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Tanker Consortium Hopeful of Refueling Clearances

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This article first appeared in Aerospace Daily & Defense Report. LONDON -- AirTanker, the consortium charged with the provision of air-to-air refueling services for the U.K. Royal Air Force, says it hopes to be cleared to start tanker work in the coming weeks. Although AirTanker is not due to take on the aerial refueling role until March 2014,... more

Marines Land Osprey Aircraft on Japanese Ship

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SAN DIEGO -- A U.S. Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey aircraft made an unprecedented landing Friday on a Japanese naval vessel off the California coast. The tilt-rotor aircraft flew from San Diego's Marine Corps Miramar Air Station to the Japanese ship Hyuga as part of an 18-day drill aimed at improving Japan's amphibious capabilities. The Osprey has ... more

Mechanics Maintain Aircraft on Guam

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ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE, Guam  – The 36th Maintenance Squadron Aircraft Wheel and Tire shop recently installed new equipment to fully accommodate the B-52 Stratofortress and any other aircraft using the flightline here, while saving roughly $32,000 annually. This capability is due to the installation of universal adapters for the aircraft tire ... more

Army Pursuing Family of Osprey-Like Aircraft

The Bell V280 Valor -- which looks like a mini-version of the Osprey -- is designed to be flown by pilot but could be produced as an unmanned vehicle. It will be able to cruise at 280 knots with a range of 500 to 800 nautical miles.

Tilt-rotor aircraft that look like mini-Ospreys are vying with other new designs to replace thousands of U.S. military helicopters. Tilt rotors are incorporated in two of four vertical-lift designs awarded funding by the Department of Defense last month. The Joint Multi-Role Technology Demonstrator funding is part of efforts to build a family o... more

Osprey Aircraft Arrive in Japan Amid Protests

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TOKYO - A shipload of the U.S. military's latest transport aircraft arrived in Japan on Monday amid protests over safety issues that have aggravated longstanding grassroots concern over the presence of American bases in the country. Workers began unloading and assembling the 12 MV-22 Osprey aircraft in the city of Iwakuni soon after the ship ar... more

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