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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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Pentagon lifts F-35 grounding following inspections

Posted  March 4, 2013

The Defense Department lifted its grounding of the F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter after analysis concluded that a cracked turbine blade in an engine on a single plane resulted from overuse in test operations, according to an official with the F-35 Joint Program Office. In an email statement, the official, Kyra Hawn, said engineers…

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Secretary details results of sequestration uncertainty

Posted  March 4, 2013

Soldier and Marine training, Air Force flying hours and Navy steaming days are being curtailed thanks to the $47 billion in cuts DOD must make before Sept. 30, 2013, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said March 1. The secretary stressed at the start of his first press conference as Defense Secretary that the uncertainty caused by…

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Arlington museum showcases military women’s contributions

Posted  March 4, 2013

A living legacy to women who served in all branches of the U.S. military honors their service and sacrifice inside the Women’s Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery. The museum in the memorial depicts the “duty, honor and pride” of the 2 million women who served to defend the United States, from the beginning of the…

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Aerojet hosts NASA, Lockheed Martin Orion Program leadership to discuss next-generation spacecraft progress

Posted  March 4, 2013

Aerojet announced March 1 , a that it hosted NASA and Lockheed Martin program leadership at its Redmond facility on Feb. 27 to recognize Aerojet contributions to the Orion program and to discuss progress on America’s next-generation spacecraft. More than 100 employees gathered in Redmond to hear NASA Orion Crew and Service Module Manager, Charlie…

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President nominates 1st female Air Force Academy superintendent

Posted  March 4, 2013

The president of the United States nominated Maj. Gen. Michelle Johnson for the appointment to the rank of lieutenant general and for assignment to serve as Air Force Academy’s 19th superintendent. If confirmed by the Senate, Johnson would become the first woman to hold the position. Currently serving as NATO’s deputy chief of staff for…

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Air Force cuts aviation support at public events

Posted  March 4, 2013

Cuts include cancellation of The USAF Thunderbirds As the U.S. Air Force braces for potential sequester, leadership has cancelled all aviation support to public events for at least the remainder of the fiscal year and is standing down the Thunderbirds aerial demonstration team to save flying hours to support readiness needs. Effective March 1, active-duty,…

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AF leaders warn of sequester impacts on replacing an aging fleet

Posted  March 4, 2013

Two senior Air Force leaders warned last week of the impacts sequestration and a continuing resolution will have on the service’s acquisitions and programs. Lt. Gens. Michael Moeller, the deputy chief of staff for strategic plans and programs, and Charles Davis, the military deputy, office of assistant secretary of the Air Force acquisitions, testified to…

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Boeing, Cathay Pacific announce order for three 747-8 feighters

Posted  March 4, 2013

Boeing and Cathay Pacific Airways March 4 announced an order for three 747-8 Freighter airplanes. The order, valued at approximately $1 billion at list prices, also includes options for five additional 777 Freighters. The new additions will bolster Cathay Pacific’s 747-8 Freighter fleet to 13 airplanes. “The 747-8 Freighter has provided our revamped cargo fleet…

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Headlines: March 1, 2013

Posted  March 1, 2013

News SpaceX rocket blasts off for space station cargo runĀ  A rocket built by Space Exploration Technologies blasted off March 1 carrying a capsule filled with food, supplies and science experiments for the International Space Station.   Business Boeing cuts contract workers at 787 plant in South Carolina Boeing is trimming the number of temporary…

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Patriot Sands teams Reserve Airmen with federal agencies for contingency exercise

Posted  March 1, 2013

A joint response exercise here brought Air Force and federal agencies together for a national contingency exercise, Feb. 21-23.

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