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News Briefs – October 26, 2012

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U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan at 2,012 As of Oct. 23, 2012, at least 2,012 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 1,679 military service members have died in Afghanistan as a result…

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NASA Dryden F/A-18 to chase ‘FaINT’ sonic booms

Posted October 26, 2012 by timchisham

NASA photograph by Jim Ross NASA’s F/A-18B mission support aircraft 852 is pictured flying over the high desert near the Tehachapi Mountains northwest of Mojave, Calif. The aircraft will be flying a series of low-supersonic, high-altitude flight profiles during the Farfield Investigation of No Boom Threshold, or FaINT, flight research project at NASA Dryden. NASA’s…

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News Briefs – October 24, 2012

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United Kingdom to double its armed drone fleet in Afghanistan The British military says it is doubling the size of its armed drone fleet in Afghanistan to 10 with the purchase of a batch of new Reapers. The Ministry of Defense said late Oct. 22 that five recently-purchased unmanned aerial vehicles would be remotely operated…

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Helicopter Foundation International offering free money

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Scholarships help defray cost of commercial pilot, aviation maintenance technician certificates   The deadline is fast approaching for the 18 scholarships that the Helicopter Foundation International will award to students in the helicopter industry. On June 1, HFI began accepting scholarship submissions. The foundation is now more than three quarters of the way to the…

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News Briefs – October 22, 2012

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Iraq presses U.S. on need for faster arms deliveries Iraq’s prime minister has pressed the need for faster deliveries of American weapons to help arm his country’s military during a meeting with a senior U.S. defense official. Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s office said in a statement Oct. 18 the Iraqi leader made the request during…

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President of Scaled Composites awarded prestigious James H. Doolittle Award

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Doug Shane, president of Northrop Grumman's Scaled Composites business,has been presented the prestigious 2012 James H. Doolittle Award by the Society of Experimental Test Pilots

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News Briefs – October 19, 2012

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Eight British airmen buried in Malaysia after 67 years Eight British World War II airmen have been buried with military honors in Malaysia, nearly 70 years after their plane crashed while on a mission in Southeast Asia. The eight were crewmembers of a Royal Air Force plane that left Cocos Island Aug. 23, 1945, to…

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Karzai: NATO can speed up handover of security

Posted October 19, 2012 by Slobodan Lekic

President Hamid Karzai said Oct. 18 the nation’s military and police are ready and willing to take full responsibility for security in the country if the U.S.-led international coalition decides to speed up the handover to Afghan government forces. With support for the already unpopular war fading in the West, there has been growing speculation…

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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 – October 17, 2012

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Tribe wants part of contaminated rocket lab   A California tribe wants part of the contaminated Santa Susana Field Lab where rocket engines were tested at the dawn of the Space Age. Boeing owns the majority of the 2,850-acre former Rocketdyne testing facility near Simi Valley where there was a partial nuclear meltdown in 1959….

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