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Greatest sacrifice: B-24 Liberator pilot identified, repatriated after 73 years

As his B-24 Liberator started a spiraling descent after encountering hostile anti-aircraft fire over Bulgaria, 1st Lt. John Crouchley knew what he had to do. Holding tightly onto the controls and desperately fighting with two badly damaged engines, he made sure his nine-strong crew were able to parachute to safety and escape with their lives before the aircraft hit the ground.

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European-built service module arrives in U.S. for first Orion moon mission

The powerhouse that will help NASA’s Orion spacecraft venture beyond the Moon is stateside. The European-built service module that will propel, power and cool during Orion flight to the Moon on Exploration Mission-1 arrived from Germany at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Nov. 6 to begin final outfitting, integration and testing with the crew module and other Orion elements.

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China unveils stealth combat drone in development

A Chinese state-owned company says it is developing a stealth combat drone in the latest sign of the country's growing aerospace prowess. The CH-7 unmanned aerial vehicle also underscores China's growing competitiveness in the expanding global market for drones. China has won sales in the Middle East and elsewhere by offering drones at lower prices and without the political conditions attached by the U.S.

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Civ-Mil support group lauded for loyalty

Military bases in the Antelope Valley have tighter ties with the surrounding communities than their counterparts throughout California, or even across the nation, according to David “Jester” Smith, master of ceremonies at the Installation of Officers and Directors ceremonial dinner Nov. 2 night for the Civilian-Military Support Group at Edwards Air Force Base.

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Northrop Grumman set to launch Pegasus XL rocket carrying ICON satellite for NASA

Northrop Grumman announced it is prepared to launch the company’s air-launched Pegasus® XL rocket aboard its Stargazer L-1011 airplane from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., on Nov. 7, at approximately 3:05 a.m., EST.

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Headlines – November 15, 2017

Posted  November 15, 2017

News U.S. House calls military’s role in Yemen civil war unauthorized – The U.S. House unanimously passed a non-binding resolution Nov. 13 asserting U.S. military assistance to Saudi-led coalition fighting Yemen’s Shiite rebels is not covered by previous war authorizations.     Business Raytheon: Saudi-based Patriots intercepted over 100 missiles since 2015 – Saudi Arabia-based…

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USS Porter conducts first SeaRAM firing from DDG

Posted  March 11, 2016

Sailors of USS Porter (DDG 78), a guided-missile destroyer stationed in Rota, Spain, successfully completed a live-fire test from a SeaRAM missile system March 4. SeaRAM, which replaced Porter’s aft Close-In Weapon System mount, is a self-contained detect-to-engage ship self-defense capability that combines the sensor systems of a CIWS with an 11-round Rolling Airframe Missile…

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T-6A Texan II Crash

Posted  September 19, 2018

A 12th Flying Training Wing T-6A Texan II crashed near Rolling Oaks Mall in Texas at approximately 4 p.m., Sept. 18. The crew ejected and is safe with minor injuries reported at the site. Both were transported to the Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph Medical Clinic for evaluation and both pilots were released. There were no…

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Sikorsky S-76D™ VIP helicopter receives expanded EASA validation

Posted  July 11, 2016

The European Aviation Safety Agency has completed a second phase of validations for new capabilities and expanded performance of the Sikorsky S-76D™ helicopter. Sikorsky, A Lockheed Martin Company, made the announcement at the Farnborough International Air Show and expects to make its first delivery to a European VIP customer this year. The newly validated capabilities…

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Hurricane Hunters fly research missions into atmospheric rivers

Posted  February 29, 2016

The 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron, “Hurricane Hunters,” spent Feb. 11-24 flying through "atmospheric rivers" in the Pacific Ocean stretching from Hawaii to U.S. West Coast in efforts to improve storm predictions.

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