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News Briefs December 19, 2014

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Trial set for ex-Navy engineer in military secrets case A former Navy civilian engineer is scheduled to stand trial next summer on charges of trying to steal aircraft carrier schematics. Media outlets report that 35-year-old Mostafa Awwad of Yorktown, Va., pleaded not guilty Dec. 17 to two counts of attempted exportation of defense articles and…

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AF delivers Iraqi F-16s for training in US

Posted December 19, 2014 by TSgt. Trevor Tiernan T

Air Force photograph by SrA. Jordan Castelan Iraqi air force captain Hama conducts preflight inspections while inside a new to service Iraqi F-16 Fighting Falcon Dec. 17, 2014, located at the nearby Tucson International Airport, Ariz. Hama was part of the first class of Iraqi students training with the 162nd Wing to further enhance interoperability…

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Japan, Australia to provide F-35 maintenance sites in Pacific region

Posted December 19, 2014 by Claudette Roulo

Lockheed Martin photograph by Andy Wolfe An F-35C Lightning II joint strike fighter carrier variant prepares to launch from the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz in the Pacific Ocean, Nov. 6, 2014. Japan and Australia will be sharing maintenance and upgrade duties for the F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter based or operating in the Pacific…

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NASA’s Kepler reborn, makes first exoplanet find of new mission

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Image courtesy of NASA Ames/JPL-Caltech/T Pyle The artistic concept shows NASA’s planet-hunting Kepler spacecraft operating in a new mission profile called K2. Using publicly available data, astronomers have confirmed K2’s first exoplanet discovery proving Kepler can still find planets. NASA’s planet-hunting Kepler spacecraft makes a comeback with the discovery of the first exoplanet found using…

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Hanscom working to provide 5th, 4th gen aircraft common tactical picture

Posted December 19, 2014 by Patty Welsh

Air Force photograph by SrA. Maeson L. Elleman A U.S. Air Force F-15C Eagle taxis for takeoff on Kadena Air Base, Japan, Sept. 16, 2014. The Space, Aerial and Nuclear Networks Division at Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass., is working to ensure connectivity between 4th generation aircraft, such as the F-15 here, and 5th generation…

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Boeing, Avianca celebrate delivery of airline’s first 787 Dreamliner

Posted December 19, 2014 by timchisham

Boeing and Avianca have celebrated the delivery of the first 787 Dreamliner for the Latin American carrier, helping the airline stay at the forefront of technology in the region. “The addition of the first Boeing 787-8 to Avianca’s fleet is a milestone for commercial aviation and for our airline, which strives to bring the most…

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NASA, planetary scientists find meteoritic evidence of Mars water reservoir

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This illustration depicts Martian water reservoirs. Recent research provides evidence for the existence of a third reservoir that is intermediate in isotopic composition between the Red Planetís mantle and its current atmosphere. These results support the hypothesis that a buried cryosphere accounts for a large part of the initial water budget of Mars. NASA and…

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Final flight of the A-7

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Photograph courtesy of the Hellenic Air Force The last U.S. Navy A-7 Corsair aircraft retired from service in Greece Oct. 17, after 39 years of flying with the Hellenic Air Force ñ the final operator of the aircraft. The Naval Air Systems Commandís Specialized and Proven Aircraft Program Office supported the Foreign Military Sale and…

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Boeing, BOC Aviation finalize order for two additional 737-800s

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Boeing and BOC Aviation have finalized an order for two additional 737-800s, valued at $186 million at current list prices. The order is a part of the Singapore-based leasing company’s effort to grow its portfolio of fuel-efficient airplanes. “Building on our order of 80 737 aircraft earlier this year, these two additional Next-Generation 737s enable…

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NASA’s Orion arrives back at Kennedy

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NASA photograph NASA’s Orion spacecraft returned to the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida Dec. 18, 2014. The spacecraft flew to an altitude of 3,600 miles in space during a Dec. 5 flight test designed to stress many of the riskiest events Orion will see when it sends astronauts on future missions to an asteroid…

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