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News Briefs February 13, 2015

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Military jet crashes in southern Russia, two crewmen missing A Russian military jet crashed Feb. 11 while trying to land in southern Russia and the fate of its two crewmembers is unknown, the Defense Ministry said. The ministry said the Su-24 bomber went down as it was approaching its base in the southern Volgograd region…

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Air Force photograph by A1C Mikaley Towle
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A-10s provide close air support for Green Flag exercise

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Air Force photograph by A1C Mikaley Towle Crew chiefs assigned to the 355th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., perform pre-flight inspections on an A-10 Thunderbolt II during Green Flag-West 15-03 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Jan. 26, 2015. Pre-flight inspections are done before each flight to help ensure pilot safety. Members…

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Services aim to standardize air, missile defense networks

Posted February 13, 2015 by David Vergun

Missile Defense Agency photograph Efforts are underway to better integrate missile systems across the Defense Department. Across the globe, a variety of air and missile defense threats are evolving and proliferating. At the same time, adversaries are exploiting weaknesses in America’s air and missile defense system, said Brig. Gen. Christopher L. Spillman, commandant of the…

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Air Force chief: Force modernization not optional

Posted February 13, 2015 by SFC Tyrone C. Marshall Jr.

It is imperative to modernize the Air Force despite difficult budgeting choices that will have to be made, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III said Feb. 12 in Orlando, Fla. Speaking during the Air Force Association Air Warfare Symposium and Technology Exposition, the general discussed the need for force modernization. We…

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Leaders discuss Combat Air Forces future at symposium

Posted February 13, 2015 by Mike Meridith

Four senior Air Force leaders gathered in Orlando, Fla., Feb. 12, to discuss the key issues facing the nation’s Combat Air Forces. Gen. Hawk Carlisle, the commander of Air Combat Command, joined Gen. Frank Gorenc, the commander of U.S Air Forces Europe-Air Forces Africa; Gen. Lori Robinson, the commander of Pacific Air Forces; and Lt….

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First AF theater security package deploys to Europe

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Air Force photograph by SrA. Jesse Shipps Pilots from the 354th Fighter Squadron taxi down the tarmac preparing to take off in their A-10 Thunderbolt IIs to a simulated deployed location as a part of exercise Bushwhacker 07-02 Jan. 21, 2007, at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz. This week the U.S. Air Force deployed 12…

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Business

Virgin Galactic opens new facility in Long Beach, Calif.

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Virgin Galactic has leased a new 150,000 square foot facility in Long Beach, Calif., that will house design and manufacturing of the company’s small satellite launch vehicle, LauncherOne. The company will host a job fair and open house at the new facility March 7. Prospective applicants looking for more information should visit www.virgingalactic.com in the…

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GA-ASI validates airborne sense, avoid radar functionality on Predator B

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General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. recently announced a major technological advancement related to the integration of RPA into international and domestic airspace. GA-ASI successfully flight tested a pre-production Due Regard Radar, marking the first fully functional air-to-air radar on a RPA that meets the requirements for ìDue Regardî operations in international airspace. GAASI is a…

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Predator XP sets new company for long endurance flight

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General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. announced Feb. 12 the successful first endurance flight of† PredatorÆ XP, an advanced derivative of the mission-proven MQ-1 Predator RPA that has accumulated more than two million flight hours since 1994. The flight launched Feb. 6 and landed Feb. 8 during a 40-plus hour flight conducted at GA-ASI’s Castle Dome…

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Boeing, Korean Air announce order for five 777 Freighters

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Boeing and Korean Air Feb. 12 finalized an order for five 777 Freighters. The order, valued at more than $1.5 billion at current list prices, will add further efficiency and reliability to Korean Air’s all-Boeing freighter fleet. As one of the world’s largest cargo airlines, Korean Air currently operates an all-Boeing freighter fleet of 26…

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