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June 16, 1997

HEADLINE NEWS

Critics Vow Fight Over Joint-stars Cut

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TWA 800 Probe Prompts Novel Jet Fuel Tests

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FAA Plans to Mandate Fire Extinguishers

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Critics Vow Fight Over Joint-stars Cut

WASHINGTON A member of a panel charged by Congress with overseeing the Pentagon’s recent review of its long-range needs says the resulting decision to cut production of the E-8 Joint-STARS long-range radar aircraft is a major blunder and may be reversed.

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TWA 800 Probe Prompts Novel Jet Fuel Tests

NTSB may instrument a 747’s tank and fly the aircraft on the same profile that preceded Flight 800’s destruction

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FAA Plans to Mandate Fire Extinguishers

WASHINGTON Fire detection and suppression systems would be installed in the sealed cargo compartments of commercial aircraft by the year 2001 under a proposed rule issued last week by the FAA. The FAA estimates about 3,000 passenger aircraft, primarily narrow-bodies, and another 300 all-cargo aircraft would be affected by the proposal.

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Pathfinder Surpasses Propeller Altitude Record

LOS ANGELES Solar power beat out gasoline last week as the altitude record for propeller aircraft was surpassed by the AeroVironment Pathfinder drone. The ultralight solar-powered craft reached 67,500 ft. for several minutes, stayed above 60,000 ft. for about an hour, and above 50,000 for 3.5 hr.

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Gull-wing Ucav Eyed for U.s. Aircraft Carriers

WASHINGTON Pulling on technology developed for advanced classified programs, the B-2 bomber and unmanned aerial vehicles, Northrop Grumman has entered the still-undeclared competition for unmanned combat aircraft. Officials at Northrop Grumman’s military aircraft systems division at El Segundo, Calif., acknowledge they are working on a number of uninhabited combat air vehicles (UCAVs).

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Boeing Has Big Plans for Aero Vodochody

SEATTLE and PARIS Boeing views its participation in the winning bid to become a strategic partner in Czech aerospace manufacturer Aero Vodochody as a manufacturing foothold in Europe with significant growth potential. Possibilities include final assembly of McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 fighters, if chosen in an ongoing Czech Republic air force competition, and worldwide marketing support for Aero Vodochody’s L-39 and L-159 jet trainers and light attack aircraft.

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European Space Council Proposed

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Cnes, Nasda in Joint Space Plan

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X-38 Arrives for Testing

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PARIS AIR SHOW '97

USAF NVGs: Daytime Tactics for Night Fighters

More aggressive formations can be used, and pilots are free to spend more time searching for the enemy

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