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American Air Museum celebrates bond of U.S., Britain

DUXFORD, England — As Britons ponder their place in Europe ahead of a vote on European Union membership, a newly reopened museum serves as a reminder that the U.K. has often looked west — to a "special relationship" with the United States that has survived...

Date: 03/19/2016 | Nation & World

Israel to launch Boeing-aided missile defense system

TEL AVIV - A joint exercise now being conducted between thousands of Israeli forces and the U.S. European Command represents a final test before Israel begins to deploy one of the most sophisticated missile defense systems in the world.

Date: 03/04/2016 | Nation & World

Military begins to recruit women for combat jobs

WASHINGTON — The military services are already beginning to recruit women for combat jobs, including as Navy SEALs, and could see them serving in previously male-only Army and Marine Corps infantry units by this fall, according to new plans endorsed by Defense Secretary Ash Carter and obtained by...

Date: 03/04/2016 | Nation & World

Zero fighter flies over Japan for 1st time since WWII

KANOYA, Japan — One of Mitsubishi’s legendary Zero fighter planes took to the skies over Japan on Wednesday for the first time since World War II.

Date: 01/27/2016 | Nation & World

President Obama endures snow slowdown in D.C.

WASHINGTON — Travel has its privileges when you're the most powerful person in the free world: No lines, no delays, no traffic. Except when you try to drive in a Washington-area snow event.For President Barack Obama, the perks of the presidency were no match for Mother...

Date: 01/22/2016 | Nation & World

More U.S. military drones crashing than ever as new problems emerge

A record number of Air Force drones crashed in major accidents last year, documents show, straining the U.S. military’s fleet of robotic aircraft when it is in more demand than ever for counterterrorism missions in an expanding array of war zones.

Date: 01/19/2016 | Nation & World

U.S. to provide new light-attack plane for Afghans

WASHINGTON — The Afghan air force is about to receive a new light-attack aircraft from the U.S. to support ground troops with cannons, rockets and missiles as they battle resurgent Taliban forces.After a two-year delay caused by a fight over award of the contract, the...

Date: 01/08/2016 | Business Wire

Boeing jet to 'sniff' for North Korean radiation

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Air Force will soon deploy a WC-135 Constant Phoenix aircraft to test for radiation near North Korea, part of the U.S. military's ongoing effort to determine what the country's provocative nuclear bomb test entailed.

Date: 01/07/2016 | Nation & World

B-1 bomber: A workhorse of America’s air wars

The huge swing-wing airplane is nothing if not flexible - canceled, revived, converted from nuclear strike plane to conventional bomber and then to flying arsenal for the GPS-guided bombs on which ground troops fighting for their lives in Iraq, Afghanistan, and now Syria often rely.

Date: 12/31/2015 | Nation & World

Dead pilot in Alaska crash wasn't authorized to fly plane

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The pilot of a small plane that smashed into a building in downtown Anchorage on Tuesday was not authorized to fly the aircraft used in volunteer search-and-rescue missions, authorities said.

Date: 12/29/2015 | Nation & World

How U.S. planned to nuke Soviet Union, China during Cold War

In the event of a nuclear war, the Pentagon in 1956 penned a report that listed 1,200 cities and 1,100 airfields spread across eastern Europe, the Soviet Union and China that were prioritized for various levels of destruction, should the unthinkable happen. The goals were twofold: deny the former...

Date: 12/28/2015 | Nation & World

UFO truthers want to make Roswell a 2016 campaign issue

One day nearly 20 years ago, Stephen Bassett realized UFO abductees needed a lobbyist.He had spent four months working for the Program for Extraordinary Experience Research out of a modest townhouse in Cambridge, Massachusetts, when he had...

Date: 12/13/2015 | Nation & World

Opposition ‘deep’ as Pentagon opens combat jobs to women

Kara Hultgreen and Carey Lohrenz were about to make history. As naval officers and aviators in 1994, they were part of the first class of female fighter pilots in the history of the Navy, and preparing to fly the legendary F-14 Tomcat in combat from an aircraft carrier deploying to the...

Date: 12/12/2015 | Nation & World

U.S. commandos oppose female members

WASHINGTON — The men in the U.S. military's most dangerous jobs care little about political correctness or gender equality. And they have a message for their political leadership.When they are fighting in the shadows or bleeding on the battlefield, women have no place...

Date: 12/11/2015 | Nation & World

1st U.S. shipment in months lifts off to space station

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — A U.S. shipment of much-needed groceries and other astronaut supplies rocketed toward the International Space Station for the first time in months Sunday, reigniting NASA’s commercial delivery service.

Date: 12/06/2015 | Nation & World

All combat jobs are now open to women

WASHINGTON — After three years of study and debate, Defense Secretary Ash Carter ordered the military Thursday to open all military jobs to women, removing the final barriers that kept women from serving in combat, including the most dangerous and grueling commando posts.

Date: 12/04/2015 | Nation & World

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

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