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Air ForceF selects primary, alternate test pilot school candidates

Posted February 5, 2013 by Debbie Gildea

More than 50 Air Force officers have been selected as primary or alternate Air Force and Navy test pilot school selectees, and one will attend the Epner Test Pilot School in France, Air Force Personnel Center officials said Feb. 1. “Selectees, identified during the 2012 selection board, will fill July 2013 and January 2014 classes,”…

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World

Ahmadinejad unveils Iran’s newest fighter jet

Posted February 5, 2013 by Ali Akbar Dareini

Iran on Feb. 2 unveiled its newest combat jet, a domestically manufactured fighter-bomber that military officials claim can evade radar.

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DOD leaders: Budget deadlock could spark readiness crisis

Posted February 5, 2013 by Karen Parrish

Issuing perhaps their strongest warnings yet, Pentagon leaders Feb. 3 said the budget impasse threatens to create a military readiness crisis. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta and Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, joined in interviews, televised yesterday, with CNN’s Candy Crowley on “State of the Union” and NBC’s…

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Business

Boeing, U.S. Air National Guard welcome C-17s to Memphis base

Posted February 5, 2013 by

Boeing and the U.S. Air National Guard on Feb. 2 marked the 164th Airlift Wing's transition to the Boeing C-17 Globemaster III, making Memphis Air National Guard Base the latest to receive the advanced airlifter.

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Headlines: February 1, 2013

Posted February 1, 2013 by

Space How Columbia crew died in ignorance NASA has revealed that the Columbia crew were not told that the shuttle had been damaged and they might not survive re-entry. The seven astronauts who died will be remembered at a public memorial service on the 10th anniversary of the disaster this Friday at Florida’s Kennedy Space…

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Defense

1994 Direct Combat Definition, Assignment Rule rescinded, new billets for Navy women

Posted February 1, 2013 by Ens. Amber Lynn Daniel

As a result of the Department of Defense's rescission of 1994 Direct Ground Combat Definition and Assignment Rule, the Navy is developing plans to move forward in opening all positions previously closed to the assignment of women.

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Business

Northrop Grumman’s next-generation Fire Scout to beef up avionics protection

Posted February 1, 2013 by

Northrop Grumman has received the first protective cage for its next-generation MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned helicopter that will store and shield the aircraft's critical electronic components from strong electric fields and electromagnetic waves.

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Space

NASA, ATK complete second in series of key avionics, controls testing for NASA’s SLS booster

Posted February 1, 2013 by

NASA and ATK completed the second in a series of development tests for NASA’s Space Launch System booster program Jan. 30 at ATK’s Promontory, Utah, test facility. This key avionics and controls test was designated Flight Control Test 2 (FCT-2) and included a “hot fire” of the fully integrated heritage thrust vector control, the new…

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Business

Sikorsky Aerospace Services provides in-country depot level repairs to Colombian Army Black Hawk fleet

Posted February 1, 2013 by

Sikorsky Aerospace Services announced Jan. 30 plans to structurally repair seven damaged UH-60L Black Hawk helicopters for the Colombian Army at its base depot in Tolemaida, Colombia. To ensure sustained support for operations as mandated by the Colombian Army, the Colombian Army Aviation (part of the Army’s Combined Arms Team) has continued to expand its…

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Space

Herschel finds star possibly making planets past its prime

Posted February 1, 2013 by

A star thought to have passed the age at which it can form planets may in fact be creating new worlds. The disk of material surrounding the surprising star called TW Hydrae may be massive enough to make even more planets than we have in our own solar system. The findings were made using the…

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