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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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Recovered debris thought to be wreckage of missing aircraft

Posted January 29, 2013 by

Air Force photograph by A1C Ashley Wood An F-16 Fighting Falcon, similar to the one pictured here, from the 31st Fighter Wing at Aviano Air Base, Italy, lost communication with the base during a training mission Jan. 28, 2013, over the Adriatic Sea. United States and Italian military officials, along with Italian civilian authorities, continue…

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Boeing-led missile defense team completes GMD flight test

Posted January 28, 2013 by

Boeing, working with the U.S. Missile Defense Agency and industry teammates, Jan. 26 returned the Ground-based Midcourse Defense system to testing with a successful flight. GMD is the United States’ only defense against long-range ballistic missile threats. “Today’s test signals the next step in GMDís future capability and is the culmination of successful partnerships among…

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F-22 pilot flies boy’s letter ‘closer to heaven’

Posted January 28, 2013 by Capt. Ashley Conner

Air Force photograph by TSgt. Dana Rosso MacAidan Mac Gallegos, conducts a walk around inspection of an F-22 with Lt. Col. Brian Baldwin, a Reserve F-22 pilot assigned to the 302nd Fighter Squadron prior to his flight. Mac wrote a letter to his father Army Sgt. Justin Gallegos who was killed in Afghanistan in 2009…

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Boeing aircraft financing unit, Boeing Capital, to end separate SEC reporting

Posted January 28, 2013 by

Boeing announced Jan. 23 that its aircraft financing and leasing unit, Boeing Capital Corporation, plans to suspend its separate U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission reporting. The move will help streamline Boeing’s financial reporting process while not affecting the financing and leasing unit’s mission, operations or customer interactions. Boeing Capital’s financial information will continue to be…

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Life Cycle Thrust’ directorate making a name throughout command

Posted January 28, 2013 by Brandice J. O'Brien

Air Force photograph by TSgt. Justin D. Pyle The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center’s Propulsion Directorate is responsible for the sustainment and acquisition of engines for aircraft such as the F-22 Raptor (shown) and C-17 Globemaster. In six months, the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center’s Propulsion Directorate has come into its own. Emphasizing…

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Elbit Systems awarded Israel Ministry of Defense order to develop advanced UAS features

Posted January 28, 2013 by

Elbit Systems Ltd. announced Jan. 27 it has received an approximately $35 million contract from the Israel Ministry of Defense for the development of advanced features for Unmanned Aircraft Systems to be supplied within three years. One of the mission requirements is the quick re-configuration of the UAS’ payloads. The contract is in addition to…

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New runway rubber removal system debuts in Southwest Asia

Posted January 28, 2013 by SrA. Joel Mease

Air Force photographs by SrA. Joel Mease A retrofitted Unimog with a TracJet attachment removes rubber from the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing airfield in Southwest Asia, Jan. 18, 2013. The cleaning head, which resembles a large shower head, puts out roughly 36,000 pounds per square inch of water pressure – enough to cut through steel….

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Northrop Grumman awarded EPS Control and Planning Segment

Posted January 28, 2013 by

The Air Force Space Command’s Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base, Calif., has awarded Northrop Grumman’s Information Systems sector the Enhanced Polar System Control and Planning Segment contract. EPS CAPS provides space-enabled, secure communications capabilities to polar users in support of national objectives. It provides telemetry and control, mission planning and…

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Carter: Sequestration planning requires balance

Posted January 28, 2013 by Claudette Roulo

Planning for sequestration is the practical thing to do and doesnít indicate a lack of confidence in Congress, Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter said Jan. 27 in an interview on ìThis Week in Defense News with Vago Muradian. Though Congress voted earlier this month to delay until March 2 the implementation of about $500…

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