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U.S. Air Force’s Newest Rock Star Flies to Arkansas

Posted May 16, 2014 by John Rossino

The 61st Airlift Squadron at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, received another C-130J Super Hercules airlifter on May 15. Lt. Gen. Brooks Bash, vice commander, Air Mobility Command, Scott Air Force Base, Ill., ferried the aircraft from the Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., facility in Marietta, Ga. Bash is a command pilot who has logged…

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NASA’s Hubble shows Jupiter’s Great Red Spot is smaller than ever measured

Posted May 16, 2014 by

Jupiter’s trademark Great Red Spot – a swirling anti-cyclonic storm larger than Earth – has shrunk to its smallest size ever measured. According to Amy Simon of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, recent NASA Hubble Space Telescope observations confirm the Great Red Spot†† now is approximately 10,250 miles across. Astronomers have followed…

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Air Force moves closer to KC-46A beddown

Posted May 16, 2014 by Jennifer Schneider

Courtesy photograph Several projects will break ground at McConnell Air Force Base, Kan., in the upcoming weeks, including construction of one- and two-bay hangars like those depicted in this rendering. The construction is part of the beddown effort for the Air Forceís new fleet of KC-46A aerial tankers, expected to arrive in 2016. The Air…

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Boeing, Scoot sign 787 pilot training agreement

Posted May 16, 2014 by

Boeing and Scoot announced May 15 a five-year pilot training agreement to support the Singapore-based airline’s fleet transition to 787 Dreamliners. Under the agreement, Boeing Flight Services, a business unit of Boeing Commercial Aviation Services, will provide 787 flight training to Scoot pilots at Boeing’s Singapore training campus. In 2014 alone, an anticipated 32 Scoot…

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News Briefs May 14, 2014

Posted May 14, 2014 by

Obama presents top medal to Afghanistan veteran President Barack Obama has presented the Medal of Honor to former Army Sgt. Kyle White for heroism during an ambush in Afghanistan in 2007. White saved a comrade’s life and helped ensure that other wounded survivors of the attack were evacuated. Obama says White motivates Americans to be…

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Raytheon delivers 1000th Miniature Air Launched Decoy- Jammer to U.S. Air Force

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Raytheon has delivered the 1000th Miniature Air Launched Decoy Jammer (MALDÆ -J) to the U.S. Air Force as part of the Lot 5 production contract. “The MALD program has enjoyed a perfect 33-for-33 flight test record over the past two years,” said Mike Jarrett, vice president of Air Warfare Systems for Raytheon Missile Systems. “The…

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Lockheed Martin Kestrelô Autopilot now available for international sales

Posted May 14, 2014 by

The Lockheed Martin Kestrel autopilot has received its commodity jurisdiction, allowing for quick, affordable deployments for international markets. The Kestrel autopilot and a version of the vertical takeoff and lift Indago system are no longer restricted by International Traffic in Arms Regulations, and they are now controlled under the Export Administration Regulations. “We are looking…

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Interactive display provides pilots with real-time sonic boom information

Posted May 14, 2014 by

NASA graphic The CISboomDA software integrates aircraft and environmental data with a real-time, local-area moving-map capable of displaying an aircraftís sonic boom footprint, allowing pilots to select a flight path to either avoid generating a sonic boom or to place the sonic boom in a specific location. Aerospace engineers at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center…

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NASA center ceremony honors two aerospace legends

Posted May 14, 2014 by

NASA photograph by Ken Ulbrich A black cloak is pulled to reveal the new name of NASA’s Neil A. Armstrong Flight Research Center to conclude ceremonies May 13 honoring the center’s new designation. Two aerospace legends and their families were honored at a formal dedication ceremony May 13, marking the rededication of NASA’s Armstrong Flight…

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Only flying B-29 Superfortress in the world coming to Lancaster

Posted May 14, 2014 by

Residents of Lancaster, Calif., will experience ìhands onî history next week when the Commemorative Air Forceís iconic Boeing B-29 Superfortress bomber, FIFI, lands at Fox Field accompanied by a P-51 Mustang and several other vintage World War II airplanes. The airplanes will be on display May 19 through 21. Visitors will be able to tour…

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