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F-16 test pilots hit the ‘road’ to help train USAFE pilots

Two F-16 test pilots from the 416th Flight Test Squadron recently returned from a "roadshow" to Europe where they provided High Angle of Attack academics to U.S. Air Forces in Europe pilots.

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Its reign in the fleet over, naval Sea King helicopter now rests at Pax Museum

Navy photograph At more than 54 feet in length with a 62-foot rotor diameter, the mighty SH-3A Sea King helicopter sits in its final spot at the Patuxent River Naval Air Museum. Designed as an anti-submarine warfare helicopter, the aircraft holds a number of aviation firsts, including the first twin-turbine helicopter and the first all-weather…

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New Boeing Avionics Facility to enhance ROKAF readiness, affordability

Boeing formally opened a new avionics maintenance and repair center in the Yeongcheon Industry District of Daegu-Gyeongbuk Free Economic Zone May 28.

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Air Force certifies SpaceX for national security space missions

Lt. Gen. Samuel Greaves, commander of the Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center and Air Force program executive officer for space, has announced the certification of Space Exploration Technologies Corporation's Falcon 9 Launch System for national security space missions.

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Boeing awarded first-ever commercial human spaceflight mission

NASA issued a task order as part of Boeing’s $4.2 billion Commercial Crew Transportation Capability contract recently to include the company’s first-ever service flight to the International Space Station. The award marks the first time in human spaceflight history NASA has contracted with a commercial company for a human spaceflight mission. This occasion will go…


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Lockheed Martin wins U.S. Army helicopter maintenance program

Posted  June 26, 2013

Lockheed Martin has received an aircraft maintenance and logistics contract with an initial funding value of $5 million from the U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Ala., to provide field and sustainment-level maintenance for U.S. Army helicopters. Under the contract, Lockheed Martin will lead the Army’s Regional Aviation Sustainment Maintenance Central Operations at Fort Campbell,…

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Centcom undertakes massive logistical drawdown in Afghanistan

Posted  June 26, 2013

Army photograph by 1st Lt. Henry Chan Army Sgt. Andrew Markley, materiel redistribution yard noncommissioned officer for Forward Operating Base Sharana, helps move containers at his facility. Two years ago, as commander of U.S. Forces-Iraq, Army Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III was marching against a strict Dec. 31, 2011 deadline to complete the largest logistical…

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Boeing begins assembly of first KC-46 tanker aircraft

Posted  June 26, 2013

Boeing workers in Everett, Wash., June 2 loaded the first wing spar for the first U.S. Air Force KC-46A aerial refueling tanker, starting production of that aircraft and achieving another milestone toward delivering 179 tankers during the next 14 years. The KC-46A is based on the commercial 767-200ER, a proven airframe in service as an…

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Aerial firefighting continues against Rocky Mountain fires

Posted  June 26, 2013

Air Force photograph by TSgt. Stephen J. Collier An air tanker “pit” crew detaches a fire retardant loading hose from an Air Force Reserve C-130 Hercules June 24, 2013, prior to the aircraft’s departure from Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. Portions of Peterson AFB’s flightline were converted into an air tanker base for aerial firefighting…

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ATK, Air Force successfully test new large class stage I rocket mMotor

Posted  June 26, 2013

ATK and the U.S. Air Force successfully tested the newly developed Large Class (92-inch diameter) Stage I solid rocket motor May 23 at ATK’s test facilities in Promontory, Utah. The high-performance motor was developed by ATK for the Large Class Stage I program and uses emerging technologies from other Air Force developmental programs, including the…

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Honeywell awarded $37-million project to build, service power facility for new Airbus assembly line

Posted  June 26, 2013

Honeywell announced June 26 it has been awarded a $37-million project to build and provide ongoing service and maintenance on a power facility for Airbus’ new assembly site in Mobile, Ala., the aviation company’s first aircraft manufacturing operation in the United States. Honeywell will lead the design and construction of the facility, which will control…

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Boeing Gains FAA approval to fly Advanced navigation procedures on 787

Posted  June 26, 2013

Boeing has received FAA†approval to fly Required Navigation Performance – Authorization Required procedures on the 787 fleet. Operators that fly RNP AR procedures significantly reduce fuel burn, emissions and airport congestion by flying precisely along a predefined route using advanced on-board navigation systems together with GPS-based global navigation satellite systems. As an FAA-approved RNP application…

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Budget cuts mean 8,000 fewer Marines, commandant says

Posted  June 26, 2013

If sequestrationís annual spending cuts continue past this year, the Marine Corps will lose 8,000 in troop strength, Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James F. Amos said June 26. ìI donít want this to happen,î the nationís senior Marine told the Defense Writers Group here. Ongoing sequester cuts will lead to readiness risks, he said, but…

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Wyle awarded NASA contract to provide flight products for Marshall Center

Posted  June 26, 2013

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -†Wyle has been awarded a five-year contract by NASA to provide engineering solutions and development and flight products in the areas of science and technology, exploration and flight projects at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Al. Called the Engineering Solutions and Prototyping Contract,†it is a performance-based, cost-reimbursement fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity…

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GA-ASI to develop Predator B variant to meet NATO/European airworthiness standards

Posted  June 26, 2013

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. announced June 26 that it is undertaking an Independent Research and Development effort to develop a variant of its PredatorÆ B RPA that is fully compliant with the airworthiness requirements of the U.S. Air Force and anticipated NATO foreign customers, as well as offers enhanced capabilities for integration into domestic…

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