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Northrop, Navy celebrate legacy of EA-6B Prowler

The U.S. Navy's venerable EA-6B Prowler tactical jamming aircraft, designed and built by Northrop Grumman, has been a fixture at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Wash., and in the nation's carrier-based strike forces since 1971.

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NORTHERN EDGE provides environment for testing new capabilities

With 18 experiments and initiatives undergoing field testing in Alaskan training ranges throughout Exercise Northern Edge 15, no other venue is as well suited for high-end operational testing.

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Ogden ALC completes test flight after F-35B STOVL mods

The Ogden Air Logistics Complex in Utah completed an F-35B functional check flight here June 18, 2015, after the first depot-level modifications were completed on two F-35B STOVLs for the Marine Corps.

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Fourth Lockheed Martin-built MUOS secure comm satellite shipped

Delivered by the U.S. Navy and Lockheed Martin, the fourth Mobile User Objective System satellite arrived at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, yesterday prior to its expected August launch aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket.

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AFTC needs to be ‘agile, ready, right’

The Air Force Test Center added a page to its three-year history June 18 when Maj. Gen. David A. Harris stepped into the role of commander. Gen. Ellen M. Pawlikowski, commander of Air Force Materiel Command, presided as the center transitioned to a new leader for the very first time.


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NASA’s next-generation communications satellite arrives at Kennedy

Posted  December 21, 2012

NASA’s newest Tracking and Data Relay Satellite, known as TDRS-K, arrived Dec. 18 at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida in preparation for a Jan. 29 launch. TDRS-K arrived aboard a U.S. Air Force C-17 from the Boeing Space and Intelligence Systems assembly facility in El Segundo, Calif. For almost 30 years, the TDRS…

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Army invests in ideas for stronger future

Posted  December 21, 2012

It’s hard to pinpoint the exact moment a scientist gets a spark of inspiration when a new idea strikes like lightning. It’s even harder to harness innovation and mold it in tangible ways that benefit the greater good. That’s why the U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center, or ECBC, here, is giving its workforce the…

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Boeing delivers first P-8I Maritime Patrol Aircraft

Posted  December 21, 2012

Boeing photograph Boeing Dec. 19 made an on-site delivery of the first P-8I aircraft to the Indian Navy in Seattle, in accordance with the contract. India will receive this aircraft and two more of its eight contracted P-8Is in 2013. The program is progressing on schedule as Boeing assembles the fourth and fifth P-8Is, which…

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Posted  December 19, 2012

Business British aerospace boost from Airbus and Rolls-Royce; In defense-heavy San Diego, ‘fiscal cliff’ threat hits home;   Defense Defense bill bans funding for joint missile program;   International U.K. to withdraw 3,800 troops from Afghanistan during 2013; Scottish independence: Lords committee criticises Trident stance; Royal Air Force Red Arrows death: Jon Egging crash report…

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News Briefs December 19, 2012

Posted  December 19, 2012

Iran says it got two more U.S. drones in past missions The naval chief of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard claims Iranian forces had captured at least two other U.S. drones before unveiling a purportedly downed ScanEagle craft earlier this month. The Dec. 17 report by the official IRNA news agency does not say when the two…

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AETC declares Eglin ready for F-35 training

Posted  December 19, 2012

Following an independent evaluation of Eglin’s capability to conduct F-35A Lightning II pilot training, Air Education and Training Command announced Dec. 17 that the 33rd Fighter Wing, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., can do so starting January 2013. “The preliminary results provided by the Joint Operational Test Team show the F-35A aircraft and its pilot…

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X-47B UCAS completes first at-sea trials

Posted  December 19, 2012

The X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System demonstrator completed its first at-sea test phase aboard the nuclear powered aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) Dec. 18.

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FRC East delivers first Italian AV-8

Posted  December 19, 2012

Navy photograph Col. Mitchell A. Bauman, Fleet Readiness Center East Commanding Officer, Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C., stands with the first Italian Navy AV-8 to undergo planned maintenance and modification work at the facility. FRC East recently completed the extensive aircraft upgrades in 201 daysó19 days earlier than projected and more than $275,000…

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New F-16 software platform to be tested by 40th, 85th

Posted  December 19, 2012

Developmental testing for an F-16 operational flight program will be accomplished at the 40th Flight Test Squadron and 85th Test and Evaluation Squadron at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., for the first time. The testing for Block 40 and 50 model F-16s is scheduled to begin in 2014 and will also be the first time…

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Intelligent control for performance: Reducing drag, saving fuel

Posted  December 19, 2012

NASA Dryden’s versatile F/A-18 Full Scale Advanced Systems Testbed aircraft recently completed a series of flights that explored reducing fuel consumption during cruise flight conditions by making small modifications to existing control laws and mechanisms in the aircraft’s flight control computer. As part of the Intelligent Control for Performance research project, a special computer code…

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