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Space tourism rocket explodes in desert

A Virgin Galactic space tourism rocket exploded Oct. 31 during a test flight, killing a pilot aboard and seriously injuring another while scattering wreckage in Southern California's Mojave Desert, witnesses and officials said.

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Boeing, Air Force demonstrate Minuteman III readiness in flight test

Boeing supported the U.S. Air Force’s successful flight test of a Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile, which demonstrated the readiness of that system to deter nuclear threats.

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Raytheon Griffin C flight tests demonstrate in-flight retargeting capability

Raytheon has successfully completed flight tests of its Griffin™ C increased capability missile.

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Insitu announces ScanEagle 2 – the next generation of ScanEagle platform

From its booth at the Euronaval Exhibition and Conference in Paris, Insitu Oct. 29 announced ScanEagle 2, the next generation of its revolutionary ScanEagle platform. Leveraging lessons learned from more than 800,000 operational hours.

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‘Grim Reapers’ introduce Oceana to F-35C

The "Grim Reapers" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 101 returned to Naval Air Station Oceana, Va., Oct. 28, bringing with them the future of Naval aviation.


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Sentry UAVs launch first flight at Naval Postgraduate School

Posted  November 7, 2012

Demonstrating its growing partnership with the Naval Postgraduate School, the Specialized and Proven Aircraft Program Office supported the institution’s “first flight” of a Sentry Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Oct. 19. Under a new agreement with NPS, PMA-226 manages nine Block 20 and five newer Block 30 Sentry UAVs, expanding the organization’s portfolio beyond manned aircraft. “The…

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Veterans

CalVet announces recruitment effort for Redding, Fresno vet homes

Posted  November 7, 2012

The California Department of Veterans Affairs has begun recruiting to fill hundreds of positions at the Veterans Homes of California in Redding and Fresno. Throughout 2013, CalVet will work to fill positions in nursing, medicine, pharmacy, mental health, social services, speech and physical therapy, dietetics and food service, sanitation and janitorial, plant operations, grounds keeping,…

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Upcoming reunions for the week of November 9

Posted  November 7, 2012

Nov. 9-11: 6314th SP Squadron (Osan AB, Korea, 1968-1969) Branson, Mo. For more information, contact Vincent Darcangelo at (724) 877-9339 or email darcangelo@adelphia.net.   Nov. 9-11: Harry E. Yarnell DLG/CG 17 Tampa Bay, Fla. For more information, contact Glenn Hunsberger at (757) 287-5429 or emailglenn_hunsberger@yahoo.com.   Nov. 9-11: Edsall Class Vets Assn Galveston, Texas For…

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Northrop Grumman to provide attitude heading reference system for Israel’s M-346 trainer aircraft

Posted  November 7, 2012

Northrop Grumman has been selected by prime contractor Alenia Aermacchi to provide the Attitude Heading Reference System for the Israel Ministry of Defense’s M-346 advanced trainer aircraft fleet. Northrop Grumman Italia will provide the LISA-200 AHRS for the fighter trainer under a new contract that builds on its five-year experience as a supplier for the…

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Keeping the wheels turning Registration open for 20th annual NASA Great Moonbuggy Race

Posted  November 7, 2012

Registration is now open for the 20th annual NASA Great Moonbuggy Race, which challenges high school, college and university students around the world to build and race fast, lightweight “moonbuggies” of their own design. The students’ work will culminate in two days of competitive racing April 26-27, 2013, at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center…

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Lancaster Cemetery to host Veterans Day ceremony

Posted  November 7, 2012

The historic Lancaster Cemetery located in the heart of the City of Lancaster, Calif., will host a Veterans Day ceremony at 10 a.m., Nov. 12, at the Veterans Court of Honor. As always, they ceremony will honor veterans from all wars and conflicts, but this community program will focus on the dedication of the newly…

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California Aircraft maintenance provider creates jobs in San Bernardino

Posted  November 7, 2012

Aviation & Defense, Inc., a maintenance, repair and overhaul company headquartered in Southern California at the San Bernardino International Airport, has succeeded in building a sustainable business model to create jobs in this uncertain economy. Leveraging 25 years of leadership and experience in the aviation industry coupled with the latest MRO technology, ADI has built…

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Upgraded Apache helicopter OK’d for production

Posted  November 7, 2012

The Defense Acquisition Board decision regarding full-rate production for the Apache Block III helicopter program was announced Oct. 24, by Army officials at a briefing in Washington, D.C. Additionally, Apache project manager Col. Jeffrey Hager confirmed that the Apache Block III is being re-designated as an AH-64E model. The announcement event was attended by 20…

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Thanksgiving dinner

Posted  November 7, 2012

The commander of VFW Post 3552 in Palmdale, Calif., Rose Ferguson, has invited active duty military and their families for Thanksgiving dinner at 5 p.m., Nov. 22. The Post is at 38580 9th Street East in Palmdale. Early sign- up is appreciated. For more information, call (661) 723-3204.  

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Boeing, Aeromexico finalize order for 737 MAX 8s and 9s

Posted  November 7, 2012

Boeing and Aeromexico finalized an order for 60 737 MAX 8s and 9s, with reconfirmation rights for 30 additional 737 MAXs. The firm order by Mexico’s largest airline, which was first announced as a commitment in July, is valued at more than $6 billion at published list prices. Today’s order brings the total 737 MAX…

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