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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 Mars spacecraft reveals more dynamic red planet

Posted  December 11, 2013

NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has revealed to scientists slender dark markings — possibly due to salty water – that advance seasonally down slopes surprisingly close to the Martian equator. “The equatorial surface region of Mars has been regarded as dry, free of liquid or frozen water, but we may need to rethink that,” said Alfred…

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AF officials announce fiscal 2014 civilian workforce shaping

Posted  December 11, 2013

The Air Force will reduce the size of its civilian workforce by about 900 positions in addition to maintaining approximately 7,000 vacancies across the force to meet the demands of a constrained fiscal 2014 budget, officials announced. Specific reductions by location have not been determined. The Air Force will implement civilian workforce shaping initiatives, along…

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Raytheon Excalibur demonstrates unparalleled precision in live-fire testing from PzH2000 self-propelled howitzer

Posted  December 11, 2013

The U.S. Army and Raytheon successfully fired 10 precision-guided Excalibur projectiles during the final phase of compatibility testing at Yuma Proving Ground, Ariz. This live-fire demonstration, funded by the U.S., Germany and supported by Raytheon-funded initial testing, marked the completion of a multi-phase assessment that verified Excalibur’s compatibility and performance with the PzH2000 self-propelled howitzer….

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Orbital mates Cygnus to Antares rocket for upcoming ISS mission

Posted  December 11, 2013

Orbital Sciences Corporation’s (NYSE: ORB) operations team mated the Cygnus spacecraft to the Antares rocket that will launch it to the International Space Station Dec. 18.

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Mars One selects Lockheed Martin to study first private unmanned mission to Mars

Posted  December 11, 2013

Mars One has selected Lockheed Martin to develop a mission concept study for its Mars lander spacecraft. The lander will be based on the successful 2007 NASA Phoenix spacecraft and will be a technology demonstrator. Slated for a 2018 launch, the mission will provide proof of concept for some of the technologies that are important…

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Lockheed Martin, U.S. Navy strengthen international alliance with helicopter acceptance

Posted  December 11, 2013

The Royal Australian Navy accepted the first two MH-60R helicopters from the U.S. Navy in a ceremony Dec. 10 at the Lockheed Martin facility in Owego, N.Y. “The advanced anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare capabilities of the MH-60 Romeo are a game-changer in shifting the advantage from the submarine to the helicopter, which is essential in…

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AF announces additional force management programs to reduce force size

Posted  December 11, 2013

Air Force leaders announced force management programs Dec. 11 designed to reduce the force by thousands of Airmen over the next five years as a result of sequestration. Fiscal 2014 force management initiatives are in addition to the announcement made in July, stating the Air Force will implement several force management programs to meet budget…

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DARPA pioneers tactical mobile devices for soldiers

Posted  December 11, 2013

DARPA photograph An International Security Assistance Force soldier on patrol in a remote forward location in Afghanistan uses a secure mobile handheld device. For the first time in any war, U.S. soldiers on foot patrol across Afghanistan can use secure mobile handheld devices and infantry-tailored apps to access digital maps, set up and share routes,…

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Raytheon, Chemring Group complete first live-fire test of CENTURION launcher

Posted  December 11, 2013

Raytheon, acting through its Missile Systems business, and Chemring Group, acting through Chemring Countermeasures, successfully fired a Javelin missile from the multirole CENTURION® launcher during testing at the Defence Training Estate on Salisbury Plain in England.

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NASA’s tracking, data relay satellite arrives at Kennedy Space Center

Posted  December 11, 2013

NASA’s newest Tracking and Data Relay Satellite is in a temporary home at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida waiting to be attached to a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket that will take it into Earth orbit, Jan. 23. The TDRS-L spacecraft arrived at Kennedy, Dec. 6. After being unloaded from a U.S….

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