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Navy UAV crashes

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A Broad Area Maritime Surveillance Demonstrator unmanned aircraft being tested by the U.S. Navy crashed June 11 at approximately 12:11, EST, near Bloodsworth Island in Dorchester County, Md. approximately 22 miles east of Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md. No one was injured and no property was damaged at the unpopulated swampy crash site. Navy…

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Pages from the Past – June 7, 2012

Posted June 7, 2012 by Lisa Kinison

(The following is an excerpt taken from Lisa Kinison’s “Pages from the Past” feature that airs as part of Aerotech NewsRadio on 1380 AM, Thursday mornings at 11 a.m. You can listen to the full broadcast or any of our other past broadcasts here.)      Today, we start this segment off with a nice…

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General Atomics Aeronautical Systems honored by AIAA

Posted June 1, 2012 by

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc., a leading manufacturer of unmanned aircraft systems, tactical reconnaissance radars, and electro-optic surveillance systems, today announced that it was recently honored by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics with a local award…

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News Briefs June 1, 2012

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National Guard worker gets 21/2 years for $15 million fraud A former manager for the California National Guard has been sentenced to 21/2 years in federal prison for arranging $15.2 million in bonuses and other payments to fellow guards who weren’t eligible for them. A U.S. attorney’s statement says 52-year-old Retired MSgt. Toni Jaffe received…

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McKeon Honored with Prestigious Dwight D. Eisenhower Award

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Congressman Howard P. “Buck” McKeon, R-Calif., Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, accepted the prestigious Eisenhower Award May 30. Given by the National Defense Industrial Association, the award recognizes leaders…

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News Briefs May 31, 2012

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Air Force spaceplane aims for June landing An unmanned U.S. Air Force spaceplane that has been in orbit for over a year is coming back to Earth. The Pentagon’s experimental craft, which resembles a mini space shuttle, is slated to land at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The exact date depends on weather and other…

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News Briefs May 29, 2012

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Lockheed Martin brings in replacement workers Lockheed Martin is putting temporary workers on its Fort Worth, Texas, aircraft assembly plant to replace striking Machinists’ union members. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports the announcement came in a memo from Larry Lawson, Lockheed’s aeronautics division executive vice president. He says Lockheed must, in his words, “sustain our…

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N.M. officials: Spill could be as big as 24 million gallons

Posted May 24, 2012 by by Jeri Clausing

A decades-old jet fuel spill threatening Albuquerque, N.M.’s water supply could be as large as 24 million gallons, or twice the size of the oil spill from the Exxon Valdez, state environment officials acknowledged Tuesday. Officials previously estimated the spill from Kirtland Air Force Base to be about 8 million gallons. But state geologist William…

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1,600 museums offer military families free tickets

Posted May 23, 2012 by by Brett Zongker

More than 1,600 museums across the country will offer free admission to active-duty military personnel and their families this summer in a program that has more than doubled in size since 2010. The expanded Blue Star Museums initiative announced Tuesday at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City has more than 40 museums…

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Pilot killed in California jet crash identified

Posted May 21, 2012 by

Officials have identified the pilot of a military-contracted jet who was killed May 18 when his aircraft crashed into a Southern California farm field as he completed a training exercise. Fifty-seven-year-old Thomas Bennett, of Camarillo, Calif., died on impact when the privately owned Hawker Hunter jet trainer went down near Naval Base Ventura County, according…

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