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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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Unwanted Gear: Congress slows military efforts to save

Posted  April 24, 2013

Parked around the airstrip at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, are more than a dozen massive C-5A Galaxy transport planes. There is no money to fly them, repair them or put pilots in the cockpits, but Congress rejected the Air Force’s bid to retire them. So, in the weeks and months ahead, crews will tow…

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NASA announces 2012 small business industry awards

Posted  April 24, 2013

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden April 23 recognized three companies as winners of the agency’s 2012 Small Business Industry Awards. The Small Business Industry Award Program highlights a large business prime contractor, a small business prime contractor and a small business subcontractor for outstanding support to NASA in achieving the agency’s mission during the fiscal year….

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Readiness, modernization in flux, Air Force secretary says

Posted  April 24, 2013

The Air Force will see few force structure changes this year, but readiness and modernization accounts will be in flux this year and next, Air Force Secretary Michael B. Donley said April 23. The secretary also told the Defense Writers’ Group that now is the time for another base realignment and closure process. Readiness and…

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Advanced cockpit ground control station flies Predator C Avenger

Posted  April 24, 2013

Next-generation GCS successfully integrates flagship, advanced Predator platforms General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. announced April 24 that it has successfully demonstrated its Advanced Cockpit Ground Control Stationís capability to fly Predator C Avenger. The flight occurred Nov. 15, 2012, at the companyís Gray Butte Flight Operations Facility in Palmdale, Calif. GAASI is a leading manufacturer…

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U.S. probes safety testing of Boeing 787 batteries

Posted  April 24, 2013

Federal regulators let Boeing write the safety conditions for the problematic battery system in its beleaguered 787 “Dreamliner,” prescribe how to test it and carry out those tests itself, according to testimony and documents released at a hearing Tuesday. As airlines prepare to resume flying the 787 after a three-month grounding, the National Transportation Safety…

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Space station communications test bed checks out; experiments begin

Posted  April 24, 2013

NASA’s Space Communications and Navigation (SCaN) test bed has begun its experiments after completing its checkout on the International Space Station. The SCaN test bed is an advanced, integrated communications laboratory facility that uses a new generation of software-defined radio technology to allow researchers to develop, test and demonstrate advanced communications, networking and navigation technologies…

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VA launches hotline for health care, women veteran questions

Posted  April 24, 2013

The Veterans Affairs Department has launched a new hotline – 1-855-VA-WOMEN to receive and respond to questions from veterans, their families and caregivers about the many VA services and resources available to women veterans. The service began accepting calls March 27. “Some women veterans may not know about high-quality VA care and services available to…

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Headlines April 22, 2013

Posted  April 22, 2013

Business U.S. defense shares soar as investors ignore predictions of contraction Automatic federal budget cuts were supposed to shake the fortunes of Pentagon contractors, with a leading industry lobbyist predicting an “unemployment Armageddon” for defense workers. Dreamliner: Boeing starts replacing 787 batteries Boeing has started replacing batteries on some of its grounded 787 Dreamliner fleet,…

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News Briefs April 22, 2013

Posted  April 22, 2013

Yemen officials: U.S. drone kills two militants Yemeni army officials say a U.S. drone strike has killed two suspected al Qaeda militants east of the capital, sparking a retaliatory attack on a military checkpoint. It’s the third suspected U.S. drone strike in less than a week in Yemen. The officials in Marib province say at…

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Orbital successfully launches first Antares rocket

Posted  April 22, 2013

Orbital Sciences Corporation, one of the worldís leading space technology companies, April 21 completed a successful test launch of its new Antaresô rocket from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport located at NASAís Wallops Flight Facility in eastern Virginia. Lift-off took place at 5 p.m., EDT, followed by payload separation approximately 10 minutes later and mission completion…

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