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News Briefs April 13, 2012

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U.S. drone crashes on Seychelles runway A U.S. Embassy statement from Nairobi, Kenya, says an American military drone used to monitor piracy off the East African coast has crashed at an airport on the island nation of Seychelles. A U.S. statement said the unmanned, unarmed Air Force drone crashed April 4 near the Seychelles International…

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U.S. Air Force participates in Exercise Kiwi Flag

Posted April 13, 2012 by by Capt. Rebecca Heyse

Two C-17 Globemaster IIIs and 70 airmen from the U.S. Air Force participated in the Royal New Zealand Air Force’s Exercise Kiwi Flag from March 26 through April 4 at RNZAF Base Whenuapa, New Zealand. Exercise Kiwi Flag is a multilateral, tactical air mobility exercise that aims to improve…

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Boeing delivers 60th 777 passenger jetliner to Air France

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Boeing and Air France are celebrating the delivery of Air France’s 60th Boeing 777 passenger jetliner. The airplane, a 777-300ER (Extended Range) model, landed in Paris April 4. Air France’s newest 777-300ER seats 468 passengers in a three-class configuration. The brand-new cabin includes 14…

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Boeing 747-8 approved to serve 200 airports globally

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The Boeing 747-8 is approved for operations at 200 airports around the world – less than six months after entering service. To date, 63 airports around the world are supporting revenue flights from 14 in-service 747-8 Freighters operated by five carriers. The approval shows the newest member of the 747 family can operate safely within…

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First F-35 for The Netherlands rolls out of production facility

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The first F-35 Lightning II for The Netherlands rolled out of the F-35 production facility in Fort Worth, Texas, April 1. This is the latest step in the production process leading to its eventual assignment to Eglin AFB, Fla., later this summer. The…

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Boeing to open aerospace research, technology center in Brazil

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Boeing announced April 3 that it will establish Boeing Research & Technology-Brazil, a research and technology center in Sao Paulo that will work with the country’s leading researchers and scientists to develop aerospace technologies. Boeing Research & Technology-Brazil, which will open later this year, will serve as a hub for collaboration between Boeing and Brazilian…

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Boeing, TAAG announce order for three 777-300ERs

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Boeing and Angola flag carrier TAAG Linhas Aereas de Angola (Angola Airlines) April 2 finalized an order for three additional 777-300ER (Extended Range) airplanes. The order, valued at $895 million at list prices, also includes purchase rights for three additional 777-300ERs. “Boeing and TAAG share a strong partnership dating back more than 37 years. We…

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News Briefs April 3, 2012

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New satellite images show North Korea launch work New satellite imagery shows that North Korea has ramped up preparations for a rocket launch that the U.S. and others call a cover for a long-range missile test. An analysis provided to The Associated Press by the U.S.-Korea Institute at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International…

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Australia to welcome 250 U.S. Marines next month

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The first 250 U.S. Marines will arrive next month in northern Australia where a permanent joint training hub will be based, but a proposal to build a U.S. air base on a remote Australian island in the Indian Ocean is not yet a priority, Australian Defence Minister Stephen Smith said March 28. In November, the…

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News Briefs March 28, 2012

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B-2 stealth bombers to get $2 billion upgrade An officer at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., says B-2 stealth bombers soon will be undergoing the biggest and most complex update in the plane’s history. The Kansas City Star reports the Pentagon is moving forward with a 10-year, $2 billion effort to modernize the defensive capabilities…

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