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October 21, 2006

XPrize Cup: NM Governor Predicts Rocket Racer's Popularity To Equal NASCAR's

Governor Richardson Enthusiastically Unveils First Rocket Racing Aircraft

Governor Bill Richardson flew into Las Cruces airport Friday to participate in the XPrize Cup activities by unveiling the first Rocket Racing League aircraft. After awarding the Rocket Racing naming contest winner Mike Higgins his prize, a leather flight jacket, the Governor did not waste any time letting the media know exactly how he feels about space exploration.

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XPrize Cup: Dr. Zooch Is In the Building!

Klyde Morris Creator Seeks To Inspire Future Space Explorers

"Space flight is as much about inspiration as it is about exploration." So says Wes Oleszweski, creator of Klyde Morris, the only ant in aviation, and founder of  "Dr. Zooch's Rockets," a model rocket kit manufacturing company.

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Northwest To Get Its Dreamliners

Long-Haul Jets To Work International Routes

Northwest Airlines has secured the financing necessary to acquire 18 new Boeing 787 Dreamliners over the next three years. The carrier has not released financial details, but says it's reached an agreement with Boeing and Rolls-Royce.

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New Program Will Re-Engine Citation IIs With FJ44-3s

Installations To Be Handled By Service Centers

Clifford Development has launched a program to undertake a new STC development program to re-engine Cessna Citation II (CE-550) aircraft with 3000 lb thrust Williams International FJ44-3 engines including integration of the FADEC (full authority digital engine control) system.

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Navy Warplanes May Come Back To Life

TBD's Submerged Since WWII In South Pacific

Divers and other crew members from USS Safeguard assisted the Naval Historical Center (NHC) and The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR) in a scientific survey of two submerged World War II aircraft in waters near Jaluit Atoll, Republic of Marshall Islands on October 12.

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Air Mobility Command Says C-130J Is Operational

Venerable Airlifter Still A Warrior

The Air Force's premier intratheater airlifter, the C-130J, is now operational according to Air Mobility Command (AMC) officials.

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AN-2 Crash In Uzbekistan Kills 15

Military Training Flight Ends In Disaster

An Uzbekistan Airways Antonov AN-2 single-engine biplane with 13 Uzbek military personnel and two pilots aboard crashed early Thursday. All died in the accident.

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XPrize Cup: XCOR Aerospace Announces Rocket Racing League Testing Milestone

Company Completes Round Of Tests On 1,500 Lb Thrust LOX/Kerosene Engine

XCOR Aerospace has announced completion of a successful round of tests on its 1,500 lb thrust liquid oxygen and kerosene powered rocket engine. The model XR-4K14 engine is a prototype of the engine that will be used to power the Mark One Rocket Racer. The tests (similar to the one pictured below for a different powerplant) took place at the Mojave Spaceport, located 90 miles north of the city of Los Angeles, California.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (10.21.06)

Aero-Linx: C.A.P. Almost 60,000 members strong, the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) plays a large role in locating missing aircraft and disaster relief. Offering aerospace learning, leadership roles and the chance to fly. These days the CAP is expanding into Homeland Security Operations. Take on some responsibility and gain confidence and skills at the same time.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (10.21.06): TSO

TSO

TSO Technical Standard Order, an article meets a minimum performance requirement independent of the article's intended installation on an aircraft.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Tips (10.21.06): Improper In-Flight Decisions Or Planning

Aero-Tip Of The Day: Ask yourself questions like these, and you'll replace wishful thinking with solid, fact-based decision-making…to avoid this Top 10 contributor to aircraft mishaps.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (10.21.06)

"Rocket Racing League is going to be as popular as NASCAR."

Source: NM Governor Bill Richardson, during the exciting unveiling of one of the first Mark One Rocket Racing vehicles. 

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