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Boeing to End Production of the C-17A Globemaster III

Boeing C-17A

Long Beach, CA – Boeing announced today that it will end production of its C-17A Globemaster military transport jet in 2015 and close the Long Beach, California assembly plant. The C-17 is a heavy transport and has become the workhorse of the U.S. Air Force’s airlift fleet in recent years. Boeing recently delivered the last of 223 C-17s ordered by …

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Special Report: Inside Lockheed-Martin

Lockheed-Martin F-22 Raptor # 10-4195

Marietta, Georgia – On May 1st & 2nd Flightline Aviation Media joined a select group of twitter users for a unique tour of Lockheed-Martin’s Marietta, Georgia factory and for the delivery ceremony of the final F-22 Raptor to the U.S. Air Force. This was a special opportunity to get a first-hand look at the production processes L-M uses in the …

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Air Show Review: Tuscaloosa

U.S. Navy Blue Angels Flight Demonstration Team

Tuscaloosa, Alabama – The Navy’s Blue Angels flight demonstration team headlined the Tuscaloosa Air Show on March 31st & April 1st, which is held at the Tuscaloosa Regional Airport every other year. It is a free event for the public, but viewing areas along the runway were sold in two tiers – chalets (including lunch) for $50 per person or …

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USAF Cuts Back on Air Show Demos

US Air Force F-22 Raptor

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Boeing 787 #1 Retired

Boeing 787 N787BA

Seattle – On December 1st Boeing officially retired its first-built 787 aircraft, flying it to Palmdale California for long term storage. It was built in 2009 at a total cost (improvements included) of over $4 billion. This plane represented a completely new era of aircraft design for Boeing so its likely that N787BA, or ZA001 as it is known internally, …

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