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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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Warren M. Boley, Jr. named president of Aerojet Rocketdyne

Posted  June 17, 2013

GenCorp Inc. announced June 17 that Warren M. Boley, Jr. will serve as the president of Aerojet Rocketdyne, a recently formed, wholly-owned subsidiary of GenCorp Inc., effective June 17, 2013. Aerojet Rocketdyne brings together the storied capabilities of America’s two premier rocket propulsion companies. Boley first joined Aerojet as president in July 2012 and expands…

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Individual Carbine competition concludes with no winner

Posted  June 17, 2013

Army photograph Markus Rauchenberger Spec. Ethan Esposito, Joint Multinational Training Command, fires his M4 carbine rifle during United States Army Europe’s Best Warrior Competition in Grafenwoehr, Germany, July 31, 2012. The Army has been, since 2008, looking for a follow-on weapon for the M4 carbine. In 2011, it began the Individual Carbine competition. Recently, the…

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NASA’s Webb Telescope’s last backbone component completed

Posted  June 17, 2013

Assembly of the backbone of NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope, the primary mirror backplane support structure, is a step closer to completion with the recent addition of the backplane support frame, a fixture that will be used to connect all the pieces of the telescope together. The backplane support frame will bring together Webb’s center…

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Boeing, Qatar Airways announce agreement for nine 777-300ERs

Posted  June 17, 2013

Boeing and Qatar Airways June 17 announced agreements for nine Boeing 777-300ER (Extended Range) airplanes at the 2013 Paris Air Show.

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Deadline looms for Ohio veterans to claim bonuses from state

Posted  June 17, 2013

Time is running out for eligible military veterans to claim Ohio bonuses of up to $1,500, and officials are worried that thousands of veterans may miss out by not applying. Navy veteran Robert Erb III describes his bonus for service in the Persian Gulf and Afghanistan war eras as a ìreal blessing for him and…

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Raytheon awarded contract for F-15C AESA radars

Posted  June 17, 2013

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – Boeing has awarded Raytheon a follow-on contract for the sixth production lot of APG-63(V)3 active electronically scanned array radars for United States Air Force and Air National Guard F-15C aircraft. “We have been a partner on the F-15 for more than 40 years,” said Mark Kula, vice president of Tactical Airborne Systems…

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Headlines June 14, 2013

Posted  June 14, 2013

News A350: The aircraft that Airbus did not want to build After many years on the drawing board and $15 billion of investment the latest potential blockbuster from Airbus made its long-awaited first flight June 14.   Business A350 marks new phase in aero-engines A U.K. aircraft engine claimed to be the most efficient in…

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News Briefs June 14, 2013

Posted  June 14, 2013

Top military leader disputes diplomat on Benghazi The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff says four members of Army special forces in Tripoli were never told to stand down after the attack last year on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya. Army Gen. Martin Dempsey disputed the claim by former top diplomat Gregory…

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Raytheon to improve US Army air defenses, better identify targets

Posted  June 14, 2013

Raytheon, under a contract modification from the U.S. Army, is adding new capabilities to the Identification Friend or Foe interrogator to reduce Radio Frequency emissions and enhance target identification for the warfighter. “We understood that the warfighter needed an improved identification capability, so Raytheon is both increasing the capability of the interrogator system and reducing…

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Northrop Grumman develops new aallium arsenide E-Band high-power monolithic microwave integrated sircuits

Posted  June 14, 2013

Northrop Grumman photographs Northrop Grumman has developed the APH667 (left) and the APH668, two new GaAs MMIC high-power amplifiers operating in the E-band frequency spectrum. They allow users to reach higher output power levels without combining multiple MMICs, a typical practice, simplifying product architecture and enhancing performance. REDONDO BEACH, Calif. Northrop Grumman has developed new…

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