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September 22, 1997

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Elevon Vibration Leads to F-117 Crash

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Air Crashes Mar 1997 Safely Record

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German, U.S. Aircraft Crash off African Coast

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Elevon Vibration Leads to F-117 Crash

LOS ANGELES A l4-year-old Air Force/Lockheed F-117A stealth aircraft disintegrated during an air show pass near Baltimore, crashing into a house after a falling leaf descent. The pilot ejected and sustained minor injuries. About a dozen bystanders also suffered minor injuries.

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Air Crashes Mar 1997 Safely Record

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German, U.S. Aircraft Crash off African Coast

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Lockheed Martin Tests JSF Propulsion System

DALLAS Lockheed Martin’s Joint Strike Fighter team has completed initial tests of major propulsion system components for its X-35 JSF candidate. Lockheed Martin is teamed with Northrop Grumman and British Aerospace for the JSF competition.
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Hughes to Supply RAF With Reconnaissance Pods

LONDON Hughes Aircraft Company has been selected by the U.K. Ministry of Defense to provide a tactical airborne reconnaissance system for Royal Air Force Tornados. The contract, estimated to be worth 55 million pounds ($90 million) over four years, calls for the delivery of eight airborne reconnaissance pods and two ground stations.
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NASA Defends Mir Flights As Shuttle Readied

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER NASA and the Russian Space Agency are going on the offensive to show the Mir space station is safe, in a move to garner support for continued U.S. astronaut flights to the damaged orbiting base. The initiative is designed to counter congressional criticism that has peaked, just as NASA this week prepares to launch the space shuttle Atlantis to Mir.

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Congressional Leader Urges End To Astronaut Stays on Mir

WASHINGTON The chairman of the House Science Committee is calling on NASA to reconsider its plan to launch astronaut David Wolf to Mir this week for a four-month stay on the troubled Russian station. Rep. F. James Sensenbrenner, Jr., (R-Wis.) said NASA could continue space shuttle dockings with Mir as planned but shouldn’t put any more Americans on board for long-term stays because of concerns about the safety of the aging Russian outpost.

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B-2’s Durability Faces Foreign Test

WHITEMAN AFB, MO. For the first time ever, U.S. Air Force officials will send their $2.2-billion stealth bombers to operate from an overseas base. An unspecified number of B-2s are to deploy to an as yet unpicked site before Christmas and operate there for at least two weeks.

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F-22 Tests Cut Short

New York F-22 program officials have decided to halt the Raptor’s initial flight test program at two flights, one short of the planned three. Officials made the early termination decision last week, in the wake of an aircraft built-in-test which indicated a faulty hydraulic valve in the F-22’s right main landing gear area.
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MGS Begins Mars Mission By Finding Magnetic Field

PASADENA, CALIF. Mars Global Surveyor discovered a magnetic field at Mars last week, providing an auspicious start to the spacecraft’s science mission at the planet. The field was easily detected by the sensitive magnetometer, which also was able to measure the interaction of the solar wind with the Mars magnetosphere.

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