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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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Carter outlines U.S. security strategy in tight-budget era

Posted  November 30, 2012

In a speech at Duke University, Durham, N.C., Nov. 29, Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter outlined new security strategies and challenges that he said will define the nationís future in a post-war era of fiscal constraint. Carter said the need to keep the departmentís ìfiscal house in orderî after more than a decade of…

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AIAA partners with three aerospace organizations to offer continuing education courses

Posted  November 30, 2012

AERO Institute, National Institute of Aerospace, and Ohio Aerospace Institute Partner with AIAA   The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics has partnered with the AERO Institute, Palmdale, Calif., the National Institute of Aerospace, Hampton, Va., and the Ohio Aerospace Institute, Cleveland, Ohio, to expand its offerings of continuing education stand-alone courses for aerospace professionals….

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War contractor: Feds should pay lawsuit damages

Posted  November 30, 2012

An Iraq war contractor that lost an $85 million verdict to a group of sickened U.S. soldiers has filed a lawsuit seeking to force the federal government to pay the soldiers’ damages. In early November, 12 Oregon National Guard soldiers won the verdict against Kellogg Brown and Root, an engineering and construction firm that helped…

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Go West, new plane

Posted  November 30, 2012

Lockheed Martin photograph by Andrew McMurtrie An HC-130J Combat King II takes off for Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., from the Lockheed Martin facilities in Marietta, Ga., Nov. 29. Aircraft number 5708 is the fifth of 15 HC-130Js to be delivered to the U.S. Air Forceís Air Combat Command. The HC-130J replaces the HC-130P/N as…

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Mercury probe confirms ice at poles

Posted  November 30, 2012

Instruments aboard NASA’s MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry, and Ranging (MESSENGER) spacecraft studying the planet Mercury have provided compelling support for the long-held hypothesis the planet harbors abundant water ice within its permanently shadowed polar craters. There is also evidence of a dark insulating material above some of the ice, which is believed to be…

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U.S. Army orders additional General Dynamics’ two-channel AN/PRC-155 Manpack radios

Posted  November 30, 2012

The U.S. Army recently awarded General Dynamics C4 Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics, an additional production order valued at approximately $306 million for 3,726 Handheld, Manpack, Small Form Fit AN/PRC-155 Manpack radios. The two-channel PRC-155 radios, along with vehicle integration kits and related accessories, are part of the Army’s Capability Set 13 networking…

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Panetta honors vets at ‘Wall’ education center groundbreaking

Posted  November 30, 2012

The education center at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial “Wall” will be a place to join the past to the future, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said at the center's groundbreaking ceremony Nov. 28.

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NASA pilot living his dream

Posted  November 30, 2012

Palmdale, California resident Troy Asher is a man who doesnít believe in working for a living instead Asher believes that people should pursue their passion and go after the education needed to become a success in that special career that calls out for them. Someone once told me that if you do what you love,…

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McKeon, McCarthy want to honor Astronaut Neil A. Armstrong

Posted  November 30, 2012

Washington D.C. Congressman Howard ìBuckî McKeon, R-Calif., and Congressman Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., has introduced legislation in the House of Representatives to redesignate NASAís Dryden Flight Research Center as the Neil A. Armstrong Flight Research Center and the Western Aeronautical Test Range as the Hugh L. Dryden Aeronautical Test Range. Joining McCarthy in introducing this legislation…

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New Mojave Air/Space Port board director elected

Posted  November 30, 2012

A new director of the East Kern Airport District board, which operates the Mojave Air and Space Port, was elected Nov. 6. He is Allan L. Peterson, who has been president and CEO of the National Test Pilot School since June 2011. Peterson is a West Point graduate, with more than 3,500 flying hours on…

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