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Island-landing ceremony held for new carrier

Posted January 30, 2013 by PO3 Sabrina Fine

Navy photograph by PO1 Nathanael Miller Susan Ford Bales, daughter of late President Gerald R. Ford and ship’s sponsor, speaks with members of the future nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford’s (CVN 78) first crew during the ship’s island landing ceremony at Huntington Ingalls Industries-Newport News Shipbuilding. The island-landing ceremony marks the final super-lift…

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An Excalibur’s first flight over Kandahar

Posted January 30, 2013 by SSgt. Jason Ragucci

Gunners of Bravo Battery, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Field Artillery Regiment, shot an Excalibur round out of a M-777 howitzer cannon for the first time at Forward Operating Base Frontenac, Kandahar, Afghanistan, Jan. 20. The Excalibur is a separate loading, 155MM, extended-range, precision-guided projectile designed for use with other 155MM digitized Howitzers. The M-777 is designed…

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Hawker Beechcraft closer to bankruptcy emergence

Posted January 30, 2013 by Roxana Hegeman

Kansas plane maker Hawker Beechcraft said Jan. 25 that its key creditors overwhelmingly backed a proposed reorganization plan in a vote that moves the company closer to emerging from bankruptcy protection as early as next month. The Wichita, Kansas,-based company said that it will seek court approval to exit bankruptcy at a hearing Thursday and…

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CSA warns of budgetary ‘perfect storm’

Posted January 30, 2013 by J.D. Leipold

Army photograph J.D. Leipold Speaking before AUSA members Jan. 24, 2013, Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond T. Odierno told them current fiscal uncertainty could result in a total operations and maintenance shortfall of $17 billion. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno said the greatest threat to America’s national security is fiscal uncertainty and…

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Boeing 787 probe shifts to monitoring system maker

Posted January 30, 2013 by Yuri Kageyama

The joint U.S. and Japanese investigation into the Boeing 787′s battery problems has shifted from the battery-maker to the manufacturer of a monitoring system. Japan transport ministry official Shigeru Takano said Jan. 28 the probe into battery-maker GS Yuasa was over for now as no evidence was found it was the source of the problems….

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Recovered debris thought to be wreckage of missing aircraft

Posted January 30, 2013 by

Air Force photograph by A1C Matthew Lotz An F-16 Fighting Falcon takes off from Aviano Air Base, Italy. The 31st Fighter Wing, Aviano Air Base, Italy, launched several of its F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft Jan. 29 to join the ongoing search effort for a U.S. Air Force fighter pilot who was declared missing during a…

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China test flies heavy air force freight plane

Posted January 30, 2013 by

China said it successfully tested a heavy air force freighter that could be a mostly home-grown substitute for the older Russian planes it now uses while substantially boosting the Chinese military’s global reach. The Y-20 flew took off from its development base near the northwestern city of Xi’an Jan. 26, the China Daily and other…

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Air Force Continues Support to France in Mali

Posted January 30, 2013 by Claudette Roulo

DOD photograph by Glenn Fawcett Pentagon Press Secretary George Little briefs reporters at the Pentagon, Jan. 29, 2013. During the press event, Little provided an update on the U.S. role in supporting France’s military operations in Mali. The U.S. Air Force continues to back French air operations in Mali through refueling efforts, logistical movements, troop…

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Opening combat positions for women essential to diversity, future AF

Posted January 30, 2013 by Don Branum

Air Force photograph First Lt. Roslyn Schulte, 25, died from wounds suffered from a roadside bomb in Afghanistan May 20, 2009. Seen here in her senior class photo, Schulte was a 2006 graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. She was the first female Academy graduate killed in action while supporting…

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Boeing 737 program starts building at higher production rate

Posted January 30, 2013 by

Boeing photograph Boeing Mechanics load initial parts of the spars for the first airplane at the new rate into a spar-assembly machine. Boeing has begun assembly of the first Next-Generation 737 to be built at the rate of 38 airplanes per month. Over the past two years, production of the 737 has risen more than…

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