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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, AVIC to collaborate on interior supply capability in China

Posted  November 14, 2012

Boeing and Aviation Industry Corporation of China, China’s largest state-owned aviation company, announced Nov. 13 they will work together to expand AVIC capabilities to include interior commodities such as passenger seats, galleys, lavatories and in-flight entertainment systems for commercial airplanes. Geng Ruguang, executive vice president of AVIC, and Stan Deal, vice president and general manager…

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Lockheed Martin submits Space Fence radar proposal to U.S. Air Force

Posted  November 14, 2012

Lockheed Martin has submitted its final contract proposal to build Space Fence, an advanced ground-based radar system that will improve the way the U.S. Air Force identifies and tracks orbital objects. Space Fence will provide much-needed enhanced space situational awareness capabilities for the Air Force and allow the service to decommission the aging U.S.-based Air…

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Hughes to develop concepts for protected tactical satellite communications

Posted  November 14, 2012

Hughes Network Systems, LLC, a leading provider of managed network and application services, has been awarded a contract by the U.S. Air Force Military Satellite Communications System Directorate, located at the Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base, Calif. The contract is for the development of future management concepts for protected tactical…

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Original member of the Tuskegee Airmen dies

Posted  November 14, 2012

Retired Lt. Col. Herbert Carter, 93, one of the original Tuskegee Airmen, died Nov. 8 at East Alabama Medical Center in Opelika, Ala., according to Tuskegee Mayor Johnny Ford. Carter was a member of the original cadre of the 99th Fighter Squadron, the first black aviatiors in the U.S. military. Born Sept. 27, 1919, in…

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SAIC awarded prime contract by DARPA

Posted  November 14, 2012

Science Applications International Corporation announced Nov. 12 it was awarded a prime contract by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency for the Anti-Submarine Warfare Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessel program phases two through four to design, build and test a new prototype unmanned autonomous surface vessel. The single-award, cost-plus fixed-fee contract has a three-year period of…

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Patriot air, missile defense system receives U.S. Army stamp of approval

Posted  November 14, 2012

Raytheon’s new-production Patriot Air and Missile Defense System has received the U.S. Army’s final stamp of approval after undergoing stringent testing. During the testing, Patriot’s performance was outstanding when subjected to challenging climatic and electromagnetic environments. “This approval validates the modernized Patriot system’s readiness to counter evolving threats and protect war fighters and allies in…

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Report: Military biofuel programs poised to drive major economic, job growth

Posted  November 14, 2012

The military’s plans to expand its use of biofuel in planes, ships and other vehicles would generate at least about $10 billion in economic activity and create more than 14,000 jobs by 2020, according to a report commissioned by Environmental Entrepreneurs. Just as importantly, if DOD is able to expand its use of advanced biofuels…

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Virgin Galactic owner makes surprise visit to Mojave

Posted  November 14, 2012

Sir Richard Branson, owner of Virgin Galactic, made a surprise visit to Mojave Air and Space Port Nov. 12. He complemented both Spaceship Co. and Scaled Composites on their achievements in producing and testing WhiteKnightTwo and SpaceShipTwo, bringing his vision of affordable manned access to space to reality. The Virgin Group and aab Investments PJS…

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U.S. Navy selects Lockheed Martin to modernize C-130T aircraft

Posted  November 14, 2012

The U.S. Naval Air Systems command awarded Lockheed Martin a $30 million contract to integrate new avionics and software on multiple C-130T aircraft as part of its avionics upgrade program. Under the contract, Lockheed Martin will incorporate the Department of Defense’s Future Airborne Capability Environment conformant cockpit, which gives the Navy unprecedented flexibility capability for…

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Student teams to build, fly rockets with onboard payloads for NASA rocketry challenge

Posted  November 14, 2012

Organizers of the NASA Student Launch Projects have announced the 57 student teams whose inventive creations will soar skyward in April during the space agency’s 2012-13 rocketry challenge. Representing schools in 26 states around the country, participating teams each will design and build a large, high-powered rocket, complete with a working science or engineering payload…

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