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Northrop won bomber bid but faces continued battles

WASHINGTON — It just won a huge contract to build the next Air Force bomber, triumphing in a years-long battle against Boeing and Lockheed Martin, the largest defense contractors in the world. But in the business of Washington, winning the contract is sometimes just the first step.

Date: 11/20/2015 | Business Wire

Military justice system shields child sex abuse cases

WASHINGTON — As a U.S. Marine, Daniel E. DeSmit swore to live by a code of honor. Semper fidelis, always faithful. But DeSmit shattered that pledge repeatedly — directing dozens of live Internet videos of children having sex with each other.

Date: 11/18/2015 | Nation & World

Dubai Airshow opens with no big purchase announcements

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — The biennial Dubai Airshow opened its doors Sunday without any major purchasing deals announced, instead giving Arab Gulf carriers an opportunity to showcase the latest and newest aircraft in their fast-growing fleets.Dubai-based Emirates...

Date: 11/08/2015 | Business Wire

Ejection seat, helmet flaws plague F-35 fighter

WASHINGTON — Four years before Pentagon officials found potentially life-threatening problems with the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter's ejection seat, a top official warned in an urgent memo that the escape system should be more thoroughly vetted before pilots were trained on the...

Date: 10/25/2015 | Business Wire

France train hero in serious condition after stabbing in bar brawl

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Airman 1st Class Spencer Stone, celebrated as a hero for helping to stop a terror attack on a French train over the summer, was stabbed and seriously wounded outside a bar in his hometown early Thursday in what police said was an alcohol-related brawl.

Date: 10/08/2015 | Nation & World

Jeff Bezos brings his rockets to Cape Canaveral

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — As Elon Musk and SpaceX work to resolve problems that caused a Falcon 9 rocket explosion in June, another tycoon’s company is getting ready to step into the limelight at Cape Canaveral.

Date: 09/04/2015 | Nation & World

U.S. F-16 fighter jets fly first mission from Turkey

WASHINGTON — The U.S. on Wednesday launched its first airstrikes by Turkey-based F-16 fighter jets against Islamic State targets in Syria, marking a limited escalation of a yearlong air campaign that critics have called excessively cautious.In a brief statement the...

Date: 08/12/2015 | Nation & World

Big fallout for Boeing in huge bomber deal

WASHINGTON — In a few weeks, the Pentagon will announce the companies picked to develop America's next bomber jet, sparking a budget war that will last for years and reshape the defense industry, experts say.The Long Range Strike Bomber, which will probably be called...

Date: 08/02/2015 | Business Wire

Lockheed F-35 ready for combat, Marines say

WASHINGTON - The Marine Corps declared its version of Lockheed Martin’s F-35 fighter ready for limited combat operations, a milestone for the Pentagon’s costliest weapons program.

Date: 07/31/2015 | Business Wire

Boeing takes $536 million charge on tanker program

NEW YORK — The Boeing Co. said Friday that it plans to absorb a $536 million charge that will help it keep the KC-46 aerial refueling tanker program on schedule.

Date: 07/17/2015 | Business Wire

No media for feared Jade Helm military exercise

WASHINGTON — Jade Helm 15, the Special Operations exercise that spawned a wave of conspiracy theories about a government takeover, will open next week without any media allowed to observe it, a military spokesman said.Embedded reporters won't be permitted at any point...

Date: 07/10/2015 | Nation & World

NASA selects astronauts for Boeing, SpaceX flights

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — NASA has selected four veteran astronauts to lead the way back into orbit from U.S. soil.On Thursday, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden named the four who will fly on capsules built by private companies...

Date: 07/09/2015 | Nation & World

Boeing loses $1.3B tanker deal to Airbus

The Boeing Co.'s KC-46 Pegasus tanker was shut out again Tuesday, this time by South Korea. That makes the aerial refueling tanker 0-for-6 competing for foreign military contracts.Boeing has lost every one of those deals to its rival, Airbus Group's A-330 Multi Role Tanker...

Date: 06/30/2015 | Aerospace Blog

Modeled on real life

Clarence Lentz’s wooden creations inspired by his military service

Date: 06/17/2015 | Local News

Flaws revealed in Boeing anti-missile system

WASHINGTON — Two serious technical flaws have been identified in the ground-launched anti-missile interceptors that the United States would rely on to defend against a nuclear attack by North Korea.

Date: 05/30/2015 | Business Wire

Boeing’s KC-46 program resumes flight tests

Boeing's new aerial refueling tanker program is back in the air. The program's first test plane, EMD1, flew for 4.5 hours Thursday out of Boeing Field International in Seattle. Prior to that,

Date: 05/29/2015 | Aerospace Blog

Secret Boeing space plane lifts off

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — A mysterious Boeing space plane rocketed into orbit Wednesday, carrying no crew but a full load of technology experiments.The Air Force launched its unmanned mini-shuttle late Wednesday morning. An Atlas V rocket lifted it up and out over the...

Date: 05/20/2015 | Nation & World

Air Force, Army run short of drone pilots

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon's drone pilots are some of the best in the world. In a few short years, they've become a central part of U.S. operations overseas, conducting round-the-clock aerial surveillance and supporting U.S. soldiers at ground level. But a new federal audit also...

Date: 05/16/2015 | Nation & World

Tanker on track to fly this summer

Boeing says its military aerial refueling tanker, the KC-46 is on track to fly this summer, reports the Puget Sound Business Journal.

Date: 05/13/2015 | Aerospace Blog

Nuclear launch officers face drug charges

WASHINGTON — Two more Air Force nuclear missile launch officers have been charged with illegal drug use in cases stemming from an investigation that led to the disclosure last year of a separate exam-cheating scandal, the Air Force said Friday.1st Lt. Michael Alonso...

Date: 04/25/2015 | Nation & World

GAO: Boeing shortens tanker test-flight program

EVERETT — Production problems have significantly shrunk Boeing’s test-flight program for the new Everett-built aerial-refueling tanker for the U.S. Air Force, according to a federal oversight report.

Date: 04/10/2015 | Business

F-35 fighter pilots to wear $400,000 helmets

WASHINGTON — The F-35 Lightning II is one of the most complicated weapons systems ever developed, a sleek and stealthy fighter jet years in the making that is often called a flying computer because of its more than 8 million lines of code.

Date: 04/05/2015 | Nation & World

4 plead guilty in Boeing kickback scheme

LOS ANGELES — Four Central and Southern California men have pleaded guilty to taking part in a conspiracy to win contracts from a Boeing Co. subsidiary that supplied satellites to NASA, the Air Force and other agencies.Two other men also face charges.

Date: 04/02/2015 | Nation & World

Report: Suppliers, software problems contribute to USAF tanker delays

EVERETT — Problems with suppliers and software integration have contributed to the latest delays to the development schedule for the U.S. Air Force’s new aerial refueling tanker, according to a report by federal auditors.

Date: 03/19/2015 | Aerospace Blog

Air Force begins to mothball A-10 attack jets

WASHINGTON — The Air Force has begun moving A-10 attack jets into backup status, even as it continues to use the plane in airstrikes against the Islamic State.Air Force officials announced the move on Friday. Eighteen planes will be placed into "Backup-Aircraft...

Date: 03/03/2015 | Nation & World

SpaceX launches solar observatory on 3rd try

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — SpaceX launched an observatory inspired by former Vice President Al Gore toward a solar-storm lookout point a million miles away Wednesday.

Date: 02/12/2015 | Nation & World

Boeing poised for $15.6 billion in Air Force work

WASHINGTON — Boeing Co. may reap as much as $15.6 billion through 2020 from the U.S. Air Force for development and production of its KC-46 aerial refueling tanker, according to estimates by the service.

Date: 02/05/2015 | Business Wire

Northrop upbeat as bomber award looms

Northrop Grumman Corp., vying with two larger defense contractors for a U.S. bomber contract to be awarded this year, predicted a 2015 profit that exceeded analysts’ estimates.

Date: 01/30/2015 | Business Wire

SpaceX drops Boeing, Lockheed lawsuit

WASHINGTON — A spacecraft company run by billionaire Elon Musk has dropped a lawsuit alleging the U.S. Air Force improperly awarded a contract to launch military satellites to a joint venture between Boeing and Lockheed Martin.

Date: 01/24/2015 | Business Wire

2 Tuskegee Airmen die in Los Angeles at 91 on the same day

LOS ANGELES — Two members of the Tuskegee Airmen — the famed all-black squadron that flew in World War II — died on the same day. The men, lifelong friends who enlisted together, were 91.

Date: 01/11/2015 | Nation & World

Pair were architects of U.S. torture

WASHINGTON — When the CIA set out to design a program to elicit intelligence from captured terrorists, it turned to two former Air Force psychologists in Spokane with no practical interrogation experience and no specialized knowledge of al-Qaida, according to a Senate...

Date: 12/12/2014 | Nation & World

Orion launch plan has NASA flying high

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — With the imminent debut of its Orion spacecraft, NASA is on a high not felt since the space shuttle days.Shuttle veterans, in fact, are leading the charge in Thursday morning's two-orbit, 4?½-hour test flight, meant to shake out the...

Date: 12/04/2014 | Nation & World

Boeing exec: KC-46 program preparing for first flight

EVERETT — The first test plane for the Boeing Co.’s KC-46A aerial-refueling tanker program is on the flight line at Paine Field next to the company’s factory.

Date: 12/03/2014 | Aerospace Blog

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