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Tom McMurtry honored with FAA Master Pilot Award

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Retired NASA Armstrong research pilot Thomas C. McMurtry was honored by the Federal Aviation Administration Oct. 25 with the presentation of the agency's Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award during a ceremony before family, friends and associates at the AERO Institute in Palmdale, Calif.

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Possible title: Civ-Mill celebrates new officers and 25 years of service

Posted November 5, 2014 by Diane Betzler

Photograph by Diane Betzler Members of the 17th Squadron Royal Navy Air Force attended the 25th Civilian Military Support Group Installation Dinner Oct. 23. The men are stationed at Edwards AFB and are the first British pilots to fly the F-35. “The F-35 is the future,” said Lt. Cmdr. Paret Thomson. He predicted the aircraft…

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NTSB holds final media brief

Posted November 5, 2014 by Rebecca Amber

Mojave, Calif. The National Transportation Safety Board held their final press conferences on the investigation of the SpaceShipTwo crash, Nov. 3 at the Mojave Air and Space Port. NTSB acting chairman Christopher Hart announced that almost all of the important parts of the space vehicle needed to complete the investigation had been located. Among other…

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Headlines November 3, 2014

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News: Marine veteran freed from Mexican jail – A Mexican federal district judge in Tijuana Oct.31 ordered the immediate release of a U.S. Marine veteran being held in Baja California on federal weapons charges.   Business: Work on ‘unique weapons’ for F-35 partners, EW tools on hold until Congress acts – Work on things like systems to…

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News Briefs November 3, 2014

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Despite spat with Russia Poles honor Soviet troops The diplomatic spat with Russia over Ukraine has not prevented Poles from placing hundreds of candles on the graves of Red Army soldiers killed in January 1945 while driving Nazi German troops from the city. Nov. 1 is All Saints’ Day in Poland and people visit family…

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Branson comments on SpaceShipTwo tragedy

Posted November 3, 2014 by Rebecca Amber

Virgin Galactic founder, Sir Richard Branson, commented on the SpaceShipTwo crash at a press conference Nov. 1, at the Mojave Air and Space Port.

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Jet on Navy training mission crashes, kills pilot

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PORT HUENEME, Calif. – A jet on a military training exercise crashed into an agricultural field near a Southern California Navy base Oct. 29, killing the pilot, authorities said. The plane disintegrated when it hit the ground at about 5:15 p.m. as it was preparing to land at Naval Station Ventura County. The crash sent…

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Space tourism rocket explodes in desert

Posted October 31, 2014 by Brian Melley and Justin Pritchard

A Virgin Galactic space tourism rocket exploded Oct. 31 during a test flight, killing a pilot aboard and seriously injuring another while scattering wreckage in Southern California's Mojave Desert, witnesses and officials said.

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Headlines October 29, 2014

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News: Unmanned rocket explodes just six seconds after taking off – A NASA rocket due to be visible across the East Coast on its way to the International Space Station has blown up on the Launchpad. IG: Former chief of wounded warrior office broke law, DOD regs – The Defense Department inspector general has recommended “corrective action”…

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News Briefs October 29, 2014

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F-35C makes first landing at Virginia Beach Navy base The Navy says an operational F-35C joint strike fighter has landed at Naval Air Station Oceana for the first time. Naval Air Station Oceana is the Navy’s master jet base on the East Coast. The Navy says the plane came to the Virginia Beach base Oct….

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