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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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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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Martian crater once may have held groundwater-fed lake

Posted  January 21, 2013

A NASA spacecraft is providing new evidence of a wet underground environment on Mars that adds to an increasingly complex picture of the Red Planet's early evolution.

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Historic Los Alamitos base now home to state-of-the-art Army Reserve headquarters

Posted  January 21, 2013

The 79th Sustainment Support Command officially opened its new 53,000-square-foot headquarters facility on Joint Forces Training Base Los Alamitos, Jan. 12. Hosting fellow Soldiers, civic leaders and community members was Maj. Gen. William D. Frink Jr., 79th SSC commander. “The structure behind me is proof positive of U.S. Army commitment to our Army Reserve Soldiers,”…

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Air Force begins testing new pod capability

Posted  January 21, 2013

Air Force photograph by Samuel King Jr. Maj. Olivia Elliott, of the 40th Flight Test Squadron, examines the LITENING II advanced targeting pod mounted on her A-10 Thunderbolt II prior to a test mission Jan. 10 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. Her mission was to wrap up flight testing of the new Net-T software…

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Air Force Space Command to bolster cyber force

Posted  January 21, 2013

Air Force Space Command expects to be directed to add 1,000 new people, mainly civilians, to its base of about 6,000 cyber professionals for fiscal 2014, the command’s chief said Jan. 17. Speaking with reporters at a meeting of the Defense Writers Group, Gen. William L. Shelton said direction for the hires would come from…

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Northrop Grumman to host industry cay in support of its Air and Missile Defense Radar program offering

Posted  January 21, 2013

Northrop Grumman is seeking innovative U.S.-based defense electronics suppliers interested in supporting its open architecture for the U.S. Navy’s Air and Missile Defense Radar program. Gloria Flach, corporate vice president and president of Northrop Grumman’s Electronic Systems sector, will host an AMDR Industry Day on Wednesday, Jan. 30, at the company’s Electronic Systems sector headquarters…

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Aviation technology advances, FAA tries to keep up

Posted  January 21, 2013

The battery that caught fire in the Japan Airlines 787 in Boston was not overcharged, but government investigators said Jan. 20 there could still be problems with wiring or other charging components. An examination of the flight data recorder indicated that the battery didn’t exceed its designed voltage of 32 volts, the National Transportation Safety…

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NASA announces space station science challenge winners

Posted  January 21, 2013

Students from two schools, one in Iowa and the other in New York, are the winners of the International Space Station (ISS) Science Challenge, NASA announced Jan. 21. Challenge winners from North Tama Elementary in Traer, Iowa, and Madison Elementary in Massena, N.Y., are being inspired to learn more about the space station’s cutting-edge research…

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