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November 28, 2009

First Flight For The Wildcat

"A Very Important Milestone" For The AW159-Based Aircraft

The first of 62 Wildcat helicopters which have been ordered for the Royal Navy and Army has successfully undertaken its first test flight at AgustaWestland's Yeovil plant in Somerset. With Chief Test Pilot, Don Maclaine, at the controls, the aircraft undertook a short flight to assess handling characteristics.

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General Dynamics To Appeal Navy A-12 Decision

GD Says It Will Petition SCOTUS

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit denied a request for a rehearing of the Federal Circuit's prior decision sustaining the government's default termination of the A-12 aircraft contract on Tuesday. General Dynamics and Boeing were parties to the contract with the Navy.

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Multiple Aircraft Refueling Capability Shown By EADS Tanker

Fuel Simultaneously Transferred To Two Fighter Aircraft

The A330 Multi-Role Tanker Transport (A330 MRTT) has performed the first simultaneous fuel transfer with its all-digital hose-and-drogue system, fueling two fighter aircraft at the same time. The A330 MRTT conducted 11 simultaneous airborne refueling contacts with two NATO F/A-18 fighters.

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Hellcat To Be Recovered From Lake Michigan

Michigan Historic Preservation Office and MSHDA Announce Recovery Effort

Weather permitting on Monday, November 30, a World War II, F6F-3 Hellcat fighter plane will be raised from the depths of Lake Michigan off the Chicago shoreline. The plane has rested on the lake bottom for more than sixty years after crashing during a training exercise.

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