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US platform for stealth jets in Pacific

Hong Kong—The US military boosted its stealth attack options in the Pacific on Saturday when the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp moved into the 7th Fleet area of operations. The 40,00-ton, 844-foot-long Wasp is essentially a baby aircraft carrier. Built in 1980s, it has been…

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Fairbanks expects job growth in 2018

FAIRBANKS — State job forecasts predict the Fairbanks North Star Borough will be Alaska’s only region to see employment gains in 2018, in large part thanks to construction at Eielson Air Force Base. According to a report from the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development, the…

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Lockheed to make world’s 1st supersonic business jet

Lockheed Martin Corp., the maker of the F-35 and F-22 fighter jets, is partnering with plane maker Aerion Corp. to develop the world’s first supersonic business jet. Over the next year, the companies will draw up a plan for all phases of the program such…

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USAF finds F-35 maintainers outside A-10 fleet

The US Air Force no longer needs to rob its A-10 fleet’s maintainers to support the incoming Lockheed Martin F-35As, according to a Congressional report. The F-35 delivery plan currently outpaces the number of maintainers the USAF can maintain and recruit until fiscal year 2020….

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More than 30 F-35As to call Australia home

THE transformational nature of Australia’s F-35A Project came to the fore during 2017, with important milestones making it clear the fighter will change the way the ADF operates for decades to come. The first two of Australia’s 72 F-35A aircraft will call RAAF Base Williamtown…

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Germany favors Eurofighter as it seeks to replace Tornado

The German Defence Ministry said on Monday that the European fighter jet was the leading candidate to replace its Tornado jets, which it wants to start phasing out in 2025. The ministry’s position appears to contradict that of the German air force, whose chief indicated…

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US, South Korea Begin Massive Military Exercises

The United States and South Korea launched a massive joint military air exercise on Monday amid increased tensions with North Korea over its nuclear program and recent ballistic missile tests. The five-day Vigilant Ace exercise includes some 12,000 military personnel and 230 aircraft – including…

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‘Dirt Boyz’ assist in F-35A testing

The “Dirt Boyz” of the 354th Civil Engineer Squadron are always on the go; during the summer, they help maintain infrastructure around the base and in the winter they ensure Eielson’s airfield is free of snow and ice. They have an extra job to do…

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USAF commences Pacific deployment of F-35

The US Air Force (USAF) first operational overseas deployment of the Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) is now up and running on the Japanese island of Okinawa, the US Pacific Command (USPACOM) announced on 21 November. Twelve aircraft and more than…

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US Marines have 16 F-35B fighters in Japan to counter N. Korea

The US Marine Corps has finished deploying a full squadron of 16 F-35B Lightning II stealth fighters at its air station in Iwakuni, Japan as part of a US buildup to counter a military threat from North Korea. The Marine F-35Bs complement a dozen Air…

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