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Cope South experts exchange knowledge, techniques

The flight line here at exercise Cope South 15 is usually a flurry of activity every morning, with maintainers firing up auxiliary power units and loadmasters finalizing their cargo plan.

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Boeing announces ANA’s commitment to more jetliners

Boeing and All Nippon Airways announced Jan. 30 the airline’s intent to purchase three 787-10 Dreamliners to add additional flexibility to the airline’s 787 fleet.

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Air Force risks becoming too small to succeed under sequestration

During testimony on Capitol Hill Jan. 28, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III stressed the negative impact sequestration will have on future Air Force capabilities, emphasizing further budget cuts will lead to low morale and declined readiness in the Air Force.

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USS Elrod is decommissioned

Placed into commission nearly 30 years ago, the guided-missile frigate USS Elrod (FFG 55) was decommissioned Jan. 30 during a Naval Station Norfolk ceremony, led by Cmdr. Brad Stallings, commanding officer.

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Ball Aerospace integrates two of five instruments for JPSS-1

Two of the five instruments scheduled to fly on the nation's next polar-orbiting weather satellite, NOAA's Joint Polar Satellite System -1, have been integrated to the spacecraft bus by prime contractor Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp.


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Edwards test team extends KC-135 capabilities

Posted  April 26, 2013

Known as "The Mighty War Wagon" of the United States Air Force, the KC-135 Stratotanker has proven to be the core aerial refueling capability for the Air Force for more than 50 years.

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NASA probe observes meteors colliding with Saturn’s rings

Posted  April 26, 2013

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has provided the first direct evidence of small meteoroids breaking into streams of rubble and crashing into Saturn’s rings. These observations make Saturn’s rings the only location besides Earth, the moon, and Jupiter where scientists and amateur astronomers have been able to observe impacts as they occur. Studying the impact rate of…

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NASA selects small businesses for innovative research, technology projects

Posted  April 26, 2013

NASA has selected 44 additional proposals from 42 small high-technology companies to enter into negotiations for Phase 2 contract awards through the agency’s Small Business Innovation Research Program. Valued at about $30.7 million, these selections complement 39 Phase 2 proposals announced in November. “These additional Phase 2 SBIR selections continue the successful legacy of the…

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Affordability priority for F-35 program

Posted  April 26, 2013

Air Force photograph by Lawrence Crespo Crew chiefs from the 57th Wing Lightning Aircraft Maintenance Unit marshal an F-35 Lighting II, March 6, 2013, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. The first two aircraft will be assigned to the 422nd Test and Evaluation Squadron. Affordability remains the priority for the F-35 Lightning II joint strike…

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Headlines April 24, 2013

Posted  April 24, 2013

Business Honeywell Agrees to Buy RAE Systems for $340 Million Honeywell International Inc. agreed to acquire privately held manufacturer RAE Systems Inc. for $340 million, giving the diversified technology and manufacturing company additional gas-detection offerings. Airbus wins coveted BA mini-jumbo order International Airlines Group unveiled orders for 18 Airbus A350 long-haul jets for its British…

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News Briefs April 24, 2013

Posted  April 24, 2013

Army warns of steeper reductions in troop numbers Senior U.S. Army officials warned April 23 they may have to cut more than 100,000 additional soldiers over the next decade unless automatic spending reductions forcing the military services to slash their budgets are stopped. Gen. Ray Odierno, the Army’s chief of staff, told the Senate Armed…

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Lockheed Martin units name 13 small businesses as outstanding suppliers

Posted  April 24, 2013

Lockheed Martin recognized 13 small businesses from across the United States for their outstanding support of the corporation’s business areas in Orlando, Fla., and Dallas, Texas, at an awards ceremony April 24. Each year, Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control in Dallas and Orlando, and Lockheed Martin’s Training and Logistics Solutions business in Orlando, nominate…

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GE Capital Aviation Services signs purchase, leaseback transaction with Spirit Airlines

Posted  April 24, 2013

GE Capital Aviation Services LLC, the commercial aircraft leasing and financing arm of GE, has signed a purchase and leaseback transaction with Spirit Airlines for six new Airbus A320 aircraft to expand the carrierís fleet. GECAS delivered the first aircraft to Spirit in March. The remainder deliver in 2013 with all six aircraft coming from…

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U.S. Navy awards General Dynamics $20 million for nuclear submarine services

Posted  April 24, 2013

The U.S. Navy has awarded General Dynamics Electric Boat a $20 million contract modification for nuclear-maintenance work for submarines homeported at the Naval Submarine Base in Groton, Conn. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics. Under the contract, Electric Boat will continue to operate the Nuclear Regional Maintenance Department at the submarine…

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Boeing honors 17 suppliers for exceptional excellence

Posted  April 24, 2013

Boeing honored 16 companies and one university last night with its Supplier of the Year awards, recognizing those organizations’ exceptional performance and contributions to Boeing’s success during 2012. The awards are based on meeting or exceeding quality, on-time delivery, post-delivery support and affordability goals, and demonstrating the ability to anticipate and respond to changing requirements….

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