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Navy’s first F-35C squadron surpasses 1,000 flight hours

Air Force photograph by Samuel King Jr. An F-35C Lightning II aircraft piloted by Lt. Cmdr. Chris Tabert, assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 101, flies the squadron’s first local sortie. The F-35C is the carrier variant of the Joint Strike Fighter. VFA 101, based at Eglin Air Force Base, serves as the F-35C Fleet…

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Boeing South Carolina begins final assembly of its first 787-9 Dreamliner

Boeing has started final assembly of the 787-9 Dreamliner at its South Carolina facility. The team began joining large fuselage sections of the newest 787 Nov. 22 on schedule, a proud milestone for the South Carolina team and another sign of stability for the program. The North Charleston, S.C., site joins Boeing’s Everett, Wash., final…

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Ball Aerospace equips Orion mission with key avionics, antenna hardware

Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. is providing the phased array antennas and flight test cameras to prime contractor Lockheed Martin for Orion's Exploration Flight Test-1 (EFT-1), which is an unmanned test flight scheduled to launch from Cape Canaveral, Fla.

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President announces Hagel’s resignation as defense secretary

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel shakes hands with President Barack Obama at the White House Nov. 24. The president announced that Hagel would resign his position as defense secretary. Praising Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s class and integrity, President Barack Obama announced Nov. 24 at the White House that Hagel will leave his post. The president said…

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SEWIP block upgrade program evaluated for LCS

The Navy is evaluating a scaled-down version of the Surface Electronic Warfare Improvement Program system for potential incorporation on future Littoral Combat Ships


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Carter visits DMZ, U.S. troops at end of Asia-Pacific tour

Posted  July 27, 2012

Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter got a close look at some of North Korea's forces and spoke to some 300 of the U.S. troops stationed in South Korea to deter them July 26.

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Local band has military, aerospace roots

Posted  July 27, 2012

More than anything, Vagrant X is about building relationships, exchanging energy and bonding.

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Astrotech to process second Navy MUOS satellite

Posted  July 27, 2012

Astrotech Corporation, and its Astrotech Space Operations subsidiary, leading providers of commercial space services, announced July 27 that the U. S. Department of the Navy’s Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command has selected ASO to provide payload processing services for the second in a series of Mobile User Objective System satellites. Astrotech supported the first…

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Pentagon still grappling with rules of cyberwar

Posted  July 27, 2012

The Pentagon is still grappling with how to write the rules of cyberwarfare, such as when and how to fire back against a computer-based attack, senior military leaders told Congress July 25. Four months ago the military’s top cyberwarrior predicted the rules would be ironed out in a “month or two” and sent to other…

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Mojave’s PCS salutes air traffic control

Posted  July 27, 2012

July 21, the Mojave Transportation Museum offered their thanks to the Mojave Unicom and Air Traffic Control at Plane Crazy Saturday.

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Raytheon awarded $925 million for advanced Standard Missile-3

Posted  July 27, 2012

The Missile Defense Agency awarded Raytheon a $925 million contract for development of the Standard Missile-3 Block IIA missile, which is a co-development effort between the U.S. and Japan. “As the threat continues to evolve, so does our ability to counter that threat,” said Dr. Taylor W. Lawrence, president of Raytheon Missile Systems. “We’re honored…

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End of an era for Academy’s gliders

Posted  July 27, 2012

The TG-10C gliders that have been the Air Force Academy's sailplane of choice for basic and aerobatic training for the last decade ascended for its final flight in Colorado Springs, Colo., July 23.

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United Technologies closes Goodrich acquisition

Posted  July 27, 2012

United Technologies Corp. announced July 26 it has completed its acquisition of Goodrich Corporation, marking a major milestone for the company and strengthening its position in the commercial aerospace industry. Goodrich will be combined with Hamilton Sundstrand to create the new UTC Aerospace Systems business unit, headquartered in Charlotte, N.C. The increased scale, financial strength…

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Winnefeld honors Korean War veterans’ service, sacrifice

Posted  July 27, 2012

The bond between the U.S. and South Korea was built on blood and sacrifice, the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff noted as he observed the 59th anniversary of the Korean War Armistice at Arlington National Cemetery July 27. Navy Adm. James A. Winnefeld Jr. joined Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta during the…

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Air Force partners with schools, universities to promote STEM

Posted  July 27, 2012

Teachers from across the U.S. became students for a week during an Air Force-sponsored ASM International Materials Camp July 13 at Howard University, Washington, D.C.

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