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May 08, 2013

HMX-1 Lands 'Osprey'

Aircraft Will Carry White House Staff, Press Corps, But Not The President

One week after six MV-22B “Ospreys” successfully flew the longest and largest transatlantic flight of any Osprey squadron to date, Marine Helicopter Squadron One hosted a MV-22B Introduction Ceremony at the HMX-1 hangar on May 4, 2013. The ceremony marked the beginning of HMX-1’s transition from CH-46E “Sea Knights” to MV-22B Ospreys for green-side and presidential support flights: carrying White House staff members and press, said Col. John Faircloth, HMX-1 commanding officer.

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British, French Attack Helicopters Build Strong Partnership

Ability Of Aircraft To Work Together Tested During Joint Military Exercise

The working relationship between the British and French Army's attack helicopters has taken off during a major military exercise. Apaches from the Army Air Corps and Gazelles from the French Army have forged an operational partnership during demanding training on Exercise Joint Warrior in the West Freugh area of Scotland.

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C-130 Squadron First To Perform New Airdrop Method

New Technique Improves Accuracy For Supply Delivery

The 772nd Expeditionary Airlift Squadron executed the first combat Extracted Container Delivery System, or XCDS, airdrop April 29, successfully demonstrating the increased accuracy that this new technology provides. The new airdrop method is designed to pull the bundles out of the aircraft at a faster rate than the current airdrop process, which improves the overall accuracy of the drop itself.

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EADS Delivers HC-144A Maintenance Training Unit To The U.S. Coast Guard

Will Convert Prototype CN235 In Elizabeth City, NC

The U.S. Coast Guard Aviation Logistics Center has purchased the prototype CN235 aircraft and plans to transform it into an HC-144A maintenance training unit. The HC-144A is based on the Airbus Military CN235 tactical airlifter. The transformation will configure the CN235 with systems from the HC-144.

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X-47B Makes First Arrested Landing

Shore-Based Tests Adds Momentum, Confidence For Upcoming Carrier Trials

The first fly-in arrested landing of the X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator has been successfully completed by the U.S. Navy and prime contractor Northrop Grumman. Conducted May 4 at the Navy's shore-based catapult and arresting gear complex at Patuxent River Naval Station in Maryland, the test represents the first arrested landing by a Navy unmanned aircraft.

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Officer Who Oversaw USAF Sexual Assault Program Charged With Sexual Assault

Accused Of Groping A Woman In A Parking Lot In Arlington, VA

The Air Force officer who was in charge of the service's sexual assault prevention program has been arrested and charged with the sexual assault of a woman. Lt. Col Jeffrey Krusinski was arrested after a woman said he had grabbed her breasts and buttocks in a parking lot in Arlington, VA, in the early morning hours of May 5. She said she was able to fight him off.

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