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News Briefs March 20, 2013

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U.S. training accident kills seven Marines A Marine Corps official says the seven Marines killed in Nevada died after a 60mm mortar exploded unexpectedly during a training accident, March 18. The Marines immediately issued an indefinite moratorium on firing of all such mortars worldwide until an investigation clears as safe the type of weapon and…

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Dassault’s new Falcon 2000S, Falcon 2000LXS earn EASA certification

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The two newest members of the Falcon family of business jets, the 2000S and 2000LXS, have received EASA certification. Approval from the FAA is expected to follow shortly. Unveiled in May 2011, the Falcon 2000S is the new entry level jet in the Falcon family. Equipped with a full slate of standard features, including upgraded…

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Navy demonstrates joint amphibious operations during Brilliant Scepter

Posted March 20, 2013 by PO2 Torrey Lee

Navy photograph by PO2 Torrey W. Lee Rear Adm. Gerard P. Hueber, commander of Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) 3, and Brig. Gen. John J. Broadmeadow, commanding general of 1st Marine Logistics Group and 1st Marine Expeditionary Brigade, tour the amphibious landing site at Green’s Beach during exercise Brilliant Scepter 2013. Brilliant Scepter is an amphibious…

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Boeing delivers 7,500th 737

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Boeing has delivered the 7,500th 737 to come off the production line to Malaysia-based Malindo Air. Malindo Air is a joint venture by Jakarta, Indonesia-based Lion Air and Malaysia’s National Aerospace and Defence Industries. Malindo Air is using the Next-Generation 737-900ER to launch its low-fares service. Malindo Air’s 737-900ER (Extended Range) with the passenger-pleasing Boeing…

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Lockheed Martin-built infrared surveillance satellite launched successfully

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The U.S. Air Force’s second Space Based Infrared System Geosynchronous Earth Orbit (GEO-2) spacecraft, built by Lockheed Martin, was successfully launched today at 5:21 p.m., EDT, March 19 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket. The SBIRS program delivers timely, reliable and accurate missile warning and infrared…

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Unmanned air system takes first flight at sea

Posted March 20, 2013 by PO3 Sabrina Fine

Navy photograph by PO3 Sabrina Fine Members of the RQ-21A Small Tactical Unmanned Air System (STUAS) test team transport the RQ-21A across the flight deck of the amphibious transport dock USS Mesa Verde (LPD 19) after its first flight at sea. Mesa Verde is underway conducting exercises San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock USS Mesa Verde…

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United Launch Alliance successfully launches second Space-Based Infrared System satellite to orbit for the U.S. Air Force

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ULA photograph A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket blasts off from Space Launch Complex-41 carrying the second Space-Based Infrared System GEO-2 satellite for the U.S. Air Force at 5:21 p.m., EDT, March 19. This was the 3rd ULA launch of the year, the 37th Atlas V mission, and the 69th ULA launch since the…

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National Naval Aviation Museum opens women in Naval aviation exhibit

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Naval History and Heritage Command’s National Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola, Fla., is opening a new exhibit featuring the path women have taken from their support of naval aviation as “yeomanettes” to pilots on the front lines March 21. “I think the museum has created a marvelous, lasting tribute to all the women who have…

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Northrop Grumman delivers 100th center fuselage for F-35 Lightning II

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Northrop Grumman photograph March 8, Northrop Grumman commemorated the delivery of its 100th F-35 Lightning II standard configuration center fuselage to Lockheed Martin during a ceremony at its Palmdale, Calif., manufacturing center. More than 300 guests attended the ceremony, including Northrop Grumman and Lockheed Martin leaders, F-35 suppliers, public officials and members of the business…

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Nellis accepts delivery of F-35 with ceremony

Posted March 20, 2013 by MSgt. Kelley J. Stewart

Air Force photograph by Lawrence Crespo Maj. Gen. Jeffery Lofgren, U.S. Air Force Warfare Center commander, provides remarks during the F-35A Lightning II arrival ceremony March 19, 2013, in the Thunderbird Hangar on Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. The 422nd Test and Evaluation Squadron will design the tactics for the F-35A. The squadron will also…

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