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Boeing begins assembling second KC-46A tanker aircraft

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Boeing officially began assembling the second KC-46A Tanker this week as workers loaded the aircraft’s wing spar into an Automated Spar Assembly Tool. The on-time milestone brings the program another step closer to delivering the U.S. Air Force’s next-generation aerial refueling tanker. The event comes less than two months after the KC-46 program began to…

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Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey deploys refueling equipment in flight test

Posted September 6, 2013 by

The Bell Boeing V-22 Program, a strategic alliance between Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. and Boeing, has successfully completed an initial test of the V-22 Osprey performing as an aerial refueling tanker.

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Northrop Grumman unveils new B-2 book at AFA conference

Posted September 16, 2013 by

Northrop Grumman has released a new book about the people and innovation that helped create the U.S. Air Force’s B-2 stealth bomber, one of most powerful and survivable aircraft ever produced. Entitled “B-2: The Spirit of Innovation,” the book was written by political analyst Rebecca Grant, president of IRIS Independent Research, and the author of…

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Boeing launches new maintenance apps for iPad

Posted September 25, 2013 by

Boeing has made performing routine maintenance and diagnosing aircraft issues faster and easier for airline technicians with a suite of new mobile applications for iPad. With the apps, technicians will have immediate access to manuals, part numbers and other critical information to resolve maintenance issues plane-side and collaborate with co-workers located elsewhere. As a result,…

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Boeing delivers EL AL Israel Airlines’ first Next-Generation 737-900ER

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Boeing has delivered EL AL Israel Airlines' first Next-Generation 737-900ER (Extended Range) airplane.

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Upgrades boost ballistic missile defense radar’s performance to protect against missile raid

Posted October 23, 2013 by

Ballistic missile raids – large numbers of simultaneously launched weapons – may soon have a tougher time penetrating allied air defenses. Raytheon has started upgrading the AN/TPY-2 ballistic missile defense radar’s signal and data processing equipment) to enable the “brains” of the radar to more quickly and accurately discriminate threats from non-threats and enhance radar…

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Raytheon, U.S. Air Force complete series of SDB II test flights

Posted October 31, 2013 by

Raytheon and the U.S. Air Force concluded a series of test flights with the Small Diameter Bomb II (SDB II) culminating in direct hits on targets moving at operationally representative speeds. Earlier supporting tests were performed in a multitude of different environments and scenarios, key to maturing seeker algorithms and validating the weapon’s aerodynamic performance….

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ATK receives orders for small-caliber ammunition

Posted November 13, 2013 by

ATK has received orders for approximately $387 million for small-caliber rifle ammunition to be produced at the Lake City Army Ammunition Plant in Missouri. The orders fall under the plant’s new production contract, which began Oct. 1, 2013, and include a mix of 5.56mm, 7.62mm and .50-caliber high-quality military ammunition. In 2012, the U.S. Army…

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Boeing flies third 787-9 Dreamliner

Posted November 20, 2013 by

Boeing Nov. 19 flew the third 787-9 Dreamliner, the first to be powered by General Electric GEnx engines. The third of three 787-9s dedicated to the test effort, ZB021 joined the fleet some two months from the inaugural flight of the first 787-9. ZB021 took off from Paine Field in Everett, Wash., at 12:15 p.m….

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61st Airlift Squadron receives C-130J Super Hercules

Posted December 6, 2013 by Andrew McMurtrie

The 61st Airlift Squadron at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark., received another C-130J Super Hercules, which was ferried Dec. 5 from the Lockheed Martin plant in Marietta, Ga. Maj. Gen. Timothy Zadalis, commander, 618th Air and Space Operations Center (Tanker Airlift Control Center), Scott Air Force Base, Ill., flew the Super Hercules (Lockheed Martin…

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