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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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Mars Science Lab prepares to drill for samples

Posted  January 25, 2013

After a successful first use of the Mars Dusting Tool, Curiosity is ready to start drilling into the surface of Mars. This has never been done before.

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VA, Ancestry.com partner to index historic burial records

Posted  January 25, 2013

The Department of Veterans Affairs has partnered with the Internet-based genealogy research firm Ancestry.com to bring burial records from historic national cemetery ledgers into the digital age. The effort will make the collection – predominantly of Civil War interments – accessible to researchers and Ancestry.com subscribers undertaking historical and genealogical research. “We are excited to…

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NASA announces new screening of space program artifacts

Posted  January 25, 2013

NASA again is inviting eligible educational institutions, museums and other organizations to screen and request historical space artifacts. This is the 16th screening of artifacts since 2009. The artifacts represent significant human spaceflight technologies and processes and the accomplishments of NASA’s many programs. NASA and the General Services Administration worked together to ensure broad access…

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ATTREX campaign: Into the stratosphere for better climate science

Posted  January 25, 2013

NASA is about to begin a multi-year airborne science campaign to investigate unexplored regions of the upper atmosphere and how its chemistry is changing Earth in a warming climate.

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NASA’s TDRS Flight 6, Built by Northrop Grumman, marks 20 years on orbit

Posted  January 25, 2013

The sixth Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS), built for NASA by Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC), marked 20 years of successful on-orbit performance Jan. 13, surpassing its design life by a decade.

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World’s most powerful engine blazes path for Space Launch System advanced propulsion

Posted  January 25, 2013

To help develop the nation¹s future heavy lift rocket, NASA resurrected the world’s most powerful rocket engine ever flown – the mighty F-1 that powered the Saturn V rocket – and test fired it’s gas generator today at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. NASA engineers ran the gas generator at the Marshall…

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Lockheed Martin names executive VP for Space Systems and executive VP IS&GS

Posted  January 25, 2013

Lockheed Martin’s board of directors has approved the appointment of Rick F. Ambrose, 54, to executive vice president of its Space Systems business, and Sondra L. Barbour, 50, to EVP of its Information Systems & Global Solutions business. The appointments are effective April 1, and follow announcements that Joanne Maguire, 58, EVP, Space Systems, and…

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News Briefs – January 25, 2013

Posted  January 25, 2013

Symbol of Argentina’s decaying navy sinks in port Argentina’s defense chief says he’s ashamed over the sinking of a mothballed Navy destroyer, an incident that critics say reflects the abandonment of a once-proud fleet. The ARA Trinidad led Argentina’s 1982 sea war against Britain, but has long been used for spare parts. The Navy said…

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US planes deliver French troops to Mali

Posted  January 25, 2013

Air Force photograph by SrA. James Richardson French soldiers march to a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III in support of missions in the Republic of Mali in January 2013. The United States agreed to help France airlift troops and equipment into Mali. The U.S. Air Force began transporting French soldiers and military equipment Jan….

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Tunisia’s First C-130J Sees Daylight

Posted  January 25, 2013

Lockheed Martin photograph by Thinh Nguyen Lockheed Martin has completed painting the first of two Tunisian Air Force C-130J-30 Super Hercules. Tunisia currently operates a fleet of C-130Hs and C-130Bs, first purchased in the mid-1980s. The new C-130Js will support Tunisian operations across the mission spectrum, including relief efforts around the world, firefighting and traditional…

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