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Wed, Sep 23, 2020

WWII Aerial Tribute To Fly Over National Mall, DC, And Potomac River

The Aerial Tribute Will Include Over 65 WWII Era Airplanes Flying In Historical Sequence

On Friday, September 25, an aerial tribute commemorating the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II will take place over the National Mall and Potomac River. Organized by the Arsenal of Democracy Flyover, the aerial tribute will include over 65 WWII era airplanes flying in historical sequence formations representing the significant battles of WWII and ending with the missing man formation.

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Wed, Sep 23, 2020

Flight Test U: RCAF Pilots, Engineers To Train At London's ITPS

Selected RCAF Pilots And Engineers Will Undergo Periodic Training At ITPS

The International Test Pilots School (ITPS) has announced it has been awarded a contract to train Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) test pilots and flight test engineers. Following an international competition, ITPS was ranked first in a bid for a Standing Offer to train personnel from the Aerospace Engineering Test Establishment (AETE). Currently based at 4 Wing Cold Lake, Alta., AETE is the developmental and engineering testing arm and flight test provider for the Canadian Armed Forces. The organization is responsible for evaluating new systems slated for installation on all Canadian military aircraft.

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Wed, Sep 23, 2020

MQ-9 Reaper Bags $7.4 Billion Deal

Five Year Fixed Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity Contract

In an effort to field MQ-9 Reapers faster and meet an increasing operational demand for the aircraft, the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center’s MQ-9 Program Office awarded a $7.4 billion ceiling Agile Reaper Enterprise Solution (ARES) contract to General Atomics Sept. 17. The MQ-9 is an unmanned aircraft with intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance, and strike capabilities. ARES, a five year fixed indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract, developed by the MQ-9 Program Office, will stabilize costs, allow for the procurement of up to 36 aircraft per year in the same appropriation year, and reduce the time it takes to deliver the aircraft to operational units by approximately 35%. ARES is flexible and it has streamlined the traditional contract award process.

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Mon, Sep 21, 2020

B-25 Mitchell Down In CA, Three On Board Injured

Aircraft Had Recently Participated In WWII Commemorations In Hawaii

We are still evaluating the information coming in on a crash in the central part of California state, near Stockton,  involving a WWII generation Mitchell Bomber that went down short of an airport and into an 'open' field, where an irrigation ditch, and other impediments apparently caused serious damage to the airframe. The aircraft involved is a 1944 B-25J (and most recently categorized as an 'N' Model after rebuild), serial number 44-28938, registered to PROAIR HOLDING COMPANY LLC, LATHAM , NY, as N7946C. The aircraft had previously been damaged in a forced landing accident near Reno, NV, in 1987. The aircraft later underwent an extensive 18000 hour restoration and flew again in September of 1995.

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Mon, Sep 21, 2020

Boeing, Honeywell and Rolls-Royce Team Up to Service H-47 Chinook Engines

Will Provide In-Service Support Of The T-55 Engine

A team comprised of Boeing, Honeywell Aerospace and Rolls-Royce Deutschland Ltd. have reached an agreement to provide in-service support of the T-55 engine should the government of Germany select the H-47 Chinook for its Schwerer Transporthubschrauber (STH) heavy-lift helicopter requirement. Since the forming of the Chinook Germany Industry Team in 2018, originally comprised of nine German companies, Boeing continues to build a strong industry team to provide the Luftwaffe with local long-term services support, maintenance and training of the Chinook over the next several decades. In addition, Boeing’s industrial plan will foster German economic growth while creating highly skilled jobs in country.

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Mon, Sep 21, 2020

GE Aviation Delivers First F110 Engines To Power USAF’s F-15EX

F110-GE-129 Is The Only Engine Tested, Integrated And Certified For The F-15EX

GE Aviation has delivered its first F110-GE-129 engines for the United States Air Force’s F-15EX advanced fighter. In June, the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCM) awarded GE Aviation a Lot 1 contract to produce 19 F110-GE-129 engines, including installs and spares and modernized engine monitoring system computers for the F-15EX.

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