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U.S. Navy, Lockheed Martin ready to launch MUOS-4 Aug. 31

The U.S. Navy and Lockheed Martin are ready to launch the fourth Mobile User Objective System secure communications satellite, MUOS-4, from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., Aug. 31 aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket.

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Arming the RPAs

Airmen from the 62nd Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron provide every munition that is loaded onto an MQ-1B Predator or MQ-9 Reaper at Kandahar Airfield; without them, the RPAs wouldn’t be able to provide combat airpower in Afghanistan.

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Local efforts help keep Dragon Lady flying at 60

In 1955, Disneyland opened its doors for the first time, Elvis made his first TV appearance, Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to give up her bus seat to a white passenger, and the Vietnam War began with fighting between the South and North Vietnam Armies.

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U.S. Navy awards production contract for additional P-8A aircraft, first RAAF planes

The U.S. Navy awarded a nearly $1.5 billion contract Aug. 27 to Boeing Defense, Space & Security for the procurement of 13 Full-Rate Production Lot 2 P-8A Poseidon aircraft.

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A-4 Skyhawks support F-35 operational testing

Courtesy photograph by Frank Crebas Pictured from top down is an F-35 Lightning II, an F-16 Fighting Falcon and an A-4 Skyhawk. In support of an operational test exercise for their F-35s, the Royal Netherlands Air Force contingent at Edwards brought in six A-4s from Draken International, six F-16s from the 162nd Fighter Wing, Arizona…


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AUVSI study finds unmanned aircraft industry poised to create 12,292 new jobs in California in three years

Posted  March 15, 2013

March 12, the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International unveiled new economic data, which finds that the unmanned aircraft industry is poised to create more than 12,292 new jobs in California the first three years following the integration of unmanned aircraft systems into U.S. national airspace system. Integration is scheduled to take place in 2015….

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F-35B arrives at Edwards for missions systems testing

Posted  March 15, 2013

Lockheed Martin photograph by Tom Reynolds BF-17 arrival at Edwards Air Force Base March 5. The F-35B is the short takeoff and vertical landing (STOVL) variant of the F-35 Lightning II and is operated by the Marine Corps. It’s the first mission systems B-variant to arrive at Edwards. The F-35 Integrated Test Force expanded their…

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Groups urge changes in courts-martial procedures

Posted  March 15, 2013

An Air Force general’s decision to reverse a guilty verdict in a sexual assault case is fueling support for legislation that would prevent commanding officers from overturning rulings made by judges and juries at courts-martial proceedings. Anu Bhagwati of the Service Women’s Action Network told a Senate subcommittee March 13 that commanders are unable to…

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Fly-By-Wire F-15SA makes first flight

Posted  March 15, 2013

The U.S. Air Force and its prime contractor Boeing have completed a successful first flight of the new F-15SA advanced fighter aircraft for the Royal Saudi Air Force.

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Edwards begins F-35 operational testing

Posted  March 15, 2013

Air Force photograph by Laura Mowry Edwards entered a new phase of testing on the F-35 Lightning II program March 6 with the arrival of the first two operational test aircraft. The aircraft were flown by Lt. Col. Steven J. Tittel, 31st Test and Evaluation Squadron commander and Maj. Matthew L. Bell, 31st TES Operations…

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Pratt and Whitney, U.S. Air Force complete first depot overhaul of an F119 engine

Posted  March 15, 2013

Pratt & Whitney, a unit of United Technologies Corp., together with its U.S. Air Force partner at the F119 Heavy Maintenance Center at Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., celebrated another significant milestone in the F119 program – the completion of the first depot overhaul for the lead-the-fleet “Compass Vector” engine which powers the F-22 Raptor….

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Air Force to retain additional intratheater airlift aircraft through fiscal 2014

Posted  March 15, 2013

The Air Force announced it will retain additional airlift aircraft through fiscal 2014 in response to a congressional mandate to retain an inventory of 358 intratheater airlift aircraft. The Fiscal Year 2013 National Defense Authorization Act signed into law Jan. 3, 2013, included language directing the retention of additional intratheater airlift aircraft above what was…

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Northrop Grumman, ATK complete primary mirror backplane support wing assemblies for Webb telescope

Posted  March 15, 2013

Northrop Grumman photograph Technicians complete the primary mirror backplane support structure wing assemblies for NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope at ATK’s Space Components facility in Magna, Utah. REDONDO BEACH, Calif. – Northrop Grumman and teammate ATK have completed the fabrication of the primary mirror backplane support structure wing assemblies for NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope….

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Raytheon’s fifth generation hull mounted sonar to enable anti-submarine, undersea warfare

Posted  March 15, 2013

Raytheon has been awarded a sub-contract from Science Applications International Corporation to deliver its first 5th generation medium frequency hull mounted sonar system as part of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency Anti-Submarine Warfare Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessel program. According to the U.S. Navy, 43 nations operate more than 600 submarines; the steady increase in…

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NASA astronaut George Zamka leaves agency

Posted  March 15, 2013

NASA astronaut George Zamka has left the agency and accepted a position with the Federal Aviation Administration supporting Commercial Space Transportation. A veteran of two spaceflights, Zamka served first as pilot on STS-120 in 2007 and three years later as commander on STS-130 in 2010. Before joining NASA, Zamka served in the U.S. Marine Corps…

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