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News Briefs December 12, 2012

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U.S. sues employer over firing of N.Y. Army reservist The federal government has sued a New York communications company president and his company, saying they violated the law by firing an Army reservist because of military obligations. Federal prosecutors in Manhattan Dec. 10 sued Cohere Communications LLC and its president, Steven T. Francesco. They said…

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Presidential V-22s on schedule for delivery in 2013

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Bell-Boeing photograph Aircraft 209, the fourth MV-22 to be assigned to the Presidential Support Squadron awaits attachment of the tail empennage (painted the iconic dark green of the squadron) on the Bell V-22 assembly plant production floor in Amarillo, Texas, Dec. 1. The first MV-22 is on schedule to be delivered to Marine Helicopter Squadron…

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F-35B achieves milestone flight

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Lockheed Martin photograph Marine Corps test pilot Maj. C. R. Clift flies BF-1 on a short take off and vertical landing mode mission, Dec. 7. The flight marked the 1,000th developmental test flight for the F-35B Lightning II in the programís system development and demonstration phase. The F-35B is the Lightning II variant designed for…

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Arrival of last F-35C completes Patuxent River complement of Lightning II aircraft

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Lockheed Martin photograph Aircraft CF-5, flown by Navy test pilot Lt. Cmdr. Michael Burks, takes off from the F-35 Lightning II manufacturing facility in Fort Worth, Texas, Dec. 11. The aircraft, which arrived at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md., the same day, is the final permanently assigned F-35C for the Integrated Test Force at…

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Aerosonde unmanned air vehicle provides Marines ISR support

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NAVAL AIR SYSTEMS COMMAND, PATUXENT RIVER, Md. ó Marines in Afghanistan witnessed AAI Corp.ís Aerosonde Unmanned Air System first flight Dec. 2. under NAVAIRís Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance services contract. AAI field services representatives conducted the nearly 10-hour mission and provided real-time full-motion video to Marine Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Squadron (VMU) 3. Under ISR services,…

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Commando II Takes to sky

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Lockheed Martin photograph by Todd McQueen Lockheed Martin an MC-130J Commando II to Cannon Air Force Base, N.M., Dec. 10. Aircraft 5710 is the 12th of 27 MC-130Js to be assigned to the Air Force Special Operations Command. The squadron uses the Commando II on missions such as in-flight refueling, infiltration/exfiltration, and aerial delivery and…

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Operational Test Command completes Network Integration Evaluation 13.1

Posted December 12, 2012 by Eloise Lundgren

Testers, soldiers, engineers and combat developers completed the fourth iteration of a series of semi-annual field exercises, called Network Integration Evaluations, at Fort Bliss, Texas, and White Sands Missile Range, N. M., just in time to get everyone home for the holidays. Managed by a group known as the Network Integration Evaluation, or NIE, “TRIAD”…

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Obama Nominates Clark as Next Air Guard Director

Posted December 12, 2012 by Col. Nahaku McFadden

Lt. Gen. Stanley E. “Sid” Clarke III, commander of the Continental U.S. North American Aerospace Defense Command Region-1st Air Force, has been nominated by President Barack Obama to be the next director of the Air National Guard. If confirmed by the Senate, Clarke will replace Lt. Gen. Harry “Bud” Wyatt III, who is retiring in…

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Air Force launches 3rd X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle

Posted December 12, 2012 by Maj. Eric Badger

In the next installment to improve space capability and further develop an affordable, reusable space vehicle, the Air Force conducted its third X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle launch at Cape Canaveral, Fla., Dec. 11, officials said. The launch comes on the heels of the successful flight of OTV-2, which made an autonomous landing at Vandenberg Air…

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Dassault’s Falcon 2000S beats performance targets

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When certified in early 2013, the final performance specifications for the Dassault Falcon 2000S will be substantially better than initially projected. An 18 month test program that lasted 350 flight hours over 150 flights demonstrated better than expected low speed performance, in particular. Landing distance at typical landing weight has been reduced to 2,315 feet,…

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