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News Briefs July 22, 2013

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Air Force considers drilling for oil at Vandenberg U.S. Air Force officials said they will study the economic and environmental feasibility of a proposal to lease land on Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., to companies that want to drill for oil and natural gas on California’s central coast. Mark Meier, chief counsel for the State…

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U.S. drops unarmed bombs on Great Barrier Reef

Posted July 22, 2013 by Rod McGuirk

Two American fighter jets dropped four unarmed bombs into Australia’s Great Barrier Reef Marine Park last week when a training exercise went wrong, the U.S. Navy said, angering environmentalists. The two AV-8B Harrier jets launched from aircraft carrier USS Bonhomme Richard each jettisoned an inert practice bomb and an unarmed laser-guided explosive bomb into the…

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Headlines July 19, 2013

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News More trouble for the Dreamliner Boeing’s disaster-hit Dreamliner aircraft ran into trouble again July 18 when a Japan Airlines flight from Boston was forced to turn around and return to its destination. Flow of U.S. military gear across Afghan borders halts amid dispute An escalating dispute between the Afghan government and the United States…

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News Briefs July 19, 2013

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U.K. investigators: Disable locator beacon on 787s U.K. air accident investigators are recommending that all Honeywell emergency transmitters should be temporarily disabled on Boeing 787s following a fire last week at London’s Heathrow Airport. The Air Accidents Investigation Branch said July 18 that the greatest damage to the parked Ethiopian Airlines Dreamliner occurred in the…

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Aircraft mishap at Sheppard Air Force Base

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A T-38 Talon crashed at approximately 6:48 a.m., CDC, July 19 just south of Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas. It carried two people on board, a student pilot and instructor pilot. Both pilots ejected safely and one was taken to United Regional. An investigation into the accident is underway. The public is asked to cooperate…

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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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News Briefs July 17, 2013

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U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan at 2,112 As of July 16, 2013, at least 2,112 members of the U.S. military had died in Afghanistan as a result of the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, according to an Associated Press count. At least 1,751 military service members have died in Afghanistan as a result…

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Unmanned drone crashes at Tyndall

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An unmanned Air Force QF-4 drone, assigned to the 53rd Weapons Evaluation Group at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., crashed on the drone runway during take-off at 8:25 a.m. July 17. No personnel were injured during the incident. Base and local police and safety officials have closed Highway 98 and are anticipating that it will…

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Headlines July 15, 2013

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Business Boeing forced to play waiting game in Dreamliner fire probe Planemaker Boeing, desperate to reassure customers that its flagship Dreamliner plane is safe, may have to wait several days for the first signs of what caused a fire at London’s Heathrow Airport July 12.   Defense Lockheed F-35 may stay protected, Pentagon’s buyer says…

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News Briefs July 15, 2013

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First Air Force One plane decaying in Arizona field The first plane to be designated as Air Force One now sits in a southern Arizona field that’s part of Marana Regional Airport. The aircraft that once spirited President Dwight D. Eisenhower on cross-country voyages is nearly forgotten on a 10-acre parcel, decaying under the relentless…

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