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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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Plane Crazy Saturday

Posted  May 15, 2013

The May 18 Plane Crazy Saturday at the Mojave Air & Space Port will honor the U.S. military for Armed Forces Day. A special ceremony will be held at noon on the flightline, and veteran military aircraft and vehicles will be on hand for visitors to enjoy. Three U.S. military officers will present briefings: Lt….

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Pentagon seeks to establish cost culture, official says

Posted  May 15, 2013

In an effort to maximize investments of defense business opportunities during austere times, the Defense Department is seeking to establish a ìcost culture,î a senior Pentagon official said May 13. Elizabeth A. McGrath, the Defense Departmentís deputy chief management officer, spoke to an audience during the Excellence in Government Forum about DODís efforts to optimize…

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Naval Air Forces commander calls X-47B catapult launch a pivotal moment in Naval aviation

Posted  May 15, 2013

The X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System demonstrator completed its first ever carrier-based catapult launch from USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) off the coast of Virginia May 14.

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First Boeing P-8I maritime patrol aircraft arrives in India

Posted  May 15, 2013

The first Boeing P-8I long-range maritime reconnaissance and anti-submarine warfare aircraft arrived May 15, on schedule, at India Naval Station Rajali. The P-8I is one of eight aircraft Boeing is building for India as part of a contract awarded in 2009. Boeing is proud to deliver this advanced aircraft to meet the Indian Navyís unique…

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Sierra Nevada’s Dream Chaser testing begins at NASA Dryden, Langley

Posted  May 15, 2013

EDWARDS, Calif. — Sierra Nevada Corporation’s Space Systems Dream Chaser flight vehicle arrived at NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center in Edwards, Calif., May 15 to begin tests of its flight and runway landing systems. The tests are part of pre-negotiated, paid-for-performance milestones with NASA’s Commercial Crew Program, which is facilitating U.S.-led companies’ development of spacecraft…

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Miss. puts $2 million into effort to keep military bases

Posted  May 15, 2013

JACKSON, Miss. – Mississippi’s officials can tell you that defending the state’s military bases from closures can get expensive. The state spent a reported $60 million to $65 million in the 2005 round of base closings, an effort that helped to save such Mississippi military mainstays as Keesler Air Force Base, Naval Air Station Meridian,…

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Special Olympians share gold with Volunteers

Posted  May 15, 2013

Photograph by Linda KC Reynolds Athlete Eddy Thomas proudly shows his winnings to 2nd Lt. Jake Downey who, along with 2nd Lt. Jessica Pease and other officers, helped pass out medals at the Special Olympics at Quartz Hill High School. Approximately 200 people volunteered at the event. Thankful for the turnout and support, coordinator Donna…

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Spangdahlem AB airmen launch final A-10 sortie in Europe

Posted  May 15, 2013

Air Force photograph by TSgt. Jonathan Pomeroy Lt. Col. Jeffrey Hogan receives an American flag from Senior Airman Christopher Nichols May 14, 2013, at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany. This tactical sortie is scheduled to be the last before the squadronís inactivation in June. Hogan is the 81st Fighter Squadron director of operations from Olympia, Wash….

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Intermediate Space Challenge rockets fly high at Mojave

Posted  May 15, 2013

The ninth annual Intermediate Space Challenge was held at the Mojave Air and Space Port May 13 with little wind and no clouds.

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United Kingdom military ‘unrealistic’ on cost risks

Posted  May 15, 2013

Britain’s Ministry of Defence has taken an over-optimistic approach to its equipment budget, an influential committee of lawmakers warned May 14, expressing doubts that the department plagued by cost overruns and late delivery of projects has properly planned for potential pitfalls over the next decade. Britain’s military is shrinking from 102,000 troops to around 80,000…

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