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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. Dorothy Roth’s husband and John’s…

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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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Rolls-Royce continues testing latest Trent engine at AEDC

Posted  August 21, 2015

Air Force photograph by Rick Goodriend Performance testing on the Rolls-Royce Trent 1000-TEN engine was recently completed in the Aeropropulsion Systems Test Facility (ASTF) C-2 engine test cell at AEDC. Pictured is Eric Brumley, ATA outside machinist, inspecting the engine prior to the test. The Rolls-Royce Trent 1000-TEN (Thrust, Efficiency and New Technology) engine was…

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JSF ITF reaches historic sortie milestone at lightning speed

Posted  August 21, 2015

Lockheed Martin photograph During the month of July, the Joint Strike Fighter Integrated Test Force flew 76 sorties, making it a first for the ITF involving a new monthly flying record. The Joint Strike Fighter Integrated Test Force, which oversees all three test variants of the F-35 Lightning II, has proved its resolve to test…

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Navy begins LRASM, F/A-18 integration testing

Posted  August 21, 2015

The Navy began initial integration testing of its Long Range Anti-Ship Missile onto the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet Aug. 12 at the Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 23 facility. Patuxent River, Md.

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NASA extends Raytheon contract for facilities that support human spaceflight

Posted  August 21, 2015

NASA photograph NASA’s Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory (NBL) in Houston, Texas. The NBL is the pool NASA uses for astronaut spacewalk training and testing scenarios and new equipment. Raytheon provides maintenance and operations support at the facility. NASA’s Johnson Space Center has awarded to Raytheon a contract extension with a potential value of $101.9 million. Raytheon…

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Japanese forces jump from US aircraft for first time in Red Flag-Alaska history

Posted  August 21, 2015

A C-130 Hercules assigned to the36th Airlift Squadron from Yokota Air Base, Japan, became the first U.S. aircraft to drop Japan Ground Self-Defense Force members onto U.S. soil, during Red Flag-Alaska Aug. 12.

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$2 million Pentagon grant to benefit Nevada sage grouse

Posted  August 21, 2015

RENO, Nev.–State and federal land managers working to keep the greater sage grouse off the list of endangered species have secured a $2 million grant from the Pentagon to help finance habitat restoration beneath thousands of square miles of U.S. Navy training airspace in Nevada. The money recently was approved by the Defense Department’s Military…

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Quickstrike Battalion says goodbye to Germany

Posted  August 21, 2015

The last AH-64 Apache helicopter, from 3rd Battalion, 159th Aviation Regiment, 12th Combat Aviation Brigade, was loaded onto an Air Force C-5 Galaxy on Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Aug. 18.

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Pentagon plans to increase drone flights by 50 percent

Posted  August 21, 2015

Faced with escalating aggression from Russia and China, the Pentagon is planning to increase its use of drones by about 50 percent over the next several years. The Pentagon decided to add Army and civilian-operated missions to the mix because the Air Force, which had been running about 65 combat air patrol missions a day,…

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SSL-built satellite for Intelsat begins post-launch maneuvers according to plan

Posted  August 21, 2015

Space Systems/Loral, a leading provider of commercial satellites, today announced that a satellite designed and built for Intelsat S.A., the leading provider of satellite services, was launched Aug. 20 and is successfully performing post-launch maneuvers according to plan.

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Raytheon’s Excalibur Ib compatible with M198 howitzer

Posted  August 21, 2015

The U.S. Army’s Excalibur Program Office has determined that Raytheon’s Excalibur Ib precision guided artillery round is fully compatible with the M198 howitzer when used with the Modular Artillery Charge System. The compatibility allows allied military forces to use the world’s only 155 mm precision munition when firing the M198 howitzer. Excalibur extends the M198’s…

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