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March 22, 2004

What's Wrong With Canada's UAVs?

For the fourth time in as many months, a Canadian UAV operating in Afghanistan has either crashed or made a hard landing. The record seems to validate concerns from both critics and experts that conditions in Afghanistan are just too tough for the French-made drones.

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USAFR WC-130-J Hurricane Hunter Open House in Puerto Rico

The Commonwealth of Puerto Rico Emergency and Disaster Management Agency and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration held a joint educational open house on March 20, at San Juan's Fernando Ribas Dominicci Airport's main terminal ramp. An open invitation was issued to anyone on the island interested in taking a tour of the USAFR's newest hurricane hunter aircraft - one of three WC-130-J's of the 403rd Wing, 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron based out of Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Mississippi - and several hundred local residents responded by lining up as early as 9am for the afternoon activity.

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Former Marine One Makes Final Landing

It was a vital tool for Presidents Johnson, Nixon and Ford. Now, the Sikorsky VH-3A that was their Marine One has landed at its final resting spot -- the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley (CA). Marine One will be displayed next to the retired Boeing 707 (SN 27000) that served as Air Force One for some 28 years. Both are on a replica of the White House's South Lawn at the Reagan Library.

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Another Star In The GPS Constellation

Make it 50... the number of GPS satellites launched since the global positioning system was inaugurated decades ago.

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