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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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Northrop Grumman to provide attitude heading reference system for Israel’s M-346 trainer aircraft

Posted  November 7, 2012

Northrop Grumman has been selected by prime contractor Alenia Aermacchi to provide the Attitude Heading Reference System for the Israel Ministry of Defense’s M-346 advanced trainer aircraft fleet. Northrop Grumman Italia will provide the LISA-200 AHRS for the fighter trainer under a new contract that builds on its five-year experience as a supplier for the…

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Keeping the wheels turning Registration open for 20th annual NASA Great Moonbuggy Race

Posted  November 7, 2012

Registration is now open for the 20th annual NASA Great Moonbuggy Race, which challenges high school, college and university students around the world to build and race fast, lightweight “moonbuggies” of their own design. The students’ work will culminate in two days of competitive racing April 26-27, 2013, at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center…

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Lancaster Cemetery to host Veterans Day ceremony

Posted  November 7, 2012

The historic Lancaster Cemetery located in the heart of the City of Lancaster, Calif., will host a Veterans Day ceremony at 10 a.m., Nov. 12, at the Veterans Court of Honor. As always, they ceremony will honor veterans from all wars and conflicts, but this community program will focus on the dedication of the newly…

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California Aircraft maintenance provider creates jobs in San Bernardino

Posted  November 7, 2012

Aviation & Defense, Inc., a maintenance, repair and overhaul company headquartered in Southern California at the San Bernardino International Airport, has succeeded in building a sustainable business model to create jobs in this uncertain economy. Leveraging 25 years of leadership and experience in the aviation industry coupled with the latest MRO technology, ADI has built…

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Upgraded Apache helicopter OK’d for production

Posted  November 7, 2012

The Defense Acquisition Board decision regarding full-rate production for the Apache Block III helicopter program was announced Oct. 24, by Army officials at a briefing in Washington, D.C. Additionally, Apache project manager Col. Jeffrey Hager confirmed that the Apache Block III is being re-designated as an AH-64E model. The announcement event was attended by 20…

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Thanksgiving dinner

Posted  November 7, 2012

The commander of VFW Post 3552 in Palmdale, Calif., Rose Ferguson, has invited active duty military and their families for Thanksgiving dinner at 5 p.m., Nov. 22. The Post is at 38580 9th Street East in Palmdale. Early sign- up is appreciated. For more information, call (661) 723-3204.  

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Boeing, Aeromexico finalize order for 737 MAX 8s and 9s

Posted  November 7, 2012

Boeing and Aeromexico finalized an order for 60 737 MAX 8s and 9s, with reconfirmation rights for 30 additional 737 MAXs. The firm order by Mexico’s largest airline, which was first announced as a commitment in July, is valued at more than $6 billion at published list prices. Today’s order brings the total 737 MAX…

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Lockheed Martin employees take home corporation’s highest honor

Posted  November 7, 2012

A total of 80 employees from Lockheed Martin’s Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas, Metroplex businesses recently received the 2012 NOVA Award, the corporation’s highest honor for individual or team achievements. The annual NOVA Awards ceremony was hosted by Lockheed Martin Chairman and CEO Bob Stevens Oct. 26, to recognize employees for their outstanding achievements. Local honorees are:…

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National observance to honor America’s veterans

Posted  November 7, 2012

The annual National Veterans Day Observance is scheduled for Nov. 11, at Arlington National Cemetery, to honor all veterans who served and continue to serve in the military as well as a memorial service for General of the Armies John J. Pershing. The U.S. Army Military District of Washington will conduct a Presidential Armed Forces…

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Pentagon moves to refine acquisitions process, official says

Posted  November 7, 2012

The Defense Department continues to do all it can to enhance the defense acquisition process, improving the Pentagon’s buying power and maximizing value for taxpayers’ money, a senior Pentagon official said Nov. 5. Frank Kendall, undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, shared his latest efforts to improve the process as he spoke during…

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