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When researching history, it’s often hard to not become emotionally involved when that history deals with the passing of a soldier. The life that is cut short is also a tale of family and friends, and how they came to cope with such a tragic loss in a world at war.

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World’s largest airplane makes first flight

Stratolaunch, the world’s largest airplane, took to the air for the first time April 13, following more than eight years of development at California’s Mojave Air and Space Port, 70 miles north of Los Angeles.

Space

America’s 1st female astronaut candidate, Jerrie Cobb, dies

America’s first female astronaut candidate, pilot Jerrie Cobb, who pushed for equality in space but never reached its heights, has died. Cobb died in Florida at age 88 on March 18 following a brief illness. News of her death came April 18 from journalist Miles O'Brien, serving as a family spokesman.

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Mojave Air and Spaceport hosts annual Experimental Fly-In

The Seventh Annual Mojave Experimental Fly-in was bigger than ever at the Mojave Air and Spaceport, especially since Stratolaunch made their first test flight early the same morning, leaving the runway at 6:58 a.m.

Business

Northrop’s Cygnus successfully completes rendezvous, berthing with ISS

Northrop Grumman announced April 19 that the “S.S. Roger Chaffee” Cygnus™ spacecraft successfully completed its rendezvous and berthing maneuvers with the International Space Station earlier this morning.


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GA-ASI conducts first flight of Avenger Extended Range

Posted  November 14, 2016

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. announced Nov. 10 the successful first flight of its new Avenger® Extended Range aircraft, an extended range version of its multi-mission jet-powered Predator® C Avenger which has accumulated more than 13,000 flight hours to date.

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Defense

C-21 mission has critical role

Posted  July 22, 2016

Air Force photograph by A1C Gwendalyn Smith Maj. Brian Jones, 458th Assistant Chief of Training, works on pre-flight checks July 6, 2016, at Scott Air Force Base, Ill. The visual inspection or walk around is done by the pilot as the final airworthiness check. From the F-15 Strike Eagle to the X-51 Waverider, every aircraft…

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Business

Boeing beats 2Q profit forecasts, raises full-year outlook

Posted  July 28, 2017

Boeing reported higher-than-expected earnings for the second quarter despite lower revenue, and it raised its forecast for full-year profit July 26, sending both the aircraft maker’s stock and the Dow higher. The company is benefiting as profitable airlines continue to order new planes. With a backlog of orders approaching a half trillion dollars, Boeing said…

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U.S. government approves release of Boeing EA-18G Growler to Finland

Posted  February 20, 2019

Courtesy photograph The U.S. Department of Defense has authorized the U.S. Navy and Boeing to offer the EA-18G Growler to Finland. Previously only the Royal Australian Air Force had been permitted to fly the Growler alongside the U.S. Navy. Boeing and the U.S. Navy have received U.S. Department of Defense approval to offer the EA-18G…

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Defense

Raytheon to service Swiss radar warning receiver

Posted  July 29, 2016

Raytheon has signed its first commercial performance based logistics contract with RUAG Switzerland Ltd., a five-year agreement to service the ALR-67(V)3, an advanced digital radar warning receiver, for the Swiss government. The ALR-67(V)3 warns F-18 pilots of potentially hostile activities, offering real-time situational awareness. “A PBL is like a service contract you’d buy with a…

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