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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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Aviation Partners Boeing appoints Patrick LaMoria executive VP, CCO

Posted  January 18, 2013

Following 11 years of various roles, including business development and product marketing with Boeing, Patrick LaMoria joined Aviation Partners Boeing in 2001 as director of sales and marketing for Europe. LaMoria quickly became an integral part of the APB team and was promoted to vice president of sales & marketing in 2004. Now, expanding his…

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Panetta urges new focus for NATO

Posted  January 18, 2013

DOD photograph by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo U.S. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta, left, meets with British Prime Minister David Cameron at 10 Downing Street in London, Jan. 18, 2013. Panetta is on a six-day trip to Europe to visit with defense counterparts and troops. As the International Security Assistance Force transitions to a sustaining role…

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Airbus reports record deliveries in 2012

Posted  January 18, 2013

Airbus refused to be drawn into the problems afflicting Boeing Co.’s Dreamliner plane as it reported a record number of deliveries for last year. Speaking to reporters at the company’s annual commercial results presentation Jan. 16, Airbus Chief Executive Fabrice Bregier says it wasn’t his place to ìgive Boeing lessonsî and noted that the European…

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California Conservation Corps looking for vets

Posted  January 18, 2013

The California Conservation Corps is inviting veterans aged 18-28 to apply for an exciting opportunity that combines hands-on work experience and skills training in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service. Successful candidates will be enrolled in the CCC Veterans Program full-time and receive USFS training in wild land firefighting, chainsaw, tool use, safety and crew…

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Air Force officials anticipate pay delays for officers, enlisted Airmen promoted in March

Posted  January 18, 2013

Officers and enlisted airmen getting promoted in March will experience pay delays because of the Military Personnel Data System upgrade occurring that month. “Individuals getting promoted from Mar. 4 to Mar. 26 will not get their promotions updated in MilPDS because of the upgrade,” said Lt. Col. Shelley Strong, Air Force Personnel Center operations division…

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Boeing to upgrade CSEL radios, base stations

Posted  January 18, 2013

Boeing [will upgrade U.S. Air Force Combat Survivor Evader Locator handheld radios with new capabilities to enable faster search and rescue of isolated personnel, and also upgrade the CSEL ultrahigh frequency base stations, under contracts valued at $13.6 million. “These new contracts confirm that Boeing is meeting our commitments to provide our military customers with…

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Headlines: January 16, 2013

Posted  January 16, 2013

News Two Japanese airlines ground Boeing 787 Dreamliners after battery problems in cockpit lead to emergency landing in latest problem for new high-tech aircraft Two Japanese airlines have grounded their entire fleets of Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner planes for safety checks. The move comes after one of the aircraft was forced to make an emergency landing…

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Local Briefs – January 16, 2013

Posted  January 16, 2013

Romanian ex-official can be extradited to U.S. A Romanian court has ruled that a former defense ministry official indicted in the U.S. for trying to illegally export military equipment to Iran can be extradited. The Bucharest Appeals Court said Jan. 15 that it agreed to surrender Aurel Fratila to U.S. authorities. Romanian Intelligence Service spokesman…

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Lockheed Martin receives U.S. Air Force approval for sniper pod rull-rate production under ATP-SE program

Posted  January 16, 2013

The U.S. Air Force approved full-rate production for Lockheed Martin’s SniperÆ Advanced Targeting Pod (ATP) under the ATP-Sensor Enhancement program. Building on the technology of legacy ATP pods, Sniper pods in the new ATP-SE configuration provide expanded mission capability and recently completed stringent operational testing to confirm their maturity for fielding and full-rate production. Sniper…

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Raytheon awarded $12.3 million contract for HARM upgrade

Posted  January 16, 2013

The U.S. Air Force has awarded Raytheon a $12.3 million contract to begin full rate production of High-Speed Anti-Radiation Missile Control Section Modification upgrade units. Raytheon received the award as the result of a down-select competition. The modification adds a GPS receiver and an improved inertial measurement unit for precision navigation to the existing HARM….

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