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NTSB concludes SpaceShipTwo flight test accident investigation

Virgin Galactic photograph WhiteKnightTwo and the first SpaceShipTwo during a captive carry test flight over the Mojave Desert. MOJAVE, Calif.–The National Transportation Safety Board has concluded the investigation of the Oct. 31, 2014, Scaled Composites SpaceShipTwo flight test accident. The NTSB is finalizing the final recommendations and probable causes. At the time of the accident,…

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U.S., Ukraine, Romania, Bulgaria train together at Rapid Trident 2015

Under the hot Ukrainian sun, soldiers from the United States, Ukraine, Romania and Bulgaria rehearsed reacting to contact as part of their situational training during the multi-national Exercise Rapid Trident 2015 at the International Peacekeeping and Security Center, here, July 21.

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Astronaut Stephen Frick retires from NASA

Astronaut Stephen Frick has retired from NASA to accept a position in the private sector. Frick, who flew as both a shuttle pilot and commander, left the Agency July 13. Steve has been a great asset to the astronaut office and NASA, and we are sad to see him leave, said Chris Cassidy, chief of…

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Estonian, US forces receive new jump wings

Despite ominous clouds, which lingered from the day before, Estonian and U.S. Army paratroopers, began the day early to conduct the joint airborne operations exercise they had been planning two days before a drop zone near Nurmsi.

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Red Flag offers B-52 crews training that ‘can’t be beat’

As the sun blazes through the cloudless sky, a suffocating heat touches down on the Nellis AFB flightline. A B-52 Stratosphere from the 69th Bomb Squadron sits, awaiting pre-flight checks for its upcoming Red Flag mission.


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Canada to consider other planes besides F-35

Posted  December 14, 2012

Canada is considering buying fighter jets other than U.S.-made F-35’s because of escalating costs associated with Lockheed Martin’s troubled Joint Strike Fighter program, the country’s defense minister said Wednesday. Defense Minister Peter MacKay said the government needs to ensure a balance between military and taxpayer interests. MacKay said Canada needs to have all viable options…

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Lajes Field drawdown as part of force structuring announced

Posted  December 14, 2012

Department of Defense officials announced Dec. 13 that Lajes Field will transition from an air base wing to an air base group with a reduction of more than 400 military personnel and 500 family members by the end of fiscal year 2014. “The drawdown of the 65th Air Base Wing is part of a larger…

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Boeing appoints Pratyush Kumar to lead Boeing business in India

Posted  December 14, 2012

Boeing Dec. 13 named Pratyush “Prat” Kumar as president of Boeing India, effective Dec. 14. He joins Boeing with significant business leadership experience and insight into the Indian market, having served in senior executive positions at GE Transportation since 2003. Kumar succeeds Dinesh Keskar, who earlier this year returned to Boeing Commercial Airplanes in a…

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Boeing demonstrates unmanned Little Bird for Republic of Korea Army

Posted  December 14, 2012

Boeing demonstrated affordable unmanned aircraft technology Dec. 13 that could be integrated onto Republic of Korea Army MD 500 helicopters to expand the fleet’s mission capabilities. A Boeing Unmanned Little Bird demonstrator aircraft, a variant of the highly successful MD 500 helicopter, autonomously flew for approximately 25 minutes at the ROKA Aviation School in Nonsan….

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NASA hosts social media event at TDRS-K launch in Florida

Posted  December 14, 2012

NASA will give 70 of its social media followers an insider’s look at America’s space program and the opportunity to see a launch in-person. The NASA Social, scheduled for Jan. 28-29 to coincide with the launch of NASA’s Tracking and Data Relay Satellite-K (TDRS-K), will be held at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida….

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Posted  December 12, 2012

Lawmakers question gift of 20 F-16s to Morsi’s Egypt; Greece says Qatar eyeing investment in defense sector; Britain’s controversial unmanned drones are being flown by ‘poorly trained pilots who have just 25 hours training’; Robotic surgery gives soldier a new spring in his step; Rolls-Royce in bribery talks with Serious Fraud Office; Concorde 216: BAE…

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News Briefs December 12, 2012

Posted  December 12, 2012

U.S. sues employer over firing of N.Y. Army reservist The federal government has sued a New York communications company president and his company, saying they violated the law by firing an Army reservist because of military obligations. Federal prosecutors in Manhattan Dec. 10 sued Cohere Communications LLC and its president, Steven T. Francesco. They said…

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Presidential V-22s on schedule for delivery in 2013

Posted  December 12, 2012

Bell-Boeing photograph Aircraft 209, the fourth MV-22 to be assigned to the Presidential Support Squadron awaits attachment of the tail empennage (painted the iconic dark green of the squadron) on the Bell V-22 assembly plant production floor in Amarillo, Texas, Dec. 1. The first MV-22 is on schedule to be delivered to Marine Helicopter Squadron…

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Panetta arrives in Kabul to thank troops, meet with commanders

Posted  December 12, 2012

After spending time with U.S. troops and officials in Kuwait, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta landed in Kabul, Afghanistan, Dec. 12 to thank troops for their exceptional service, especially during the holidays when it’s harder to be far from family and friends.

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F-35B achieves milestone flight

Posted  December 12, 2012

Lockheed Martin photograph Marine Corps test pilot Maj. C. R. Clift flies BF-1 on a short take off and vertical landing mode mission, Dec. 7. The flight marked the 1,000th developmental test flight for the F-35B Lightning II in the programís system development and demonstration phase. The F-35B is the Lightning II variant designed for…

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