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    Report: Navy's Triton drone completes first cross-country flight [w/video]
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    The US Navy's MQ-4C Triton drone has completed its first cross-country flight, traveling over 3,300 miles at altitudes up to 50,000 feet from Palmdale, CA along the southern border, towards Florida before turning north and heading up the Atlantic seaboard before landing at Naval Air Station ...

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    ETC: The best military photos of the week: September 19
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    There were a number of exercises commencing this week that delivered quite a few great action shots of the armed forces in action. At the top of the page, we have the launch of the ship-killing Harpoon cruise missile from the USS Stethem on the opening day of Exercise Valiant Shield. Scroll down ...

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    Report: WW2 Army bomber pilots honored by Italian village
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    The Italian village of Ronzo di Chienis will be honoring a pair of B-25 Mitchell (shown above) after they were killed in the line of duty, during the closing months of World War II. Earl Remmel and Leslie Speer's bomber was damaged before they could deliver their payload on a rail depot near ...

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    Report: Lockheed attempting to trim F-35 price to $80M per plane by 2019
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    Of the many arrows in the quiver of the F-35 Lightning's critics, the overall cost of the plane and its accompanying development is the most frequently used. The farcically high procurement and development costs – $398.6 billion, as of April – are only overshadowed by the individual ...

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    Report: Armor plating, forward-firing weapons coming to Air Force CV-22 Osprey
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    Anyone that's seen one of our military photo roundups, which are posted every Friday afternoon, knows that we're pretty fond of the Osprey, the US military's tilt-rotor cargo plane. While its ability to transition from horizontal to vertical flight is plenty cool on its own, the US Air Force's ...

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    Video: ASU and DARPA team attempt jetpack-aided four-minute mile
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    The importance of a soldier's foot speed has been known since well before Pheidippides made his famous run during the Battle of Marathon. And while humans on the whole are faster than their ancestors, thanks to more advanced technology and training methods, there are still biomechanical speed ...

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    Report: Truant students beware, San Diego school district acquires MRAP
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    Meet the newest vehicle in the arsenal of the San Diego Unified School District, a Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle, more commonly known as an MRAP, or the US military's answer to the improvised explosive devices (IEDs) so favored by insurgents in Iraq and Afghanistan. Now, you might be ...

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    ETC: Military Terminology: SEAD and Wild Weasels
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    One of the first steps of any aerial invasion is the destruction of the enemy's air-defense systems, as it makes for a much safer environment for the high-value aerial assets that follow, whether they be AWACS, tankers or strategic bombers. Officially known as SEAD, or suppression of enemy air ...

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    Report: Marine F-35Bs hit milestone as first squadron begins initial training
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    The US Marine Corp's first F-35B jump-jet squadron, Fighter Attack Squadron 121, have officially kicked off their training on the new fighter, which will replace the aging (but still awesome) AV-8B Harrier. "We shifted into IOC [initial operational capability] training last week," squadron CO ...

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    ETC: The best military photos of the week: September 12
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    As per usual, all four branches of the US military are represented in this week's best photos. This week's photos kick off with a rather bizarre scene, as a Georgia Air National Guard F-15 Eagle is towed through the town of Warner Robins. The single-seat fighter was loaned to the town's city hall ...

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    ETC: Military Terminology: Bombs
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    With President Barack Obama's announcement of an expanded aerial campaign against the Islamic State and in Syria, now seems like a good time to get on the subject of airborne bombs. This is sort of an odd field, mixing the cutting edge with concepts that have been employed for decades. In their ...

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    Followup: USAF to begin 'permanent repairs' for two-seat F-16 canopy cracks
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    The US Air Force will begin repairs of 82 grounded F-16D two-seaters today, following the development of cracks in the canopy sill between the front and rear seats. While the F-16 Program Office was originally targeting a temporary repair until a more permanent solution could be devised ...

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    ETC: Military Terminology: AWACS
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    Technically known as airborne early warning and control systems, the phrase "AWACS" often serves as a catch-all for the US military's aerial command and control functions. The lead and most visible craft of this sort is the Boeing E-3 Sentry, a 707 that's been modified to accommodate a massive, ...

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    Read This: The RQ-4 Global Hawk is important, but not for the reasons you'd think
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    With $10 billion in development costs, the Global Hawk UAV has been an expensive proposition for the US Air Force over the course of its 15-year life. The huge UAV – its wingspan is nearly 30-feet wider than a U-2 spy plane and it's only two feet shorter than an F-16 – has become a ...

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    ETC: The best military photos of the week: September 5
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    This week's group of military photos covers the gamut (as usual). All four major service branches are covered, with some particularly good shots of the Navy and Air Force doing their thing, while the Army and Marines provide an up close look at their hardware and capabilities. Take a look at our ...

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    Report: June F-35 fire blamed on 'microcracks' in engine bushing
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    The fire that engulfed an F-35 Lightning II at Florida's Eglin Air Force Base was due to "excessive" rubbing between the engine and a rubber piece, causing microcracks in the rubber, according to a new report from Air Force Times. Lt. Gen. Christopher Bogdan spoke to the media at the ComDef ...

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    ETC: Military Terminology: The basics of pilot parlance, part 2
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    Yesterday, we explained a few of the most basic elements in-flight slang. That piece focused on communications regarding flight status, including the meaning of angels, cherubs and balls. Today, we'll look at the exciting stuff – how pilots talk in a combat situation. First, how does one ...

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    Report: France calls off controversial delivery of Russian assault ship
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    A controversial deal that would see France supply Russia with two Mistral-class amphibious assault ships has just suffered a major blow, as the western European country announced it will not deliver the first ship – the Vladivostok, shown above – citing the security threat posed ...

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    ETC: Military Terminology: The basics of pilot parlance, part 1
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    Pilots are a strange bunch. Whether they're flying fighters, bombers, refuellers, cargo planes or something else altogether, military pilots are unified by a common language that varies from obvious to utterly obscure. While we could write dozens and dozens of posts breaking down this sometimes ...

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    Report: F-35 engine production stalled for three weeks in May over titanium issue
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    Jet engine supplier Pratt and Whitney confirmed yesterday that it stopped production of F135 engines slated for the F-35 Lightning II for a three-week period in May of 2014 after an issue with a titanium supplier. "Suspension of F135 engine deliveries due to the A&P Alloys issue lasted ...

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