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NASA hybrid electric research plane gets X number, new name

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With 14 electric motors turning propellers and all of them integrated into a uniquely designed wing, NASA will test new propulsion technology using an experimental airplane now designated the X-57 and nicknamed “Maxwell.”

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Blue Angels begin training for return to season schedule

Posted June 17, 2016 by

Navy photograph by PO1 Andrea Perez U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, begin training flights in preparation to resume the team’s Pensacola practice and air show season schedules. The mission of the Blue Angels is to showcase the pride and professionalism of the United States Navy and Marine Corps by inspiring a culture…

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Headlines – June 15, 2016

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News North Korean hackers stole wing designs for U.S. fighter jet, says Seoul – North Korean hackers stole wing designs for a U.S. jet fighter and photos of parts of spy planes from a South Korean company, according to authorities in Seoul, the latest in a series of alleged cyberattacks by Pyongyang.     Business…

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News Briefs – June 15, 2016

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Push to make defense department buy American sneakers OK’d The U.S. Senate has approved a provision to require the Department of Defense to provide military service members with American athletic shoes upon arrival at basic training. The measure passed the Senate June 14 as part of the National Defense Authorization Act. Sen. Angus King, a…

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Senate approves defense bill, defies White House veto threat

Posted June 15, 2016 by Richard Lardner

Defying a White House veto threat, the Senate voted decisively June 14 to approve a defense policy bill that authorizes $602 billion in military spending, bars shuttering the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and denies the Pentagon’s bid to start a new round of military base closings. The GOP-led Senate’s version of the National Defense…

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Navy helo down in James River, crew safe

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NORFOLK–A U.S. Navy MH-60S helicopter crashed this morning in the James River while on a routine training mission. The three crew members aboard were rescued and transported to Naval Medical Center Portsmouth. Their injuries are believed to be non-life threatening. The helicopter is assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 2, the helicopter Fleet Replacement…

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Headlines – June 13, 2016

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News Obama approves broader role for U.S. forces in Afghanistan – President Barack Obama has approved giving the U.S. military greater ability to accompany and enable Afghan forces battling a resilient Taliban insurgency, in a move to assist them more proactively on the battlefield, a U.S. official told Reuters.     Business Nexter, KMW partner…

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News Briefs – June 13, 2016

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Military veterans housed together in Arkansas jail A program that houses military veterans together in an area of the Garland County jail in Hot Springs, Ark., is winning praise from criminal justice officials, jail officials and the veterans who are inmates. The program began about five months ago to test the idea that the chance…

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Headlines – June 10, 2016

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News Air Force probing crash of Reaper drone in Nevada desert – The U.S. Air Force is investigating the crash of an unmanned drone aircraft during a training mission this week in the Nevada desert north of Las Vegas.   F-16s that crashed over Georgia high-tech, but built in 1993 – The pilots at the…

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News Briefs – June 10, 2016

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Pilot of elite Russian aerobatic squadron killed in crash A pilot of the Russian air force’s elite aerobatic squadron died June 9 when his fighter jet crashed near Moscow. The Russian Defense Ministry said the Su-27 fighter jet went down while returning from a training mission. It said, according to preliminary information, the crash had…

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