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Boeing begins assembly of first KC-46 tanker aircraft

Posted June 26, 2013 by

Boeing workers in Everett, Wash., June 2 loaded the first wing spar for the first U.S. Air Force KC-46A aerial refueling tanker, starting production of that aircraft and achieving another milestone toward delivering 179 tankers during the next 14 years. The KC-46A is based on the commercial 767-200ER, a proven airframe in service as an…

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Air Force photograph by TSgt. Stephen J. Collier
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Aerial firefighting continues against Rocky Mountain fires

Posted June 26, 2013 by TSgt. Stephen J. Collier

Air Force photograph by TSgt. Stephen J. Collier An air tanker “pit” crew detaches a fire retardant loading hose from an Air Force Reserve C-130 Hercules June 24, 2013, prior to the aircraft’s departure from Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. Portions of Peterson AFB’s flightline were converted into an air tanker base for aerial firefighting…

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ATK, Air Force successfully test new large class stage I rocket mMotor

Posted June 26, 2013 by

ATK and the U.S. Air Force successfully tested the newly developed Large Class (92-inch diameter) Stage I solid rocket motor May 23 at ATK’s test facilities in Promontory, Utah. The high-performance motor was developed by ATK for the Large Class Stage I program and uses emerging technologies from other Air Force developmental programs, including the…

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Honeywell awarded $37-million project to build, service power facility for new Airbus assembly line

Posted June 26, 2013 by

Honeywell announced June 26 it has been awarded a $37-million project to build and provide ongoing service and maintenance on a power facility for Airbus’ new assembly site in Mobile, Ala., the aviation company’s first aircraft manufacturing operation in the United States. Honeywell will lead the design and construction of the facility, which will control…

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Boeing Gains FAA approval to fly Advanced navigation procedures on 787

Posted June 26, 2013 by

Boeing has received FAA†approval to fly Required Navigation Performance – Authorization Required procedures on the 787 fleet. Operators that fly RNP AR procedures significantly reduce fuel burn, emissions and airport congestion by flying precisely along a predefined route using advanced on-board navigation systems together with GPS-based global navigation satellite systems. As an FAA-approved RNP application…

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Budget cuts mean 8,000 fewer Marines, commandant says

Posted June 26, 2013 by Karen Parrish

If sequestrationís annual spending cuts continue past this year, the Marine Corps will lose 8,000 in troop strength, Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James F. Amos said June 26. ìI donít want this to happen,î the nationís senior Marine told the Defense Writers Group here. Ongoing sequester cuts will lead to readiness risks, he said, but…

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Wyle awarded NASA contract to provide flight products for Marshall Center

Posted June 26, 2013 by

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -†Wyle has been awarded a five-year contract by NASA to provide engineering solutions and development and flight products in the areas of science and technology, exploration and flight projects at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Al. Called the Engineering Solutions and Prototyping Contract,†it is a performance-based, cost-reimbursement fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity…

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GA-ASI to develop Predator B variant to meet NATO/European airworthiness standards

Posted June 26, 2013 by

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. announced June 26 that it is undertaking an Independent Research and Development effort to develop a variant of its PredatorÆ B RPA that is fully compliant with the airworthiness requirements of the U.S. Air Force and anticipated NATO foreign customers, as well as offers enhanced capabilities for integration into domestic…

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Austal celebrates keel laying for Montgomery (LCS 8)

Posted June 26, 2013 by

Austal held a keel-laying ceremony for the fourth Independence-variant Littoral Combat Ship ñ Montgomery (LCS 8) – June 25. This is the second LCS of ten awarded by the Navy to Austal, as prime contractor, and the sixth keel laying ceremony celebrated by Austal, as prime, in less than three years. During that time Austal…

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Defense Logistics Agency injects revenue into small businesses

Posted June 26, 2013 by

When small businesses struggle to navigate the world of government contracts or a government buyer seeks out responsible vendors, the Defense Logistics Agency and the Procurement Technical Assistance Centers work to bring the parties together. Funded through cooperative agreements with DLA, the PTACs have a local presence in 49 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and…

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