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May 08, 2009

USMC LtG Trautman: More Ospreys Will Deploy With Marine Unit

After three successful combat deployments over more than 19 consecutive months, Marine Corps MV-22 Ospreys will begin a global deployment with the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit, a senior Marine aviation official said Wednesday.

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Pentagon To Get Help, Despite Budget Cuts...

20,000 Staffers To Be Added

In a move that seems at odds with current US federal budget priorities, the Pentagon has announced it will add 20-thousand employees over the next five years. Of that total, 11-thousand will be conversions of outside contractors to federal civilian employees.

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Aero-TV: Rotors Reborn -- Northwest Helicopters

Hey Pal... How Much For The Cobra???

Starting out as an operator of Huey helicopters with a specialty in heli-logging, Northwest helicopters has made quite a name for itself via a unique specialty.

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White House Aero-Hit-List #1: C-17 Strategic Airlift Aircraft

Proposal: The Administration proposes to terminate production of the C-17 airlift aircraft and fund an orderly shutdown of the production line because the number of C-17s now ordered will be sufficient to meet the Department of Defense's (DOD's) airlift needs.

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White House Aero-Hit-List #2: Combat Search And Rescue (CSAR-X) Helicopter

  Proposal: The Administration proposes to terminate the Air Force Combat Search and Rescue (CSAR-X) Helicopter Program because of problems with contracting, high costs, and questions about the need for an aircraft solely devoted to this purpose when multi-purpose aircraft are available.

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White House Aero-Hit-List #3: F-22 Raptor Fighter Aircraft

Proposal: The Administration proposes to terminate the F-22 Raptor program after production of the planned 187 aircraft because the Department of Defense (DOD) has determined that 187 F-22s, together with other fighter aircraft including the new Joint Strike Fighter now in production, will be able to meet foreseeable threats.

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White House Aero-Hit-List #4: Joint Strike Fighter Alternate Engine

Proposal: The Administration has decided not to fund the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) Alternative Engine Program (AEP), because it is no longer needed as a hedge against the failure of the main Joint Strike Fighter engine program.

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White House Aero-Hit-List #7: Next Generation Bomber

Proposal: The Administration proposes to terminate the Multiple Kill Vehicle (MKV), which is a long-term research and development program designed to counter ballistic missile threats by using several "kill" vehicles launched from a single interceptor, or missile.

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White House Aero-Hit-List #8: Presidential Helicopter (VH-71)

Proposal: The Administration proposes to terminate the Presidential Helicopter replacement (VH-71) program and to initiate a new Presidential Helicopter replacement program, and to properly develop options for a fiscal year 2011 follow-on program.

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