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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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Boeing receives first multi-year contract for rescue radio logistics support

Posted  April 25, 2014

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. – Under a new four-year contract from the U.S. Air Force, Boeing will provide maintenance, engineering, training and support for the system that enables the rescue of downed pilots and other warfighters in danger. The Combat Survivor Evader Locator program’s first multi-year logistics contract is valued at $32.5 million in total. A…

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F-16s train alongside F-35s

Posted  April 25, 2014

F-16 Fighting Falcon pilots from Hill Air Force Base's 419th and 388th Fighter Wings took to the sky at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., April 24 for their first training missions alongside the F-35A Lightning II, the Air Force's newest fighter aircraft.

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News Briefs April 25, 2014

Posted  April 25, 2014

Germany puts military exports to Russia on hold The German government says it isn’t authorizing any exports of military goods to Russia at present “because of the current political situation,” leaving nearly 70 export applications on hold. The Economy Ministry replied to questions from the opposition Greens that “in critical cases” the government will also…

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Headlines April 25, 2014

Posted  April 25, 2014

News: Russia plans new military exercise near border with Ukraine – Russian military officials said they plan to engage in a new series of military exercises near the Ukraine border in response to ongoing NATO training exercises in Poland.   Business: Zumwalt class costs have risen $2 billion in last five years – The cost of the…

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Students clear land to help wounded warrior

Posted  April 30, 2014

Armed with rakes, hoes and whole lot of spirit, Lancaster High School students worked hard to clear and clean land in preparation of an expected May 6 groundbreaking ceremony to build a specially adapted “Smart Home” for Antelope Valley Army Veteran Jerral Hancock and his family.

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Hill’s F-16s take first flights alongside F-35s

Posted  April 30, 2014

Air Force photograph by SSgt. Christina Judd Hill’s F-16 flies with the F-35 Lightning II, in a training mission at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., today. Hill sent 235 active and reserve personnel to train alongside the Air Forceís newest fighter jet. F-16 pilots from Hill Air Force Base’s 419th and 388th Fighter Wings took…

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City of Torrance hosts largest Armed Forces Day Parade

Posted  April 30, 2014

May 16-18, the City of Torrance will pay tribute to the nation’s Armed Forces with its 55th Annual Armed Forces Day Celebration and Parade – the City’s longest standing tradition. Each year, the city honors a different military branch; this year highlights the United States Navy. Grand Marshal, Rear Adm. Patrick Lorge, Commander, Navy Region…

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Earth Day Global “selfies” from NASA Armstrong

Posted  April 30, 2014

Courtesy Photo SOFIA crew chief Jeff Doughty and L-3 Communications lead Pat Bantalan sent their selfie from the flight deck of NASA’s SOFIA airborne observatory. Thousands of social media users from scores of nations joined NASA in a worldwide celebration of Earth Day April 22 by participating in NASA’s “#GlobalSelfie” event. Employees of NASA’s Armstrong…

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Bots battle at world championship for third year straight

Posted  April 30, 2014

The effort to teach Science, Technology, Engineering and Math subjects in engaging and exciting ways has led many local schools to form competitive VEX Robotics teams.

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Seeing sound: Teachers learn science of sound

Posted  April 30, 2014

NASA photograph by Ken Ulbrich Leader Richard Chapleau outlines the goals of the “Seeing Sound” teachers workshop ñ building a waveform monitor and a flyable model glider from common everyday materials. Sound is something most of us with good hearing take for granted. Rarely do we consider the physics involved.† Sound comes from many sources…

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