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August 25, 2014

News Briefs August 25, 2014

China says U.S. plane intercept was professional

China’s Defense Ministry has rejected U.S. accusations that a Chinese fighter jet conducted a dangerous intercept of a U.S. Navy surveillance aircraft off the coast of China in international airspace.

The ministry issued a statement Aug. 23 attributed to spokesman Yang Yujun calling the U.S. accusations groundless. It says the Chinese pilot conducted operations that were professional and the Chinese jet kept a safe distance from the U.S. planes.

The Pentagon says the Chinese jet made several close passes by the Navy P-8 Poseidon plane, coming within 30 feet of it at one point.

The Pentagon says the Aug. 19 encounter was the fourth such incident since March.

The Chinese statement says the U.S. large-scale and highly frequent close-in reconnaissance against China is the root cause of accidents. AP

Remains of vet killed in 1952 buried in California

An Air Force veteran has been buried in Southern California, six decades after he died in a plane crash.

The Orange County Register (says the remains of Engolf Hagen were laid to rest with military honors Aug. 22 near his parents’ grave in Whittier.

Hagen, a 28-year-old technical sergeant, died when a Globemaster carrying 52 passengers crashed and exploded on an Alaskan glacier in 1952. The wreckage was quickly covered with snow.

The site was found two years ago and 17 victims identified from remains. Hagen’s forearm and rib were retrieved, cremated and the ashes flown to California.

Hagen’s youngest sister, 84-year-old Eleanor Yeager of Corona del Mar, attended the burial. Yeager says she’s grieving his loss again after so many years – but is glad he’s home at last. AP




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Headlines December 22, 2014

News: Report: DOD bomb hunters pried into U.S. firms, citizens - During some of the bloodiest days of U.S. combat in Afghanistan and the roadside bomb threat there, the Pentagon’s Joint IED Defeat Organization “improperly collected” intelligence on U.S. citizens and corporations to try to stem the threat, a Pentagon Inspector General report has found.  ...
 
 

News Briefs December 22, 2014

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Boeing photograph

Boeing, Malaysia Airlines celebrate 100th 737 delivery

Boeing photograph Boeing and Malaysia Airlines celebrated the direct delivery of the airline’s 100th 737 aircraft at an event in Seattle. Shown here Aminuddin Zakaria, senior vice president, airline engineering group, Malaysi...
 

 

Navy helicopter crashes in Kuwait; all crewmembers ok

A U.S. Navy MH-60S helicopter assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 26 (HSC 26) crashed at 11:22 a.m., EST, Dec.21, while on an overland training flight at Camp Buehring, Kuwait. All six personnel aboard the helicopter survived the crash and were transported to nearby medical facilities for evaluation. Three of the six crewmembers sustained minor...
 
 

AMC relocates KC-135 simulator

As Air Mobility Command fields the KC-46A Pegasus, displaced KC-135 Stratotanker pilot simulators will be relocated across the Total Force to maximize simulator access across the mobility enterprise. As a result, AMC, in coordination with the Air National Guard, recently identified four KC-135 pilot flight simulators and one KC-135 Boom Operator Weapons System Trainer to...
 
 

SpaceX completes first milestone for Commercial Crew Transportation System

NASA has approved the completion of SpaceX’s first milestone in the company’s path toward launching crews to the International Space Station from U.S. soil under a Commercial Crew Transportation Capability contract with the agency. During the Certification Baseline Review, SpaceX described its current design baseline including how the company plans to manufacture its Crew Dragon spacecraft...
 




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