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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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NASA’s Orion sees flawless fairing separation in second test

Posted  November 8, 2013

Lockheed Martin photograph The three panel or fairings encapsulating a stand-in for Orionís service module successfully detach during a test Nov. 6, 2013 at Lockheed Martinís facility in Sunnyvale, Calif. The three massive panels protecting a test version of NASA’s Orion multipurpose crew vehicle successfully fell away from the spacecraft Wednesday in a test of…

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New Boeing B-52 upgrade to increase smart weapons capacity by half

Posted  November 8, 2013

Boeing will continue to increase the B-52 bomberís effectiveness and versatility under a new U.S. Air Force contract that calls for the aircraftís smart weapons capacity to expand by 50 percent. Under the $24.6 million agreement, Boeing will develop a modification to existing weapon launchers so the aircraft can carry smart weapons in the bomb…

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Acquisitions chief seeks system improvements, not reform

Posted  November 8, 2013

The Pentagonís acquisitions chief Nov. 7 discussed the state of the defense acquisitions system and methods the Defense Department, working with industry, can use to improve it. I put out a document a few months ago the defense acquisitions system first annual report, Frank Kendall, undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics told an…

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Lockheed Martin team tests Orionís protective panels

Posted  November 8, 2013

Testing at the Lockheed Martin Sunnyvale facility in California using a series of precisely-timed, explosive charges and mechanisms, proved the Orion spacecraft can successfully jettison its protective fairing panels. The Orion spacecraft has three fairings that protect the service module radiators and solar arrays from heat, wind and acoustics during ascent. This test was the…

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Boeing delivers Ethiopian Airlines’ first 777-300ER

Posted  November 8, 2013

Boeing has delivered a 777-300ER (Extended Range) jet to GE Capital Aviation Services for lease to Ethiopian Airlines. The 777-300ER is now the largest airplane in the Ethiopian flag-carrier’s fleet and will provide it with increased capacity and improved operating economics on key routes from its base in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa. “The introduction…

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Northrop Grumman receives $178 million contract to sustain Joint STARS fleet

Posted  November 8, 2013

The U.S. Air Force awarded Northrop Grumman a $178 million contract to continue sustaining the service’s entire E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (Joint STARS) aircraft. The contract is a continuation of Northrop Grumman’s Total System Support Reliability program, which was first awarded in 2000. Through the TSSR program, Northrop Grumman is responsible for…

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Second Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner takes to the skies

Posted  November 8, 2013

The second Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner completed a successful 4-hour, 18-minute first flight Nov. 7. The airplane, known as ZB002, departed Paine Field in Everett, Wash., at 8:06 a.m. and landed at 12:24 p.m. local time at Seattle’s Boeing Field. As the only 787-9 test airplane to be fitted with elements of the passenger interior, ZB002…

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Northrop Grumman receives $114 million to build three more Global Hawks

Posted  November 8, 2013

Northrop Grumman photograph Northrop Grumman receives a $114 million contract from the U.S. Air Force to build three more Block 30 Global Hawk unmanned aircraft systems and associated sensors. The high-flying intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft allows military commanders to receive high-resolution imagery, survey vast geographic regions and pinpoint targets on the ground. The U.S….

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Headlines November 8, 2013

Posted  November 8, 2013

Business: Machinists leader slams Boeing’s 777X contract proposal, says he’ll seek to halt vote – The leader of Boeing machinists told hundreds of union workers Nov. 7 that he will see whether he can stop a vote on a proposed new eight-year contract agreement that Boeing says will determine whether much of its new 777X jet…

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News Briefs November 8, 2013

Posted  November 8, 2013

Lockheed Martin laying off 145 in upstate New York Lockheed Martin is laying off 145 workers in two upstate New York plants. The company notified 80 employees Nov. 6 at its Electronics Park plant in the Syracuse suburb of Salina and another 65 at its facility in Owego, near Binghamton. The layoffs are part of…

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