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Navy’s first F-35C squadron surpasses 1,000 flight hours

Air Force photograph by Samuel King Jr. An F-35C Lightning II aircraft piloted by Lt. Cmdr. Chris Tabert, assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 101, flies the squadron’s first local sortie. The F-35C is the carrier variant of the Joint Strike Fighter. VFA 101, based at Eglin Air Force Base, serves as the F-35C Fleet…

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Boeing South Carolina begins final assembly of its first 787-9 Dreamliner

Boeing has started final assembly of the 787-9 Dreamliner at its South Carolina facility. The team began joining large fuselage sections of the newest 787 Nov. 22 on schedule, a proud milestone for the South Carolina team and another sign of stability for the program. The North Charleston, S.C., site joins Boeing’s Everett, Wash., final…

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Ball Aerospace equips Orion mission with key avionics, antenna hardware

Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. is providing the phased array antennas and flight test cameras to prime contractor Lockheed Martin for Orion's Exploration Flight Test-1 (EFT-1), which is an unmanned test flight scheduled to launch from Cape Canaveral, Fla.

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President announces Hagelís resignation as defense secretary

Courtesy photograph Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel shakes hands with President Barack Obama at the White House Nov. 24. The president announced that Hagel would resign his position as defense secretary. Praising Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s class and integrity, President Barack Obama announced Nov. 24 at the White House that Hagel will leave his post. The…

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SEWIP block upgrade program evaluated for LCS

The Navy is evaluating a scaled-down version of the Surface Electronic Warfare Improvement Program system for potential incorporation on future Littoral Combat Ships


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Machinists give Boeing 777X proposal for Wash.

Posted  December 13, 2013

On the second day of talks between Boeing Commercial Airplanes officials and Machinists union leaders, the union said Dec. 11 it presented a preliminary proposal for a contract that would mean much of the work on the company’s new 777X jet would be done in the Puget Sound region. The proposal would secure wing fabrication…

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Boeing issues statement on IAM talks, plans South Carolina expansion activities

Posted  December 13, 2013

Boeing and the International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers District 751 have completed a third day of meetings following an attempt last month to secure a contract extension. Dec. 12, in response to a proposal presented Dec. 11 by the union to secure 777X work in the Puget Sound region, Boeing presented a best…

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Hubble Space Telescope sees evidence of water vapor venting off Jovian moon

Posted  December 13, 2013

NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has observed water vapor above the frigid south polar region of Jupiter’s moon Europa, providing the first strong evidence of water plumes erupting off the moon’s surface. Previous scientific findings from other sources already point to the existence of an ocean located under Europa’s icy crust. Researchers are not yet certain…

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GA-ASI successfully tests SAA system components aboard Predator B

Posted  December 13, 2013

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc., a leading manufacturer of Remotely Piloted Aircraft, tactical reconnaissance radars, and electro-optic surveillance systems, announced Dec. 12 the completion of the first of several planned flight tests of a Sense and Avoid architecture and Self Separation functionality. This marks the first time the system has functioned as a true “system…

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Corps commander: Sequestration bites into readiness

Posted  December 13, 2013

Strapped for operating funds due to sequestration, yet charged with providing ready forces to support the U.S. rebalance to the Asia-Pacific region, the I Corps commander said he is channeling the resources he has where it matters most: into training junior troops and developing future leaders. Sequestration has hit I Corps “pretty significantly,” Army Lt….

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Another C-130J Super Hercules rolls to The Rock

Posted  December 13, 2013

The 61st Airlift Squadron at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark., received another C-130J Super Hercules that was ferried from the Lockheed Martin plant in Marietta, Ga., by a U.S. Air Force crew, Dec. 12, 2013. The 61st, which has operated C-130s since 1956, is part of Air Mobility Command’s 19th Airlift Wing.

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Military communication improved as sixth Boeing-built Wideband Satellite enters service

Posted  December 13, 2013

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – The sixth Boeing Wideband Global SATCOM satellite, funded by the Commonwealth of Australia – the program’s first partner outside the United States – has been delivered on orbit to the U.S. Air Force, boosting communications capabilities for the U.S. military and its allies. Australia’s funding of the spacecraft provided the Australian…

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News Briefs December 13, 2013

Posted  December 13, 2013

Tuskegee airman William Booker dead at 90 William L. Booker, one of the black military aviators known as the Tuskegee Airmen, has died at the age of 90. Booker’s family says he died Nov. 30 at a Kirkland, Wash., nursing home after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. Booker served as a navigator and flight…

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Headlines December 13, 2013

Posted  December 13, 2013

News: Chinese try to halt U.S. cruiser in international waters – A Chinese naval vessel tried to force a U.S. guided missile warship to stop in international waters recently, causing a tense military standoff in the latest case of Chinese maritime harassment, according to defense officials.   Business: Boeing must decide on F/A-18 production in March…

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NASA, CASIS make space station accessible for stem cell research

Posted  December 16, 2013

NASA and the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space are enabling research aboard the International Space Station that could lead to new stem cell-based therapies for medical conditions faced on Earth and in space. Scientists will take advantage of the space station’s microgravity environment to study the properties of non-embryonic stem cells. NASA…

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