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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. Dorothy Roth’s husband and John’s…

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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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Lockheed Martin JLTV completes successful manufacturing review

Posted  December 11, 2013

The Lockheed Martin Joint Light Tactical Vehicle team successfully completed the government's Manufacturing Readiness Assessment, an important milestone on the path to vehicle production at the company's Camden, Ark., manufacturing complex.

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NASA developing legs for space station’s Robonaut 2

Posted  December 11, 2013

NASA engineers are developing climbing legs for the International Space Station’s robotic crewmember Robonaut 2, marking another milestone in space humanoid robotics. The legless R2, currently attached to a support post, is undergoing experimental trials with astronauts aboard the orbiting laboratory. Since its arrival at the station in February 2011, R2 has performed a series…

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News Briefs December 11, 2013

Posted  December 11, 2013

U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan at 2,153 As of Dec. 10, 2013, at least 2,153 members of the U.S. military had died in Afghanistan as a result of the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, according to an Associated Press count. At least 1,785 military service members have died in Afghanistan as a result…

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Headlines December 11, 2013

Posted  December 11, 2013

News New budget deal still leaves big DOD funding gap Capitol Hill’s budget deal is good news for the Pentagon. But it is unlikely to eliminate the need to set in motion long-term money-saving measures such as reducing troop levels, delaying weapons programs and making controversial cuts to military pay and benefits. Lawmakers reach deal…

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Northrop Grumman reinvents satellite communications for aircraft

Posted  December 13, 2013

In one year, Northrop Grumman took a satellite communications system normally used in space and transformed it into a high-functioning, low-cost communications system that can be used on aircraft.

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Boeing realigns research, technology unit for growth, productivity

Posted  December 13, 2013

Boeing announced Dec. 12 it will establish technology research centers in Alabama, California, Missouri, South Carolina and Washington as it continues to lay the foundation for increased competitiveness and future growth. The company will restructure its Boeing Research & Technology organization, the company’s central research-and-development unit, through the establishment of research centers in Huntsville, Ala.;…

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Air Force’s top officer outlines tough budget decisions

Posted  December 13, 2013

With sequestration cemented as law into the foreseeable future, the Air Forces top officer Dec. 11 discussed some tough choices the service faces as its leaders try to pare $12 billion from the budget. In the final session of the Joint Chiefs of Staff series at the American Enterprise Institute here, Air Force Chief of…

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TAI delivers first center fuselage to Northrop Grumman under JSF/F-35 program

Posted  December 13, 2013

Turkish Aerospace Industries, Inc., a subcontractor to Northrop Grumman, delivered its first F-35 Lightning II center fuselage to Northrop Grumman and Lockheed Martin at a ceremony held at TAI’s facilities in Ankara, Turkey, Dec. 11, 2013. This is the first F-35 center fuselage manufactured by TAI as an international manufacturing partner to Northrop Grumman. The…

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Private space vehicle innovators to headline at economic outlook event

Posted  December 13, 2013

Senior executives of two companies partnered in pioneering civilian space travel and new commercial space business will be among the speakers for the Feb. 21, 2014 Antelope Valley Business Outlook Conference at Southern Californiaís Mojave Air and Space Port. The Antelope Valley Board of Trade, organizer of the annual day-long event, announced that George T….

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DARPA takes robots to disaster mitigation trials

Posted  December 13, 2013

Next week, 17 teams will take their multi-limbed, capable-looking robots through eight realistic disaster-response tasks that will make up the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s Robotics Challenge Trials Dec. 21-22 at Florida’s Homestead-Miami Speedway.

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