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U.S., Ukraine, Romania, Bulgaria train together at Rapid Trident 2015

Under the hot Ukrainian sun, soldiers from the United States, Ukraine, Romania and Bulgaria rehearsed reacting to contact as part of their situational training during the multi-national Exercise Rapid Trident 2015 at the International Peacekeeping and Security Center, here, July 21.

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Astronaut Stephen Frick retires from NASA

Astronaut Stephen Frick has retired from NASA to accept a position in the private sector. Frick, who flew as both a shuttle pilot and commander, left the Agency July 13. Steve has been a great asset to the astronaut office and NASA, and we are sad to see him leave, said Chris Cassidy, chief of…

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Estonian, US forces receive new jump wings

Despite ominous clouds, which lingered from the day before, Estonian and U.S. Army paratroopers, began the day early to conduct the joint airborne operations exercise they had been planning two days before a drop zone near Nurmsi.

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Red Flag offers B-52 crews training that ‘can’t be beat’

As the sun blazes through the cloudless sky, a suffocating heat touches down on the Nellis AFB flightline. A B-52 Stratosphere from the 69th Bomb Squadron sits, awaiting pre-flight checks for its upcoming Red Flag mission.

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Final West Coast frigate, USS Gary, decommissioned

Past and current crew, plank owners, former and current commanding officers, namesake relatives and friends and family gathered at Naval Base San Diego July 23 to bid farewell to USS Gary (FFG 51), the last remaining Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided-missile frigate on the West coast after 31 years of service.


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ATK, Alenia Aermacchi complete testing on Italian Air Force C-27J

Posted  July 18, 2014

ATK has announced that the ATK and Finmeccanica-Alenia Aermacchi have successfully completed the first phase of ground and flight testing of the fully configured multi-mission MC-27J tactical transport aircraft with the support of the Italian Air Force. The series of tests exceeded all test objectives and demonstrated the accuracy of ATK’s side-mounted GAU-23 30mm cannon….

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Boeing, Air Algerie announce order for two Next-Generation 737-700Cs

Posted  July 18, 2014

Boeing and Air Algerie July 16 announced an order for two Next-Generation 737-700C (Convertible) airplanes, valued at $152 million at current list prices. The order continues Air Algerie’s fleet renewal and expansion following January’s order for eight 737-800s. The addition of 737-700Cs to the Algerian-flag carrier’s fleet will provide the airline with increased flexibility depending…

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Predator B ER conducts first long-range endurance flight

Posted  July 18, 2014

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems announced June 17 the successful second endurance flight of its Predator® B Extended Range RPA, an advanced derivative of the mission-proven Predator B RPA that has accumulated over 800,000 flight hours since 2001. The flight launched June 17 and landed June 18. GAASI is a leading manufacturer of Remotely Piloted Aircraft…

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Raytheon demonstrates enhanced capability for Mobile Range™ system

Posted  July 18, 2014

Raytheon showcased a new tri-band telemetry antenna on the company’s Mobile Range system during a Joint Advanced Missile Implementation demonstration at Naval Base Ventura County, Point Mugu, Calif. The event highlighted new technologies that will soon become the backbone of test ranges worldwide. Raytheon’s Mobile Range is an integrated suite of communications, optics, and telemetry…

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Twenty-one and counting

Posted  July 18, 2014

  A U.S. Air Force crew ferried the 21st C-5M Super Galaxy from the Lockheed Martin facilities in Marietta, Ga., July 16. Aircraft 87-0044 will be delivered to Travis Air Force Base, California, after a stop at Stewart Air National Guard Base, New York, where it will undergo internal paint restoration. It will be the…

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F-15E takes first flight with new radar system

Posted  July 18, 2014

Air Force photograph by Jamie Hunter/Air Force graphic by TSgt. Samuel Morse The first 389th Fighter Squadron F-15E Strike Eagle received a Radar Modernization Program upgrade at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho in June. The new radar system is designed to retain functionality of the old legacy radar system while providing expanded mission employment…

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Boeing awarded new contract to provide warhead arming devices to U.S. Air Force

Posted  July 18, 2014

The U.S. Air Force has extended Boeing’s work remanufacturing warhead arming devices for the nation’s air-launched cruise missile, helping to ensure the readiness of the system. Under a new two-year contract, valued at $7.3 million, Boeing will remanufacture warhead arming devices for the air-launched cruise missile. The contract includes an option for six additional years…

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Air Force, Northrop Grumman celebrate 25th anniversary of B-2’s first flight

Posted  July 18, 2014

For several goose bump-filled minutes today at U.S. Air Force Plant 42, it was July 17, 1989, all over again.

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Boeing rolls out 5000th Next-Generation 737

Posted  July 18, 2014

Boeing rolled out the 5000th Next-Generation 737 this week. The airplane is a Boeing C-40A Clipper, a modified 737-700C, that will serve as a transport aircraft for the U.S. Navy. “This milestone is another testament to the popularity of our Next-Generation 737 and represents the confidence our customers have in the work of our team,”…

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NASA begins engine test project for space launch system rocket

Posted  July 18, 2014

NASA photograph RS-25 rocket engine No. 0525 is positioned onto the A-1 Test Stand at NASAís Stennis Space Center in Mississippi preparation for a series of developmental tests. Engineers have taken a crucial step in preparing to test parts of NASA’s Space Launch System rocket that will send humans to new destinations in the solar…

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