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Boeing, Embraer to collaborate on ecoDemonstrator technology tests

Boeing and Embraer S.A. announced June 30 that they intend to collaborate to test environment-focused technologies through the ecoDemonstrator Program in a joint effort to improve aviation's environmental performance.

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Tactical reconnaissance vehicle project eyes hoverbike for defense

The U.S. Army Research Laboratory, or ARL, has been exploring the tactical reconnaissance vehicle, or TRV, concept for nearly nine months and is evaluating the hoverbike technology as a way to get Soldiers away from ground threats by giving them a 3-D capability. The Army is interested in this disruptive technology because it has the…

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Upgraded AWACS platform tested at Northern Edge

Calmly soaring at 30,000 feet in the midst of nearly 100 fighters, bombers and refueling tankers executing a battle scenario, an E-3G Sentry (AWACS) surveys every aircraft in a 300-mile radius, calling out commands, verifying target hits and sending aircraft back home safely.

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5,000 days of war

It’s been 5,000 days of struggle, rugged landscapes, blood and sweat. It’s been 5,000 days of exhaustion, injuries, and long separations from family, friends and home.

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Navy’s new aircraft launch system tested on future carrier CVN 78

With the successful launch of the first test sled from the starboard bow catapult, Naval Air Systems Command continued to make history June 16 with the Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System aboard the future USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78).


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New Mexico couple’s defraud ‘apology’ letter rejected

Posted  July 24, 2013

A federal judge has rejected a letter of apology from a New Mexico couple found guilty of defrauding the U.S. Air Force out of millions. U.S. District Judge Fred Biery ruled July 22 that Donald Dean Brewer and his wife, Sherri Lynn Brewer, both 64, face federal prison time unless they resubmit a draft of…

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Sikorsky delivers 400th MH-60 Seahawk helicopter to U.S. Navy

Posted  July 24, 2013

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp., has delivered the 400th MH-60 Seahawk ® helicopter to the U.S. Navy. The milestone consists of 166 MH-60R anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare helicopters, and 234 MH-60S utility/armed helicopters. The Navy took possession of the 400th, an MH-60R aircraft, on June 24. “MH-60 multi-mission aircraft are among…

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Lockheed Martin second quarter withstands budget cuts

Posted  July 24, 2013

Lockheed Martin raised its profit guidance for the year after posting a higher-then-expected second-quarter profit because of strong sales of missile defense systems, and because it settled a dispute over a canceled project to build the new presidential helicopter. Just three months ago, the maker of fighter jets, missiles and other defense goods had warned…

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NASA creates spacewalk mishap investigation board

Posted  July 24, 2013

NASA has appointed a board to investigate the July 16 early termination of a spacewalk outside the International Space Station, develop a set of lessons learned from the incident and suggest ways to prevent a similar problem in the future. The board will begin its work Aug. 2, in close coordination with a NASA engineering…

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Northrop Grumman delivers center fuselage for Italy’s first F-35 Lightning II, enabling increased international participation

Posted  July 24, 2013

Northrop Grumman delivered the center fuselage for Italy's first F-35 Lightning II to the newly commissioned Final Assembly and Check Out facility at Italy's Cameri Air Base July 12.

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Boeing second quarter profit tops expectations despite 787

Posted  July 24, 2013

Boeing’s problems with its 787 have made headlines, but they haven’t hurt profits. It posted a bigger-than-expected second-quarter profit as it ramped up deliveries of commercial planes like its 737 and its 777. Boeing is in the midst of a boom in airplane orders as airlines in Asia and Latin America expand. It is speeding…

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AAR sources, modifies two Boeing 737s for U.S. Marshals Service

Posted  July 24, 2013

The U.S. Marshals Service has signed a purchase commitment with AAR for two Boeing 737-400 aircraft for delivery in September. In addition to sourcing the aircraft, AAR will provide airframe and landing gear overhaul, aircraft painting and interior reconfiguration. AAR recently delivered two similar aircraft to the Colombian Air Force as part of a cost-effective…

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Pentagon delaying fighter jet sale to Egypt

Posted  July 24, 2013

The U.S. is delaying delivery of four F-16 fighter jets to Egypt in light of the military overthrow of Mohammed Morsi as president, but it has not decided whether to suspend military aid more broadly, the Pentagon said July 24. Pentagon press secretary George Little said President Barack Obama made the decision to hold up…

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F-16s being regenerated into drones

Posted  July 24, 2013

Air Force photograph by SrA. Christine Griffiths Robert Bliven and Andrew Bakios, 567th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Squadron perform maintenance on the first QF-16 being regenerated at the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., July 9, 2013. The conversion is slated to take approximately six months, or 180 calendar…

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Tenth parachute test for NASA’s Orion adds 10,000 feet of success

Posted  July 24, 2013

A complicated, high-altitude test July 24 demonstrated NASA’s new Orion spacecraft could land safely even if one of its parachutes failed. The 10th in a series of evaluations to check out the Orion multipurpose crew vehicle’s parachute system dropped the test capsule from a C-17 aircraft at its highest altitude yet, 35,000 feet above the…

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