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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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Raytheon to provide training services to U.S. Air Force

Posted  August 26, 2015

The U.S. Air Force has named Raytheon as one of the prime contractors on the Training Systems Acquisition III contract. This allows Raytheon to bid on delivery orders on this multiple award, indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract with a total ceiling value of $20.9 billion over 10 years. Under this Air Force Life Cycle Management Center…

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Raytheon air-to-air missile scores direct hit from U.S. Army ground launcher

Posted  August 26, 2015

The U.S. Army and Raytheon successfully test fired an AIM-9X Block II missile from the Army’s ground-based Indirect Fire Protection Capability Increment 2-I (IFPC 2-I) Block 1 Multi-Mission Launcher. AIM-9X is traditionally fired from aircraft toward aerial targets and this test demonstrated that the latest AIM-9X can be used in both air-to-air combat and now,…

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Northrop Grumman delivers 150th KC-10 extender from depot to U.S. Air Force

Posted  August 26, 2015

Northrop Grumman photograph A KC-10 Extender leaves Northrop Grumman’s depot in Lake Charles, La. Northrop Grumman recently delivered the 150th KC-10 Extender aircraft from a maintenance depot to the United States Air Force. The program’s depots are located in Lake Charles, La., and Greensboro, N.C. “The delivery of the 150th KC-10 depot aircraft contributes to…

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Indian university students take part in In C-130J Super Hercules roll-on/roll-off competition

Posted  August 26, 2015

Teams from five leading Indian universities recently presented design concepts supporting the disaster relief operations in New Delhi, Inida, as part of the Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules Roll-On/Roll-Off University Design Challenge. Lockheed Martin launched the Indian University design challenge in November 2014. The company provided research grants for each university team to work with…

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Contract Briefs August 26, 2015

Posted  August 26, 2015

Bell Helicopter Textron Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $581,113,421 modification to definitize a previously awarded advance acquisition contractfor the manufacture and delivery of 15 Lot 12 UH-1Y, 19 Lot 12 AH-1Z, one Lot 13 UH-1Y and 21 auxiliary fuel kits for the Marine Corps and government of Pakistan.The aircraft…

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Headlines August 24, 2015

Posted  August 24, 2015

News: Sources: Congress mulls full-year continuing resolution¬†– With a Sept. 30 deadline looming, the Pentagon is coming to grips with the reality that it will be operating under the stop-gap spending measure known as a continuing resolution for the near future.   Business: JLTV award could reorder vehicle industry¬†– The U.S. Army is poised to…

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News Briefs August 24, 2015

Posted  August 24, 2015

Ceremony held for construction of USS John F. Kennedy Construction has started on the Navy’s next aircraft carrier. A keel-laying ceremony was held Aug. 22 at Newport News Shipbuilding in Newport News, Va., for the USS John F. Kennedy. It’s the second carrier to be named after the 35th U.S. president. Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe…

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A more efficient alternative being used to maintain AEDC turbine engine test operations

Posted  August 24, 2015

Courtesy photograph EcoSafe32 hydraulic fluid is being used to flush and fill the process air valve hydraulic systems at the ASTF C-Plant. This is what the inside of the valve looked like after one of the recent flushing and filtration operations. A conversion to using EcoSafe Hydraulic Fluid has improved operations for the Aeropropulsion Systems…

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Reapers, Predators on the prowl in Afghanistan

Posted  August 24, 2015

Airmen assigned to the 62nd Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron provide world-class close air support and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance in the Afghanistan area of operations.

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China rehearses for massive military parade

Posted  August 24, 2015

Fighter jets flew low over Beijing Aug. 23 as thousands of soldiers from China, Russia and other countries rehearsed for a military parade next month commemorating the end of World War II. The Sept. 3 parade will showcase the People’s Liberation Army’s rapidly growing capabilities at a time when Beijing is asserting territorial claims in…

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