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U.S. Navy, Lockheed Martin ready to launch MUOS-4 Aug. 31

The U.S. Navy and Lockheed Martin are ready to launch the fourth Mobile User Objective System secure communications satellite, MUOS-4, from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., Aug. 31 aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket.

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Arming the RPAs

Airmen from the 62nd Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron provide every munition that is loaded onto an MQ-1B Predator or MQ-9 Reaper at Kandahar Airfield; without them, the RPAs wouldn’t be able to provide combat airpower in Afghanistan.

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Local efforts help keep Dragon Lady flying at 60

In 1955, Disneyland opened its doors for the first time, Elvis made his first TV appearance, Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to give up her bus seat to a white passenger, and the Vietnam War began with fighting between the South and North Vietnam Armies.

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U.S. Navy awards production contract for additional P-8A aircraft, first RAAF planes

The U.S. Navy awarded a nearly $1.5 billion contract Aug. 27 to Boeing Defense, Space & Security for the procurement of 13 Full-Rate Production Lot 2 P-8A Poseidon aircraft.

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A-4 Skyhawks support F-35 operational testing

Courtesy photograph by Frank Crebas Pictured from top down is an F-35 Lightning II, an F-16 Fighting Falcon and an A-4 Skyhawk. In support of an operational test exercise for their F-35s, the Royal Netherlands Air Force contingent at Edwards brought in six A-4s from Draken International, six F-16s from the 162nd Fighter Wing, Arizona…


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Marines, Coast Guard demo small UAS capabilities

Posted  August 24, 2015

Navy photograph A member of the Marine Corps Special Operations Command launches an RQ-20A Puma unmanned aircraft Aug. 12 during an exercise near Camp Lejeune, N.C. The U.S. Coast Guard and MARSOC joined forces to demonstrate the ability to launch and recover the Puma, RQ-12A Wasp IV, and InstantEye vertical takeoff and landing UAS from…

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16T project team determines more efficient process for disconnect panel fabrication

Posted  August 24, 2015

The team leading the Improve Transonic Test Capability Improvement and Modernization program at AEDC has found a better, more cost-effective way of fabricating disconnect panels for the 16-foot Transonic Wind Tunnel (16T).

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Troopers receive new Raven UAS camera upgrade

Posted  August 24, 2015

Selected units received an upgrade to their Raven unmanned aerial systems during an initiative at Fort Hood, Texas, last week.

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Soldier missing from Vietnam War accounted for

Posted  August 24, 2015

The Department of Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced Aug. 21 that the remains of a serviceman, missing from the Vietnam War, have been identified and will be buried with full military honors. Army Maj. Dale W. Richardson of Mount Sterling, Ill., will be buried Aug. 29, in Mountain View, Ark. Richardson was assigned to 2nd…

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Newport News Shipbuilding celebrates USS John F. Kennedy keel-laying

Posted  August 24, 2015

Newport News Shipbuilding, a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries, Aug. 22 celebrated the keel laying of the aircraft carrier John F. Kennedy (CVN 79), the second ship of the Gerald R. Ford class. Caroline Kennedy, the daughter of the ship’s namesake, the 35th President of the United States, is the ship’s sponsor. She declared the…

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High Desert hangar stories with Bob Alvis

Posted  August 23, 2015

On to a story about a famous test pilot who had the right stuff but then on one day over the skies of Lancaster that right stuff was blessed with a little bit of good luck!

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Headlines August 21, 2015

Posted  August 21, 2015

News: Defense secretary: We’re looking at U.S. sites for Gitmo detainees – Pentagon teams are examining sites in the United States to move terror detainees currently held at the naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Aug. 20. F-16 pilot remains hospitalized after ground crash at Nellis Air Force Base – An Air…

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News Briefs August 21, 2015

Posted  August 21, 2015

Sailor dies after rescue attempt miles off California Officials say that a crew member who fell ill aboard a ship 900 miles off the California coast died after spurring a California Air National Guard team from the Bay Area to conduct a daring rescue. The San Francisco Chronicle reports the California Air National Guard crew…

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2,500 solid rocket motors tested at AEDC

Posted  August 21, 2015

Air Force photograph by Rick Goodfriend James Brooks, ATA rocket test manager, pictured, starts the final countdown for the 2,500th solid rocket motor test and last test he will be a part of at J-6 before retiring from AEDC. With the recent Minuteman III Intercontinental Ballistic Missile test at the J-6 Large Rocket Motor Test…

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45 years on alert: Minot conducts Minuteman III test launch

Posted  August 21, 2015

The 91st Missile Wing completed an operational test launch of an unarmed LGM-30G Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., Aug. 19, continuing its mission of providing strategic deterrence for the U.S. and their allies.

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