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F-35 Rollout Marks U.S.-Australia Partnership Milestone

Lockheed Martin photograph by Beth Groom Royal Australian Air Force Air Marshal Geoff Brown delivers his remarks at the roll out ceremony for Australia’s first F-35. The official rollout of the first two F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter aircraft for the Royal Australian Air Force is a milestone in the U.S.-Australia partnership, the undersecretary…

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NASA’s Mars spacecraft maneuvers to prepare for close comet flyby

NASA is taking steps to protect its Mars orbiters, while preserving opportunities to gather valuable scientific data, as Comet C/2013 A1 Siding Spring heads toward a close flyby of Mars Oct. 19.

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U.S. Forces display military might at Farnborough

Air Force photograph by A1C Erin O’Shea Capt. Tom Meyers discusses the F-15E Strike Eagle’s capabilities with spectators July 17, 2014, at the Farnborough International Airshow in England. Public access was granted for spectators to ask questions and observe the aircraft up-close with pilots and aircrew members. Meyers is a 494th Fighter Squadron F-15E instructor…

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Lockheed Martin’s unmanned cargo helicopter team returns from deployment

After lifting more than 4.5 million pounds of cargo and conducting thousands of delivery missions for the U.S. Marine Corps, the Lockheed Martin and Kaman Aerospace Corporation K-MAX cargo unmanned aircraft system has returned to the United States following a nearly three-year deployment in Afghanistan. In 2011, K-MAX became the first unmanned helicopter to deliver…

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Sun sets on Red Flag 14-3

Air Force photograph by A1C Thomas Spangler The sun sets behind a row of F-16 Fighting Falcons during Red Flag 14-3, July 16, 2014, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. Red Flag provides a series of intense air-to-air combat scenarios for aircrew and ground personnel, which will in turn increase their combat readiness and effectiveness…


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House committee nixes more military base closings

Posted  May 10, 2012

The House Armed Services Committee May 9 soundly rejected the Pentagon’s call for military base closings to cut costs as lawmakers worked on a defense budget that adds billions to President Barack Obama’s spending proposal. The committee fleshed out a blueprint that calls for a base defense budget of $554 billion, including nuclear weapons spending,…

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U.K. reverses decision on JSF jet deal

Posted  May 10, 2012

Britain’s defense secretary is ditching proposals to buy a particular type of F-35 Joint Strike Fighter – reverting to an original plan previously criticized by Prime Minister David Cameron. Defense Secretary Philip Hammond told lawmakers May 10 that Britain would no longer purchase F-35c variants of the Lockheed Martin fighter jet because the cost of…

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Medical official explains F-22 pilot-protection efforts

Posted  May 10, 2012

Air Force officials have instituted measures designed to protect its pilots, ensure mission completion and assess the possible physiological effects of flying the F-22 Raptor, the command surgeon for Air Combat Command said May 9. “The health and safety of our pilots — all of our…

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ONR awarding scholarship money to top students at science competition

Posted  May 10, 2012

The Office of Naval Research will award more than $160,000 in scholarships to a group of young scientists and engineers competing at Intel ISEF 2012, May 13-18 in Pittsburgh, Penn. The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair competition draws more than 1,500 students in grades 9 to 12 to showcase their independent research projects and…

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Plane Crazy on Armed Forces Day May 19

Posted  May 10, 2012

Plane Crazy Saturday, scheduled for May 19 at the Mojave Air and Space Port, will salute both active duty and veterans of the U.S. armed forces. World War II aircraft have been invited, and there will also be other military displays. Featured speaker will be Maj. David Marten, who was a B-1B pilot in 2000…

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FAA issues OK for SpaceShipTwo flights from Mojave

Posted  May 10, 2012

Virgin Galactic photograph by Hank Greenberg SpaceShipTwo mated to its carrier launch aircraft, WhiteKnightTwo. May 4, the FAA Office of commercial Space Flight issued a finding of ‘no significant effects’ to the environment connected with up to 30 total launches and reentries per…

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GAO reports MDA could strengthen acquisitions by reducing concurrency, improving parts quality

Posted  May 10, 2012

According to the Government Accountability Office, an investigative arm of Congress, in fiscal year 2011, the Missile Defense Agency, a research, development and acquisition agency within the Department of Defense, experienced mixed results in executing its development goals and Ballistic Missile Defense System tests. The GAO did the study because the MDA has spent more…

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Two Lockheed Martin F-35Bs ferried to Eglin, marking 25th DOD delivery

Posted  May 10, 2012

Two Lockheed Martin F-35B short takeoff/vertical landing production aircraft were ferried to Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., May 10, marking the 24th and 25th F-35 deliveries to the Department of Defense. The fifth generation multi-role fighter…

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NASA social media followers treated to special day at Dryden

Posted  May 10, 2012

NASA photograph by Tom Tschida More than 50 of NASA’s social media followers who gathered in the auditorium at NASA Dryden tweeted and posted to their hearts’ content during opening briefings at the NASA Social May 4. In a special behind the scenes day at Dryden Flight…

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Army scientists develop deployable renewable-energy solutions

Posted  May 10, 2012

Army photograph by Tom Faulkner U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command scientists are developing the Reusing Existing Natural Energy from Wind and Solar, or RENEWS, at Aberdeen Proving Ground…

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