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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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News Briefs August 15, 2014

Posted  August 15, 2014

U.S. to deliver more weapons to Lebanese military The U.S. ambassador to Lebanon says Washington will soon deliver additional weaponry to help bolster the Lebanese military as it faces a growing threat from militants from Syria. Ambassador David Hale says the deliveries come in response to a request from the Lebanese armed forces for emergency…

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Army selected for Joint Strike Fighter software assessment

Posted  August 15, 2014

Lockheed Martin photograph by Darin Russell BF-17, Maj. Richard “BC” Rusnok and BF-18, Lt. Col. Jon “Miles” Ohman, fly behind a KC-130J, over Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., Sept. 26, 2013. The F-35 Joint Program Office has selected the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Research Development and Engineering Center to perform independent software safety analyses…

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NASA’s Chandra Observatory searches for trigger of nearby supernova

Posted  August 15, 2014

New data from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory offer a glimpse into the environment of a star before it exploded earlier this year, and insight into what triggered one of the closest supernovas witnessed in decades.

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New rotation takes reigns at Powidz AB, Poland

Posted  August 15, 2014

Air Force photograph by SSgt. Jarad A. Denton Two C-130J Super Hercules come in for a landing Aug. 14, 2014, at Powidz Air Base, Poland. The aircraft, deployed from Ramstein Air Base, Germany, are part of a training deployment in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve. With a shrill squeal, rubber met road as two C-130J…

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AWACS upgrade achieves initial operational capability

Posted  August 15, 2014

Courtesy photograph An E-3G Sentry, an Airborne Warning and Control System aircraft, sits on a flightline. In support of air-to-ground operations, Sentry crews can provide direct information needed for interdiction, reconnaissance, airlift and close air support for friendly ground forces. They can also provide information for commanders of air operations to gain and maintain control…

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Northrop Grumman to modernize Black Hawk cockpit for U.S. Army

Posted  August 15, 2014

Northrop Grumman photograph Northrop Grumman has been selected by Redstone Defense Systems to supply and integrate mission avionics equipment for a digital cockpit upgrade of the U.S. Army’s UH 60L Black Hawk helicopters. Northrop Grumman’s digital cockpit solution shown in the photo was demonstrated during a flight test on a UH-60L helicopter. WOODLAND HILLS, Calif….

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Fleet Readiness Center East repairs Harrier using 3-D printing

Posted  August 15, 2014

Capt. William Mahoney had no idea that his successful hard landing of an AV-8B Harrier, whose nose gear failed to deploy, on the deck of the USS Bataan (LHD 5) on May 28 would go viral, making him and the event a social media sensation.

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Northrop Grumman delivers antennas for Canada’s RADARSAT Constellation mission

Posted  August 15, 2014

Thirteen lightweight antennas that self-deploy in 200 milliseconds have been delivered to support Canada's RADARSAT Constellation Mission by Astro Aerospace, a strategic business unit of Northrop Grumman.

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NASA to investigate climate impacts of Arctic sea ice loss

Posted  August 15, 2014

NASA photograph NASA’s C-130 aircraft will carry scientists over the Arctic starting this month from northern Greenland and Fairbanks, Alaska. A new NASA field campaign will begin flights over the Arctic this summer to study the effect of sea ice retreat on Arctic climate. The Arctic Radiation IceBridge Sea and Ice Experiment will conduct research…

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New Eye in the Sky: WorldView-3 will provide improved commercial satellite imagery

Posted  August 15, 2014

DigitalGlobe’s WorldView-3 is expected to provide commercial customers with satellite imagery at resolutions previously available only to U.S. government agencies.

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