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November 11, 2009

EADS Tanker Program Marks Nighttime Refueling Milestone

Completes Operational-Scenario Mission With NATO F-16 Fighters

The A330 Multi-Role Tanker Transport (MRTT), which is an Airbus Military program, has achieved a new milestone with its first nighttime refueling operation using the advanced Aerial Refueling Boom System (ARBS) integrated on the first Australian A330 tanker.

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Pratt & Whitney F135 Engine Deemed Ready For Use

Completes Initial Service Release Altitude Qualification Test

The Pratt & Whitney's F135 engine powering the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter has completed altitude qualification ground testing, the final testing that demonstrates the operability and performance required for Conventional Take-off and Landing (CTOL) and Carrier Variant (CV) Initial Service Release (ISR).

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Ospreys Launch From Bataan To Support OEF

First Ship-Based Deployment With Tilt-Rotor Aircraft

The multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) launched 10 MV-22B Ospreys from the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit to fly into Camp Bastion, Afghanistan, November 6th, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

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It's A Bumpy Ride ... Hurricane Hunters Fly Into Ida

Still The Best Way To Collect Accurate Information About Tropical Storms

Earlier in the week, the Air Force Reserve's Hurricane Hunters flew non-stop into Hurricane Ida, collecting critical weather data as the storm entered the Gulf of Mexico.  The 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron collected data to help determine if the storm was gaining strength.

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