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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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Forecast International predicts declining light military rotorcraft market

Posted  October 9, 2013

In a newly issued study, “The Market for Light Military Rotorcraft,” Forecast International predicts that 1,411 of these rotorcraft will be produced in the 10-year period between 2013 and 2022. The Connecticut-based market research firm estimates the value of this production at $23.6 billion in constant 2013 U.S. dollars.  The study defines a military rotorcraft…

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Spaceport Colorado, Swiss Space Systems sign memorandum of understanding

Posted  October 9, 2013

Spaceport Colorado Oct. 8 announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with Swiss Space Systems, an aerospace company that designs and engineers suborbital launch systems, formalizing a collaborative relationship and advancing the spaceport’s long-term development and licensing plans. S3 is a Swiss-headquartered company now developing its presence in the United States to serve the…

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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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