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Upgrades ‘new normal’ for armor in uncertain budget environment

If any journalists at the recent AUSAAME press conference expected to hear revelations of a major ground combat system acquisition on the near-term horizon, that notion was quickly dispelled.

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Boeing celebrates groundbreaking for 777X composite wing center

Boeing Oct. 21 celebrated the groundbreaking of its new 777X Composite Wing Center at the Everett, Wash., campus.

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First F-35A operational weapons load crew qualified

Three airmen with the 58th Aircraft Maintenance Unit became the first qualified operational weapons load crew for the F-35A Lightning II during a qualification load at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., Oct. 10.

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Boeing-built X-37B successfully completes third flight

The Boeing-built X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle successfully de-orbited and landed today at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., at 9:24 a.m., PDT, concluding a 674-day experimental test mission for the U.S. Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office.

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Dassault Falcon Jet establishes new pilot operational support team

Dassault Falcon Jet recently established a new Pilot Operational Support Team in Teterboro, N.J., to support operators in the Western Hemisphere.


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Army develops lightweight ballistic protection for aircraft

Posted  October 4, 2013

Army photograph The Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center Prototype Integration Facility designed, qualified, fabricated and installed a prototype of an enhanced Ballistic Protection System for the cabin of the UH-60 Black Hawk aircraft. Army tactics and training are constantly changing to meet the threat on the battlefield, and one such example is…

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Star Spangled Parade honors military

Posted  October 4, 2013

Photograph by Linda KC Reynolds Showing her ìStar Spangled Prideî Tiny Miss Rosamond Princess 2013, Brooke Gilardone flies down the parade route at Rosamondís 37th annual William M. Ketchum Memorial Armed Forces Appreciation Day Parade. A four-ship flyover by the Mojaviators Formation Flying Group set the stage for Rosamondís 37th annual William M. Ketchum Memorial…

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Lockheed Martin powers on first GOES-R weather satellite

Posted  October 4, 2013

Lockheed Martin has powered on the system module of the GOES-R satellite for the first time. The Geostationary Operational Environmental SatelliteñR series (GOES-R) is NOAAs next geostationary weather satellite. Power-on of the spacecrafts avionics and major electronic subsystems is a key milestone to delivery of the first satellite. The system module of the A2100-based satellite…

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Boeing delivers first 787 Dreamliner to Royal Brunei Airlines

Posted  October 4, 2013

Boeing and Royal Brunei Airlines celebrated the delivery of the 787 Dreamliner ñ the first for the flag carrier of the Sultanate of Brunei and for Southeast Asia. The airplane departed Paine Field in Everett Oct. 2 for a 6,540 nautical miles non-stop flight home to Bandar Seri Begawan International Airport in Brunei. “This exciting…

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Air Force scraps F-16 Alaska transfer plan

Posted  October 4, 2013

The U.S. Air Force is scrapping its plan to move a fighter jet squadron to Anchorage from Fairbanks, and will not put Eielson Air Force Base in part-time status, Alaska’s congressional delegation announced Oct. 2. U.S. Sens. Mark Begich and Lisa Murkowski made the announcement on a joint teleconference with U.S. Rep. Don Young, all…

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Edwards Civ-Mil officers sworn in

Posted  October 4, 2013

Photograph by Linda KC Reynolds CMSgt. Brian Randolph, 412th Test Wing command chief; MSgt. Eric Jackson; Civ-Mil President Danny Bazzell; A1C Quentin Powell; and TSgt. Brody Anderson pose with gifts donated by Civ-Mil to help make life a little more enjoyable for young airmen. Anderson was also recognized by dignitaries for his outstanding work in…

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Navy Test Pilots visit Edwards TPS

Posted  October 4, 2013

The senior class of the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School joined the USAF Test Pilot School for a week-long field trip Sept. 28 and will return home Oct. 5.

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Innaugural West Coast launch a huge success for SpaceX

Posted  October 4, 2013

SpaceX successfully launched its next-generation Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., Sept. 29. This was the sixth launch of a Falcon 9 and the maiden flight of the upgraded F9 (v.1.1) model. It was also the inaugural flight from the companys new West Coast launch complex. All previous Falcon rockets were launched…

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Army lab finding better ways to convert JP-8 to hydrogen for portable electric power

Posted  October 4, 2013

What if soldiers could convert JP-8 to clean hydrogen fuel for fuel cell applications anywhere and anytime they need it? A small team of scientists at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory are collaborating with counterparts at the Communications-Electronics and the Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Centers, to develop technology for lightweight, portable prototype systems…

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Virgin Galactic customer day at Mojave

Posted  October 4, 2013

Photograph by Mark Greenberg A majority of Virgin Galactic’s future astronauts gather with Sir Richard Branson (center) for a group photo at Virgin Galactic FAITH hangar in Mojave, Calif., Sept. 25. Sir Richard Branson hosted his annual Yes, youre going to space pep rally for his world ñwide customers Sept. 25 at the Mojave Air…

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