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Boeing, BOC Aviation announce order for 82 airplanes

Boeing announced Aug. 25 an order by BOC Aviation for 50 737 MAX 8s, 30 Next-Generation 737-800s and two 777-300ERs (Extended Range).

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AEDC and AFRL collaborate to make advances in hypersonic technology

A highly successful integrated aerodynamic and aerothermal test and analysis of a twin scramjet-powered hypersonic cruise vehicle was completed in the Arnold Engineering Development Complex Hypervelocity Wind Tunnel 9 facility in White Oak, Md.

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Boeing program completes critical design, safety reviews

Boeing photograph Boeing recently completed the Phase Two Spacecraft Safety Review of its Crew Space Transportation-100 spacecraft and the Critical Design Review of its integrated systems, meeting all of the companyís Commercial Crew Integrated Capability milestones on time and on budget. Boeing recently completed the Phase Two Spacecraft Safety Review of its Crew Space Transportation-100…

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Air Combat Command loans Global Hawk to GVCTF

The 412th Test Wing's Global Vigilance Combined Test Force received a Global Hawk Block 40 Aug. 6, on loan from Air Combat Command.

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C-130 Hercules still going strong at 60

Aug. 23 will mark the 60th anniversary of the C-130 Hercules’ first flight in 1954, from Burbank, Calif., to Edwards AFB.


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Civ-Mil Support Group elects officers, directors

Posted  August 18, 2012

Business transacted at the Aug. 9 meeting of the Edwards Civ-Mil Support Group directors included annual elections, reports on the Edwards improvements projects, and a recap of the barbeque and the Aerospace Appreciation weekend at the JetHawks. The Airman’s Attic beautification project has been completed. Civ-Mil’s success in obtaining appliances to be donated to junior…

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Helicopter crash in Afghanistan Kills 11

Posted  August 18, 2012

Eleven people were killed Aug. 16 when their International Security Assistance Force helicopter crashed in southern Afghanistan, ISAF officials reported. The crash killed four ISAF service members, three U.S. Afghanistan service members, three members of the Afghan national security forces and an Afghan civilian interpreter, officials said. The cause of the crash is under investigation,…

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Israel sees month long war after Iran strike

Posted  August 18, 2012

An Israeli attack on Iran’s nuclear program could trigger a bloody month long war on multiple fronts, killing hundreds of Israelis or more, the Israeli Cabinet’s civil defense chief warned in an interview published Wednesday. It was the most explicit assessment yet of how the government sees events unfolding in the aftermath of an Israeli…

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SpaceShipTwo glide flight envelope cleared

Posted  August 18, 2012

In the last month and a half, SpaceShipTwo has had six consecutive successful glide tests. Starting June 26, there have been about weekly droop tests from its mother ship, WhiteKnightTwo. The flight durations have ranged from about 8 to 11 minutes. The Scaled Composites flight log report, usually just the bare facts, states that after…

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Palmdale Aerospace Academy ready to launch

Posted  August 17, 2012

The Palmdale Aerospace Academy opened its doors to the public Aug. 10 with a ribbon cutting ceremony and will open with a total of 540 students on Sept. 5 for grades seventh to ninth....

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COMAC of China, Boeing open energy conservation technology center

Posted  August 17, 2012

Aug. 16, Commercial Aircraft Corp. of China and Boeing opened the Boeing-COMAC Aviation Energy Conservation and Emissions Reductions Technology Center, a collaborative effort to support commercial aviation industry growth. The two companies also announced that the Boeing-COMAC Technology Center’s first research project will explore opportunities to refine waste cooking oil, often described in China as…

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Navy helicopters team with CALFIRE to fight wildfires

Posted  August 17, 2012

Navy helicopters teamed with California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection units Aug. 15 to conduct aerial firefighting against several wildfires in eastern San Diego County...

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Junior ROTC teaches youth about citizenship

Posted  August 17, 2012

Maj. Conrad Hernandez, senior aerospace science instructor at Highland High School, has been a part of the Junior Reserve Officer's Training Corps for nearly two decades. Aug. 9, Hernandez shared his intimate knowledge of the program during a live interview with Aerotech NewsRadio...

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News Briefs – August 14, 2012

Posted  August 15, 2012

Pakistan military plans to open new front   Defense Secretary Leon Panetta says the Pakistani military has indicated that it plans to begin combat operations soon in a tribal area near the Afghan border that is a haven for al Qaeda-affiliated Haqqani militants. Speaking to The Associated Press in his Pentagon office Aug. 13, Panetta…

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Ultrafast pulsed lasers … more than just a light show

Posted  August 15, 2012

A Navy ship at sea is surrounded by water, with nothing but its carrier group in site, and searches the skies for activity overhead. Isolated radars on each ship in the group scan independently of each other with limited effectiveness...

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