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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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News briefs – September 6th, 2012

Posted  September 6, 2012

U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan at 1,974   As of Sept. 4, 2012, at least 1,974 members of the U.S. military had died in Afghanistan as a result of the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, according to an Associated Press count. At least 1,650 military service members have died in Afghanistan as a…

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General assesses progress, momentum in Afghanistan

Posted  September 6, 2012

Less than a week before the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, a senior U.S. officer assigned to NATO’s International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan said each such observance “serves to remind me of why we are here.” Army Lt. Gen. James L. Terry, commander of ISAF Joint Command, spoke Sept. 5 with Pentagon reporters…

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Mojave revitalization group prepares for ‘visioning’ dialog

Posted  September 6, 2012

The Revitalize Mojave working group held its monthly meeting Aug. 23 at the Mojave Airport board meeting. Any interested resident is invited to attend these discussions, which are at 5:15 p.m., on the fourth Thursday of each month. There are three committees, which also welcome participation: Design is headed by Timothy Kuster; Economic Restructuring is…

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New California law to help commercial space flights by Mojave tenants

Posted  September 6, 2012

At the Sept. 4 meeting of the East Kern Airport District, CEO Stuart Witt noted passage of AB 2243. The board approved applying for state matching funds for the new FAA Airport Improvement Program grant, and it also approved a change in the airport security contractor. The California legislature unanimously approved bill 2243, Space Flight…

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New capabilities of Lynx multi-mode radar tested on U.S. northern border with CBP

Posted  September 6, 2012

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. announced Sept. 6 that it has completed the successful integration and operational testing of its Lynx(r) Multi-mode Radar, a next-generation capability that integrates Synthetic Aperture Radar, Ground Moving Target Indicator, and Dismount Moving Target Indicator radar. Testing was conducted in May by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)/Customs and…

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Fox Field celebrates 5th Annual Airfair

Posted  September 6, 2012

With beautiful, clear blue skies, Sept. 1 was a great day for the 5th Annual Fox Field Airfair, held at the William J. Fox Airfield in Lancaster, Calif.

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NASA Aeronautic Academy interns finish program

Posted  September 6, 2012

Inertia, proverse yaw, bifilar sensitivity, aileron deflection, doublet maneuvers - throw in a few mathematical equations that have more letters than numbers and it's enough to make anyone's head spin.

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NASA Mars rover Curiosity beings arm-work phase

Posted  September 6, 2012

After driving more than a football field’s length since landing, NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity is spending several days preparing for full use of the tools on its arm. Curiosity extended its robotic arm Wednesday in the first of 6-10 consecutive days of planned activities to test the 7-foot (2.1-meter) arm and the tools it manipulates….

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Boeing Next-Generation 737-900ER surpasses 500 orders

Posted  September 6, 2012

Boeing's Next-Generation 737-900ER (Extended Range) surpassed 500 orders this week. The milestone was reached when a customer converted its 737-700s to 737-900ERs.

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Partners, innovation help Pentagon deal with budget cuts

Posted  September 6, 2012

The Defense Department is dealing with long-term budget reductions by working more closely with international partners and continuously improving performance, the undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics told an international audience Sept. 5. Frank Kendall delivered the opening address, titled International Partnerships for Coalition Success, at ComDef 2012, a conference of government and…

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