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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.

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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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Mojave Air and Space Port adds funding for Events Center

Posted  June 19, 2013

Finances dominated the topics discussed at the June 18 Mojave Air Space Port directors meeting. Funding was increased to rehabilitate Bldg. 137 as an events center, and the proposed 2013-2014 fiscal year budget was presented. Additionally, the Administrative Code was amended and the Northside project completion was announced. Events Center The World War II era…

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NASA Dryden funding supports valley fever research

Posted  June 19, 2013

NASA photograph by Beth Hagenauer A PBS cameraman records footage of a discussion between environmental engineer Vic Etyemezian of the Desert Research Institute and NASA Dryden occupational health scientist Miriam Rodon-Naveira for a feature story on their Valley Fever research study to be aired on the PBS News Hour in June. NASA’s Dryden Flight Research…

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SecAF farewell ceremony set for June 21

Posted  June 19, 2013

Secretary of the Air Force Michael B. Donley will be honored during a ceremony June 21 at 1 p.m., at Joint Base Andrews, Md. The ceremony will stream live online at the Pentagon Channel’s live stream site (here) and Air Force Link’s live video page. Donley was confirmed as the 22nd secretary of the Air Force Oct. 2,…

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Planes of Fame monthly event

Posted  June 19, 2013

Planes of Fame Air Museum is hosting its monthly Living History event 10 a.m.-noon, July 6. Open to the public, the museum doors open at 9 a.m. The theme for July 6 is the “Flying Tigers/AVG”, featuring the Curtiss P-40 Warhawk. Featured speakers will present on the topic.  Following the presentation, the P-40 will perform…

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Boeing launches 787-10 Dreamliner

Posted  June 19, 2013

Boeing announced June 18 at the 2013 Paris Air Show that it has launched the 787-10 Dreamliner, the third member of the super-efficient 787 family. Commitments for 102 airplanes from five customers across Europe, Asia and North America provide a strong foundation to support development and production of the newest Dreamliner. Customer launch commitments for…

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Events for July 2013

Posted  June 19, 2013

July 1-2 – Australian Astrobiology Meeting, Sydney, Australia http://aca.unsw.edu.au/aa-meeting July 1-3 – Exoplanet Characterization Observatory Open Science Workshop, Noordwijk, The Netherlands www.echo2013.net/ July 1-4 – International Symposium on Planetary Sciences, Shanghai, China http://202.127.29.4/meetings/iaps2013/ July 1-5 – 8th Annual International Conference on Numerical Modeling of Space Plasma Flows, Biarritz, France www.maisondelasimulation.fr/astronum2013/ July 1-5 – Conference: Tracing…

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Local, national companies hiring vets in Los Angeles area

Posted  June 19, 2013

RecruitMilitary, in cooperation with The American Legion, is hosting a veteranís job fair 11 a.m.-3 p.m., June 20 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. The stadium is located at 1000 Elysian Park Avenue. This free event is a unique opportunity for veterans, transitioning military personnel, and other military family members to network with 40 veteran-friendly…

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Boeing, Air Lease Corporation announce commitment for 30 787-10Xs

Posted  June 19, 2013

Boeing announced June 18 at the Paris Air Show a memorandum of understanding with Air Lease Corporation to purchase 33 airplanes. The Los Angeles-based leasing company has committed to order three 787-9 and 30 787-10X Dreamliners. Boeing looks forward to working with ALC to finalize the details of the agreement, at which time the airplanes…

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Aerojet Rocketdyne, Fakel expand teaming agreement for low-power hall thrusters

Posted  June 19, 2013

Aerojet Rocketdyne, a GenCorp company, and Experimental Design Bureau Fakel of Kaliningrad, Russia, announced June 18 at the Paris Air Show the signing of an extension to the teaming agreement between the two companies. The agreement provides Aerojet Rocketdyne with the right to market and sell Fakel’s low-power Hall thrusters in the United States market….

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B-1B Lancer: More than meets the eye

Posted  June 19, 2013

Air Force photograph by SrA. Benjamin Stratton Capt. Brandon Packard performs pre-flight checks of a B-1B Lancer June 11, 2013, at the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing in Southwest Asia. Packard is a 34th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron weapons systems officer deployed from Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D. Carrying the largest payload of both guided and unguided…

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