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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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Headlines December 23, 2013

Posted  December 24, 2013

Business: Why acquiring Beechcraft would be great for Textron, Inc. – Textron investors were left smiling Dec. 20, when shares of the defense and aerospace conglomerate jumped more than 14 percent following an encouraging bit of acquisition news from the folks over at the Financial Times. Navy orders more JSOW Glide Bombs from Raytheon – The Department of Defense…

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News Briefs December 23, 2013

Posted  December 24, 2013

NATO begins SOFA negotiations with Afghanistan NATO began Status of Forces Agreement negotiations with the government of Afghanistan, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Adm. John Kirby said in a statement issued Dec. 21. Kirby’s statement reads as follows: “Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel was pleased to learn that NATO has begun negotiations with the Government of…

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Air Force’s newest leader takes charge

Posted  December 24, 2013

The Air Force’s 23rd Secretary of the Air Force was formally sworn in Dec. 20, in the Pentagon.

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A look at the current $632.8 billion defense bill

Posted  December 24, 2013

The comprehensive, $632.8 billion defense bill heading to President Barack Obama for his signature would crack down on sexual assault in the military, authorize combat pay for the troops and cover the cost of new ships, aircraft and weapons. A look at the legislation: * Authorizes $552.1 billion for the core budget, including $17.6 billion…

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Bagram runway reopens, first F-16s arrive

Posted  December 24, 2013

Air Force photograph by SrA. Kayla Newman The first F-16 Fighting Falcon arrives Dec. 15, 2013, at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. The F-16s transitioned from Kandahar, Afghanistan, to Bagram once the main runway was renovated and extended to meet the demand of the different aircraft. The first of several F-16 Fighting Falcons arrived at Bagram Airfield,…

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Lockheed Martin supports Japanese F-2 restoration program

Posted  December 24, 2013

In cooperation with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Lockheed Martin has delivered the first F-2 aft and leading edge flaps as part of a restoration plan to replenish Japan’s F-2 fleet.

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Air Force recruits in Texas to get more training

Posted  December 24, 2013

Air Force recruits at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, would get more training on life skills ranging from managing money to protecting themselves against sexual assault in a program expected to begin in 2014. Recruits will spend up to a week after graduating from basic training to take an expanded skills course, the San Antonio…

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Final B-52G eliminated under new START

Posted  December 24, 2013

Air Force photograph by SSgt. Angel Ruiz Personnel with the 578th Storage and Disposal Squadron lift a B-52G’s tail section onto a custom-made cradle Dec, 19, 2013, at the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz. The cradle is purposely placed 30 degrees off center and a minimum of six feet…

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Korean War soldier, recently identified, buried

Posted  December 24, 2013

Sixty-three years after he was killed fighting in Korea, the remains of Army Pfc. Jerry Pat Craig have been buried at the Central Louisiana Military Cemetery in Leesville. “It’s the most joyous occasion I’ve had in a long, long time,” Craig’s niece, Anita Fields-Gold of Lake Charles, said to KPLC TV. “To know he’s home,…

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Newest Army recovery vehicle wields claws, can handle most anything

Posted  December 24, 2013

The Ordnance School is continuing to fulfill the training requirements of soldiers deployed in combat environments. Providing training on the Army’s newest recovery vehicle – the Modular Catastrophic Recovery System – is its latest effort to prepare soldiers for tasks and missions they are likely to encounter in the field. The Modular Catastrophic Recovery System,…

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