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Upgrades ‘new normal’ for armor in uncertain budget environment

If any journalists at the recent AUSAAME press conference expected to hear revelations of a major ground combat system acquisition on the near-term horizon, that notion was quickly dispelled.

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Boeing celebrates groundbreaking for 777X composite wing center

Boeing Oct. 21 celebrated the groundbreaking of its new 777X Composite Wing Center at the Everett, Wash., campus.

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First F-35A operational weapons load crew qualified

Three airmen with the 58th Aircraft Maintenance Unit became the first qualified operational weapons load crew for the F-35A Lightning II during a qualification load at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., Oct. 10.

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Boeing-built X-37B successfully completes third flight

The Boeing-built X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle successfully de-orbited and landed today at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., at 9:24 a.m., PDT, concluding a 674-day experimental test mission for the U.S. Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office.

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Dassault Falcon Jet establishes new pilot operational support team

Dassault Falcon Jet recently established a new Pilot Operational Support Team in Teterboro, N.J., to support operators in the Western Hemisphere.


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Reunions

Posted  April 3, 2013

April 2013 April 9-12: Super Sabre Society Las Vegas, Nev. For more information, contact Dewey Clawson at (724) 336-4273 or email deweyclawson@hotmail.com April 18-21: 475th Fighter Group; 431st, 432nd and 433rd Fighter Squadrons, 5th Air Force Nashville, Tenn. For more information contact Dana Grossman at (858) 692-1358 or email dana@grossman.info. April 25-28: Air Force Public…

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NASA announces 17th screening of space program artifacts

Posted  April 3, 2013

NASA is inviting eligible educational institutions, museums and other organizations to screen and request historical space artifacts. The artifacts represent significant human spaceflight technologies, processes and the accomplishments of NASA’s many programs. NASA and the General Services Administration worked together to ensure broad access to space artifacts and to provide a web-based electronic artifacts viewing…

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A-10 fires first-ever laser-guided rocket

Posted  April 3, 2013

Courtesy illustration The 40th Flight Test Squadron completed another first in February when an A-10 Thunderbolt II fired a guided rocket that impacted only inches away from its intended target. The 2.75 diameter, 35-pound, laser-guided rocket is known as the fixed-wing Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System II. Before the Thunderbolt test, the rocket had proved…

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NASA seek academic partners for smallsat technology collaboration

Posted  April 3, 2013

NASA is seeking small spacecraft technology project proposals from U.S. colleges and universities that would like to collaborate with agency researchers. Small spacecraft, or smallsats, represent a growing field of space research and operations in which universities often have led the way in technology development. Smallsats, some of which are as small as a four-inch…

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Edwards Civ Mil Group Spring Mixer attracts Air Force officers

Posted  April 3, 2013

About 96 people attended the Edwards Air Force Base Support Group Spring Mixer March 28 and the breakdown was about 50-50 between Air Force officers and group members.

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Space mission undergoes restructure, moves to ACC

Posted  April 3, 2013

Critical Air Force missions continue from their current locations after the April 2 restructure of Air Force Space Command’s Space Innovation and Development Center at Schriever Air Force Base, Colo. The SIDC restructure and realignment of subordinate organizations is part of the Air Force response to meet future challenges by balancing and realigning like missions…

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Boeing delivers seventh production P-8A Poseidon aircraft to U.S. Navy

Posted  April 3, 2013

The seventh P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft departs Boeing Field in Seattle for Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Fla. Boeing handed over the seventh production P-8A Poseidon to the U.S. Navy on schedule March 29, marking the first delivery from the second low-rate initial production contract awarded in November 2011. The maritime patrol aircraft departed Boeing…

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Third F-35B for United Kingdom makes first flight

Posted  April 3, 2013

  April 1, the third United Kingdom Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II sped down the runway at Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base embarking on its first flight. The aircraft, known as ZM137, departed at 10:16 a.m. with Lockheed Martin F-35 Chief Test Pilot Alan Norman at the controls. ZM137 will complete a…

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Veterans Resources

Posted  April 3, 2013

Veterans Administration www.va.gov Burial, Death Pension, Dependency Indemnity Compensation, Direct Deposit, Directions to VA Benefits Regional Offices, Disability Compensation, Disability Pension, Education, Home Loan Guaranty, Medical Care and Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment: 1-800-827-1000 Beneficiaries in receipt of Pension Benefits: 1-877-294-6380 Debt Management Center (Collection of Non-Medical Debts: 1-800-827-0648 Children of Women Vietnam Veterans, Foreign Medical…

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Events for April 2013

Posted  April 3, 2013

April 1-3 – WCRP Regional Workshop on Stratosphere-Troposphere Processes and their Role in Climate, Kyoto, Japan http://www-mete.kugi.kyoto-u.ac.jp/Kyoto2013/index.html April 2-5 – 47th ESLAB Conference: The Universe as Seen by Planck, Noordwijk, The Netherlands http://congrexprojects.com/13a11 April 2-5 – Conference: The Chemical Cosmos, Windsor, United Kingdom www.isa.au.dk/meetings/chemcos2013/index.asp April 3 – Lecture: Teaching Old Spacecraft New Tricks, London, United…

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