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F-35 Rollout Marks U.S.-Australia Partnership Milestone

Lockheed Martin photograph by Beth Groom Royal Australian Air Force Air Marshal Geoff Brown delivers his remarks at the roll out ceremony for Australia’s first F-35. The official rollout of the first two F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter aircraft for the Royal Australian Air Force is a milestone in the U.S.-Australia partnership, the undersecretary…

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NASA’s Mars spacecraft maneuvers to prepare for close comet flyby

NASA is taking steps to protect its Mars orbiters, while preserving opportunities to gather valuable scientific data, as Comet C/2013 A1 Siding Spring heads toward a close flyby of Mars Oct. 19.

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U.S. Forces display military might at Farnborough

Air Force photograph by A1C Erin O’Shea Capt. Tom Meyers discusses the F-15E Strike Eagle’s capabilities with spectators July 17, 2014, at the Farnborough International Airshow in England. Public access was granted for spectators to ask questions and observe the aircraft up-close with pilots and aircrew members. Meyers is a 494th Fighter Squadron F-15E instructor…

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Lockheed Martin’s unmanned cargo helicopter team returns from deployment

After lifting more than 4.5 million pounds of cargo and conducting thousands of delivery missions for the U.S. Marine Corps, the Lockheed Martin and Kaman Aerospace Corporation K-MAX cargo unmanned aircraft system has returned to the United States following a nearly three-year deployment in Afghanistan. In 2011, K-MAX became the first unmanned helicopter to deliver…

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Sun sets on Red Flag 14-3

Air Force photograph by A1C Thomas Spangler The sun sets behind a row of F-16 Fighting Falcons during Red Flag 14-3, July 16, 2014, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. Red Flag provides a series of intense air-to-air combat scenarios for aircrew and ground personnel, which will in turn increase their combat readiness and effectiveness…


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Navy begins construction on next amphibious assault ship

Posted  August 9, 2012

Huntington Ingalls Industries started fabrication of the eleventh LPD 17 San Antonio class ship, LPD 27, Aug. 6, following the Navy award of the detail design and construction contract July 27. The LPD 17 San Antonio-class ships are designed to functionally replace more than 41 ships (the LPD 4, LSD 36, LKA 113 and LST…

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First flight test successful for Army’s Long Endurance Multi-Intelligence Vehicle air vehicle

Posted  August 9, 2012

For more than 90 minutes a hybrid air vehicle known as the Long Endurance Multi-Intelligence Vehicle stayed afloat above Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J. The LEMV, like a blimp, is capable of carrying multiple intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance payloads for more than 21 days at altitudes greater than 22,000 feet....

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NASA selects small spacecraft technology demonstration missions

Posted  August 9, 2012

NASA has chosen three teams to advance the state of the art for small spacecraft in the areas of communications, formation flying and docking systems. The cutting-edge space technology flights are expected to take place in 2014 and 2015. All selected missions will employ nanosatellites conforming to the CubeSat standard. CubeSats are composed of four-inch,…

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Vets gather at Arlington to mark 70th anniversary of Guadalcanal

Posted  August 9, 2012

Seventy years after the Aug. 7, 1942, start to what would be a brutal, six-month-long battle over an island in the South Pacific, veterans of Guadalcanal gathered at Arlington National Cemetery....

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Laser revolutionizes sheet metal cutting at Army Depot

Posted  August 9, 2012

Gone are the days of hunching over a pristine sheet of metal meticulously drilling holes and patterns by hand.....

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Company once known as Blackwater settles arms case

Posted  August 9, 2012

The international security contractor formerly known as Blackwater has agreed to pay a $7.5 million fine to settle federal criminal charges related to arms smuggling and other crimes. Documents unsealed Aug. 7 in a U.S. District Court in North Carolina said the company, now called Academi LLC, agreed to pay the fine as part of…

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New NASA mission ready to brave Earth’s radiation belts

Posted  August 9, 2012

NASA’s Radiation Belt Storm Probes mission will send two spacecraft into the harsh environment of our planet’s radiation belts. Final preparations have begun for launch Aug. 23, from Florida’s Space Coast. The RBSP spacecraft are designed to fly and operate in the heart of the most hazardous regions of near-Earth space to collect crucial data….

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Panetta: National Guard, Reserve key to defense strategy

Posted  August 9, 2012

Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta told the airmen and soldiers based at Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station, N.Y., Aug. 9 their service is critical to the defense strategy. Panetta said New York was the cradle of the United States military, and that its critical role for the armed forces continues today. “New York’s Air National…

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Pilot becomes Guard’s first F-35 instructor pilot

Posted  August 9, 2012

An airman became the Air National Guard's first F-35 Lightning II instructor pilot recently at the multi-service, multi-national F-35 Integrated Training Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.....

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JASSM-ER nears operational employment

Posted  August 9, 2012

The 337th Test and Evaluation Squadron at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, is scheduled to complete the final-phase of operational testing for the Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile - Extended Range in late August, marking a significant step toward operational employment.

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