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News Briefs – July 30, 2012

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Mechanical failure blamed in Arizona Harrier crash Military officials say early findings point to mechanical failure in the crash of a U.S. Marine Corps Harrier attack jet on a training mission in southwestern Arizona. The AV-8B Harrier went down July 25 afternoon about 15 miles northwest of the Marine Corps Air Station Yuma near the…

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Airman dies during training at Florida base

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The U.S. Air Force says an airman died during survival training at Pensacola Naval Air Station in Florida. The Air Force confirmed Oct. 17 that Maj. Garrett Knowlan died last week during a four-day, water-survival course. Knowlan was a 2002 graduate of the Air Force Academy and a 2010 graduate of the Air Force Test…

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News Briefs December 10, 2012

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Spaceplane mission gets green light United Launch Alliance has cleared the next launch of an Air Force X-37B reusable spaceplane to occur this week at Cape Canaveral AFS, Fla., after concluding that it has sufficiently mitigated the chances of a booster anomaly repeating itself from a previous satellite launch. A ULA Atlas V rocket is…

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News Briefs January 21, 2013

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Judge requiring Bales to undergo sanity review The military judge overseeing the case of Staff Sgt. Robert Bales said Jan. 17 that he will require Bales to undergo an official review of his sanity before he can present any mental health defense to charges of massacring Afghan civilians. Bales deferred entering a plea Jan. 17…

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F-35s grounded as precaution after crack found in engine blade

Posted February 25, 2013 by Jim Garamone

All F-35s have been grounded as a precaution after a routine engine inspection revealed a crack on an engine blade, Defense Department officials said Feb. 22. Officials call this a “cautionary suspension of flight.” The Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps fly F-35s. Inspectors found the crack in an F135 engine installed in an F-35A…

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News Briefs March 4, 2013

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NORAD may shed 24-hour alert sites in Virginia, Minnesota NORAD is considering taking two of its 18 Air Force sites off 24-hour alert, saying it will save millions of dollars without compromising its ability to defend against 9/11-style attacks. A Government Accountability Office report released Feb. 28 said the North American Aerospace Defense Command might…

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U.S. delays. missile test as tensions rise

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The U.S. Defense Department has delayed an intercontinental ballistic missile test that had been planned for next week at an Air Force base in California amid mounting tensions with North Korea, a senior defense official told The Associated Press. The official said Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel decided to put off the long-planned Minuteman 3 test…

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Headlines May 8, 2013

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News Air Force sidelines 17 nuclear missile officers; commander cites ‘rot’ in system The Air Force stripped an unprecedented 17 officers of their authority to control — and, if necessary, launch — nuclear missiles after a string of unpublicized failings, including a remarkably dim review of their unit’s launch skills. The group’s deputy commander said…

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News Briefs June 12, 2013

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Air Force admits error on support The U.S. Air Force is admitting giving out wrong information on public support for basing the F-35 fighter jet in Burlington, Vt. In a revised draft environmental impact statement, the Air Force said last month it had received 913 public comments on the proposal to base up to 24…

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Headlines July 17, 2013

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Defense The world on the brink of war: Pictures of military science from 1913 show America feared deadly bomb showers even before battle had begun A fascinating collection of illustrations shows how America keenly observed Britain and Germany as the countries prepared for the first world war – long before the United States was drawn…

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