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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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World War II airman identified

Posted  October 14, 2013

The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office announced Oct. 11 that the remains of a U.S. serviceman, from World War II, have been identified and are being returned to his family for burial with full military honors Army Air Force 1st Lt. Robert G. Fenstermacher, 23, of Scranton, Penn., will be buried Oct. 18, in…

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Washington Navy Yard recovery task force established

Posted  October 14, 2013

Navy photograph by PO2 Stuart Phillips Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus delivers remarks during a memorial service at the Marine Barracks for the victims of the Washington Navy Yard shooting. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced Oct. 10 the establishment of the Washington Navy Yard Recovery Task Force. Assistant Secretary of the Navy…

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News Briefs October 14, 2013

Posted  October 14, 2013

Egyptian military plane crashes; pilot safe Security officials say a Soviet-made MiG-21 fighter jet belonging to the Egyptian air force has crashed while on a training mission near the ancient city of Luxor in the south. The officials say the pilot bailed out and parachuted safely to the ground before the plane crashed in a…

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Elbit Systems to supply advanced helmet mounted systems for Korean utility helicopter

Posted  October 17, 2013

Elbit Systems Ltd. announced Oct. 16 that it was awarded a follow-on contract to supply advanced Helmet Mounted Display systems for the Republic of Korea Army’s SURION helicopter. The contract, which is in an amount that is not material to Elbit Systems, will be performed over a four-year period. Elbit Systems will supply the HMD…

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DOD funding contributes to U.S. biodefense infrastructure

Posted  October 17, 2013

Navy photograph by CPO Anthony Sisti Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Eric M. Garneau prepares to administer an H1N1 flu vaccine aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Bataan while the ship is underway in the Atlantic Ocean, Dec. 5, 2009. The Defense Department has contributed core capabilities to a national center funded as a public-private…

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Former AFFTC commander dies

Posted  October 17, 2013

Retired Maj. Gen. Hugh Boyd Manson died Oct. 4 in Los Gatos, Calif. He was 98.

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Former Army captain receives Medal of Honor at White House

Posted  October 17, 2013

President Barack Obama presented the Medal of Honor to former Army Capt. William D. Swenson in a White House ceremony Oct. 15, citing Swenson’s heroism during a six-hour battle that followed a deadly Taliban ambush in Afghanistan four years ago.

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International Seapower Symposium cancelled

Posted  October 17, 2013

The 21st International Seapower Symposium, scheduled for Oct. 22-25 in Newport, R.I., was cancelled Oct. 15 as a result of the government shutdown. “Despite our best intentions, the absence of funding associated with the Federal Government shutdown precludes us from hosting this important event,” said Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert. ISS is conducted…

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Flight Test Historical Foundation honors new Eagles

Posted  October 17, 2013

Aerospace legends were honored when the Flight Test Historical Foundation hosted its annual Gathering of Eagles Oct. 12 at the University of the Antelope Valley Grand Ballroom in Lancaster, Calif

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Lockheed Martin to build JLTV at facility in Camden, Ark.

Posted  October 17, 2013

Lockheed Martin will move production of its Joint Light Tactical Vehicle to an assembly line at the companys award-winning Camden, Ark., manufacturing complex, where the company expects to gain significant production efficiencies and cost reductions. Lockheed Martin is implementing a low-risk production plan that will take advantage of the proven, outstanding Camden manufacturing operation and…

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