Enhanced Paveway™ II “L-5″ guidance kits. “This variant builds on the strengths of the current combat-proven Enhanced Paveway™ II, integrating evolutionary technologies to the dual-mode global positioning/laser systems,” said Harry Schulte, vice president of Raytheon Missile Systems’ Air Warfare…

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Army tests lethality against moving targets with new software model

Posted  June 24, 2013

Military analysts now have a tool that brings together unprecedented modeling and simulation features to help them better choose, or build weapons to overpower future threats.

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Fanning becomes acting Air Force secretary

Posted  June 24, 2013

Under Secretary of the Air Force Eric Fanning became the acting secretary of the Air Force June 21, succeeding Michael Donley, who departed the position after more than five years.

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European Space Propulsion secures first flight contract to deliver FORMOSAT- 7 thrusters

Posted  June 24, 2013

European Space Propulsion , , announced June 21 that it has signed a contract with Surrey Satellite Technology Limited for the delivery of 19 MR-103 thrusters for the FORMOSAT-7 program. European Space Propulsion is an Aerojet Rocketdyne company. This first award for ESP includes delivery of thrusters for six spacecraft and an option for hardware…

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StandardAero awarded C-130 propulsion system maintenance, engineering support contract

Posted  June 24, 2013

StandardAero has been awarded a multi-year contract for maintenance and engineering support of the Royal Netherlands Air Force’s C-130H and C-130H-30 Hercules propulsion systems. The award endorses StandardAero’s global, market-leading position on Hercules and Orion propulsion support. It also recognizes the benefits StandardAero can deliver to C-130 and P-3 operators over their life cycle; including…

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