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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 Hagel’s resignation as defense secretary

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 president said…

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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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Make it a dozen!

Posted  September 20, 2013

Lockheed Martin delivered its 12th C-5M Super Galaxy to the U.S. Air Force from its facilities in Marietta, Ga., Sept. 19. Maj. Gen. Rowayne “Wayne” Schatz Jr., Director of Strategic Plans, Requirements and Programs, Headquarters Air Mobility Command, Scott Air Force Base, Ill.  flew the Super Galaxy to Stewart Air National Guard Base, N.Y., where…

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Ship trials bring F-35B capability, operational utility into focus

Posted  September 20, 2013

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=29-l73Im8rA Recent ship trials for the Lockheed Martin F-35B onboard the USS Wasp [LHD-1] underscored the fifth-generation fighters unique capabilities and operational utility according to Marines and sailors alike. In a video released Sept. 19, U.S. Navy Capt. Erik Etz stated, A fifth-generation aircraft, such as the F-35, will open up threat areas where previous…

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UCAS centennial flight

Posted  September 20, 2013

  The X-47B (AV-2) conducted the 100th flight for the Navy’s Unmanned Combat Air System Demonstration (UCAS-D) program here on Sept. 18. The Navy UCAS program successfully completed all objectives for the carrier demonstration phase with the X-47B in July. During three at-sea periods over eight months, the X-47B conducted a total of 16 precision approaches…

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Edwards T-38 aircrew prep for new ejection seat upgrade

Posted  September 20, 2013

Courtesy photograph Edwards is working to install new ejection seats in its T-38 fleet in order to increase the overall safety of the training aircraft. For test pilots at Edwards, their long-time trainer airframe, the T-38 Talon, is receiving an upgrade that is set to ensure the safety of T-38 aircrew now and well into…

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Lufthansa selects Boeing 777X for future long-haul fleet

Posted  September 20, 2013

Boeing welcomes Lufthansa’s selection of the 777-9X for its future long-haul fleet. The launch of the 777X family is targeted for later this year and entry into service around the end of the decade. Advanced technology including a new composite wing, all-new engines and superior aerodynamics will result in the incredible fuel efficiency promised by…

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F-35 program chief cites steady progress

Posted  September 20, 2013

Citing changes to one of the Defense Department’s most ambitious acquisition programs, F-35 Lightning II development is making steady progress, the F-35 Joint Program Executive Officer said Sept. 17.

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Air Force launches third AEHF satellite

Posted  September 20, 2013

Air Force photograph by Pat Corkery A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket carrying the third Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF-3) satellite for the United States Air Force lifted off from Space Launch Complex-41 here at 4:10 a.m. EDT today. The AEHF constellation is a joint-service satellite communications system that will provide survivable, global, secure,…

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Northrop Grumman maturing key Triton unmanned aircraft sensor

Posted  September 20, 2013

Northrop Grumman has completed more than 25 flight tests of the U.S. Navy Triton unmanned aircraft system’s primary maritime surveillance sensor in preparation for its installation on the aircraft. The company is conducting risk-reduction tests of the Multi-Function Active Sensor using a Gulfstream II surrogate aircraft off the California coast. The radar will provide the…

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Oklahoma. gov. tells Guard to deny same-sex benefits

Posted  September 20, 2013

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin has ordered the National Guard to stop processing requests for military benefits for same-sex couples, her office confirmed Sept. 17, despite a Pentagon directive to do so. Fallin spokesman Alex Weintz said the governor was following the wish of Oklahoma voters, who approved a constitutional amendment in 2004 that prohibits giving…

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Posted  September 20, 2013

News: Air Force general wants simpler weapons quicker – The three-star general who heads the secretive U.S. Special Operations Command is pressing arms makers to speed up the development of new weapons and move toward greater standardization of aircraft and sensors.   Business: Lockheed Martin girds for combat jet choices as Dutch back JSF – Lockheed Martin…

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