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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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AFSOC receives additional MC-130J Commando II

Posted  October 25, 2013

Lockheed Martin photograph by Damien A. Guarnieri A U.S. Air Force crew ferried an MC-130J Commando II Special Operations Forces tanker from the Lockheed Martin facility in Marietta, Ga., Oct. 24. The Lockheed Martin-built aircraft is assigned to Air Force Special Operations Command. The Commando II supports such missions as in-flight refueling, infiltration/exfiltration, and aerial…

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61st Airlift Squadron receives first C-130J Super Hercules

Posted  October 25, 2013

Lockheed Martin photograph by Todd R. McQueen The 61st Airlift Squadron at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark., received its first Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules Oct. 24. A crew from the squadron ferried the aircraft from the Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., facility in Marietta, Ga. The 61st AS, which has operated C-130s since 1956,…

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Lockheed Martin conducts third successful flight test of new GMLRS warhead

Posted  October 25, 2013

Lockheed Martin has successfully conducted the†third† engineering development test flight of the new Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System Alternative Warhead at White Sands Missile Range, N.M. Preliminary data indicate all test objectives were achieved. During the short-range test, three GMLRS rockets were launched from an MLRS M270A1 launcher and each destroyed its respective ground-based target…

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Gray Eagle completes 20,000 automated takeoffs, landings

Posted  October 25, 2013

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc., a leading manufacturer of Remotely Piloted Aircraft, tactical reconnaissance radars, and electro-optic surveillance systems, today announced that its Gray EagleÆ Unmanned Aircraft System has reached a record 20,000 successful automatic launch and recoveries with the Automatic Takeoff and Landing System. This milestone was achieved on September 25 and comes just…

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Celebrated pilot and Vietnam POW dies at 88

Posted  October 25, 2013

Retired Brig. Gen. Robinson “Robbie” Risner, a celebrated Korean War jet fighter ace and Vietnam prisoner of war, died Oct. 22 at Bridgewater Retirement Community, Bridgewater, Va.

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Boeing, Korean Air finalize order for 12 twin-aisle airplanes

Posted  October 25, 2013

Boeing and Korean Air have finalized an order for five 747-8 Intercontinentals and six 777-300ER (Extended Range) jetliners that was announced as a commitment during the Paris Air Show in June. In addition, Korean Air has also announced an order for one additional 787 Dreamliner. The value of the combined order is valued at $3.9…

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Boeing delivers Kenya Airways’ first 777-300ER

Posted  October 25, 2013

Boeing has delivered a 777-300ER (Extended Range) to GE Capital Aviation Services for lease to Kenya Airways. It is Kenya Airways’ first 777-300ER and the largest airplane in the carrier’s fleet, providing greater capacity, range and improved operating economics for its long-haul operations. “The delivery of this Boeing 777-300ER aircraft marks a key milestone for…

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NASA’s great observatories begin deepest ever probe of universe

Posted  October 25, 2013

NASA’s Hubble, Spitzer and Chandra space telescopes are teaming up to look deeper into the universe than ever before. With a boost from natural “zoom lenses” found in space, they should be able to uncover galaxies that are as much as 100 times fainter than what these three great observatories typically can see. In an…

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NASA partner SpaceX completes review of 2014 commercial crew abort test

Posted  October 25, 2013

In preparation for a summer 2014 test, NASA partner Space Exploration Technologies recently laid out its plan to demonstrate the Dragon spacecraft's ability to carry astronauts to safety in the event of an in-flight emergency.

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Boeing, EL AL Israel Airlines finalize order for two more 737-900ERs

Posted  October 25, 2013

Boeing and EL AL Israel Airlines have finalized an order for two additional Next-Generation 737-900ER (Extended Range) airplanes. The order comes just two weeks after the Israeli flag-carrier took delivery of its first 737-900ER. This order brings the total number of 737-900ERs ordered by EL AL to eight. “This decision by EL AL to purchase…

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