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USAF, Boeing to Use VR in T-7A Red Hawk Technical Order Verification; Fred Tschirner Quoted

T-7A Red Hawk

The U.S. Air Force plans to certify the T-7A Red Hawk aircraft's technical orders via methods that rely on virtual reality and 3D modeling. The effort's assigned team and its partners at Boeing will use the latter's virtual reality technology to certify the technical orders in a way that mitigates risks, Air Force Materiel Command said Friday.

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Boeing Names Ziad Ojakli to EVP, Government Operations; CEO David Calhoun Quoted

Ziad Ojakli

The Boeing Company announced Thursday that Ziad S. Ojakli, former principal deputy for legislative affairs under President George W. Bush, has been named as the company’s executive vice president of government operations. President and CEO David Calhoun welcomes the new EVP.

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Air Force Squadron Undergoes Rescue Training for Commercial Spaceflight Missions

38th Rescue Squadron

The U.S. Air Force conducted a five-day training of 38th Rescue Squadron members to prepare them for potential urgent response operations in support of Boeing and SpaceX missions under NASA's Commercial Crew Program. The 38th RSQ Blue Team learned how to land in the ocean with water gear and familiarize themselves with different boat packages. 

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Navy to Adapt Boeing-Built Airborne Early Warning Aircraft for Pilot Training

Royal Air Force E-3D

Naval Air Systems Command intends to modify a retired Boeing-built E-3D Sentry airborne warning and control system aircraft the military branch procured from the British air force for $15 million. NAVAIR said Wednesday its airborne strategic command, control and communications program office will repurpose the recently acquired AWACS platform into an E-6B communications relay and strategic airborne command post aircraft for training use.

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NASA Clears Boeing Starliner Spacecraft for 2nd Uncrewed Flight Test

CST-100 Starliner

Boeing's CST-100 Starliner spacecraft has passed the launch readiness review phase, clearing the way for the company to launch its second uncrewed test flight as part of NASA's Commercial Crew Program. Starliner is scheduled to liftoff on Friday at 2:53 p.m. Eastern time at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida aboard United Launch Alliance's Atlas V rocket, the agency said Tuesday.

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Air Force Plans Close-Air Support Transition With A-10 Retirement; John Roth Quoted

John Roth

The Department of the Air Force plans to begin retiring older A-10 Warthog aircraft units and transfer close air support and rescue missions from Nellis AF Base in Nevada to Davis-Monthan AFB in Arizona starting next fiscal year. “This realignment will consolidate all A-10 and HH-60 test, training, and weapon school activity at one location, allowing Airmen in these mission areas to train together for future threats," John Roth, acting secretary of the Air Force.

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U.S. Navy And Boeing Successfully Conduct First-Ever Unmanned Aerial Refueling

Boeing

The U.S. Navy has announced it has successfully conducted its first-ever aerial refueling between a manned aircraft and an unmanned tanker on June 4th. The Navy and Boeing will analyze the test data and make any necessary software updates as the MQ-25 testing schedule continues in the months to come. 

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AFRL Demonstrates Networked Weapon Operations With Small Diameter Bomb

F-16 with CSDB

The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) has met all three goals of a flight test that aimed to demonstrate networked, collaborative and autonomous weapons. Two F-16 aircraft deployed Collaborative Small Diameter Bombs (CSDB) on Tuesday at White Sands Missile Range, under the service branch's Golden Horde program, AFRL said Wednesday. 

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Federal Agencies Launch Efforts to Address National Security, Public Safety Risks of Drones

Drones

Federal agencies are initiating measures to address the potential risk posed by unmanned aircraft systems to national security and public safety amid an increasing number of drones flying near airports and other critical infrastructure. “Remote identification will help law enforcement determine if a drone poses an actual threat that needs to be mitigated,” a spokeswoman for FAA said in a statement.

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Air Force Lists Potential New KC-46A Tanker Aircraft Bases

KC-46A Tanker

The U.S. Air Force has identified six candidate military bases for the Boeing-built KC-46A Pegasus tanker platform to be operated by the branch's reserve component and two potential locations to house active-duty aircraft units. USAF said Thursday it will conduct site surveys in the summer to evaluate each facility based on a set of criteria such as operational requirements, manpower and infrastructure.

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