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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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NASA-UCI study indicates loss of West Antarctic glaciers appears unstoppable

Posted  May 12, 2014

A new study by researchers at NASA and the University of California, Irvine, finds a rapidly melting section of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet appears to be in an irreversible state of decline, with nothing to stop the glaciers in this area from melting into the sea.

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ATK secures 300 Win. Magnum ammunition contract

Posted  May 12, 2014

ATK has announced it was awarded a Fixed Price Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity contract from the U.S. Army for the production of Mk248 Mod 0, 190-grain and Mk248 Mod 1, 220-grain 300 Win. Magnum (Win Mag) rifle ammunition. The Army has selected this ammunition for primary use in its M2010 Sniper rifle. The five-year 300 Win…

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New software assists with next generation of advanced aircraft

Posted  May 12, 2014

Courtesy graphic In the diagram, the first image is of a rotor fan surface geometry that was the result of the laser scan. The second image shows computational fluid dynamics mesh that was generated from the surface and then used to produce the CFD results. The third image shows a portion of the CFD flowfield…

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Marine Corps to review raid on law offices

Posted  May 12, 2014

Military criminal investigators raided Marine Corps defense counsel offices at Camp Pendleton, Calif., opening files during a 21/2-hour search and potentially compromising scores of cases, the attorney who oversees Marine defense lawyers in the region said May 9. Investigators raided the offices May 2 in search of a cellphone tied to a case being tried…

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Air Force official testifies on dangers of ‘space junk’

Posted  May 12, 2014

One congresswoman summed up the issue succinctly during a House Science, Space and Technology Committee hearing May 9: space junk is a growing problem. Lt. Gen. John W. “Jay” Raymond, the commander of the 14th Air Force, Air Force Space Command and U.S. Strategic Command’s Joint Force Component Command for Space, testified at the hearing,…

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Apache-UAV teaming combines ‘best capabilities of man, machine’

Posted  May 12, 2014

Apache helicopters, teamed with Gray Eagle and Shadow unmanned aerial vehicles, are a winning combo, according to Col. Thomas von Eschenbach.

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Boeing, Embraer to open joint research center for sustainable aviation biofuel

Posted  May 12, 2014

Boeing and Embraer S.A. announced May 12 that they will open a joint research center to advance a sustainable aviation biofuel industry in Brazil. Under a memorandum of understanding, the two companies will perform joint biofuel research, as well as fund and coordinate research with Brazilian universities and other institutions. The research will focus on…

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DOD needs new base closure round, senior official says

Posted  May 12, 2014

The Defense Department is calling on Congress to authorize another round of base realignments and closures because of excess capacity that is cutting into funding for troop readiness and other higher priority needs, a senior DOD official said. We cannot afford to waste money on infrastructure that essentially taxes the war fighters for the readiness…

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NASA highlights 2014 National Small Business Week

Posted  May 12, 2014

NASA this week joins with President Obama, the Small Business Administration, and other federal agencies in recognizing all that our nationĂ­s small businesses have accomplished. NASA has a strong relationship with the small business community which is vital in assisting the agency in reaching its mission goals. National Small Business Week kicks off May 12….

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Army designing next-generation protective mask

Posted  May 12, 2014

Army illustration Army researchers envision a fan embedded within the mask’s filtration system that uses less power, is lighter and is far less bulky than conventional respirators. It’s hot. Humidity is near 100 percent, and you’re in full combat gear — including chemical-biological protection. Between your helmet and mask, your entire head is covered, leaving…

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