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Innaugural West Coast launch a huge success for SpaceX

Posted October 4, 2013 by Peter W. Merlin

SpaceX successfully launched its next-generation Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., Sept. 29. This was the sixth launch of a Falcon 9 and the maiden flight of the upgraded F9 (v.1.1) model. It was also the inaugural flight from the companys new West Coast launch complex. All previous Falcon rockets were launched…

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Headlines November 8, 2013

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Business: Machinists leader slams Boeing’s 777X contract proposal, says he’ll seek to halt voteĀ - The leader of Boeing machinists told hundreds of union workers Nov. 7 that he will see whether he can stop a vote on a proposed new eight-year contract agreement that Boeing says will determine whether much of its new 777X jet…

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Machinists give Boeing 777X proposal for Wash.

Posted December 13, 2013 by

On the second day of talks between Boeing Commercial Airplanes officials and Machinists union leaders, the union said Dec. 11 it presented a preliminary proposal for a contract that would mean much of the work on the company’s new 777X jet would be done in the Puget Sound region. The proposal would secure wing fabrication…

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News Briefs January 15, 2013

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Armed Services Chairman Buck McKeon to Retire Rep. Howard “Buck” McKeon, R-Calif., the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, has decided to retire after 11 terms. Republican officials said the 75-year-old McKeon will announce his plans on Thursday. The California Republican has represented a district north of Los Angeles that includes several major defense…

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News Briefs February 21, 2014

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Philippine military chief: China claims nonsense The Philippine military chief has said Chinese territorial claims in the South China Sea are nonsense an dhas vowed to defend fishermen if they face intimidation by Beijings naval forces. The comments Feb. 20 by Gen. Emmanuel Baustita in an interview with The Associated Press are the latest in…

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Headlines March 31, 2014

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News: North, South Korea exchange fire across disputed sea borderĀ - North Korea conducted extensive live-fire military drills off its southern coast March 31, some of its artillery shells falling south of the disputed sea border with South Korea, in a military provocation that came a day after the North threatened to conduct more nuclear tests….

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News Briefs May 7, 2014

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Hagel talks of tough defense choices after war U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says tough trade-offs are necessary as the military pivots from a 13-year war footing and comes under enormous budgetary constraints. In a speech to the Chicago Council on Global Affairs May 6, Hagel said those painful decisions include cuts to military pay,…

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News Briefs June 11, 2014

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Environmental agency criticize Kirtland proposal New Mexico environmental regulators are criticizing Kirtland Air Force Base’s proposal for cleaning up a massive underground fuel leak, saying it would threaten Albuquerque’s water supply. Kirtland’s plan centers on using a Kirtland water well to remove fuel-contaminated groundwater to keep it away from a neighborhood where municipal drinking wells…

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Airbus beats Boeing at Farnborough in orders race

Posted July 18, 2014 by Danica Kirka

Airbus beat rival Boeing in the aircraft order stakes at this year’s Farnborough International Airshow, garnering nearly twice as many orders and commitments. The victory by the European aircraft manufacturer is its second in a row in the unofficial air show competition after last year’s triumph in Paris – the French capital and Farnborough, a…

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82 F-16Ds removed from flight status due to longeron cracks

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WASHINGTON – U.S. Air Force officials recently removed 82 two-seat F-16D Fighting Falcons from flight status due to the discovery of canopy sill longeron cracks found between the front and rear pilot seats. The cracks were discovered following an immediate action time compliance technical order, or TCTO, to inspect all F-16D due to initial structural…

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