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Composites key to tougher, lighter armaments

The Army is on the cusp of revolutionizing materials that go into armament construction, making for stronger, lighter and more durable weapons, Dr. Andrew Littlefield said.

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AAR awarded new contract from Bell Helicopter Textron to support T64 engines

AAR announced April 22 that Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. awarded its Defense Systems & Logistics business unit a contract providing warehouse and logistics services in support of upgrading T64 engines for the Bell V-280 Valor technical demonstrator aircraft.

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Last MC-130P Combat Shadows in the Pacific retire

The 17th Special Operations Squadron at Kadena Air Base, Japan, sent off the final two MC-130P Combat Shadows in the Pacific Air Forces to retire on April 15.

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F-22 test squadron recognizes decorated squadron member, Vietnam hero

Base leaders will always attest to the fact that people are what make Edwards AFB a unique place to work.

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NASA unveils celestial fireworks as official image for Hubble 25th Anniversary

The brilliant tapestry of young stars flaring to life resemble a glittering fireworks display in the 25th anniversary NASA Hubble Space Telescope image, released to commemorate a quarter century of exploring the solar system and beyond since its launch April 24, 1990.


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Boeing says strong demand pushing commercial production rates higher

Posted  March 11, 2013

Boeing said March 11 that strong demand for its commercial airplanes and a healthy backlog are behind the company’s decision to keep increasing production rates. “The data tells us the market is strong and will continue to be strong. That’s why we’re confident as we raise our production rates,” said Randy Tinseth, vice president of…

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Boeing, KLM demonstrate new technologies to optimize flight

Posted  March 11, 2013

Boeing and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines have begun a series of commercial flights that will demonstrate how several advanced technologies, fuels and concepts can significantly improve operational efficiency, save fuel and reduce carbon and noise emissions. The technology demonstration encompasses all aspects of an aircraft’s flight – preflight, takeoff, cruise, descent and post-landing. The first…

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NASA mission helps craft 3-D image of buried Mars flood channels

Posted  March 11, 2013

NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has provided images allowing scientists for the first time to create a 3-D reconstruction of ancient water channels below the Martian surface.

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Sequestration impacts ripple across Air Force

Posted  March 11, 2013

Air Force senior leaders issued updated guidance to leaders of Air Force major commands and addressed the service’s airmen last week on how the service will operate under sequestration and a continuing resolution for the remainder of the fiscal year. Acting Under Secretary of the Air Force Dr. Jamie Morin and Air Force Vice Chief…

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F-35 Lightning IIs arrive at Nellis AFB

Posted  March 11, 2013

Air Force photograph by A1C Jason Couillard A Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II lands March 6, 2013, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. The aircraft will be assigned to the 422nd Test and Evaluation Squadron and the aircraft will be used for development test support, force development evaluation and supporting operational test aircraft at Edwards…

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Second F-35 for The Netherlands rolls out of F-35 production facility

Posted  March 11, 2013

Lockheed Martin photograph by Tom Arbogast The second Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II for the Netherlands rolled out of the F-35 production facility March 2. This is the latest step in the production process leading to its eventual assignment to Eglin AFB, Fla., later this summer. The Netherlands is planning to use this conventional takeoff…

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First F-35 with Marietta-built center wing flown

Posted  March 11, 2013

Lockheed Martin photograph by Angel Delcueto The first Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II with a Center Wing Assembly built at the Lockheed Martin facility in Marietta, Ga., was flown for the first time last week. The aircraft, known as BF-25, is an F-35B short takeoff and vertical landing variant that will be delivered to the…

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W.H. Smith Company completes acquisition of military system assets of LaBarge Products

Posted  March 11, 2013

    W.H. Smith Company, a manufacturer and supplier of high quality hose assemblies and systems as well as load securing and material handling products for the U.S. Department of Defense and the commercial marketplace, completed the acquisition of certain intellectual property and related assets from LaBarge Products, Inc. Based in St. Louis, Mo., LaBarge…

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Honeywell Aerospace expands global network of distributors for condition-based maintenance systems

Posted  March 11, 2013

Honeywell recently announced a new global network of Condition-Based Maintenance Systems distributors. The network agreements, effective Jan. 1, 2013, include previous CBMS distributors ó Diagnostic Solutions, Derco, Hope Aero, Eurotech, Kaigai, Master Tech, Merlinhawk, Telemeter and Vibratech ó and new distributors Beijing Andawell Science & Technology in China and Transworld Aviation in the United Arab…

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Lockheed Martin to provide virtual training technologies in support of Saudi Arabia’s F-15SA modernization program

Posted  March 11, 2013

Lockheed Martin has received a $253 million contract agreement to begin work on F-15SA pilot and maintenance training systems for the Royal Saudi Air Force. The technologies will provide a comprehensive ground-based training environment for Saudi Arabia’s F-15SA modernization program. Pilots will complete air-to-air combat, air-to-surface missions, air combat maneuvers and tactical intercepts with 360-degree…

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