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Second Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner takes to the skies

Posted November 8, 2013 by

The second Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner completed a successful 4-hour, 18-minute first flight Nov. 7. The airplane, known as ZB002, departed Paine Field in Everett, Wash., at 8:06 a.m. and landed at 12:24 p.m. local time at Seattle’s Boeing Field. As the only 787-9 test airplane to be fitted with elements of the passenger interior, ZB002…

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Northrop Grumman receives $178 million contract to sustain Joint STARS fleet

Posted November 8, 2013 by timchisham

The U.S. Air Force awarded Northrop Grumman a $178 million contract to continue sustaining the service’s entire E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (Joint STARS) aircraft. The contract is a continuation of Northrop Grumman’s Total System Support Reliability program, which was first awarded in 2000. Through the TSSR program, Northrop Grumman is responsible for…

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Boeing delivers Ethiopian Airlines’ first 777-300ER

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Boeing has delivered a 777-300ER (Extended Range) jet to GE Capital Aviation Services for lease to Ethiopian Airlines. The 777-300ER is now the largest airplane in the Ethiopian flag-carrier’s fleet and will provide it with increased capacity and improved operating economics on key routes from its base in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa. “The introduction…

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Lockheed Martin team tests Orionís protective panels

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Testing at the Lockheed Martin Sunnyvale facility in California using a series of precisely-timed, explosive charges and mechanisms, proved the Orion spacecraft can successfully jettison its protective fairing panels. The Orion spacecraft has three fairings that protect the service module radiators and solar arrays from heat, wind and acoustics during ascent. This test was the…

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Acquisitions chief seeks system improvements, not reform

Posted November 8, 2013 by SFC Tyrone C. Marshall Jr.

The Pentagonís acquisitions chief Nov. 7 discussed the state of the defense acquisitions system and methods the Defense Department, working with industry, can use to improve it. I put out a document a few months ago the defense acquisitions system first annual report, Frank Kendall, undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics told an…

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New Boeing B-52 upgrade to increase smart weapons capacity by half

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Boeing will continue to increase the B-52 bomberís effectiveness and versatility under a new U.S. Air Force contract that calls for the aircraftís smart weapons capacity to expand by 50 percent. Under the $24.6 million agreement, Boeing will develop a modification to existing weapon launchers so the aircraft can carry smart weapons in the bomb…

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NASA’s Orion sees flawless fairing separation in second test

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Lockheed Martin photograph The three panel or fairings encapsulating a stand-in for Orionís service module successfully detach during a test Nov. 6, 2013 at Lockheed Martinís facility in Sunnyvale, Calif. The three massive panels protecting a test version of NASA’s Orion multipurpose crew vehicle successfully fell away from the spacecraft Wednesday in a test of…

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Blue Angels, air show coming to the Antelope Valley

Posted November 8, 2013 by Linda KC Reynolds

Photograph by Linda KC Reynolds Blue Angelsí Pilots Lt. Commander Michael Chen and Lt. Ryan Chamberlain speak at a press conference held at the William J. Fox Airport in Lancaster, Calif., Nov. 7 to announce the inaugural Los Angeles County Airshow to take place March 19-22 at Fox Field. Chamberlain said he is excited to…

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Service chiefs testify on risks of sequestration

Posted November 8, 2013 by Amaani Lyle

As they face the prospect of another year of deep cuts to their budgets, the militarys service chiefs testified Nov. 7 before the Senate Armed Services Committee on the impact sequestration is having on the ability to organize, train and equip their service members. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno, Chief of Naval Operations…

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Boeing partners with U.S. Air Force to reduce supply chain costs

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Boeing and the U.S. Air Force Sustainment Center have entered into an overarching public-private partnership that will streamline supply chain contracting, saving money and speeding up execution by as much as 10 months. The partnership ñ the first of its kind allows the three Air Force logistics complexes that are under the AFSC to immediately…

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