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F-35B aircraft fly in formation in Short Takeoff/Vertical Landing mode

Posted February 21, 2014 by Michael D. Jackson

Two F-35B aircraft fly in close formation while in short takeoff/vertical landing mode for the first time last week. Pilots Peter Wilson and Dan Levin flew the test jets in STOVL mode, also known as Mode 4, with the F-35B LiftFan engaged and engine rotated downward. The mission measured the effects the aircraft had on…

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Boeing Maritime surveillance aircraft demonstrator completes first flight

Posted March 5, 2014 by

Boeing’s Maritime Surveillance Aircraft demonstrator recently completed its first flight to verify airworthiness, an important milestone toward providing a low-risk and cost-effective maritime surveillance solution designed for search and rescue, anti-piracy patrols and coastal and border security.

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Boeing rolls out first Next-Generation 737 at increased production rate

Posted March 24, 2014 by

The first Boeing Next-Generation 737 to be built at the increased rate of 42 airplanes per month rolled out of the factory in Renton, Wash. , March 19. The 737-800 will soon be delivered to Air Berlin and ultimately leased to Transavia France. The airplane will now undergo functional, systems and flight testing over the…

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Fifth Boeing GPS IIF satellite joins Global Positioning System

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EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – The accuracy of the Global Positioning System has been improved with the recent handover of a fifth Boeing GPS IIF satellite to the U.S. Air Force. The newest addition to the GPS constellation increases the precision of position, navigation and timing data sent to users around the world. The satellite was…

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Northrop Grumman sets new greenhouse gas emission reduction goal of 30 percent by 2020

Posted April 23, 2014 by

Northrop Grumman announced April 22 its commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent from 2010 levels by 2020, as part of its commemoration of Earth Day.   “Northrop Grumman is dedicated to top performance in environmental sustainability,” said Wes Bush, chairman, chief executive officer and president. “This new goal sets the bar significantly…

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Analysts see significant breakthrough in recent F-35 orders

Posted May 12, 2014 by

Recent decisions by the Australian and Turkish governments are signaling a major upturn for Lockheed Martin’s F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program, undoubtedly the brightest star in the future military aircraft market. In April, the Australian government approved the acquisition of an additional 58 F-35A aircraft. Following a 2009 decision to purchase 14 F-35As, the 58…

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Boeing expands customers’ fuel-efficiency capabilities by acquiring ETS Aviation

Posted May 23, 2014 by

Boeing announced May 23 an agreement to acquire ETS Aviation, a provider of fuel-efficiency management and analytics software. ETS Aviation solutions lead the market, providing more than 120 airlines and corporate flight departments the tools necessary to accurately monitor fuel consumption, identify fuel savings opportunities, and track and report carbon emissions. ETS Aviation’s fuel efficiency…

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Lockheed Martin modernizes air operations capabilities for U.S. Marine Corps

Posted June 13, 2014 by

The system that allows the U.S. Marines to coordinate flying operations for all air assets has been modernized by Lockheed Martin. The Theater Battle Management Core System within the U.S. Marine Corps Tactical Air Command Center was upgraded with the Marine Corps Air Mission Planner application to provide the Marines with a modernized mission planning…

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Boeing offers next-generation KC-46 tanker in Korea competition

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Boeing June 30 formally offered to the Republic of Korea the KC-46, the U.S. Air Force’s next-generation tanker, as Korea prepares to acquire four aircraft for its first tanker squadron. “We’ve been a strategic and industrial partner with the Republic of Korea for more than six decades and remain committed to helping Korea strengthen its…

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GA-ASI successfully executes first flight of Predator XP

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General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. announced July 14 the successful first flight of Predator® XP, an updated version of the company’s flagship Predator RPA that has been licensed by the U.S. government for sale to a broader customer base, including countries in the Middle East, North Africa, South America and Asia.

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