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Upgrades ‘new normal’ for armor in uncertain budget environment

If any journalists at the recent AUSAAME press conference expected to hear revelations of a major ground combat system acquisition on the near-term horizon, that notion was quickly dispelled.

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Boeing celebrates groundbreaking for 777X composite wing center

Boeing Oct. 21 celebrated the groundbreaking of its new 777X Composite Wing Center at the Everett, Wash., campus.

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First F-35A operational weapons load crew qualified

Three airmen with the 58th Aircraft Maintenance Unit became the first qualified operational weapons load crew for the F-35A Lightning II during a qualification load at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., Oct. 10.

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Boeing-built X-37B successfully completes third flight

The Boeing-built X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle successfully de-orbited and landed today at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., at 9:24 a.m., PDT, concluding a 674-day experimental test mission for the U.S. Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office.

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Dassault Falcon Jet establishes new pilot operational support team

Dassault Falcon Jet recently established a new Pilot Operational Support Team in Teterboro, N.J., to support operators in the Western Hemisphere.


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Lockheed Martin receives $68.9 million contract for PAC-3 MSE production

Posted  July 19, 2012

Lockheed Martin has received a $68.9 million contract to prepare the Patriot Advanced Capability-3 Missile production line for the introduction of the Missile Segment Enhancement version of the combat-proven PAC-3 Missile. The facilitization contract provides funding for PAC-3 MSE-specific tooling and test equipment at the company’s Camden, Ark., facility, as well as other sites and…

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Edwards staff sergeant inspired by challenge

Posted  July 19, 2012

SSgt. Scott Jackson, 31, has always been inspired by challenge. Working as a casino supervisor at age 25, Jackson was talking with his uncle, John High III, who was an Air Force colonel and fighter pilot.

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Welsh addresses Air Force challenges at confirmation hearing

Posted  July 19, 2012

Gen. Mark A. Welsh III in his confirmation hearing July 19 to become the next Air Force chief of staff, was optimistic about the service’s fiscal challenges, but warned there are limits to how much it can cut. Welsh, who currently commands U.S. Air Forces Europe, addressed the full range of issues confronting the Air…

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Masten achieves Xaero height record

Posted  July 19, 2012

July 3, Masten Space Systems performed a record-setting flight of their vertical takeoff, vertical landing Xaero suborbital rocket at the Mojave Air and Space Port.

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Boeing’s 50th 747-400BCF delivered to Evergreen International Airlines

Posted  July 19, 2012

Boeing, Evergreen International Airlines and Taikoo Aircraft Engineering celebrated the delivery of the 50th 747-400 Boeing Converted Freighter July 19. The airplane is the first to enter the Evergreen fleet and the 40th conversion completed by TAECO. All 747-400BCF deliveries have been completed on or ahead of scheduled commitments to customer airlines. “This is a…

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Dryden employee receives Silver Snoopy

Posted  July 19, 2012

During a recent visit to the Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, Calif., NASA astronaut Rick Sturckow presented a Silver Snoopy Award to Alan Brown, news chief and public affairs specialist...

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USS Chafee takes on biofuel

Posted  July 19, 2012

The guided-missile destroyer USS Chafee took on 250,000 gallons of alternative fuel, a 50/50 blend of advanced biofuel and traditional petroleum-based fuel, from the fleet replenishment oiler USNS Henry...

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NASA astronaut briefs NASA Dryden employees

Posted  July 19, 2012

NASA astronaut Rick "C. J." Sturckow visited NASA Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, Calif., July 13. Sturckow was commander of shuttle mission STS-128...

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Edwards Civ-Mil selects 2012 service project

Posted  July 19, 2012

The Edwards AFB Civilian-Military Support Group has selected renovation of the Flag Park as a 2012 service project. The Park, across from Building 1, shows the flags of all 50 states, U.S. territories and possessions. Because of wind and sun damage – the flags are on continuous display – several sets of flags are being…

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Lockheed Martin receives $353 million U.S. Army contract for Guided MLRS rockets

Posted  July 19, 2012

Lockheed Martin has received a $353.2 million U.S. Army follow-on contract for the seventh production lot of Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System Unitary rockets. Designed for destroying targets at ranges up to 70 kilometers, GMLRS is an all-weather, rapidly deployable, long-range rocket that delivers precision strike beyond the range of most conventional weapons. GMLRS Unitary…

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