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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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NASA, Korean Space Agency discuss space cooperation

Posted  July 29, 2013

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and the president of the Korea Aerospace Research Institute, Seung Jo Kim, met in Washington, D.C., June 29 to discuss collaboration in aeronautics research and space exploration, including KARI’s robotic lunar mission and NASA’s asteroid initiative. This was the first meeting between Bolden and Kim. “Our two agencies share a mutual…

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Lockheed Martin completes long-range surveillance radar demonstration

Posted  July 29, 2013

Lockheed Martin successfully operated its full-scale prototype long-range air surveillance radar during a recent capability demonstration to the U.S. Air Force. The Three-Dimensional Expeditionary Long-Range Radar will serve as the principal Air Force long-range, ground-based sensor for detecting, identifying, and reporting aerial targets. This next-generation system will replace the Air Force’s AN/TPS-75 air search radar….

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Obama: Korean War vets brought freedom, victory to 50 million

Posted  July 29, 2013

While the Korean War ended just about where it started, “that war was no tie,” President Barack Obama said July 27. “Korea was a victory.” The president spoke at the commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the armistice ending the Korean War. He said the 60-year remove from the war makes it clear that the…

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NASA welcomes new chief scientist

Posted  July 29, 2013

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden has named planetary geologist Ellen Stofan the agency’s chief scientist, effective Aug. 25. Stofan will be Bolden’s principal advisor on the agency’s science programs and science-related strategic planning and investments. Prior to her appointment, Stofan was vice president of Proxemy Research in Laytonsville, Md., and honorary professor in the department of…

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AeroVironment’s Puma AE receives FAA type certificate for commercial use

Posted  July 29, 2013

AeroVironment, Inc. announced that on July 19, 2013 it received a “Restricted Category” rating for its Puma AE™ small unmanned aircraft system from the Federal Aviation Administration. The first-of-its-kind certificate permits operators to fly Puma for commercial missions, such as oil spill monitoring and ocean surveys, in the North Slope region of the Arctic. Prior…

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Airmen jump with Bulgarians during two-week flying training

Posted  July 29, 2013

More than 600 airmen from the 86th Airlift and 435th Air Ground Operations wings and members of the Bulgarian armed forces participated in a two-week flying training deployment called Thracian Summer, July 7 through 21.

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B-52 CONECT: A reboot for the Digital Age

Posted  July 29, 2013

Air Force photograph by TSgt. Robert Horstman Munitions on display demonstrate the full capabilities of the B-52 Stratofortress, a bomber in the Air Force. One thing is certain: it’s not your father’s B-52. The B-52 Stratofortress has been the†Air Force’s star long-range strategic heavy bomber and premier standoff weapon for more than 50 years. For…

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Spirit AeroSystems rolls out first KC-46A Tanker forward fuselage section

Posted  July 29, 2013

Spirit AeroSystems, Inc., celebrated the completion of the first forward fuselage section, Section 41, destined for integration into the Boeing KC-46A tanker. In a rollout ceremony July 26, Boeing and U.S. Air Force representatives joined Spirit leadership and employees to mark the occasion. “Right now we the fly KC-135R models and they are great and…

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Hagel, Winnefeld honor Korean War vets, those still serving there

Posted  July 29, 2013

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Navy Adm. James Winnefeld remembered the Korean War as the first time the world united under the banner of the United Nations†to stand up to aggression and support the rule of law. The men spoke July 27 at the ceremony here marking the 60th anniversary of the armistice ending active…

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Spirit AeroSystems announces 360 layoffs

Posted  July 29, 2013

Spirit AeroSystems is laying off about 360 salaried support and management employees at its Kansas and Oklahoma facilities, the Wichita-based aircraft parts maker announced July 25. The company said that while it had a ìcost challenge to address, its core business is performing well at unprecedented production rate that is driving its revenue, earnings and…

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