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Tanker Consortium Hopeful of Refueling Clearances

A330 Voyager

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

Military Aircraft Identification Quiz

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Think you're a Top Gun at aircraft identification? We've created a quiz to test your ability to recognize military aircraft. Military Aircraft Identification QuizAre you a whiz at quick aircraft identification? Knowing the difference between a friendly jet and an enemy - and being able to spot the differences in mere seconds - can mean the diff... 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

Marines Restore Aircraft, Renew Memories

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JACKSONVILLE, N.C. -Throughout the ages many works of art have depicted victories and scenes of valor in the face of danger and almost-certain death.   The aviation memorial near the main gate of Marine Corps Air Station New River joins legions of such art, including mosaics showing the Battle of Kadesh in Mesopotamia and statues depicting sol... 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

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