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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.

Air Force photograph by SrA. Christopher Callaway Defense

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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Forest Service ends military firefighting aircraft activation

Posted  September 6, 2013

Officials from the U.S. Forest Service, through the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, Idaho, have decided to end current military C-130 Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System operations as of the end of the day Sept. 5. MAFFS aircraft and crews remain available for recall if the wildland fire situation dictates, U.S. Northern Command officials said….

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Feds won’t enforce same-sex veterans law

Posted  September 6, 2013

The Obama administration said Wednesday it will stop enforcing a law that blocks benefits to partners of military veterans in same-sex marriages. In a letter to congressional leaders, Attorney General Eric Holder said that a provision in federal law on benefits to veterans and their families defines “spouse” to mean a person of the opposite…

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Delta announces order for 40 Airbus aircraft

Posted  September 6, 2013

Delta Air Lines announced plans Sept. 4 to purchase 40 Airbus aircraft for delivery between 2015 and 2017. The order, which comprises 10 international widebody A330-300 and 30 large domestic narrowbody A321 jets, is the latest step in Delta’s prudent fleet renewal to enhance profitability while diligently managing capacity. “This Airbus agreement is another opportunistic…

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B-2 undergoes comm upgrade

Posted  September 6, 2013

After a 20-year wait, the B-2 Spirit will receive a significant new communications upgrade.

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500th electronic tester delivered, Robins plays key part

Posted  September 6, 2013

Robins Air Force Base, Ga., plays a vital role in managing and sustaining electronic warfare capabilities onboard weapon systems platforms across the Department of Defense. That includes management and software maintenance for the Joint Service Electronic Combat Systems Tester, which recently celebrated the delivery of its 500th unit. JSECST troubleshoots and tests electronic warfare systems…

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Virgin Galactic flexes SpaceShipTwo’s unique feather mechanism in second supersonic flight

Posted  September 6, 2013

Sept. 5, Virgin Galactic, the world’s first commercial spaceline owned by Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Group and Abu Dhabi's aabar Investments PJS, successfully completed the second rocket-powered, supersonic flight of its passenger carrying reusable space vehicle, SpaceShipTwo.

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UTC names new Pratt & Whitney president: Paul Adams to succeed David Hess

Posted  September 6, 2013

United Technologies Corp. announced Sept. 3 that Paul R. Adams, currently chief operating officer of Pratt & Whitney, will succeed David P. Hess as president of Pratt & Whitney on Jan. 1, 2014, when Hess retires. Adams will report to UTC Propulsion & Aerospace Systems President & Chief Executive Officer Alain M. Bellemare. “I am…

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VA focuses national attention on Suicide Prevention Month 2013

Posted  September 6, 2013

In recognition of September as Suicide Prevention Month, the Department of Veterans Affairs is mobilizing people and organizations nationwide to support Veterans in crisis and spread the word about VA mental health services. Throughout the month, VA suicide prevention coordinators at all 151 VA medical centers will organize community events, host health fairs, lead training…

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Boeing delivers first 767 Freighter to FedEx Express

Posted  September 6, 2013

Boeing and FedEx Express, an operating company of FedEx Corp., celebrated Sept. 4 the delivery of the Memphis, Tenn.,-based express shipping company’s first 767-300 Freighter. The delivery supports the FedEx strategy to modernize its fleet with more efficient freighters. “Today’s delivery of our first Boeing 767 Freighter is another step forward in our fleet modernization…

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NASA to share universe with Instagram users through its images

Posted  September 6, 2013

NASA is launching an official Instagram profile that will take its fans on an out-of-this-world journey through images of Earth and beyond. “We’re constantly looking to expand our social media portfolio to include tools that will best tell NASA’s story of exploration and discovery,” said NASA Press Secretary Lauren Worley. “Instagram has a passionate following…

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