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Historic experimental airplane lost in crash

A one-of-a-kind 1940s-vintage experimental airplane crashed shortly after noon on April 22, killing the pilot. The Northrop N9MB was the sole remaining example of its type, one of four subscale technology demonstrators built during World War II to prove flight control techniques for a proposed flying wing bomber.

Defense

SECAF underscores space strategy and partnerships with allies

Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson spoke at the Policy Exchange, a U.K.-based think tank that launched their Space Policy Unit in London, April 23.

Business

Lockheed Martin inaugurates F-16 production line in Greenville, S.C.

Lockheed Martin has hosted a ceremony to celebrate its new F-16 production line in Greenville, S.C. F-16 tooling and equipment previously in Fort Worth, Texas, has since been installed in a newly-refurbished hangar in Greenville, where the company will begin manufacturing F-16 Block 70 aircraft later this year.

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One fatality as historic plane crashes

One person was killed when an historic Northrop N9MB flying wing crashed on the grounds of a state prison in Norco, Calif., April 22. No one on the ground was reported injured. The aircraft was owned and operated by the Planes of Fame Air Museum in Chino, about 10 miles from the prison.

Space

Things are stacking up for NASA’s Mars 2020 spacecraft

For the past few months, the clean room floor in High Bay 1 at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., has been covered in parts, components and test equipment for the Mars 2020 spacecraft, scheduled for launch toward the Red Planet in July of 2020.


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News Briefs – April 15, 2019

Posted  April 15, 2019

Virgin Orbit satellite-launching plane to take off from Guam A company owned by British billionaire Richard Branson is picking Guam as a site for its airplane-launched satellite service. Virgin Orbit plans to launch small satellites from a rocket released by a customized Boeing 747. It has another site in California. The company said April 11…

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In California, giant Stratolaunch jet flies for first time

Posted  April 15, 2019

A giant six-engine aircraft with the world's longest wingspan completed what company officials called a superb initial flight over California's Mojave Desert, bringing to life a dream held by the late Microsoft co-founder Paul G. Allen.

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Former fighter pilot files to challenge Rep. Hill in 2020

Posted  April 15, 2019

A former Navy fighter pilot announced April 11 that he will challenge first-term Rep. Katie Hill in 2020, arguing that the Democratic agenda is out of step with the district anchored in northern Los Angeles County. Republican Mike Garcia said in a statement April 11 that he’s disgusted that Washington Democrats “are voting in lockstep…

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Space

SpaceX launches mega rocket, lands all 3 boosters

Posted  April 15, 2019

SpaceX launched its second supersized rocket and for the first time landed all three boosters April 11, a year after sending up a sports car on the initial test flight.

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Defense

DOD official: Updated transgender policy based on treating all with dignity

Posted  April 15, 2019

Updates to the Defense Department’s transgender policy went into effect April 12, and defense officials stressed the policy is anchored in the core value of treating all service members with dignity and respect. Anthony Kurta, performing the duties of the deputy undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness, told Pentagon reporters that all those most…

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