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F-35 Rollout Marks U.S.-Australia Partnership Milestone

Lockheed Martin photograph by Beth Groom Royal Australian Air Force Air Marshal Geoff Brown delivers his remarks at the roll out ceremony for Australia’s first F-35. The official rollout of the first two F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter aircraft for the Royal Australian Air Force is a milestone in the U.S.-Australia partnership, the undersecretary…

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NASA’s Mars spacecraft maneuvers to prepare for close comet flyby

NASA is taking steps to protect its Mars orbiters, while preserving opportunities to gather valuable scientific data, as Comet C/2013 A1 Siding Spring heads toward a close flyby of Mars Oct. 19.

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U.S. Forces display military might at Farnborough

Air Force photograph by A1C Erin O’Shea Capt. Tom Meyers discusses the F-15E Strike Eagle’s capabilities with spectators July 17, 2014, at the Farnborough International Airshow in England. Public access was granted for spectators to ask questions and observe the aircraft up-close with pilots and aircrew members. Meyers is a 494th Fighter Squadron F-15E instructor…

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Lockheed Martin’s unmanned cargo helicopter team returns from deployment

After lifting more than 4.5 million pounds of cargo and conducting thousands of delivery missions for the U.S. Marine Corps, the Lockheed Martin and Kaman Aerospace Corporation K-MAX cargo unmanned aircraft system has returned to the United States following a nearly three-year deployment in Afghanistan. In 2011, K-MAX became the first unmanned helicopter to deliver…

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Sun sets on Red Flag 14-3

Air Force photograph by A1C Thomas Spangler The sun sets behind a row of F-16 Fighting Falcons during Red Flag 14-3, July 16, 2014, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. Red Flag provides a series of intense air-to-air combat scenarios for aircrew and ground personnel, which will in turn increase their combat readiness and effectiveness…


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A-10 ‘Warthog’ tested in 16-T

Posted  July 21, 2014

Air Force photograph A model of an A-10 Thunderbolt II, more commonly known as “The Warthog” due to its unique shape, recently underwent a pressure-sensitive paint (PSP) test in Arnold Engineering Development Complex’s 16-foot transonic wind tunnel. PSP was used to obtain surface pressure data on the model. The photo above shows a rear view…

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Headlines July 18, 2014

Posted  July 18, 2014

News: Senate panel OKs Pentagon spending bill, but its fate is uncertain - A U.S. Senate panel July 17 approved nearly $550 billion in military spending, while also proposing to keep alive weapon systems the Pentagon wanted to retire. But senior members made clear it may never see the Senate floor.   Business: Pratt, Norway get…

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News Briefs July 18, 2014

Posted  July 18, 2014

Six F-16s damaged during July 8 storm in Vermont The Vermont National Guard says a total of six F-16 fighter jets were damaged during a severe thunderstorm on July 8. The Guard says the storm with high winds caused the hangar doors at the Burlington Air National Guard station to collapse inward and damage the…

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Boeing, Jordache’s MG Aviation finalize order for two 787-9 Dreamliners

Posted  July 18, 2014

Boeing and MG Aviation Limited July 16 finalized an order for two additional 787-9 Dreamliners, valued at $499 million at current list prices. The order will support the leasing company’s growing fleet of modern airplanes. “The 787-9 will be an excellent addition to our leasing portfolio, enabling us to provide our customers with exceptional range,…

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ASL Aviation Group to procure LM-100J freighters

Posted  July 18, 2014

ASL Aviation Group signed a Letter of Intent with Lockheed Martin to order up to 10 LM-100J commercial freighters during a ceremony in Farnborough, England, July 16. The LM-100J is the civil-certified version of Lockheed Martin’s proven C-130J Super Hercules and is an updated version of the L-100 (or L-382) cargo aircraft. Safair — an…

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ATK, Alenia Aermacchi complete testing on Italian Air Force C-27J

Posted  July 18, 2014

ATK has announced that the ATK and Finmeccanica-Alenia Aermacchi have successfully completed the first phase of ground and flight testing of the fully configured multi-mission MC-27J tactical transport aircraft with the support of the Italian Air Force. The series of tests exceeded all test objectives and demonstrated the accuracy of ATK’s side-mounted GAU-23 30mm cannon….

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Boeing, Air Algerie announce order for two Next-Generation 737-700Cs

Posted  July 18, 2014

Boeing and Air Algerie July 16 announced an order for two Next-Generation 737-700C (Convertible) airplanes, valued at $152 million at current list prices. The order continues Air Algerie’s fleet renewal and expansion following January’s order for eight 737-800s. The addition of 737-700Cs to the Algerian-flag carrier’s fleet will provide the airline with increased flexibility depending…

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Predator B ER conducts first long-range endurance flight

Posted  July 18, 2014

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems announced June 17 the successful second endurance flight of its Predator® B Extended Range RPA, an advanced derivative of the mission-proven Predator B RPA that has accumulated over 800,000 flight hours since 2001. The flight launched June 17 and landed June 18. GAASI is a leading manufacturer of Remotely Piloted Aircraft…

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Raytheon demonstrates enhanced capability for Mobile Range™ system

Posted  July 18, 2014

Raytheon showcased a new tri-band telemetry antenna on the company’s Mobile Range system during a Joint Advanced Missile Implementation demonstration at Naval Base Ventura County, Point Mugu, Calif. The event highlighted new technologies that will soon become the backbone of test ranges worldwide. Raytheon’s Mobile Range is an integrated suite of communications, optics, and telemetry…

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Twenty-one and counting

Posted  July 18, 2014

  A U.S. Air Force crew ferried the 21st C-5M Super Galaxy from the Lockheed Martin facilities in Marietta, Ga., July 16. Aircraft 87-0044 will be delivered to Travis Air Force Base, California, after a stop at Stewart Air National Guard Base, New York, where it will undergo internal paint restoration. It will be the…

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