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Learjet ‘Mystery Flight’ Leaves Few Clues for Investigators

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Chinas Surprise Move: $ 1.8-Billion Airbus Order

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New Strategy Emerging for Transatlantic Linkups

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Learjet ‘Mystery Flight’ Leaves Few Clues for Investigators

COLORADO SPRINGS National Transportation Safety Board investigators are initially focusing on a possible loss of cabin pressurization as they probe the mystery of a Learjet 35 that flew across the central U.S. for hours last week, apparently on autopilot and unattended by its two disabled pilots.

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Chinas Surprise Move: $ 1.8-Billion Airbus Order

Europeans may have gained from strains in U.S.-Sino relations. But does China really need more aircraft?

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New Strategy Emerging for Transatlantic Linkups

WASHINGTON Senior Pentagon officials, admitting that the time is still not ripe for largescale transatlantic mergers, talked up the prospects for less formal alliances and partnerships at an unprecedented meeting of U.S. and European military and industry officials here last week.

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Airbus’ Military Arm Targets Early Launch of A400M

TOULOUSE, FRANCE The Airbus Military Co.’s partners are prepared to invest $6 billion to quickly launch the A400M military transport on a commercial basis. First delivery in 2006 is foreseen, on the condition that seven European nations tentatively planning to buy a total of 288 turboprop-powered airlifters sign firm commitments in the next few weeks.

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Security Leaks and the Unknown Bedeviled Kosovo Commanders

WASHINGTON Top U.S. military commanders in Europe during the Kosovo air campaign say they were most worried about three issues—the possibility that Yugoslavia would introduce modern missiles and aircraft to the conflict, security leaks in NATO and the shortage of U.S. troops and weapons.

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Pratt Cited in Space Failure

CAPE CANAVERAL A Boeing report on the May 4 failure of its large new Delta III launch vehicle cites “poor manufacturing process control” and “improper” quality oversight at Pratt & Whitney as major factors in the rupture of the Pratt RL 10B engine that caused loss of the mission.

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Embraer, French Expect Alliance to Expand Markets

PARIS Embraer’s partnership with French companies is expected to aid the Brazilian manufacturer’s quest for more diversified financial resources, access to additional export markets and increased military sales. Similarly, the agreement could support the French industry’s hopes to acquire a stronger share in the South American market.

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Millions Short, F-22 Stays on Schedule

WASHINGTON This summer's scuffle between House appropriators and the Air Force over the F-22 has left the service scrambling to fill a half-billion-dollar budget hole in the program; however, it is not enough to require a major restructure of the effort.

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Digital Radio Debuts in Africa

Geneva The first leg of a worldwide digital radio broadcasting service has gone online in Johannesburg, South Africa— the first time a major new telecommunications technology has debuted on the African continent, and long before a similar service is slated to become available in the U.S.

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Rolls-Royce to Take Control of German Engine Venture

London Rolls-Royce is assuming full control of its joint engine venture with BMW, while the German automotive company will raise its stake in the British company to slightly more than 10% from 2%. BMW will continue as a risk and revenue sharing partner in the BR700 engine family, which now has orders valued at more than DM4 billion ($2.2 billion) and is shifting from development into production.

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