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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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Veterans

Joint effort aimed at promoting use of fully developed claims

Posted  May 22, 2013

The Department of Veterans Affairs, Disabled American Veterans and The American Legion have announced a new partnership to help reduce the compensation claims backlog for veterans. The effort – the Fully Developed Claims Community of Practice – is a key part of VAís overall transformation plan to end the backlog in 2015 and process claims…

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Lockheed Martin team completes milestone for training element of U.S. Ballistic Missile Defense System

Posted  May 22, 2013

Lockheed Martin has completed a program milestone for the integrating system that links the numerous sensors, weapons and systems currently operational in the U.S. Ballistic Missile Defense System. The Lockheed Martin-led Missile Defense National Team successfully completed the preliminary design review for a major upgrade to the training component of the Command, Control, Battle Management…

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KC-46A training, operational bases, alternatives selected

Posted  May 22, 2013

Air Force officials announced May 22 Altus Air Force Base, Okla., as the preferred alternative for the KC-46A formal training unit. McConnell AFB, Kansas, was selected as the preferred alternative for the first active duty led KC-46A main operating base (MOB 1) and Fairchild AFB, Wash., and Grand Forks AFB, N.D., are the reasonable alternatives….

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Lockheed Martin conducts first EMD flight test of new GMLRS Warhead

Posted  May 22, 2013

Lockheed Martin successfully conducted the first Engineering, Manufacturing and Development flight of the new Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System Alternative Warhead at White Sands Missile Range, N.M. Launched from a HIMARS mobile launcher, the GMLRS rocket flew 35 kilometers to the target, where the warhead detonated. This flight followed a successful ground-based test of the Alternative…

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Space

Herschel Space Observatory finds mega merger of galaxies

Posted  May 22, 2013

A massive and rare merging of two galaxies has been spotted in images taken by the Herschel space observatory, a European Space Agency mission with important NASA participation. Follow-up studies by several telescopes on the ground and in space, including NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope and Spitzer Space Telescope, tell a tale of two faraway galaxies…

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Boeing begins certification testing on 747-8 performance improvements

Posted  May 22, 2013

A Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental successfully completed its first test flight this week with a package of performance improvements including enhanced GE engines. This package is designed to improve the fuel efficiency of the popular jetliner.

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F-35A instructor pilots qualify in aerial refueling

Posted  May 22, 2013

Air Force photo by MSgt. John Nimmo An F-35A Lightning II approaches a KC-135 Stratotanker during aerial refueling May 13, 2013, near Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. The initial cadre of Air Force F-35 instructor pilots at the 33rd Fighter Wing recently qualified in aerial refueling for the joint strike fighter. The 33rd FW is…

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Headlines May 20, 2013

Posted  May 20, 2013

News United Airlines resumes flights of Boeing 787 Dreamliner Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner is poised to clear another hurdle in restoring its image as United Airlines, the only U.S. operator, resumes flights after the jet’s battery flaws forced a three-month grounding.   Business Carr is favorite to become BAE chairman Roger Carr, the long-standing chairman of…

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News Briefs May 20, 2013

Posted  May 20, 2013

United Technologies completes civestiture of Pratt & Whitney Power Systems unit to Mitsubishi Heavy Industries United Technologies Corp. announced May 17 it has completed the divestiture of its Pratt & Whitney Power Systems unit to Mitsubishi Heavy Industries. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.† Divesting Power Systems allows UTC to focus on its core…

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F-35B completes first vertical takeoff

Posted  May 20, 2013

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded A Lockheed Martin F-35B Short Takeoff/Vertical Landing Lightning II test aircraft recently completed the first-ever Vertical Takeoff May 10 Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md. VTOs are one of the many capabilities required for the fielding an F-35B aircraft.† While not a combat capability, VTOs are required for repositioning of the STOVL in environments…

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