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Boeing-upgraded French AWACS take flight

Initial operating capability of the modernized French Airborne Warning and Control System fleet has been achieved with Boeing’s delivery of the second of four upgraded aircraft and completion of the operational tests and evaluations.

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MH-60R FMS team supports Royal Australian Navy

CAE photograph A military representative ìfliesî the MH-60R Seahawk tactical operational flight trainer over Sydney, Australia, during a recent simulation event. In February, the Royal Australian Navy procured a trainer, similar to the one in this photo, to support training capabilities for its new MH-60R Seahawk fleet. NAVAL AIR SYSTEMS COMMAND, PATUXENT RIVER, Md. ñ…

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Boeing returns Air Force E-4B aircraft to service ahead of schedule

Boeing recently completed maintenance on a U.S. Air Force E-4B advanced airborne command post earlier than planned, enabling the Air Force to quickly return the vital aircraft to operational service.

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Olympic Athletes make it special for everyone

Athletes from the Antelope Valley, Santa Clarita and the greater Tri Valley areas participated in the Special Olympics May 2 at the Palmdale High School where they competed in basketball, track-and-field, swimming and other events.

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Austal launches Joint High Speed Vessel USNS Brunswick

Austal launched the recently christened USNS Brunswick (JHSV 6) at its state-of-the-art ship manufacturing facility in Mobile, Ala., May 19. With the 338-foot Joint High Speed Vessel entering the water for the first time, the ship will undergo final outfitting and testing before sea trials and delivery to the U.S. Navy later this year. USNS…


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KC-46A training, operational bases, alternatives selected

Posted  May 22, 2013

Air Force officials announced May 22 Altus Air Force Base, Okla., as the preferred alternative for the KC-46A formal training unit. McConnell AFB, Kansas, was selected as the preferred alternative for the first active duty led KC-46A main operating base (MOB 1) and Fairchild AFB, Wash., and Grand Forks AFB, N.D., are the reasonable alternatives….

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Lockheed Martin conducts first EMD flight test of new GMLRS Warhead

Posted  May 22, 2013

Lockheed Martin successfully conducted the first Engineering, Manufacturing and Development flight of the new Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System Alternative Warhead at White Sands Missile Range, N.M. Launched from a HIMARS mobile launcher, the GMLRS rocket flew 35 kilometers to the target, where the warhead detonated. This flight followed a successful ground-based test of the Alternative…

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Herschel Space Observatory finds mega merger of galaxies

Posted  May 22, 2013

A massive and rare merging of two galaxies has been spotted in images taken by the Herschel space observatory, a European Space Agency mission with important NASA participation. Follow-up studies by several telescopes on the ground and in space, including NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope and Spitzer Space Telescope, tell a tale of two faraway galaxies…

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Boeing begins certification testing on 747-8 performance improvements

Posted  May 22, 2013

A Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental successfully completed its first test flight this week with a package of performance improvements including enhanced GE engines. This package is designed to improve the fuel efficiency of the popular jetliner.

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F-35A instructor pilots qualify in aerial refueling

Posted  May 22, 2013

Air Force photo by MSgt. John Nimmo An F-35A Lightning II approaches a KC-135 Stratotanker during aerial refueling May 13, 2013, near Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. The initial cadre of Air Force F-35 instructor pilots at the 33rd Fighter Wing recently qualified in aerial refueling for the joint strike fighter. The 33rd FW is…

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Headlines May 20, 2013

Posted  May 20, 2013

News United Airlines resumes flights of Boeing 787 Dreamliner Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner is poised to clear another hurdle in restoring its image as United Airlines, the only U.S. operator, resumes flights after the jet’s battery flaws forced a three-month grounding.   Business Carr is favorite to become BAE chairman Roger Carr, the long-standing chairman of…

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News Briefs May 20, 2013

Posted  May 20, 2013

United Technologies completes civestiture of Pratt & Whitney Power Systems unit to Mitsubishi Heavy Industries United Technologies Corp. announced May 17 it has completed the divestiture of its Pratt & Whitney Power Systems unit to Mitsubishi Heavy Industries. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.† Divesting Power Systems allows UTC to focus on its core…

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F-35B completes first vertical takeoff

Posted  May 20, 2013

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded A Lockheed Martin F-35B Short Takeoff/Vertical Landing Lightning II test aircraft recently completed the first-ever Vertical Takeoff May 10 Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md. VTOs are one of the many capabilities required for the fielding an F-35B aircraft.† While not a combat capability, VTOs are required for repositioning of the STOVL in environments…

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ATK successfully completes first U.S.-based testing of HPGP thruster technology for NASA Goddard

Posted  May 20, 2013

ATK, the nation’s largest rocket motor producer, has successfully completed the first U.S.-based testing of the High Performance Green Propulsion thruster technology for the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. The testing was conducted at ATK Defense Group’s test facility in Elkton, Md., in April 2013. The ATK test facility is capable of assessing high-fidelity performance…

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Reforms unveiled for Arizona National Guard

Posted  May 20, 2013

The Arizona National Guard’s top officer has unveiled more than a dozen reforms as the organization wades through sexual abuse, drug trafficking and abuse of power allegations. Gov. Jan Brewer asked for an investigation by the National Guard Bureau after The Arizona Republic published a series of stories exposing years of misconduct by Arizona military…

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