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Navy’s first F-35C squadron surpasses 1,000 flight hours

Air Force photograph by Samuel King Jr. An F-35C Lightning II aircraft piloted by Lt. Cmdr. Chris Tabert, assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 101, flies the squadron’s first local sortie. The F-35C is the carrier variant of the Joint Strike Fighter. VFA 101, based at Eglin Air Force Base, serves as the F-35C Fleet…

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Boeing South Carolina begins final assembly of its first 787-9 Dreamliner

Boeing has started final assembly of the 787-9 Dreamliner at its South Carolina facility. The team began joining large fuselage sections of the newest 787 Nov. 22 on schedule, a proud milestone for the South Carolina team and another sign of stability for the program. The North Charleston, S.C., site joins Boeing’s Everett, Wash., final…

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Ball Aerospace equips Orion mission with key avionics, antenna hardware

Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. is providing the phased array antennas and flight test cameras to prime contractor Lockheed Martin for Orion's Exploration Flight Test-1 (EFT-1), which is an unmanned test flight scheduled to launch from Cape Canaveral, Fla.

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President announces Hagel’s resignation as defense secretary

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel shakes hands with President Barack Obama at the White House Nov. 24. The president announced that Hagel would resign his position as defense secretary. Praising Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s class and integrity, President Barack Obama announced Nov. 24 at the White House that Hagel will leave his post. The president said…

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SEWIP block upgrade program evaluated for LCS

The Navy is evaluating a scaled-down version of the Surface Electronic Warfare Improvement Program system for potential incorporation on future Littoral Combat Ships


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Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, P-8A Poseidon to make first air show appearances at Farnborough

Posted  July 3, 2014

Boeing confirmed July 2 that the new 787-9 Dreamliner and the P-8A Poseidon will participate for the first time in flying displays at the Farnborough International Airshow, which runs July 14-20. This year’s airshow marks the 40th anniversary of Boeing’s participation at Farnborough. The 787-9 ñ flight test airplane ZB001 — will be on static…

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JSTARS Recap team holds industry week

Posted  July 3, 2014

Air Force photograph by Mark Herlihy A Gulfstream aircraft takes off from the flightline at Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass., April 10, 2014. Potential contractors brought airframes in to display during the Joint STARS Recapitalization Indusry Week. The program office responsible for the event intends to equip new system onto a smaller, more efficient airframe….

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ATK provides propulsion, structure for test of new technologies to land larger payloads on Mars

Posted  July 3, 2014

ATK photograph The Core Structure Assembly for the Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator, manufactured by ATK Space Components in San Diego, Calif. ATK supported NASA June 28 as it moved one step closer to landing advanced payloads on Mars following the successful test of a next generation braking system. A world-leading producer of rocket motors, ATK provided…

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Lockheed Martin to freeze pension plan for U.S.-based salaried employees

Posted  July 3, 2014

Lockheed Martin announced July 1 that it will freeze its salaried defined benefit pension plan and transition employees to an enhanced defined contribution retirement plan. The change will take effect in a two-step approach, beginning Jan. 1, 2016, with the freeze of pay-based benefits and concluding with the freeze of service-based benefits Jan. 1, 2020….

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Ocean on Saturn moon could be as salty as Dead Sea

Posted  July 3, 2014

Image courtesy of NASA/JPL/SSI/Univ. of Arizona/G. Mitri/University of Nantes Researchers found that Titan’s ice shell, which overlies a very salty ocean, varies in thickness around the moon, suggesting the crust is in the process of becoming rigid. Scientists analyzing data from NASAís Cassini mission have firm evidence the ocean inside Saturn’s largest moon, Titan, might…

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Watching Earth breathe

Posted  July 3, 2014

A United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., July 2, carrying a state-of-the-art NASA climate observation satellite.

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Face of Defense: France honors World War II veterans

Posted  July 3, 2014

Navy photograph by PO1 David Kolmel Aboard the French FlorÈal-class frigate FS Prairial berthed in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, Rear Adm. Anne Cullere, commander in chief of French forces in the Pacific, presents U.S. World War II veteran Shuji Akiyama, whoíd fought with the 100th Battalion, the French Nation Order of the Legion of Honor during…

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Northrop Grumman receives $3.6 billion multiyear contract for 25 E-2D Advanced Hawkeye aircraft

Posted  July 3, 2014

The U.S. Navy has awarded Northrop Grumman a $3.6 billion fixed price, incentive fee multiyear contract to deliver 25 new E-2D Advanced Hawkeye aircraft, bringing the total number of aircraft on contract to 50.

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Future vertical lift capability focuses on tech demo

Posted  July 3, 2014

Image courtesy of Karem Aircraft AVX Aircraft Company, Bell Helicopter, Sikorsky-Boeing Team, and Karem Aircraft all promise to build a Future Vertical Lift aircraft that is faster, more agile, can travel father and cost less than today’s helicopters. This particular variant is Karem’s. The Army-led Future Vertical Lift program is being developed to replace the…

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Boeing, U.S. Navy expand P-8A maritime patrol fleet with 14th delivery

Posted  July 3, 2014

Boeing recently helped expand the U.S. Navy’s maritime patrol capabilities with delivery of the 14th P-8A Poseidon aircraft. The P-8A, delivered on schedule, is now with its squadron at Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Fla. Boeing will deliver seven more of the maritime patrol aircraft this year. We’re putting P-8A aircraft through their paces out in…

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