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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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Tunnel 9 engineers conduct boundary layer transition experiments at Mach 10

Posted  February 14, 2014

Air Force photograph by Michael Smith Air Force Project Engineer and Purdue University graduate student George Moraru examines the illuminated temperature sensitive paint coating on the large, 7-degree cone prior to the test program. The testing is performed under the Test Resource Management Center and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research funded Hypersonic Center…

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Second Northrop Grumman-built MQ-8C Fire Scout completes first flight

Posted  February 14, 2014

Northrop Grumman photograph by Alan Radecki A second MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned helicopter flew for the first time at Naval Base Ventura County, Pt. Mugu, Calif., on Feb. 12. Current flight tests are focused on validating the flight capabilities of the system before ship-based flights take place this summer. Northrop Grumman and the U.S. Navy…

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Boeing Commercial Crew Program passes NASA hardware, software reviews

Posted  February 14, 2014

Boeing’s Commercial Crew Program recently completed a hardware design review and software safety test, bringing it closer to launching the Crew Space Transportation-100 spacecraft that will return Americans to space. Boeing completed a Critical Design Review for the the system’s Launch Vehicle Adapter, which connects CST-100 to the United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket. The…

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NASA awards mission operations advanced technology, integration contract

Posted  February 14, 2014

NASA has awarded its Advanced Technology and Integration contract to Tietronix Software Inc. of Webster, Texas for support at the agency’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. This firm-fixed price contract begins April 1 with a five-year base period and includes indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity task orders. The value of the contract is $35 million. Tietronix will provide…

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Great deal of symmetry between AF, national commission recommendations

Posted  February 14, 2014

WASHINGTON – The national commission which was created to examine how to modify the Air Force’s structure to best fill current and future mission requirements, presented its recommendations during two public meetings on Capitol Hill here†Jan. 30. The National Commission on the Structure of the Air Force was established by Congress in 2013 to comprehensively…

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Navy conducts assessments to protect environment

Posted  February 14, 2014

The U.S. Navy, in partnership with other federal and local agencies, has deployed teams to assess and respond to potential environmental impacts due to the grounding of the Japanese commercial fishing vessel Daiki Maru in outer Apra Harbor Feb. 13.

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Aerojet Rocketdyne successfully tests large class second stage motor for U.S. Air Force nuclear weapons center

Posted  February 14, 2014

Aerojet Rocketdyne announced Feb. 12 that its Large Class 92″ diameter second stage solid rocket motor was successfully tested at simulated altitude conditions at the Arnold Engineering and Development Complex at Arnold AFB, Tenn. Aerojet Rocketdyne is aGenCorp company. The Large Class second stage was designed, fabricated and tested by Aerojet Rocketdyne for the Air…

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Airmen, Soldiers sharpen search and rescue skills together

Posted  February 14, 2014

Air Force photograph by A1C Ryan Conroy A 12th Combat Aviation Brigade UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter sends debris flying during its decent on a simulated combat search and rescue mission, Jan. 28, 2014, at Cellina Meduna training grounds near Maniago, Italy. There were several aspects to the training mission to include close air support, Survival,…

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SecAF outlines plan to address ‘systemic problems’

Posted  February 14, 2014

Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James shared her observations from her visit with airmen across the ICBM community following revelations of a proficiency-test cheating scandal at Malmstrom Air Force Base, Mont., last month. Speaking to an audience at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, James discussed her visits to bases in Wyoming, North Dakota,…

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Sun sets on Red Flag 14-1

Posted  February 14, 2014

For the last two weeks the skies over Las Vegas have been constantly alive; a living, breathing, anthem of airpower signifying Red Flag is at full throttle.

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