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Wed, Apr 01, 2015

04.01.15 Special: Sonex Wins Contract With The U.S. Air Force

SubSonex Jets Will Replace Thunderbird's F-16s

ANN's April 1 'April Fool' Special Edition Sonex has landed a contract with the U.S. Air Force to provide SubSonex jets as the next aircraft for the Thunderbirds demonstration team.

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Wed, Apr 01, 2015

Airborne 04.01.15: April 1st Special Episode!, David Bowie In Space, New Thunderbird Planes

Also: Inhofe Demands Media Aero-Accountability, "Super Duper" Cub, RANS' Exclusive WalMart Deal, Obama To Keep Air Force One, Cessna Bringing Back Bamboo Bomber

Pop-star legend, David Bowie, has moved to Russia to begin training as the next tourist to visit the International Space Station, and he has a very specific reason for traveling the orbiting outpost -- to sing the ultimate ‘Space Oddity.’ Bowie said, “Hadfield got it all wrong. I gave him permission to record “Space Oddity” on the Space Station, but nobody can do the song like the original... A group of Democratic U.S. Senators have written a letter to Piper president and CEO Simon Caldecott urging him to re-brand many of the company’s iconic airplanes because the names are “demeaning’ to Native Americans. Sonex has landed a contract with the U.S. Air Force to provide SubSonex jets as the next aircraft for the Thunderbirds demonstration team. The company said

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Tue, Mar 31, 2015

Russian T-50 Program Sees Funding Cuts

F-35 Competitor Has Seen Cost Overruns, Development Issues

The budget for the Russian's 5th Generation fighter intended to rival the F-35 has been slashed by the Kremlin, as the Russian military has reduced its order for the T-50 from 52 to just 12 airplanes.

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Tue, Mar 31, 2015

Paul Tibbets' Grandson Will Command B-2 Unit

Brig. Gen. Paul W. Tibbets IV To Lead 509th Bomber Wing

There is a new commanding officer for the 509th Bomber Wing ... the Air Force's B-2 nuclear bomber unit ... and it's someone with a family history in that arena.

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Tue, Mar 31, 2015

Gone West: Lt. Col. Robert Hite

Had Been One Of The Doolittle Raiders Who Attacked Tokyo In 1942

One of the last of the 80 men to climb aboard 16 B-25 bombers and launch from an aircraft carrier in April 1942 to attack Tokyo has gone west. ANN has learned that Lt. Col. Robert Hite passed away Sunday Morning at a nursing home in Nashville, TN.

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Mon, Mar 30, 2015

Vector Aerospace, Boeing Bring RAF Chinook Back To Life

Aircraft Was Significantly Damaged During Training In 2012

In April 2012, during a training sortie, an RAF Chinook was very significantly damaged in a heavy landing. The damage sustained was such that the aircraft could well have been classified as Beyond Economical Repair (BER). However, it was decided that recovering the aircraft to service was a viable option by drawing on the extensive experience and expertise in Chinook heavy maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) vested in Boeing and Vector Aerospace.

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Mon, Mar 30, 2015

Australia's First F-35A Pilot Begins Training

Took First Flight At Eglin AFB In Florida Earlier This Month

Australia's first F-35A pilot, Squadron Leader Andrew Jackson, [AEST] took his first flight in an F-35A aircraft at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, United States recently.

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Mon, Mar 30, 2015

AgustaWestland, UK MoD Sign Integrated Merlin Support Contract

Provides Additional Five Years Of Integrated Operational Support For UK MoD’s AW101 Merlin Fleet

Finmeccanica – AgustaWestland has signed a contract with the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) covering the third five year period of the 25-year Integrated Merlin Operational Support (IMOS) contract. The contract provides a comprehensive availability based support package for the UK MoD's fleet of AW101 Merlin helicopters for the period 1st April 2015 to 31st March 2020.

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