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New interrogation system installed on AWACS, more in pipeline

Out with the old, in with the new, at least that's the case for the existing interrogation system found on E-3 Sentry AWACS.

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Boeing Oklahoma City expansion grows facilities, business presence

Boeing broke ground July 29 on a new 290,000 square-foot facility with space for approximately 800 employees.

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NTSB concludes SpaceShipTwo flight test accident investigation

Virgin Galactic photograph WhiteKnightTwo and the first SpaceShipTwo during a captive carry test flight over the Mojave Desert. MOJAVE, Calif.–The National Transportation Safety Board has concluded the investigation of the Oct. 31, 2014, Scaled Composites SpaceShipTwo flight test accident. The NTSB is finalizing the final recommendations and probable causes. At the time of the accident,…

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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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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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Boeing, Hainan Airlines announce commitment for 50 737 MAX 8s

Posted  July 18, 2014

  Boeing and Hainan Airlines July 16 announced that the two companies are finalizing terms and working toward a purchase agreement for 50 737 MAX 8s, reaffirming the Chinese airline’s preference for an all-Boeing single-aisle fleet. The commitment, valued at more than $5.1 billion at current list prices, will be subject to the approval of…

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