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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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U.S. Army awards $12 million contract for AeroVironment Wasp AE small UAS on behalf of U.S. Marine Corps

Posted  January 23, 2013

AeroVironment, Inc. announced Jan. 23 that NAVAIRís Program Office for Navy & Marine Corps Small Tactical Unmanned Aircraft Systems, working collaboratively with the U.S. Armyís Counter-IED Program Office, awarded a contract Sept. 21, 2012, for AeroVironment WaspÆ AE small unmanned aircraft systems, initial spares packages, training services and one year of contractor logistics support. The…

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F-35C completes first in-flight dual refueling

Posted  January 23, 2013

Lockheed Martin photograph by Andy Wolfe For the first time, two Lockheed Martin F-35C Lightning II carrier variant test aircraft refueled together with a Lockheed Martin KC-130 Hercules in the sky above Patuxent River, Md. recently. The CV aircraft, known as CF-1 and CF-2, completed the milestone as part of an F-35 flight test program…

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ATTREX campaign: Into the stratosphere for better climate science

Posted  January 23, 2013

NASA photographs by Tom Tschida The payload bays of NASA’s high-altitude Global Hawk environmental science aircraft are jammed with 11 specialized science instruments during checkout operations for the Airborne Tropical Tropopause Experiment, a multi-year airborne science campaign to probe unexplored regions of the upper atmosphere for answers to how changes in a warming climate is…

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Raytheon, U.S. Air Force complete Small Diameter Bomb II fit check on F-35 aircraft

Posted  January 23, 2013

The U.S. Air Force and Raytheon successfully completed a fit check of the GBU-53/B Small Diameter Bomb II on the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter aircraft. During the test at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., four SDB II shapes were loaded into an F-35 weapon bay alongside an Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile. Sweeps of the…

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Raytheon, U.S. Navy demonstrate new dual targeting capability for JSOW C-1

Posted  January 23, 2013

The U.S. Navy successfully demonstrated the dual targeting capability of Raytheon’s Joint Standoff Weapon C-1. Two recent tests during the program’s integrated test phase at China Lake, Calif., prove the weapon can engage challenging stationary targets. Previous testing in the integrated test phase demonstrated JSOW C-1’s capability against moving maritime targets. The first stationary land…

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UTC Aerospace Systems selected by Aeroflot to provide wheels, carbon brakes on 777-300ER fleet

Posted  January 23, 2013

UTC Aerospace Systems has been selected by Aeroflot, Russia’s flagship airline, to supply the wheels and carbon brakes for its new fleet of 16 Boeing 777-300ER aircraft. The company will provide the equipment through its Wheels & Brakes business in Troy, Ohio. The first aircraft is scheduled for delivery in January 2013. UTC Aerospace Systems…

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Despite smaller budget, Air Force seeks to protect satellites

Posted  January 23, 2013

Despite tremendous budget uncertainty and a shrinking bottom line, the commander of the Air Force Space Command said that he will do his best to protect all of the Air Force’s satellite constellations. Speaking with reporters at a recent meeting of the Defense Writers Group, Air Force Gen. William L. Shelton called the range of…

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Raytheon submits proposal to build the Global Aircrew Strategic Network Terminal for the U.S. Air Force

Posted  January 23, 2013

Raytheon, the only provider of fielded Advanced Extremely High Frequency satellite communications terminals that provide survivable, secure, jam-resistant communications to the U.S. military, has submitted a proposal to build the Global Aircrew Strategic Network Terminal for the U.S. Air Force. GASNT is a nuclear command and control system that will use both Extremely High Frequency…

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NASA selects experimental commercial suborbital flight payloads

Posted  January 23, 2013

NASA’s Flight Opportunities Program has selected 13 cutting-edge space technology payloads for flights on commercial reusable launch vehicles, balloons and a commercial parabolic aircraft in 2013 and 2014. The flights will allow participants to demonstrate their technologies to the edge of space and back, before committing them to the harsh and unforgiving conditions of spaceflight….

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Northcom pursues closer engagement with Mexico

Posted  January 23, 2013

Air Force photograph by TSgt. Thomas J. Doscher Air Force photograph by TSgt. Thomas J. Doscher Army Gen. Charles H. Jacoby Jr., commander of North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command, and Mexican Navy Secretary Adm. Mariano Saynez pause briefly at the NORAD and Northcom Sept. 11 Memorial during Saynezís visit to the…

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