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Improved Multiple Launch Rocket System tested at White Sands Missile Range

More than 100 artillery rockets were launched June 16 at White Sands Missile Range, N.M., or WSMR, to test an improved version of the M270A1 Multiple Launch Rocket System, or MLRS.

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AF Special Operations Command receives first AC-130J

The first AC-130J Ghostrider landed at Hurlburt Field, Fla., July 29, making it Air Force Special Operations Command’s first AC-130J.

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Lockheed Martin successfully tests design changes for Orion

Lockheed Martin engineers have successfully completed testing of design changes made to the NASA Orion spacecraft’s fairing separation system. These changes resulted from data collected during Orion’s first test flight Dec. 5, 2014.

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CH-46 ‘Phrog’ makes its last hop

It’s the last hop for the CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter commonly known as the “Phrog.”

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Surface-to-surface missile test for LCS successful

Engineering development tests of modified Longbow Hellfire missiles for use on littoral combat ships were successfully conducted in June the Navy reported July 30.


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USS Taylor runs aground while mooring in Turkey

Posted  February 19, 2014

The Mayport, Fla.,-based frigate USS Taylor (FFG 50) is being inspected for damage after running aground Feb. 12. The incident occurred as Taylor was preparing to moor in Samsun, Turkey. Taylor was able to moor without further incident. There were no reported injuries, and the incident is currently under investigation. Additional information will be released…

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NASA Dryden-sponsored tams do well at FIRST tech challenge tourney

Posted  February 19, 2014

Twenty-four FIRST Tech Challenge robotics teams from Southern California battled it out in the High Desert FTC tournament at the Desert Christian Schools gymnasium in Lancaster, Calif., Feb. 1.

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LA Air Show night at The Hanger

Posted  February 19, 2014

Courtesy photograph Jacob Nelson and the Tone Wranglers will be performing March 21 at the Lancaster Municipal Stadium hosted by the Jethawks and the Los Angeles County Air Show organization. The Blue Angels and other performers from the air show will be on hand to meet and greet fans. The event will benefit Flight Test…

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Trimble launches new airborne LiDAR systems

Posted  February 19, 2014

Trimble has announced two new additions to its airborne LiDAR portfolio. The TrimbleÆ AX60i and AX80 are highly capable, versatile systems that meet the demands of aerial survey operators for corridor and wide area mapping projects. The new airborne systems, together with flight planning and analysis software tools, have been designed to provide rapid and…

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NASA completes first ATTREX science mission

Posted  February 19, 2014

NASA photograph NASA’s unmanned Global Hawk is pushed out of a hangar on Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, in preparation for an ATTREX science flight over the Western Pacific. NASA’s Global Hawk No. 872 completed a 17.5-hour science flight Feb. 14, it’s first for the 2014 Airborne Tropical Tropopause Experiment (ATTREX) mission. The unmanned aircraft,…

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Flight Opportunities Program busy in 2013; even more so in 2014

Posted  February 19, 2014

NASA's Flight Opportunities Program of the agency's Space Technology Mission Directorate accomplished its busiest year in 2013 since its inception in late 2010, and 2014 promises to be even busier.

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Veteran Reunions

Posted  February 19, 2014

Feb. 21-23 Vietnam Heli Pilots Assn Ohio River LZ Chapter Louisville, Ky. For more information, contact Bob Hamilton at (502) 845-2914 or email captbob757@aol.com. Feb. 21-23 East Coast All-Seabee Reunion Hampton, Va. For more information, contact Bruce MacDougall at (804) 921-4753 or email seabeemacd40@verizon.net . Feb. 23-25 11th Abn Div Assn Mid-Atlantic Chapter – 11th…

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Headlines – February 14, 2014

Posted  February 14, 2014

News: Two U.S. troops killed, 4 wounded in Afghan attack – Two U.S. soldiers were killed and four wounded in an attack Feb. 12 by gunmen wearing Afghan security force uniforms in eastern Afghanistan, U.S. defense officials said.  Hagel to preview Pentagon’s budget for 2015 on Feb. 24 – Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is expected to preview…

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News Briefs February 14, 2014

Posted  February 14, 2014

Suspicious packages sent to U.K. army centers Bomb-disposal teams have been dispatched and streets cordoned off after suspicious packages were sent to several British Army recruitment offices in southern England. Counter terrorism police said packages were found Feb. 13 in the towns of Oxford, Slough and Brighton, while similar packages were found earlier this week…

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SSgt promotion test rescheduled for April 1-May 16

Posted  February 14, 2014

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas To ensure senior airmen selected for promotion to staff sergeant do not meet the enlisted retention board, the Air Force will move the testing window up earlier this calendar year, from May 1-June 15 to April 1-May 16, Air Force Personnel Center officials said Feb. 7. We have assured Airmen…

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