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Headlines – September 21, 2018

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News Foreign warships in South China Sea ‘causing trouble’, Beijing’s envoy says – Big countries from outside the region are abusing their freedom of navigation rights and causing trouble in the South China Sea, Beijing’s ambassador to Britain said, in a clear jab at Western nations’ recent operations in the disputed waterway.     Business…

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News Briefs – September 21, 2018

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Putin says Russia perfected weapons based on Syria campaign Russian President Vladimir Putin says that the military’s combat experience gained in Syria has helped develop new weapons systems. Russia has waged a campaign in Syria since September 2015, helping turn the tide of war in favor of Syrian President Bashar Assad. The Russian military has…

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Tailwheel: The mascot of War Eagle Field

Posted September 21, 2018 by Bob Alvis

As the saying goes, if you’re performing, never follow a child or animal act for you will surely fail! My apologies to anyone who has ever fallen victim to that, because this issue’s story is a yarn of a beloved pet that sure goes a long way in bringing a smile to one’s face.

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Space

Forward to the Moon: Airbus wins ESA studies for future human base in lunar orbit

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The European Space Agency has commissioned Airbus for two studies for possible European involvement in the future human base in lunar orbit. The Gateway, previously known as the Deep Space Gateway or Lunar Orbital Platform-Gateway (LOP-G), is a project involving the U.S., Russian, Canadian, Japanese and European space agencies (NASA, Roscosmos, CSA, JAXA and ESA)….

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Technology

BAE Systems eyes novel way of flying

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Experts at BAE Systems are developing technologies to enable pilots to control the fighter jet of the future with the blink of an eye. As military domains become more contested, technologies become more complex, and sources of data multiply it is crucial that pilots are able to quickly access, assess and act on critical information.

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Veterans

DOD agency IDs soldiers lost in Korean War from returned remains

Posted September 21, 2018 by Jim Garamone

Air Force photograph by Senior Airman Mikaley Kline The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency and U.S. Indo-Pacific Command conduct an honorable carry ceremony at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, Aug. 1, 2018. Carry teams will move 55 transfer cases containing what are believed to be the remains of American service members lost in the Korean War…

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Space

Final Delta II launch orbits NASA polar ice probe

Posted September 21, 2018 by Peter W. Merlin

Liftoff of a Delta II rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., on Sept. 15 marked the end of an era for a workhorse launch vehicle and a significant leap forward for environmental science. The booster — the last of its type — carried NASA’s Ice, Cloud and land Elevation Satellite-2 (ICESat-2), a state-of-the-art climate observation probe. The spacecraft is equipped with the most advanced laser instrument of its kind to measure the average annual changes in Earth’s polar ice sheets.

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2018 Gathering of Eagles slated for Oct. 13

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The Flight Test Historical Foundation cordially invites you to attend the 2018 Gathering of Eagles – “Breaking Barriers, Expanding Horizons – Celebrating the Women of Flight Test.” The 2018 Eagles are: Dr. Eileen Bjorkman, U.S. Air Force, SES Dr. Sandy Miarecki, Lt. Col., U.S. Air Force retired, Air Force Academy Kelly Latimer, Lt. Col., U.S….

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NASA selects three ideas to pursue that could help transform aviation

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Like a collection of savvy entrepreneurs gathered to hear new business proposals in a “shark tank,” NASA’s aeronautical innovators always are looking for the “next best thing.”

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Business

Airbus delivers first aircraft from Mobile powered by sustainable jet fuel blend

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Airbus photograph An A321 for operator JetBlue is the first aircraft produced at Airbus’ U.S.-based A320 Family production line to be partially powered by sustainable jet fuel. Airbus’ A320 Family production facility in the United States will deliver its first aircraft partially powered by sustainable jet fuel this week. The latest A321 for JetBlue is…

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