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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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Navy recruit players for online wargame to tackle energy challenges

Posted  May 18, 2012

The Navy’s Energy and Environmental Readiness Division, together with the Office of Naval Research, is inviting civic and military collaboration in energyMMOWGLI (Massive Multiplayer Online Wargame Leveraging the Internet) May 22-24. The game will build on efforts to improve the U.S. Navy’s combat capability and energy security, particularly by promoting energy efficiency and diversifying its…

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GA-ASI, U.K. partners validate new open payload architecture

Posted  May 18, 2012

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. along with SELEX Galileo (a Finmeccanica company) and Cobham Aviation Services, May 16 demonstrated a new open payload architecture during the Sovereign...

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Commander seeks better military-to-military relations with China

Posted  May 17, 2012

Chinese and American officials recognize the importance of good, uninterrupted military-to-military relations, and the commander of U.S. Pacific Command will do what he can to further that goal. Navy Adm. Samuel J. Locklear III spoke about his new command and the importance he places in building the U.S. military relationship with China during a recent…

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Test pilots provide unique training to Aggressors

Posted  May 17, 2012

Test pilots from Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., held a training course at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, April 23 through 27, teaching 18th Aggressor Squadron aviators to harness the power of the F-16...

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Civ-Mil advocates for Edwards AFB

Posted  May 17, 2012

With the Defense budget shrinking and the Air Force reacting by mission realignments, the Edwards AFB Civilian-Military Support Group is increasing its advocacy work. Civ-Mil is cooperating with the AV Board of Trade in its efforts to present the Edwards asset story to influential Federal and California civic leaders. The Civ-Mil directors affirmed these actions…

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Fundraiser to restore F-100 Super Sabre

Posted  May 17, 2012

May 12, the William J. "Pete" Knight Veterans Home in Lancaster, Calif., hosted a barbecue fundraiser to help fund the restoration and relocation an F-100 Super Sabre to be placed in front of the home.

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News Briefs May 17, 2012

Posted  May 17, 2012

Court shoots down $1.4 million tort judgment against Navy Federal prosecutors say the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has vacated a $1.4 million judgment against the Navy for allegedly disclosing trade secrets on the design of a military craft to a rival. U.S. Attorney Jim Letten says the appellate court ruled May 11 against…

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Airbus parent profits hit by A380 wing problem

Posted  May 17, 2012

Airbus parent company EADS said May 16 its first quarter earnings were hammered by a hefty $203-million charge to fix problematic wing parts on its flagship A380 superjumbo. EADS says the charge to fix the so-called “wing rib feet” – the metal brackets that connect the wing’s ribs to its skin – on all the…

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Second set of SBLT tests planned on NASA’s F-15B

Posted  May 17, 2012

Aerion Corporation is continuing its partnership with NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center with a scheduled second round of Supersonic Boundary Layer Transition research flights slated for this summer on NASA Dryden’s F-15B Research Test Bed aircraft.

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Vietnam veteran from 95th CS hears call of duty again, heads to Afghanistan

Posted  May 17, 2012

Charles Ivory, 95th Communications Squadron program analyst and acquisition project specialist, sits at his desk on his final day at Edwards Air Force Base before flying out to Fort Dix, N.J., May 7.

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