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Two RAF Tornado jets crash, searching for pilots

Posted July 5, 2012 by by Cassandra Vinograd

Two RAF Tornado jets crashed July 3 in Scotland and the British military was searching for the wreckage, officials said. One Royal Air Force crewmember has died and two others are believed dead, British officials said July 4. The Ministry of Defense said Wednesday that one officer from 15 (Reserve) Squadron, based at RAF Lossiemouth,…

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Stryker units in Afghanistan now equipped with precision mortars

Posted July 17, 2012 by by Audra Calloway and Breanna Merenda

he first-ever Accelerated Precision Mortar Initiative round fired from a Stryker vehicle in Afghanistan accomplished what few conventional 120mm high-explosive mortars can achieve: a direct hit on a target...

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Draken International buys eight McDonnell Douglas A-4K Skyhawks

Posted August 8, 2012 by

Draken International has signed an agreement with the New Zealand government to purchase eight McDonnell Douglas A-4K Skyhawks as well as various other equipment and accessories. This successful transaction marks the end of a great chapter in New Zealand aviation history and the beginning of a great foundation for Draken International. Draken, recognizing the increasing…

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Boeing delivers first new jet to Iraq in decades

Posted December 17, 2012 by Adam Schreck

The first new Boeing jetliner sold to Iraq in 30 years touched down in Baghdad Dec. 15, signaling the country’s determination to rebuild its economy after decades of war and sanctions. Iraq is eager to improve its creaky aviation industry, which lags far behind that of its energy-rich neighbors. Boeing’s delivery of the twin-aisle 777-200LR…

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Three U.S. military aircraft hit in S. Sudan, 4 wounded

Posted December 24, 2013 by Jason Straziuso

Gunfire hit three U.S. military aircraft trying to evacuate American citizens in a remote region of South Sudan that Dec. 21 became a battle ground between the country’s military and renegade troops, officials said. Four U.S. service members were wounded in the attack in the same region where gunfire downed a U.N. helicopter the day…

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Australian troops to exit earlier from Afghanistan

Posted April 19, 2012 by by Kristen Gelineau

Australia expects to pull most of its troops out of Afghanistan nearly a year earlier than planned, the prime minister announced April 17, saying Australian soldiers have nearly completed their mission to transfer security responsibilities to Afghan forces in the decade-long war. Prime Minister Julia Gillard cited security improvements and the death of Osama bin…

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News Briefs May 10, 2012

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Air Force whistle-blowers to get protection Air Force officials say there will be no actions taken against two whistle-blower pilots who complained about problems with the F-22 fighter jet, including comments made during a recent “60 Minutes” television interview. Lt. Gen. Janet Wolfenbarger, assistant secretary of the Air Force for acquisition, told a Senate subcommittee…

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Reopened supply routes mean cost savings, spokesman says

Posted July 9, 2012 by by SFC Tyrone C. Marshall Jr.

Pakistan’s decision to reopen ground supply routes on its border with Afghanistan will allow the Defense Department to save tens of millions of dollars transporting material in and out of Afghanistan, a senior Pentagon spokesman said July 5. Navy Capt. John Kirby said officials estimate that use of the reopened routes will save $70 million…

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International F-35 fleet begins build up at Eglin Air Force Base

Posted July 23, 2012 by Lockheed Martin photograph by Tom Harvey

ZM135, a British F-35B and the first international Lockheed Martin Lightning II, takes off from Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base, Texas, at 9:03 a.m., CDT, en route for Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.

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Black Hawk crash kills seven Americans, four Afghans

Posted August 20, 2012 by by Heidi Vogt

A U.S. military helicopter crashed during a firefight with insurgents in a remote area of southern Afghanistan Aug. 16, killing seven Americans and four Afghans in one of the deadliest air disasters of a war now into its second decade. The Taliban claimed they gunned down the Black Hawk. American service personnel in Afghanistan are…

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