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Australia accepts new Boeing CH-47F Chinook aircraft

Boeing photograph Boeing has delivered the first two of seven CH-47F Chinooks to the Australian Army at a ceremony in Queensland. The remaining aircraft will be delivered throughout 2015. At a May 5 ceremony at Royal Australian Air Force Base Townsville in northern Queensland, Australia commissioned their first two Boeing CH-47F Chinook advanced configuration aircraft….

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‘Futurist’ predicts Far East challenges for expeditionary Army

Cyber, electronic warfare and anti-satellite operations are just a few of the threats facing the United States in the Pacific, said a "futurist," who spoke recently at the Pentagon.

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SpaceX demonstrates astronaut escape system for crew Dragon spacecraft

A loud whoosh, faint smoke trail and billowing parachutes marked a successful demonstration May 6 by SpaceX of its Crew Dragon spacecraft abort system – an important step in NASA's endeavor to rebuild America's ability to launch crews to the International Space Station from U.S. soil.

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Global Hawk earns unprecedented third consecutive sustainment award

Northrop Grumman photograph A U.S. Air Force RQ-4 Global Hawk on a runway in Palmdale, Calif. For an unprecedented third year in a row, the U.S. Air Force RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned aircraft program was officially awarded the Dr. James G. Roche Sustainment Excellence Award for most improved performance in aircraft maintenance and logistics readiness…

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MQ-8C Fire Scout completes developmental flight test

Northrop Grumman photograph An MQ-8C Fire Scout†conducts its†final†developmental test flight April 29 from Naval Base Ventura County at Point Mugu, Calif.† Since its first flight in October 2013, the Navy’s new, larger unmanned helicopter†has†completed 327 flights and logged†over 450 hours. The system has met all of its†performance objectives that allow it to begin operational test…


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Boeing rolls out 787 Dreamliner at increased production rate

Posted  May 10, 2013

Boeing has rolled out of the factory the first 787 Dreamliner to be built at the increased production rate of seven airplanes per month. The airplane, which rolled out earlier this week, is the 114th 787 to be built overall and the 100th 787 to be built at the Everett, Wash., factory.   Boeing’s 787…

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Headlines May 8, 2013

Posted  May 8, 2013

News Air Force sidelines 17 nuclear missile officers; commander cites ‘rot’ in system The Air Force stripped an unprecedented 17 officers of their authority to control — and, if necessary, launch — nuclear missiles after a string of unpublicized failings, including a remarkably dim review of their unit’s launch skills. The group’s deputy commander said…

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News Briefs May 8, 2013

Posted  May 8, 2013

Air Force says spending cuts hit combat aircraft Air Force officials say the across-the-board spending cuts have led the service to cease operations for one third of the bomber and jet fighter force. Air Force Secretary Michael Donley and Chief of Staff Mark Welsh told a Senate committee that nine fighter units and three bomber…

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Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne scramjet powers record-breaking flight of X-51A WaveRider

Posted  May 8, 2013

CANOGA PARK, Calif. – The X-51A WaveRider hypersonic vehicle, powered by Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne’s SJY61 scramjet engine, achieved aviation history on May 1 by making the longest-ever supersonic combustion ramjet-powered flight, flying full duration and achieving mission success. Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne is a United Technologies Corp. company. “This test flight brings aviation closer…

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Sikorsky to deliver two VIP S-92 helicopters to Turkish National

Posted  May 8, 2013

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. announced May 8 a contract to provide two VIP S-92Æ helicopters to the Turkish National Police (TNP) for service to the Turkish Prime Ministry. Sikorsky Aircraft is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX). The new helicopters will support the Head of State function currently served by one S-92 helicopter operated…

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Lockheed Martin demonstrates ADAM ground-based laser system in increasingly complex tests against free-flying rockets

Posted  May 8, 2013

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kgUnDeED9MM&feature=player_embedded Lockheed Martin announced May 8 that it has successfully demonstrated the Area Defense Anti-Munitions system in multiple tests against free-flying Qassam-like rocket targets. The prototype laser system has destroyed eight small-caliber rocket targets in flight at a range of approximately 1.5 kilometers (0.9 miles) in tests conducted in March and April 2013. Lockheed Martin…

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Raytheon completes first international delivery of Enhanced Paveway™ II GBU-50

Posted  May 8, 2013

Raytheon has completed delivery of more than 200 Paveway™ GBU-50 guidance kits to a European partner. The GBU-50 provides the 2,000-pound MK-84 or the BLU-109 penetrator with all-weather GPS navigation combined with precision terminal laser guidance. A full range of selectable terminal impact angles combined with a mature combat-proven, height-of-burst maximizes the capabilities of both…

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Boeing delivers first C-17 training center to Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio

Posted  May 8, 2013

Boeing has delivered a training center for the C-17 Globemaster III airlifter to the U.S. Air Force at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio, enabling the base to cut costs by training pilots and loadmasters onsite. Since we received our first C-17 at Wright-Patt in January 2011, our local crews have had to go on…

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Osprey debuts at Marine Helicopter Squadron (HMX) 1

Posted  May 8, 2013

Marine Helicopter Squadron (HMX) 1 Marines, past and present, family members and friends mingle on the flight line with the newest addition to the squadron, an MV-22 B ‘Osprey,’ after an MV-22B Introduction Ceremony in the HMX-1 hangar May 4 in Quantico, Va. The aircraft, built by Bell-Boeing under direction from the V-22 Joint Program Office…

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Aerojet delivers final Orion EFT-1 crew module reaction†control system pod assembly

Posted  May 8, 2013

Aerojet, a GenCorp company, announced May 8 that the final Crew Module Reaction Control System (CM RCS) pod assembly for NASA’s Orion spacecraft’s Exploration Flight Test-1 (EFT-1) has arrived at the Operations and Checkout Building at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Aerojet’s CM RCS pods will provide the full complement of primary and redundant…

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