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Wed, Apr 16, 2014

Russian Fighter Approaches U.S Warship In The Black Sea

Aircraft Made 12 Passes Above The USS Donald Cook

A Russian attack aircraft repeatedly flew near the USS Donald Cook in international waters in the Black Sea on April 12, a Pentagon spokesman said Monday.

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Tue, Apr 15, 2014

First Flight: The Advanced Tactics Black Knight Transformer

VTOL Aircraft Is Part Truck, Part Multicopter

Advanced Tactics has successfully completed the first flight test of the Black Knight Transformer, a modular and roadable vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) aircraft. Advanced Tactics is at the forefront of large scale multicopter design, production, and testing.

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Tue, Apr 15, 2014

Only Flying B-29 Superfortress Has Arrived At New Home

Vintage Flying Museum At Fort Worth's Meacham Airport Will Be Home To The CAF's B-29 FIFI And B-24 Diamond Lil

The Commemorative Air Force’s (CAF) iconic B-29 Superfortress, FIFI, the only flying B-29 in the world, returned from her Florida tour on Monday to join the B-24, Diamond Lil, at their temporary new home in Fort Worth, Texas. The airplane arrived at the Vintage Flying Museum (VFM) at 1930 local time accompanied by the famous C-45 Expeditor, Bucket of Bolts, also making Meacham International Airport its new home.

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Tue, Apr 15, 2014

Test Pilot School Team Proves How 'A Dummy' Can Save Money

Test Objective Was To Evaluate C-12C DUMP System For Static Line Dummy Drops

In an Air Force setting that is focused on being financially-conscious and proactive under the current financial challenges, the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School, at the request of the 418th Flight Test Squadron here, is working with the squadron through the implementation of the school's Test Management Project, or TMP, to come up with a more cost-effective way of conducting dummy drop parachute testing for the Air Force.

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Mon, Apr 14, 2014

Airborne 04.14.14: Google Buys Titan, Diesel Archer, C4 Avionics

Also: Scorpion's 1st 50 Hours,Pilatus Sales Record, Classic Aero-TV: Ballooning, XCOR Progress Update, Another TSA Screw-Up

Just as we were tucking this episode of Airborne away, we received confirmation that Google had acquired UAV Startup, Titan Aerospace, run by Eclipse Founder, Vern Raburn. The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has granted an STC to Piper Aircraft and the Continental Motors Group for the installation of the Centurion 2.0S diesel engine aboard Piper Archer aircraft. Ground and flight tests on the Piper Archer, powered by a Centurion 155 horsepower Jet-A compression ignition engine, were conducted from Technify’s airport facility at Altenburg, Germany. If looks could kill and a name means anything, you’ve just got to love the Textron AirLand Scorpion. The company says it has now completed 50 hours of flight time since the start of flight testing. Flight Design has announced the last major component and supplier to be selected for their all

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Mon, Apr 14, 2014

Rolls-Royce Awarded $100 M To Service US Navy T-45 Trainer Aircraft Engines

Contract Covers Aircraft Operating At Four Main Naval Air Stations

Rolls-Royce has been awarded a Contractor Logistics Support (CLS) contract valued at over $100 million by the US Department of Defense to provide continued support for the F405 (Adour) engines that power the US Navy's T-45 training aircraft. The follow-on, one-year contract will continue the successful support which has provided the US Navy's training fleet with guaranteed availability over the past ten years.

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Mon, Apr 14, 2014

Air Force’s KC-46A Tanker Development Passes The Halfway Mark

The Boeing KC-46A Tanker, A Derivative Of The 767, Is Progressing But Behind Schedule

The Air Force’s first KC-46A tanker is going through ground testing at this time and the first flight is scheduled for this summer. If this schedule is maintained, full flight testing will be well underway by the end of this year.

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Mon, Apr 14, 2014

Sikorsky Tests CH-53K Helicopter For Airframe Structural Strength

Static Tests Conducted On Non-Flying Airframe

Sikorsky has successfully completed an initial series of tests required by the Naval Air Systems Command to verify the structural strength of the CH-53K heavy lift helicopter. Conducted on a full-size non-flying airframe called the Static Test Article, the tests are part of a three-year program to validate that the largest helicopter ever designed and built by Sikorsky has the structural integrity to operate safely over its entire flight envelope.

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Mon, Apr 14, 2014

Lockheed Martin, ONR Demonstrate Airborne Autonomy Technology

System Provides Vehicle Agnostic Capability For Current And Future Missions

As autonomous technologies continue to develop and grow within the U.S. Marine Corps and the U.S. Navy, Lockheed Martin and the Office of Naval Research (ONR) successfully demonstrated the Lockheed Martin OPTIMUS mission system's ability to accomplish an autonomous approach and landing in an unprepared environment.

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Mon, Apr 14, 2014

Boeing Phantom Badger Certified For V-22 Transport

Versatility Offers More Deployment Options To Warfighters

Sometimes one of the most difficult things about operating a military ground vehicle where it's needed is getting it there. After a recent series of successful tests, the U.S. Navy last month certified that the Boeing Phantom Badger combat support vehicle can be transported inside a V-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft. That is another step toward providing warfighters with more options to deploy the versatile vehicle.

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