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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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More than 1,400 students explore aviation careers at Van Nuys Airport

Posted  April 10, 2013

More than 1,400 high school students, more than 40 exhibitors and an array of static aircraft participated in the eighth annual The Skyís the Limit: Aviation Career Day hosted by MP Aero, Van Nuys Airport, Calif., and The Valley Economic Alliance April 5. Congressman Tony C·rdenas spoke to the students about taking their future into…

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Northrop Grumman G/ATOR radar system completes government testing at Wallops Island

Posted  April 10, 2013

The AN/TPS-80 Ground/Air Task Oriented Radar system completed two phases of government developmental testing at the Surface Combat Systems Center in Wallops Island, Va., and has moved into the latest phase of developmental testing in preparation for the future U.S. Marine Corps’ operational assessment. G/ATOR is the first ground-based, multimission radar to be developed for…

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Airman keeps squadron ‘in the fight’

Posted  April 10, 2013

When 26th Expeditionary Rescue Squadron HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopters scramble for a casualty evacuation mission, the environment they are flying into is unpredictable.

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Operation ‘Deep Freeze’ wraps up for the season

Posted  April 10, 2013

Courtesy photograph Personnel from the National Science Foundation depart an Air Force C-17 Globemaster III at McMurdo Station, Antarctica, Oct. 28, 2010. Following the arrival March 18 of SKIER 75 – the last LC-130 “Skibird” aircraft to depart the Operation Deep Freeze Joint Operating Area, the 2012-2013 ODF season completed another successful, yet challenging campaign….

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NASA’s Twitter account wins back-to-back Shorty Awards

Posted  April 10, 2013

NASA’s official Twitter feed, @NASA, has won its second consecutive Shorty award for the best government use of social media. The Shorty Award honors the best of social media across sites such as Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, YouTube, Foursquare and others. NASA took the prize April 8 at the fifth annual Shorty Awards ceremony in New…

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Air Combat Command stands down units due to budget cuts

Posted  April 10, 2013

Air Force officials will begin to stand down active-duty combat units starting April 9 to ensure the remaining units supporting worldwide operations can maintain sufficient readiness through the remainder of the fiscal year. The stand down is the result of cuts to Air Combat Command’s operations and maintenance account, which must be implemented in part…

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Airbus breaks ground on south Alabama plant

Posted  April 10, 2013

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=iD91KdrjOgQ Airbus photograph The ceremonial groundbreaking for Airbusí U.S. A320 Family final assembly line ñ which occurred April 8, 2013, in Mobile, Ala. ñ was marked by Airbus President and CEO Fabrice BrÈgier (fourth from right) and EADS CEO Tom Enders (sixth from right), along with state and national dignitaries, industry leaders and members of…

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Lockheed Martin names VP, deputy program manager For F-35

Posted  April 10, 2013

Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company announced that Jeff Babione has been selected to serve as vice president and deputy program manager of the F-35 Lightning II program. Bridget Lauderdale, vice president and general manager of Aeronautics Operations, will lead the F-16/F-22 Integrated Fighter Group programs in an acting capacity until a permanent replacement for Babione is…

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Lockheed Martin team completes Delta PDR for Next GPS III satellite capabilities

Posted  April 10, 2013

Lockheed Martin has successfully completed a Delta Preliminary Design Review for the next Global Positioning System III satellite vehicles planned under the U.S. Air Force’s GPS III program. The GPS III program will affordably replace aging GPS satellites, while improving capability to meet the evolving demands of military, commercial and civilian users. GPS III satellites…

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Boeing selects location for Brazil aerospace research, technology center

Posted  April 10, 2013

Boeing announced April 9 that it will place its Brazilian research and technology center at the hub of Brazil’s aerospace industry – in the city of São José dos Campos’ Technological Park. The new Boeing Research & Technology-Brazil Center will open later this year in remodeled existing space at the technological park with staffing of…

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