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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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Headlines – January 29, 2014

Posted  January 29, 2014

News: A three-horse race emerges for HASC gavel – The race for the House Armed Services Committee gavel is underway, and sources see the panel’s vice chairman as the odds-on favorite despite an expected challenge from an up-and-coming rival. Group tries to tie HASC members, Republican hawks to Tea Party – A left-leaning political organization has concluded…

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Veterans homes hiring for positions throughout the state

Posted  January 31, 2014

In preparation for the opening of the Skilled Nursing Facilities at Redding and Fresno the Veterans Homes of California are launching a hiring blitz. Redding and Fresno veterans homes opened in October 2013 as Residential Care Facilities and have veteran residents and are now proceeding to open their SNF Units. To operate skilled nursing facilities…

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Lockheed Martin MUOS satellite tests show extensive reach in polar communications capability

Posted  January 31, 2014

  Lockheed Martin recently demonstrated that the U.S. Navy’s Mobile User Objective System satellites may help solve communication challenges in the arctic. Now people spread over thousands of square miles could have access to more secure, reliable communications. During company-funded tests, MUOS voice and data signals reached much farther north than previously thought, just 30…

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NASA-sponsored ‘disk detective’ lets public search for new planetary nurseries

Posted  January 31, 2014

NASA is inviting the public to help astronomers discover embryonic planetary systems hidden among data from the agency’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer mission through a new website, DiskDetective.org. Disk Detective is NASA’s largest crowdsourcing project whose primary goal is to produce publishable scientific results. It exemplifies a new commitment to crowdsourcing and open data by…

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Navy tests small UAV support equipment

Posted  January 31, 2014

Aviation Support Equipment Technician 1st Class (Aviation Warfare) Clyde Williams,left, and engineers Doug Waddell and Wayne Hewitt, from the Support Equipment Test and Evaluation Branch, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J. conduct tilt-table testing with the RQ-21A Blackjack unmanned aircraft vehicle Jan.16 at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md. Tilt-table testing is conducted on all support equipment…

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U.S. Army, Lockheed Martin complete advanced autonomous convoy demonstration

Posted  January 31, 2014

The U.S. Army Tank-Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center and Lockheed Martin have demonstrated the ability of fully autonomous convoys to operate in urban environments with multiple vehicles of different models.

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U.S. Army, Australian leaders talk research, development cooperation

Posted  January 31, 2014

Australia's chief defense scientist met with U.S. Army leaders Jan. 27, to explore opportunities for research and development partnerships.

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Boeing to mentor AMRO through NASA mentor-protege program

Posted  January 31, 2014

Boeing will continue its tradition of helping small businesses by partnering with El Monte, Calif.,-based AMRO Fabricating Corporation through NASA’s Mentor-Protege Program. The focus of the three-year agreement is the work the companies are doing for NASA’s Space Launch System, the next-generation heavy-lift launch vehicle for deep space exploration. Boeing is prime contractor for the…

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Navy to christen second Mobile Landing Platform

Posted  January 31, 2014

The Navy will christen Mobile Landing Platform John Glenn Feb. 1, during a 10 a.m., PST, ceremony in San Diego, Calif. Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert, will deliver the ceremony’s principal address.   Lyn Glenn, daughter of Sen. John Glenn, will serve as the ship’s sponsor. The future USNS John Glenn (MLP 2),…

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Boeing outlook sinks stock despite solid fourth quarter profit

Posted  January 31, 2014

Boeing is building airplanes faster, but Wall Street wants it to build profits faster, too. Boeing shares dropped more than 5 percent Jan. 29 after it said this year’s profit and revenue would grow less than analysts had been expecting. There are a number of reasons. Boeing’s defense business is slowing down as governments dial…

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