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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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World War II veterans honored for part in Operation Dragoon

Posted  July 23, 2012

A group of World War II veterans was recognized July 21 in a ceremony held in Washington, D.C., for their gallantry during a 1944 combat operation in southern France. Operation Dragoon lasted from...

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Space

NASA successfully tests hypersonic inflatable heat shield

Posted  July 23, 2012

A large inflatable heat shield developed by NASA’s Space Technology Program has successfully survived a trip through Earth’s atmosphere while travelling at hypersonic speeds up to 7,600 mph. The Inflatable Reentry Vehicle Experiment (IRVE-3) was launched by sounding rocket at 7:01 a.m. Monday from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island, Va. The purpose of…

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Boeing, Warner Robins Air Logistics Complex deliver second LRIP C-130 AMP aircraft

Posted  July 23, 2012

Boeing and the U.S. Air Force’s Warner Robins Air Logistics Complex in Georgia delivered the second C-130 Avionics Modernization Program aircraft modified by Warner Robins on July 17. The aircraft is the fifth to be delivered to Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark.; the first three were modified by Boeing. The Boeing C-130 AMP contract…

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Defense

Teamwork leads to record-breaking achievement

Posted  July 23, 2012

A B-1B Lancer just made history. The aircraft swept through programmed depot maintenance in record-breaking time - just 129 flow days.

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Space

NASA astronaut spins discs from space for Third Rock Radio

Posted  July 23, 2012

NASA astronaut Joe Acaba will host a two-hour special radio broadcast on the Internet radio station Third Rock Radio while aboard the International Space Station, 240 miles above Earth. “The Joe Show: New Rock from Space” will debut at 4 p.m., EDT, Aug. 3. Acaba, a fan of classic rock, will discuss his experiences aboard…

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Business

Northrop Grumman awarded $156 million for continuing BACN mission support

Posted  July 23, 2012

The U.S. Air Force awarded Northrop Grumman two contract modifications totaling $156 million to continue operating and maintaining the Battlefield Airborne Communications Node system in support of overseas contingency missions. Northrop Grumman was awarded a $106 million contract modification to extend the deployment and operation of BACN payloads installed in three E-11A Bombardier Global Express…

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MH-53 helicopter suffers aviation mishap, crashes

Posted  July 19, 2012

An MH-53E Sea Dragon helicopter assigned to Helicopter Mine Countermeasure Squadron 15 crashed 58 miles southwest of Muscat, Oman, July 19 while conducting heavy lift support operations.

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World

NATO helicopter crashes in Afghanistan; two injured

Posted  July 19, 2012

A NATO helicopter crashed July 18 in western Afghanistan, injuring two troops serving with the U.S.-led military coalition, NATO said. No other information was disclosed about the crash in the relatively peaceful west. The crash is under investigation. Separately, NATO reported that a service member was killed July 17 during an insurgent attack in the…

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Space

NASA partner United Launch Alliance completes two Atlas V reviews

Posted  July 19, 2012

NASA partner United Launch Alliance has completed a review of its Atlas V rocket to assess its compliance with NASA human spaceflight safety and performance requirements. ULA has partnered to launch Boeing’s CST-100, Sierra Nevada’s Dream Chaser and Blue Origin’s Space Vehicle on missions to low Earth orbit and the International Space Station. NASA provided…

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United Kingdom accepts first international Lockheed Martin F-35

Posted  July 19, 2012

The United Kingdom accepted the first international Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II aircraft in a July 19 ceremony with senior...

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