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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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Navy receives first F-35C Lightning II

Posted  June 24, 2013

The U.S. Navy's Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 101 received the Navy's first F-35C Lightning II carrier variant aircraft from Lockheed Martin today at the squadron's home at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.

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Competitors selected for DARPA spectrum challenge

Posted  June 24, 2013

As wireless devices proliferate and the radio spectrum becomes ever more congested, all users have a common interest in radio technologies that can accommodate the largest number of users but still enable priority traffic to get through.

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TransDigm to acquire GE Aviation’s Electromechanical Actuation Business

Posted  June 24, 2013

TransDigm Group Incorporated announced June 21 that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the assets of GE Aviation’s Electromechanical Actuation Division, for approximately $150 million in cash. The acquisition, subject to regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions, is expected to close around the end of the third quarter fiscal 2013. The…

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Northrop Grumman to offer improved GPS-challenged navigation, geo-registration solution for U.S. Air Force

Posted  June 24, 2013

WOODLAND HILLS, Calif. – Northrop Grumman has been awarded a phase two inertial navigation system-related contract from the Air Force Research Laboratory to continue improving geo-registration accuracy for positioning and pointing applications, even in GPS-denied conditions. Geo-registration of data is critical for accurate interaction between systems, such as locating targets and handing off coordinates to…

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A ‘Super’ Delivery

Posted  June 24, 2013

The 11th C-5M Super Galaxy departed for Dover Air Force Base, Del. from Lockheed Martin  facilities in Marietta, Ga., June 21. The aircraft was flown to Delaware by Maj. Gen. Craig Neil Gourley, vice commander of the Air Force Reserve Command at Robins Air Force Base, Ga. The C-5M is the only true strategic airlifter…

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CalVet home loans collaborates with Habitat for Humanity to build homes for veterans in North Los Angeles County

Posted  June 24, 2013

Habitat for Humanity San Fernando/Santa Clarita Valley, the local Habitat for Humanity affiliate for North Los Angeles County, in collaboration with the California Department of Veterans Affairs, is building homes for veterans in Sylmar and Santa Clarita. The project in Santa Clarita will consist of an 87-home community and the one in Sylmar will be…

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Headlines June 21, 2013

Posted  June 21, 2013

Business Boeing told to refund overcharges to Pentagon The Pentagon’s purchasing agency said Boeing must refund $13.7 million in excessive charges on spare parts, including a $10 device for which the defense contractor charged $2,286 apiece. Raytheon contests U.S. backing Lockheed anti-ship missile Raytheon, the world’s largest missile maker, is challenging a Pentagon plan to…

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News Briefs June 21, 2013

Posted  June 21, 2013

U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan at 2,103 As of June 18, 2013, at least 2,103 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 1,744 military service members have died in Afghanistan as a result…

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MEADS tactical BMC4I software demonstrates interoperability in NATO exercises

Posted  June 21, 2013

The Medium Extended Air Defense System has successfully demonstrated network interoperability with NATO systems during Joint Project Optic Windmill exercises held in May and June. In these JPOW exercises, MEADS tactical battle management command, control, communications, computers and intelligence software connected to a NATO test site in the Netherlands using a transportable air defense test…

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GA-ASI, Fokker team to offer Predator B to The Netherlands

Posted  June 21, 2013

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems announced June 19 it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Fokker Technologies, a leading specialist in advanced components and systems for the aerospace and defense industry. The MOU supports GA-ASIís offer of the PredatorÆ B RPA to meet the Dutch Governmentís need for a Medium-Altitude Long-Endurance Unmanned Aircraft System, along…

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