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April 14, 2009

Embraer Formally Launches KC-390 Military Transport Program

Twin-Turbofan Aircraft To Enter Service In 2015

There's a new player in the increasingly crowded medium-lift military transport game. In a ceremony held Tuesday during the seventh edition of the Latin America Aero and Defence (LAAD) trade fair, Embraer signed a contract with the Brazilian Air Force (FAB) for the turbofan-powered KC-390 military transport aircraft program.

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Report: Prince William Fried Tucano Engine During Training

But He's Far From The Only One

When you're royalty, your every action is held up to public scrutiny (at least, so we hear -- Ed.) As we approach the one-year anniversary since Britain's Prince William landed a military helicopter in his girlfriend's backyard, now comes word the budding search-and-rescue pilot also "overcooked" the engine on a fixed-wing training aircraft last year.

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USAF Turnaround On F-22 Surprises Lockheed

Manufacturer Loses Key Military Supporters

"This is the time to make the transition from F-22 to F-35 production." With that statement -- written Monday by Air Force Secretary Michael Donley and General Norton Schwartz, the service's top uniformed officer, in an op-ed piece in the Washington Post --- supporters of the top-of-the-line F-22 Raptor lost two key proponents in keeping production of the advanced fighter aircraft going.

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USAF Officials Make Case For Stopping F-22 Production In Op-Ed

Donley, Schwartz Say Resources Better Spent On JSF

It's been just over a week since US Defense Secretary Robert gates broke the news that F-22 Raptor production will end in 2011. Federal lawmakers have met with unions to discuss strategy, defense contractors have had their communications folks working late, and the letter-writing campaigns are up and running.

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Oklahoma Congresswoman Visits Altus AFB

Part Of Statewide Tour Of Military Facilities

Officials from the 97th Air Mobility Wing at Altus Air Force Base welcomed the 5th district congresswoman of Oklahoma April 9 as she toured the base for her assessment of the state's military readiness.

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