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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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Navy christens, launches future USS Detroit

The Navy christened the future USS Detroit (LCS 7), the fourth Littoral Combat Ship of the Freedom variant, in a ceremony at Marinette Marine Shipyard in Marinette, Wisc., Oct. 18.

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NASA’s Hubble finds extremely distant galaxy through cosmic magnifying glass

Peering through a giant cosmic magnifying glass, NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has spotted a tiny, faint galaxy -- one of the farthest galaxies ever seen. The diminutive object is estimated to be more than 13 billion light-years away.

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Second Northrop Grumman-built Triton UAS completes first flight

The U.S. Navy's second MQ-4C Triton unmanned aircraft system has successfully completed its first flight.


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Boeing brings advanced training capabilities to U.S. Navy’s T-45 fleet

Posted  February 27, 2013

Four operational flight trainers built by Boeing are up and running at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla., allowing the U.S. Navy to shift some training for its T-45 aircraft to the ground and thereby improve safety and save money. The flight simulators use high-fidelity, state-of-the-art visuals to train naval flight officers on the ground, saving…

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Mojave Air and Space Port improvements on schedule

Posted  February 27, 2013

Major capital improvement projects are proceeding on schedule at Mojave Air & Space Port, the staff reported to the directors at the Feb. 19 meeting. A marketing budget for the airport was also discussed. The projects are: providing utilities to the north side of the airport; repaving and widening of runway 4-22 under an FAA…

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Veterans

A look back at black aviation engineer units of World War II

Posted  February 27, 2013

Air Force photograph Air Force photograph Members of an aviation engineer battalion construct a heavy bomber airfield near Eye, England, in 1943. As we close the books on February, Black History Month offers us the opportunity to recall the important role black Americans played in providing the worldwide system of bases during World War II…

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NASA selects science instrument, hardware for European mission to Jupiter

Posted  February 27, 2013

NASA has selected key contributions to a 2022 European Space Agency mission that will study Jupiter and three of its largest moons in unprecedented detail. The moons are thought to harbor vast water oceans beneath their icy surfaces. NASA’s contribution will consist of one U.S.-led science instrument and hardware for two European instruments to fly…

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Vietnam War vet receives Bronze Star

Posted  February 27, 2013

An Air Force retiree received a Bronze Star Medal with valor and a Purple Heart at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph’s Taj Mahal Feb. 15, nearly 48 years after rescuing officers and protecting military resources during a deployment to Vietnam in 1965. Placido Salazar, who joined the Air Force in 1956, was stationed at Randolph from…

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SAIC announces names for planned new companies

Posted  February 27, 2013

SAIC announced Feb. 25 the names for the businesses expected to be created in the latter half of this fiscal year following its planned separation into two independent, publicly traded companies, as announced Aug. 30. The technical services and enterprise Information Technology (IT) business will continue the SAIC name, and the national security, health and…

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Boeing subsidiary unveils tool to improve testing of wireless networks

Posted  February 27, 2013

Boeing subsidiary Digital Receiver Technology Inc. Feb. 26 debuted an easier, faster way for wireless carriers and infrastructure providers to assess their cellular network and identify areas where upgrades may be required. Unveiled during the 2013 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, the pocket-sized DRT4311B could ultimately help increase network performance and customer satisfaction. “The…

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Yeager brings ‘Right Stuff’ to symposium

Posted  February 27, 2013

Air Force photograph by Don Branum Retired Brig. Gen. Chuck Yeager, right, talks to Cadet 1st Class Henry Egan after a National Character and Leadership Symposium presentation at the Air Force Academy Feb. 22, 2013. Yeager was the first person to fly faster than the speed of sound, having made the historic flight Oct. 14,…

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NAVAIR announces potential to cancel aviation depot maintenance

Posted  February 27, 2013

Late last week, the Naval Air Systems Command notified a number of contractors of the potential to cancel, defer or de-scope aircraft and engine depot maintenance events at Fleet Readiness Centers in Cherry Point, N.C., Jacksonville, Fla., and San Diego, Calif., from April 1 to Sept. 30, 2013. Notifications were made to allow companies time…

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House votes to rename flight center for Armstrong

Posted  February 27, 2013

The House has approved a bill to rename a NASA flight center in California for the late astronaut Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon. The measure, which passed on a 394-0 vote, would rename the Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., as the Neil A. Armstrong Flight…

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