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F-16 test pilots hit the ‘road’ to help train USAFE pilots

Two F-16 test pilots from the 416th Flight Test Squadron recently returned from a "roadshow" to Europe where they provided High Angle of Attack academics to U.S. Air Forces in Europe pilots.

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Its reign in the fleet over, naval Sea King helicopter now rests at Pax Museum

Navy photograph At more than 54 feet in length with a 62-foot rotor diameter, the mighty SH-3A Sea King helicopter sits in its final spot at the Patuxent River Naval Air Museum. Designed as an anti-submarine warfare helicopter, the aircraft holds a number of aviation firsts, including the first twin-turbine helicopter and the first all-weather…

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New Boeing Avionics Facility to enhance ROKAF readiness, affordability

Boeing formally opened a new avionics maintenance and repair center in the Yeongcheon Industry District of Daegu-Gyeongbuk Free Economic Zone May 28.

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Air Force certifies SpaceX for national security space missions

Lt. Gen. Samuel Greaves, commander of the Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center and Air Force program executive officer for space, has announced the certification of Space Exploration Technologies Corporation's Falcon 9 Launch System for national security space missions.

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Boeing awarded first-ever commercial human spaceflight mission

NASA issued a task order as part of Boeing’s $4.2 billion Commercial Crew Transportation Capability contract recently to include the company’s first-ever service flight to the International Space Station. The award marks the first time in human spaceflight history NASA has contracted with a commercial company for a human spaceflight mission. This occasion will go…


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NASA releases Earth Day ‘Global Selfie’ mosaic of our home planet

Posted  May 23, 2014

NASA photograph NASA’s “Global Selfie” Earth mosaic contains more than 36,000 individual photographs from the more than 50,000 images posted around the world on Earth Day, April 22, 2014. For Earth Day this year, NASA invited people around the world to step outside to take a “selfie” and share it with the world on social…

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House rebuffs Pentagon on defense spending

Posted  May 23, 2014

The House May 22 overwhelmingly backed a $601 billion defense authorization bill that spares planes, ships and military bases in an election-year nod to hometown interests. Ignoring a White House veto threat, Republicans and Democrats united behind the popular measure that authorizes spending on weapons and personnel for the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1. The…

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NASA’s WISE findings poke hole in black hole ‘doughnut’ theory

Posted  May 23, 2014

A survey of more than 170,000 supermassive black holes, using NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, has astronomers reexamining a decades-old theory about the varying appearances of these interstellar objects.

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DOD sends UAV, 80 Airmen to help Nigerian search

Posted  May 23, 2014

The Defense Department’s addition of an unmanned aerial vehicle and 80 Air Force troops to U.S. efforts supporting Nigeria’s search for over 200 missing schoolgirls has turned the mission into an air operation, Army Col. Steve Warren, the director of Pentagon Press Operations, said May 22. The UAV system and Air Force personnel were deployed…

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Report: FAA too reliant on Boeing for battery test

Posted  May 23, 2014

The government failed to properly test the Boeing 787’s lithium-ion batteries and relied too much on Boeing for technical expertise, a new report says. The National Transportation Safety Board May 22 criticized the process used by the Federal Aviation Administration to certify the new jet in 2007. It also recommended that the FAA needed to…

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Headlines May 21, 2014

Posted  May 21, 2014

News: Body found in search for Marine who fell during Osprey training flight – The body of a Marine who fell from an MV-22 Osprey aircraft May 19 during a training flight near White Lake was recovered May 20 after an exhaustive search by more than 1,000 military and law enforcement personnel.    Business: Space industry…

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News Briefs May 21, 2014

Posted  May 21, 2014

Russian army readies return from Ukrainian border The Russian Defense Ministry says its units in the western regions bordering Ukraine are preparing for a journey to their home bases in line with President Vladimir Putin’s order. Putin ordered the withdrawal May 19 in what could be an attempt to ease tensions with the West over…

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Sikorsky Aircraft, LORD Corporation successfully test hub mounted vibration suppressors

Posted  May 21, 2014

Sikorsky Aircraft and LORD Corporation May 20 announced the successful completion of flight demonstration testing of the Hub Mounted Vibration Suppressor, a new technology aimed to reduce vibration on helicopters. The demonstration was part of an effort to address the challenge of crew fatigue and reduced equipment reliability and readiness that are caused by helicopter…

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Army inducts self-propelled howitzer into low-rate initial production

Posted  May 21, 2014

Air and sea power are critical strategic military assets, but land power is undeniable in its ability to compel and deter adversaries.

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Raytheon’s Excalibur Ib moves closer to full rate production

Posted  May 21, 2014

YUMA PROVING GROUND, Ariz., May 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ –Raytheon and the U.S. Army completed Initial Operational Test and Evaluation for Excalibur Ib during a series of successful tests at Yuma Proving Ground, Ariz. This milestone moves the program one step closer to full rate production. During IOT&E, artillerymen from Fort Riley’s 1st Battalion, 5th Field…

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