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July 26, 1999

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Kennedy Crash Probe Begs NT Questions

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Boeing Takes First Round in AEW&SCompetition

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F-16 Scores Israeli Win in Fighter Export Battle

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Kennedy Crash Probe Begs NT Questions

WASHINGTON The massive and unprecedented search for the cause of John F. Kennedy, Jr.’s aircraft crash comes as industry officials—even some in the National Transportation Safety Board— question whether the agency can afford to investigate general aviation accidents.

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Boeing Takes First Round in AEW&SCompetition

It faces Raytheon again in Turkey, as smaller countries seek a radar platform they can afford

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F-16 Scores Israeli Win in Fighter Export Battle

LONDON Israel’s decision to buy F-16s further boosts its export chances as it squares off against European competitors and could spell the end for the F-15 production line, although recent U.S. congressional action may win a reprieve for Boeing.

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White House Pummeled on Mass Terror Threat

WASHINGTON Almost a year after President Clinton's highly advertised “declaration of war” on terrorist use of weapons of mass destruction, the government’s response remains disorganized, weakly led and bereft of a broad counter-WMD technology initiative, according to a commission led by former Clinton CIA director John M. Deutch.

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C-130J in New Bid for Profits

WASHINGTON The Pentagon is reconsidering its decision not to buy Lockheed Martin C-130J transport airplanes in the next two years, and that could help Lockheed Martin improve an earnings picture that has become bleak and resulted in a second quarter loss of $41 million.

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USAF's F-22 Worries: Suppliers, Termination

WASHINGTON U.S. Air Force officials worry they won’t be able to retain their secondtier F-22 suppliers if the program is restructured and say the House move to slash program funds could force cancellation of the F-22, saddling the Pentagon with a $1-billion contract settlement fee.

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GA Grappling With Safety Issues

DALLAS The downward trend in the total number of general aviation accidents in recent years is beginning to level off, and the fatal accident rate remains relatively static despite increased efforts by the industry to educate pilots about weather hazards, human factors and judgment.

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Shuttle Scrubs Delay Observatory

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER NASA’S long-awaited Chandra X-ray Observatory was a year late to the launch pad due to a variety of technical problems. Last week, the project’s scientists had to wait some more as two launches of Space Shuttle Columbia were scrubbed, one in dramatic fashion less than a half-second before the main engines were to ignite.

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Arianespace Orders More Ariane 5s, Prepares to Restart Launch Operations

After months of discussions with contractors, Arianespace has concluded an agreement for a second batch of 20 Ariane 5 boosters, for delivery between late 2001 and early 2004. The contract, covering two orders of 10 units each, is part of a framework agreement for 50 Ariane 5s to be acquired under new conditions intended to keep the Ariane 5 competitive with the U.S.’ EELV models and other new launchers of the next decade.
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Apollo 11 Crew Wins Rare Aviation Honor

The crew of Apollo 11 has received the Smithsonian Institution’s Langley Gold Medal “for meritorious investigations in connection with the science of aerodromics and its application to aviation”—an honor conferred only 21 times before and shared by the likes of Orville and Wilbur Wright, Glenn Curtiss, Charles Lindbergh, Robert Goddard, Charles Stark Draper and Wernher von Braun.
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