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New interrogation system installed on AWACS, more in pipeline

Out with the old, in with the new, at least that's the case for the existing interrogation system found on E-3 Sentry AWACS.

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Boeing Oklahoma City expansion grows facilities, business presence

Boeing broke ground July 29 on a new 290,000 square-foot facility with space for approximately 800 employees.

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NTSB concludes SpaceShipTwo flight test accident investigation

Virgin Galactic photograph WhiteKnightTwo and the first SpaceShipTwo during a captive carry test flight over the Mojave Desert. MOJAVE, Calif.–The National Transportation Safety Board has concluded the investigation of the Oct. 31, 2014, Scaled Composites SpaceShipTwo flight test accident. The NTSB is finalizing the final recommendations and probable causes. At the time of the accident,…

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U.S., Ukraine, Romania, Bulgaria train together at Rapid Trident 2015

Under the hot Ukrainian sun, soldiers from the United States, Ukraine, Romania and Bulgaria rehearsed reacting to contact as part of their situational training during the multi-national Exercise Rapid Trident 2015 at the International Peacekeeping and Security Center, here, July 21.

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Astronaut Stephen Frick retires from NASA

Astronaut Stephen Frick has retired from NASA to accept a position in the private sector. Frick, who flew as both a shuttle pilot and commander, left the Agency July 13. Steve has been a great asset to the astronaut office and NASA, and we are sad to see him leave, said Chris Cassidy, chief of…


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AeroVironment’s Puma AE receives FAA type certificate for commercial use

Posted  July 29, 2013

AeroVironment, Inc. announced that on July 19, 2013 it received a “Restricted Category” rating for its Puma AE™ small unmanned aircraft system from the Federal Aviation Administration. The first-of-its-kind certificate permits operators to fly Puma for commercial missions, such as oil spill monitoring and ocean surveys, in the North Slope region of the Arctic. Prior…

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Airmen jump with Bulgarians during two-week flying training

Posted  July 29, 2013

More than 600 airmen from the 86th Airlift and 435th Air Ground Operations wings and members of the Bulgarian armed forces participated in a two-week flying training deployment called Thracian Summer, July 7 through 21.

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B-52 CONECT: A reboot for the Digital Age

Posted  July 29, 2013

Air Force photograph by TSgt. Robert Horstman Munitions on display demonstrate the full capabilities of the B-52 Stratofortress, a bomber in the Air Force. One thing is certain: it’s not your father’s B-52. The B-52 Stratofortress has been the†Air Force’s star long-range strategic heavy bomber and premier standoff weapon for more than 50 years. For…

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Spirit AeroSystems rolls out first KC-46A Tanker forward fuselage section

Posted  July 29, 2013

Spirit AeroSystems, Inc., celebrated the completion of the first forward fuselage section, Section 41, destined for integration into the Boeing KC-46A tanker. In a rollout ceremony July 26, Boeing and U.S. Air Force representatives joined Spirit leadership and employees to mark the occasion. “Right now we the fly KC-135R models and they are great and…

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Hagel, Winnefeld honor Korean War vets, those still serving there

Posted  July 29, 2013

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Navy Adm. James Winnefeld remembered the Korean War as the first time the world united under the banner of the United Nations†to stand up to aggression and support the rule of law. The men spoke July 27 at the ceremony here marking the 60th anniversary of the armistice ending active…

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Spirit AeroSystems announces 360 layoffs

Posted  July 29, 2013

Spirit AeroSystems is laying off about 360 salaried support and management employees at its Kansas and Oklahoma facilities, the Wichita-based aircraft parts maker announced July 25. The company said that while it had a ìcost challenge to address, its core business is performing well at unprecedented production rate that is driving its revenue, earnings and…

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First Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner features new Boeing livery

Posted  July 29, 2013

Boeing is on track to roll out and fly the 787-9, currently in final production, in late summer

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Rob Weiss named lead for Lockheed Martinís Skunk Works

Posted  July 29, 2013

Lockheed Martin recently announced that Rob Weiss has been selected executive vice president and general manager of Aeronautics Advanced Development Programs, also known as the Skunk Works. “Our business environment is changing, and this leadership realignment is an important example of how we are taking action to better position ADP and Aeronautics to support our…

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Arrests bring drop in Seattle VA travel claims

Posted  July 29, 2013

A funny thing happened after federal authorities arrested several military veterans last year and accused them of lying about how far they drove to get to medical appointments at the Veterans Administration hospital in Seattle. A bunch of others who didn’t get busted stopped filing for so much money in mileage reimbursements, and the VA…

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Post-9/11 GI Bill celebrates fourth anniversary

Posted  July 29, 2013

Aug. 1, marks the fourth anniversary of the Post-9/11 GI Bill. The VA has issued approximately $30 billion in Post 9/11 GI-Bill benefit payments since its inception in August 2009 and helped nearly 1 million service members, veterans and their families pursue their education. ìThe Post-9/11 GI Bill has helped many of our Nationís Veterans…

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