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Space tourism rocket explodes in desert

A Virgin Galactic space tourism rocket exploded Oct. 31 during a test flight, killing a pilot aboard and seriously injuring another while scattering wreckage in Southern California's Mojave Desert, witnesses and officials said.

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Boeing, Air Force demonstrate Minuteman III readiness in flight test

Boeing supported the U.S. Air Force’s successful flight test of a Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile, which demonstrated the readiness of that system to deter nuclear threats.

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Raytheon Griffin C flight tests demonstrate in-flight retargeting capability

Raytheon has successfully completed flight tests of its Griffin™ C increased capability missile.

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Insitu announces ScanEagle 2 – the next generation of ScanEagle platform

From its booth at the Euronaval Exhibition and Conference in Paris, Insitu Oct. 29 announced ScanEagle 2, the next generation of its revolutionary ScanEagle platform. Leveraging lessons learned from more than 800,000 operational hours.

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‘Grim Reapers’ introduce Oceana to F-35C

The "Grim Reapers" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 101 returned to Naval Air Station Oceana, Va., Oct. 28, bringing with them the future of Naval aviation.


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Last cargo mission out of FOB Sharana

Posted  October 9, 2013

The aircrew of "Growler 51" set out a few hours before sunrise Sept. 28 to fly the last of the U.S. cargo out of Forward Operating Base Sharana before the base was officially transferred to the Afghan government.

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UTC Aerospace Systems achieves F-35 supplier award

Posted  October 9, 2013

UTC Aerospace Systems has received a supplier award from Lockheed Martin for its actuation systems contributions to the F-35 Lightning II Program at the DSEI tradeshow. UTC Aerospace Systems is a unit of United Technologies Corp. The company’s Actuation Systems business, based in Wolverhampton, England, provides the weapons bay door drive system, utilities actuation and…

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Boeing delivers EL AL Israel Airlines’ first Next-Generation 737-900ER

Posted  October 9, 2013

Boeing has delivered EL AL Israel Airlines' first Next-Generation 737-900ER (Extended Range) airplane.

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Headlines October 7, 2013

Posted  October 7, 2013

News: Most furloughed DOD civilians will return to work Oct. 7 - Most furloughed Defense Department civilians are returning to work Oct. 7. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced just before 3 p.m. Saturday that “most DOD civilians placed on emergency furlough during the government shutdown will be asked to return to work beginning next week.”  …

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News Briefs October 7, 2013

Posted  October 7, 2013

United Technologies cancels furlough plans United Technologies Corp. has canceled plans to furlough employees at its aerospace businesses following the recall of Defense Contract Management Agency inspectors responsible for auditing and approving operations throughout the manufacturing process for military products. United Technologies greatly appreciates the efforts of those in the Administration and Congress who facilitated…

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Boeing, Jetstar celebrate delivery of first 787 Dreamliner for Australia

Posted  October 7, 2013

Boeing and Jetstar Airways celebrated the delivery of the carrier’s first 787 Oct. 7, which is also the first Dreamliner for Australia. “Today is a historic milestone for the Qantas Group and Jetstar as we welcome the most advanced passenger aircraft ever constructed to the fleet,” said Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce. “In just 10…

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Applied Dynamics International, Crane Aerospace & Electronics to build aircraft braking lab in Burbank

Posted  October 7, 2013

Crane Aerospace & Electronics, the world’s leading developer of aircraft brake control systems, and Applied Dynamics, the industry leader in simulation and testing tools for complex control systems, announce today they have agreed to work together to bring new technologies in a major upgrade of the Crane Aerospace & Electronics’ Simulation Laboratory. Crane has used…

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Elbit Systems to supply of heli-borne electro-optical surveillance payloads

Posted  October 7, 2013

Elbit Systemsí Ltd. wholly owned subsidiary, Elbit Systems Electro-optics – Elop Ltd., was awarded a follow-on contract to supply its advanced Digital CoMPASSÆ electro-optical payload systems to an Asia-Pacific Air Force to be installed onboard Helicopters. The contract will be performed over a three-year period. “This important follow on program reflects the customer’s satisfaction from…

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Pratt & Whitney completes new V2500 engine line

Posted  October 7, 2013

Pratt & Whitney completed the second phase of an assembly-floor transformation project at its Middletown, Conn., facility Oct. 4 to prepare the Engine Center†to ramp up for production of its portion of PurePower PW1100G-JM engines for the Airbus A320neo family and increase capacity for the F135 engine powering the F-35 Lightning II for the U.S….

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Air Force museum in Ohio holds scholarship contest

Posted  October 7, 2013

The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force in southwest Ohio is holding a writing competition for students seeking scholarships. Contestants in the Air Force Heritage and History Writing Competition must describe how American pilots’ participation in World War I helped create a U.S. Air Corps and the U.S. Air Force. They also must identify…

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