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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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VA secretary warns of shutdown impact on veterans, families

Posted  October 11, 2013

Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki painted a dire picture Oct. 9 of the impact of the government shutdown on benefits and services to veterans – from a slowdown in claims reviews to the threat of cancelled compensation checks to more than 5 million beneficiaries if funding isn’t restored soon. “All the effects … are…

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Australia’s first F-35 Lightning II starts to take shape

Posted  October 11, 2013

Lockheed Martin photograph by Angel DelCueto   Jeff Babione, Lockheed Martin Vice President and Deputy Program Manager of the F-35 Program; and Air Vice-Marshal Kym Osley, Royal Australian Air Force Program Manager for New Air Combat Capability, celebrated the beginnings of the first F-35 Lightning II for Australia yesterday at a ceremony in Fort Worth,…

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Boeing delivers first Next-Generation 737-800 to Russia’s UTair

Posted  October 11, 2013

Boeing photograph John Pricco, Boeing vice president of 737 Field Operations and Delivery (left), and Andrei Martirosov, UTair Airlines CEO, at the delivery ceremony at Boeing Field in Seattle. Boeing delivered to UTair, one of Russia’s leading national carriers, its first directly purchased Next-Generation 737-800. Boeing has delivered to UTair, one of Russia’s leading national…

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Navy cancels, postpones Zumwalt christening

Posted  October 11, 2013

The Navy announced Oct. 11 that the christening of the future USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000) originally scheduled for Oct. 19 has been cancelled and postponed until a future date. “It is incredibly unfortunate that we are being forced to cancel the christening ceremony for this great warship,” said Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, “but…

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Raytheon awarded U.S. Navy next generation Air, Missile Defense Radar contract

Posted  October 11, 2013

Raytheon has been awarded a $385,742,176 cost-plus-incentive-fee contract for the engineering and modeling development phase design, development, integration, test and delivery of Air and Missile Defense S-Band Radar and Radar Suite Controller. AMDR is the Navy’s next generation integrated air and missile defense radar and is being designed for Flight III Arleigh Burke (DDG 51)…

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National Guard faces the shutdown

Posted  October 11, 2013

National Guard personnel are feeling the effects of the government shutdown and leaders are worried about the readiness of the component, Air Force Gen. Joseph Lengyel, the vice chief of the National Guard Bureau said Oct. 11. The Pay Our Military Act has mitigated some of the effects of the partial government shutdown for the…

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Unemployment benefits may help some furloughed DOD civilians

Posted  October 11, 2013

On the 10th day of the partial government shutdown, DOD civilians excluded by law from Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s Oct. 7 recall to work of thousands of fellow employees still await an end to the political standoff that sent them home and stopped their paychecks Oct. 1. Hagel said Oct. 5 that the department tried…

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Boeing, South African Airways launch sustainable aviation biofuel effort

Posted  October 11, 2013

Boeing and South African Airways announced Oct. 10 they will work together to develop and implement a sustainable aviation biofuel supply chain in Southern Africa, a first for the continent. The companies signed a Memorandum of Understanding for sustainable aviation biofuel supply chain development at The Corporate Council on Africa’s 9th Biennial U.S.-Africa Business, attended…

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Reservists, National Guard members wait for training funds

Posted  October 11, 2013

The Army Reserve and the National Guard say they are on standby to see what happens in Congress, as they wait for the resumption of funding for inactive and active-duty training, or IDT and ADT. The cancellation of the IDT and ADT training is affecting readiness and hurting the soldiers, said Capt. Eric Connor, deputy…

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News Briefs October 11, 2013

Posted  October 11, 2013

U.S. cutting hundreds of millions in aid to Egypt The United States Oct. 9 cut hundreds of millions of dollars in aid to its Mideast ally Egypt, responding to the military ouster last summer of the nation’s first democratically elected president and the crackdown on protesters that has sunk the country into violent turmoil. While…

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