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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. Dorothy Roth’s husband and John’s…

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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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Boeing, SilkAir sign exclusive pilot training agreement

Posted  February 8, 2013

Boeing and Singapore-based SilkAir announced a five-year exclusive pilot training agreement Feb. 6. The training agreement will support SilkAir’s fleet transition to Boeing airplanes. “SilkAir pilots will soon train with the most experienced 737 instructors,” said Leslie Thng, SilkAir Chief Executive. “The experience and expertise at Boeing will ensure a smooth transition when we take…

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Panetta warns sequestration threatens national readiness

Posted  February 8, 2013

In some of his strongest language to date, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta warned Feb. 6 that looming, massive cuts in the Defense Department budget set to be triggered by sequestration next month would pose the “most serious readiness crisis” to the country in over a decade. Panetta made the comments during a speech to…

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Northrop Grumman successfully flight demonstrates new mission management control system for UASs

Posted  February 8, 2013

Northrop Grumman successfully flew a RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned aircraft for the first time using open architecture-based command and control software and hardware developed by the company, moving the company one step closer to offering its common Mission Management Control System product, which can be implemented across various unmanned aircraft systems to improve mission effectiveness…

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Secretary discusses 2014 defense budget request

Posted  February 8, 2013

Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta revealed that the proposed military pay raise for 2014 is 1 percent, and that the department is proceeding in a logical, careful way to do its part to cut the deficit and preserve military capabilities. Panetta and Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff,…

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UTC discloses $3.5 million in revenue for two overseas affiliates ending Iran business

Posted  February 8, 2013

United Technologies Corp. says two overseas affiliates earned $630,000 as the company ended business with Iran. The aerospace and building systems conglomerate based in Hartford, Conn., disclosed in its annual report Feb. 7 that its non-U.S. affiliates generated $3.5 million in revenue ìrelated to the orderly winding down of legacy business related to sale of…

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NASA hosts first Google+ hangout connecting with space station

Posted  February 8, 2013

NASA will host its first Google+ Hangout live with the International Space Station from 11 a.m. to noon EST, Feb. 22. This event will connect NASA’s social media followers with astronauts on the ground and living and working aboard the laboratory orbiting 240 miles above Earth. Google+ Hangouts allow as many as 10 people to…

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Divisions will get 9 Gray Eagles to train, but deploy with 12

Posted  February 8, 2013

Army photograph by Spec. Roland Hale An MQ-1C Gray Eagle unmanned aircraft makes its way down an airfield on Camp Taji, Iraq, before a surveillance mission in the Baghdad area, in this undated file photo. The Army plans additional Gray Eagle units, one for each of 10 active-duty divisions, and several more for special operations…

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Boeing Phantom Eye completes taxi tests, readies for return to flight

Posted  February 8, 2013

NASA photograph by Carla Thomas Boeing’s liquid hydrogen-powered Phantom Eye unmanned aircraft system has completed taxi testing at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., as it progresses toward its second flight. During the testing, which occurred Feb. 6, the Phantom Eye demonstrator aircraft sitting atop its launch cart reached speeds up to 40 knots, or approximately…

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Headlines: February 6, 2013

Posted  February 6, 2013

Business Dreamliner probe results “weeks away,” NTSB chief says The National Transportation Safety Board is “probably weeks away” from completing its probe into battery problems on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, but will share its latest information on the jet Feb. 7, agency head Deborah Hersman said. Boeing asks for permission to start new Dreamliner flights…

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News Briefs February 6, 2013

Posted  February 6, 2013

United Technologies approves buyback of 60 million shares United Technologies may buy back up to 60 million of its shares, replacing an approximately $4.3 billion stock buyback program which began almost three years ago and is nearly spent. The industrial conglomerate said Feb. 4 that the new program’s value is $5.4 billion at today’s stock…

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