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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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Carter announces manufacturing initiative to aid war fighters

The Defense Department is partnering with a large-scale consortium in the creation of a National Manufacturing Innovation Institute to produce hybrid electronics, Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced Aug. 28 at Moffett Federal Airfield, Calif.

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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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NASA selects experimental commercial suborbital flight payloads

Posted  January 23, 2013

NASA’s Flight Opportunities Program has selected 13 cutting-edge space technology payloads for flights on commercial reusable launch vehicles, balloons and a commercial parabolic aircraft in 2013 and 2014. The flights will allow participants to demonstrate their technologies to the edge of space and back, before committing them to the harsh and unforgiving conditions of spaceflight….

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Northcom pursues closer engagement with Mexico

Posted  January 23, 2013

Air Force photograph by TSgt. Thomas J. Doscher Air Force photograph by TSgt. Thomas J. Doscher Army Gen. Charles H. Jacoby Jr., commander of North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command, and Mexican Navy Secretary Adm. Mariano Saynez pause briefly at the NORAD and Northcom Sept. 11 Memorial during Saynezís visit to the…

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U.S. Army awards $12 million contract for AeroVironment Wasp AE small UAS on behalf of U.S. Marine Corps

Posted  January 23, 2013

AeroVironment, Inc. announced Jan. 23 that NAVAIR’s Program Office for Navy & Marine Corps Small Tactical Unmanned Aircraft Systems, working collaboratively with the U.S. Army’s Counter-IED Program Office, awarded a contract Sept. 21, 2012, for AeroVironment Wasp® AE small unmanned aircraft systems, initial spares packages, training services and one year of contractor logistics support. The…

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KC-135 tankers get a boost from innovative, fuel-saving engines

Posted  January 23, 2013

Some decades-old KC-135 Stratotanker are drinking from the fountain of youth — or at least the engines are. Airmen installed the first of 1,440 upgraded Stratotanker engines at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., Jan. 15. The 1970s engine parts will be replaced with modern engines that burn less fuel and run longer without repairs, officials…

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AFA’s 2013 Air Warfare Symposium explores challenges of the Air Force in today’s fiscal environment

Posted  January 23, 2013

The Air Force Association is pleased to confirm that the Secretary of the Air Force and Under Secretary of the Air Force have approved Air Force participation in AFA’s 29th Annual Air Warfare Symposium and Technology Exposition, Feb. 20-22, 2013. The conference will once again be held at the Rosen Shingle Creek Hotel in Orlando,…

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Boeing delivers Indian Air Force’s first C-17 to flight test

Posted  January 23, 2013

Boeing delivers Indian Air Force’s first C-17 to flight test LONG BEACH, Calif. – Boeing on Jan. 22 delivered – on schedule– the first of 10 C-17 Globemaster III airlifters for the Indian Air Force. India’s first C-17 will now enter a U.S. Air Force flight test program at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. Boeing…

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NASA, Ahoora Foundation unite to ignite students’ passion for science, space, technology

Posted  January 23, 2013

Candy, soda and other everyday items will be the tools of the trade for teenage rocket makers competing in the What If? Live Student Design Challenge, which kicked off Jan. 22 by NASA and the Ahoora Foundation of Plano, Texas. Registration is open through Feb. 28 for the worldwide contest, in which 14- to 18-year-old…

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Headlines: January 21, 2013

Posted  January 21, 2013

News Pentagon grounds Marine Corps model of F-35 fighter jet The Pentagon and U.S. Navy Jan. 18 grounded the Marine Corps version of Lockheed Martin Corp’s F-35 fighter jet after an incident that occurred during a training flight at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida Jan. 16.   Business U.S. 787 probe puts spotlight on…

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News Briefs January 21, 2013

Posted  January 21, 2013

Judge requiring Bales to undergo sanity review The military judge overseeing the case of Staff Sgt. Robert Bales said Jan. 17 that he will require Bales to undergo an official review of his sanity before he can present any mental health defense to charges of massacring Afghan civilians. Bales deferred entering a plea Jan. 17…

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F-35 training ‘Year of execution’ in review

Posted  January 21, 2013

This time last year, the 33rd Fighter Wing at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., stood up its Marine squadron with a fleet of aircraft with the thought 2012 would be their “year of execution.” Air Force F-35 Lightning IIs stationed here would take off for their first of hundreds of sorties that year once they…

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