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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, Avianca announce order for three 787 Dreamliners

Posted  November 16, 2012

Boeing and Avianca Airlines, Colombia's flagship airline, Nov. 15 announced an order for three 787 Dreamliners.

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War baby encourages Hillview students to follow their dreams

Posted  November 16, 2012

Sharon Estill Taylor grew up loving a father she never new; he died when she was only three weeks old, shot down over East Germany while flying his Lightning P-38 on a combat mission during World War II.

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Northrop Grumman, U.S. Navy demonstrate precision, wireless ground handling of X-47B

Posted  November 16, 2012

Northrop Grumman and the U.S. Navy have taken a first critical step toward demonstrating that the X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System demonstrator can be maneuvered safely and wirelessly on the crowded deck of an aircraft carrier. In early November, the team successfully completed its first shore-based trials of a new wireless, handheld device called a…

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Vice chairman commends business leaders for hiring Vets

Posted  November 16, 2012

Hiring veterans is neither an act of charity nor patriotism, but a smart choice, the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told business leaders at the start of the fifth annual “Business Steps Up: Hiring Our Heroes” event held at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington, D.C., Nov. 15. As keynote speaker…

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Ball Aerospace wins S-Band phased array demonstration for NASA Space Launch System

Posted  November 16, 2012

Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. has been selected to develop its S-Band phased array antenna for the next-generation U.S. Space Launch System under a NASA Research Announcement. The Ball Reliable Advanced Integrated Network will deliver a single-solution prototype antenna that allows for sustained high data rate downlink from launch through mission completion. The high-performance antenna…

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World War II monument dedicated in Lancaster

Posted  November 16, 2012

Antelope Valley Veterans of ‘The Greatest Generation’ were honored with the unveiling of a World War II monument replica, Nov. 12 during a celebration at the Lancaster Cemetery Veterans Day. “With the average age of 92, World War II veterans are leaving us way too fast,” said Bob Alvis, president of the Friends of the…

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United Technologies Corp. announces Pratt & Whitney expansion at Florida facility

Posted  November 16, 2012

United Technologies Corp. announced Nov. 15 that its Pratt & Whitney unit will expand manufacturing capabilities at the company’s West Palm Beach, Fla., facility. The formal announcement was made by UTC Chairman & Chief Executive Officer Louis Chenevert and Florida Gov. Rick Scott during a press conference at the West Palm Beach facility, which is…

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NASA rover providing new weather, radiation data about Mars

Posted  November 16, 2012

Observations of wind patterns and natural radiation patterns on Mars by NASA’s Curiosity rover are helping scientists better understand the environment on the Red Planet’s surface. Researchers using the car-sized mobile laboratory have identified transient whirlwinds, mapped winds in relation to slopes, tracked daily and seasonal changes in air pressure, and linked rhythmic changes in…

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Air Force, Raytheon successfully evaluate Ground Based Sense and Avoid capabilities

Posted  November 16, 2012

As the U.S. government prepares for unmanned aerial systems in the National Airspace System by 2015, the U.S. Air Force and Raytheon have conducted concept evaluation demonstrations that show existing air traffic control equipment could be modified to safely track the presence of nearby unmanned aircraft. Ground Based Sense and Avoid — based on the…

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NASA announces leadership changes at Glenn, Johnson

Posted  November 16, 2012

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden announced leadership changes Nov. 16 for the agency’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland and Johnson Space Center in Houston. James Free will succeed Ramon (Ray) Lugo as Glenn’s center director when Lugo retires in January. Free has served as Glenn’s deputy director since January 2011. Ellen Ochoa will succeed Michael Coats…

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