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B-52 gets new sniper pod

Posted March 22, 2013 by SSgt. Jason McCasland

The 2nd Bomb Wing at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., made its first live run with a new addition to the aging bomber.

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Colombian Army takes delivery of five S-70i™ Black Hawk helicopters

Posted March 22, 2013 by

The Colombian Army has formally inducted five new Sikorsky S-70i multi-mission helicopters into its fleet of Black Hawk aircraft. Colombia is the first South American country to buy the S-70i Black Hawk helicopter variant from Sikorsky Aircraft, a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp.

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Silicon Valley Space Center to develop suborbital payloads

Posted March 22, 2013 by

The Silicon Valley Space Center will develop four scientific payloads to fly on the XCOR Lynx spacecraft, which is currently under construction in Mojave, California. The payloads will fly on missions sponsored by the United States Rocket Academy’s Citizens in Space program. The payloads are part of a cooperative agreement between the Silicon Valley Space…

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DOD delays sending furlough notices to civilian employees

Posted March 22, 2013 by

Pentagon officials have put off sending furlough notices to civilian employees until they’ve had a chance to analyze how pending legislation that would fund the federal government for the rest of the fiscal year will affect the Defense Department. Officials now estimate that furlough notices will go out on or about April 5, said Navy…

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Marine Corps’ first operational F-35B conducts initial Vertical Landing

Posted March 22, 2013 by Capt. Staci Reidinger

Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121 watched in amazement and satisfaction as the Corps’ first operational F-35B Lightning II squadron conducted its first Short Take Off, Vertical Landing operations aboard Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz. March 21, 2013.

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Lion Air orders 234 A320 Family aircraft

Posted March 22, 2013 by

Indonesia’s Lion Air has placed a firm order with Airbus for 234 A320 Family aircraft, comprising 109 A320neo, 65 A321neo and 60 A320ceo. The deal sees the carrier become a new customer for Airbus. The order was finalized March 18 at a special ceremony at the Elysée Palace in Paris in the presence of President…

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NASA hosts its first Google+ hangout in Spanish

Posted March 22, 2013 by

NASA is expanding its reach to the nation’s growing Spanish-speaking population by holding its first-ever Google+ Hangout en Espanol from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m., EDT, March 28. As part of Science4Girls, a NASA initiative to partner with libraries during National Women’s History Month, participants will be able to learn more about the life and career…

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Headlines: March 20, 2013

Posted March 20, 2013 by

News Pilot error one cause of 2012 Predator crash Pilot error and a propeller malfunction caused an armed MQ-1B Predator to crash into the Afghanistan countryside last fall, according to an accident report released today. Iraq war contractors fight on against lawsuits, investigations, fines Donald Rumsfeld declared war on the Pentagon bureaucracy on a quiet,…

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UTC Aerospace Systems introduces smaller UAV autopilots

Posted March 20, 2013 by

UTC Aerospace Systems recently announced the release of the Cloud Cap Technology Piccolo Nano autopilot, the smallest addition to the industry standard Cloud Cap Technology Piccolo family of flight management systems. The Piccolo Nano is designed to meet the requirements of the smallest UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) in both size and price with all the…

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F-35 production on track

Posted March 20, 2013 by Claudette Roulo

The F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter program is a different program than it was four years ago, the F-35 program executive officer said March 12.

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