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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. Dorothy Roth’s husband and John’s…

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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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ATK successfully completes first U.S.-based testing of HPGP thruster technology for NASA Goddard

Posted  May 20, 2013

ATK, the nation’s largest rocket motor producer, has successfully completed the first U.S.-based testing of the High Performance Green Propulsion thruster technology for the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. The testing was conducted at ATK Defense Group’s test facility in Elkton, Md., in April 2013. The ATK test facility is capable of assessing high-fidelity performance…

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Reforms unveiled for Arizona National Guard

Posted  May 20, 2013

The Arizona National Guard’s top officer has unveiled more than a dozen reforms as the organization wades through sexual abuse, drug trafficking and abuse of power allegations. Gov. Jan Brewer asked for an investigation by the National Guard Bureau after The Arizona Republic published a series of stories exposing years of misconduct by Arizona military…

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Boeing showcases BBJ 3 for the first time at EBACE 2013

Posted  May 20, 2013

Boeing Business Jets is displaying a BBJ 3 for the first time at the 2013 European Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition in Geneva, Switzerland. The airplane, based on the 737-900ER, was outfitted with its custom VIP interiors at Jet Aviation in Basel, Switzerland. The BBJ 3 is currently for sale, so the exterior remains “green”…

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Boeing ships sixth Wideband Global SATCOM satellite for launch

Posted  May 20, 2013

  EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – Boeing is progressing with the expansion of the U.S Defense Department’s highest capacity communications satellite constellation, recently shipping its sixth Wideband Global SATCOM satellite, pictured here in the company’s El Segundo, Calif., facility, for a scheduled launch from Cape Canaveral, Fla., later this year. Through a cooperative agreement with the…

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Kansas City museum raising cash to fly ‘Connie’

Posted  May 20, 2013

The National Airline History Museum in Kansas City, Mo., is trying to raise $3.2 million to restore its Lockheed Constellation propeller-driven aircraft and recreate multimillionaire aviator Howard Hughes’ record-setting cross-country flight in the plane that transformed commercial air travel. The Kansas City museum’s Constellation, or ìConnie,î is one of only a handful of the 856…

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Northrop Grumman welcomes USC into its Cybersecurity Research Consortium

Posted  May 20, 2013

Northrop Grumman has invited one of the nation’s top cybersecurity research institutions – the University of Southern California – to join its Cybersecurity Research Consortium. USC’s leadership in big data, computer science and informatics will expand the consortium’s breadth of research to further advance solutions to counter the newest and most pressing cyber threats to…

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U.S. Air Force selects Raytheon’s transportable air traffic radar system

Posted  May 20, 2013

The U.S. Air Force has awarded Raytheon a contract to build rapidly deployable air traffic control systems that can be delivered anywhere in the world and then be fully operational controlling flights within six hours. The contract, with a potential full value of $260 million, calls for one Engineering and Manufacturing Development unit plus production…

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NASA seeks proposals for commercial operations at Kennedy’s Launch Pad 39A

Posted  May 20, 2013

NASA released a synopsis May 17 announcing plans to issue an announcement for proposals for the commercial use of Launch Pad 39A at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The announcement is expected next week. Use of the launch pad by industry is designed to encourage commercial space activities along Florida’s Space Coast and…

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F-35 instructor pilots qualify in aerial refueling

Posted  May 20, 2013

Air Force photograph by MSgt. John Nimmo F-35A Lightning II pilots navigate their aircraft toward a KC-135 Stratotanker to refuel May 13, 2013, near Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. The initial cadre of Air Force F-35 instructor pilots at the 33rd Fighter Wing here trained with others to qualify in aerial refueling for the joint…

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Senior enlisted advisers mark Armed Forces Day

Posted  May 20, 2013

To mark Armed Forces Day, the services’ senior enlisted advisers joined the senior enlisted adviser to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in an inaugural wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va.

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