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July 20, 2016
How a NASA Engineer Created the Modern Airplane Wing
Hampton VA (SPX) Jul 13, 2016
Once dubbed "the man who could see air," NASA engineer Richard T. Whitcomb used a combination of visualization and intuition to revolutionize modern aviation - by turning the shape of the airplane wing on its head. For decades, Whitcomb had been working on getting aircraft to move faster and more efficiently. By the time he was 34, he had already won the most prestigious honor in aviation, the National Aeronautic Association's 1954 Collier Trophy, for his critical work to overcome the aviation cha ... read more

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U.K. announces $2.3 billion Apache helicopter deal
The U.K. Ministry of Defense on Monday announced a $2.3 billion deal to buy 50 AH-64E Apache helicopters from Boeing for the army. ... more
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Lockheed Martin gets $559 million for Lot 10 F-35s
Lockheed Martin has received a $559 million U.S. Navy contract for low rate initial production of Lot 10 F-35 Lightning II fighters. ... more
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Lessor to buy 30 Chinese planes 'for Indonesian airline'
An aircraft leasing company will buy 30 of China's homegrown regional jets for an Indonesian airline to use, a statement said, just two weeks after the ARJ21 made its first commercial flight. ... more
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China extends military wings with new transport plane
China's newest military transport plane entered service Wednesday, the country's defence ministry said, extending Beijing's ability to deploy its fighting forces around the world as it pursues a greater global role. ... more
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Bell Boeing gets $73 million Osprey contract
Bell Boeing Joint Project Office has received a $73 million U.S. Navy contract for the manufacture and delivery of one CV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft. ... more
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Lockheed gets $500M Canadian C130-J support contract
Lockheed Martin has received a 5-year, $500 million contract extension to provide support services for Canada's C-130J aircraft, the company announced Friday. ... more
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Boeing sees 20yr demand beating targets as inks China deal
Boeing on Monday boosted its 20-year forecast for the global aircraft market, lifted by demand from budget carriers and emerging markets, as it revealed a new multi-billion dollar deal to sell planes in China. ... more
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Lockheed gets $93 million for F-35 electronic components
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics has received a $93 million U.S. Navy contract modification for Lot 14 and Lot 15 F-35 Lightning II aircraft production. ... more
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China firm declares success in $1.5 bn Swiss offer
Chinese conglomerate HNA on Thursday declared Thursday its $1.5 billion offer for a Swiss airline catering company had been successful, after it lowered the minimum acceptance level for the deal to go through. ... more
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Hindustan Aeronautics hands over first Tejas jets
Hindustan Aeronautics Limited handed over the first two Tejas jets to India's air force Friday, the country's Aeronautical Development Agency announced. ... more
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Air Force awards two $1 billion contracts for next-gen engine
GE Aviation and Pratt & Whitney have each received U.S. Air Force contracts to develop the service's next generation of propulsion systems. ... more
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First British F-35 completes transatlantic crossing
The first of Britain's next-generation stealth fighters touched down in the U.K. for the first time, the Royal Air Force announced Thursday. ... more
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Seven killed in Turkey military chopper crash: army
Seven people, including children, were killed and eight others injured when a Turkish military helicopter crashed Tuesday, apparently in fog, in the northeastern province of Giresun, the army announced ... more
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Lockheed receives $323 million F-35 contract
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co. has been awarded a $323 million U.S. Navy contract for a laboratory to provide an integrated reprogramming capability to build, test, modify and deliver F-35 Lightning II mission data files. ... more
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China firm's $1.5 bn offer for Swiss caterer misses first mark
A $1.5 billion Chinese offer for Swiss airline catering firm gategroup has just failed to meet the minimum acceptance level by the first deadline, the two companies said. ... more
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Air Force debuts Pave Hawk replacement helicopter
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Made in China plane makes first commercial flight
China's homegrown regional jet made its first commercial flight Tuesday, operator Chengdu Airlines said, after years of delays raised questions about the country's ambitious plans for domestically-produced planes. ... more
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CH-53K helicopter achieves external payload milestone
Sikorsky Aircraft's CH-53K King Stallion cargo helicopter for the U.S. Marine Corps has hefted a 27,000-pound external payload lift. ... more
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Brazilian air force tests KC-390 transport
The Brazilian air force reports it has begun operational testing of Embraer's KC-390 transport and tanker aircraft. ... more
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Tanzania debris to be checked for MH370 link
A piece of aircraft debris found off the coast of Tanzania will be examined to see whether it could be from missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, Australian officials said Friday. ... more
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Taiwan cabin crew end strike after China Airlines concessions
Taiwan's first ever strike by cabin crew, which left 20,000 passengers without flights, ended Friday after China Airlines bowed to almost all of staff's demands. ... more
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Airbus inks deal with Indra for flight simulator
Airbus Defence and Space has placed an order for a A330 multi-role tanker transport aircraft full-flight simulator with the Spanish defense company Indra, Airbus announced Wednesday. ... more
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NASA Electric Research Plane Gets X Number, New Name
With 14 electric motors turning propellers and all of them integrated into a uniquely-designed wing, NASA will test new propulsion technology using an experimental airplane now designated the X-57 a ... more
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Lockheed Martin factory rolls out first F-35A for Israel
Lockheed Martin has rolled out its first F-35 Lightning II fighter for the Israeli air force. ... more
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