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December 21, 2009

FIRST FLIGHT

Regaining Momentum

FIRST FLIGHT

FLYING START

CLASSIFIED PROGRAMS

'Black' Bomber Underway?

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FIRST FLIGHT

Regaining Momentum

Back on track, Boeing's 787 test program will run around the clock in the new year

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FIRST FLIGHT

FLYING START

Despite weather limits, initial flight boosts 787 program into new phase

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CLASSIFIED PROGRAMS

'Black' Bomber Underway?

Work on classified projects could dictate physical dimensions of new strike aircraft

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COMMENTARY

MARKET FOCUS

The Aerospace Industries Assn.’s (AIA) latest annual forecast illustrates how huge order backlogs have shielded large segments of aerospace and defense (A&D) from the global economic downturn. But if you are looking for uplifting news, move on to p. 14 to read about the first flight of the Boeing 787.

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HONORABLE MENTIONS

John Dibbs Redmond, Wash. Two Lockheed Martin F-16C Vipers of the USAF 63rd Fighter Sqdn. amid the dramatic terrain that forms the training environment for today’s USAF fighter pilots.
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AIR TRANSPORT

Recovery Risks

Airline outlook weakens as familiar problems offset demand improvements

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CLASSIFIED PROGRAMS

Recce-Strike Takes Shape

Analyses point first to a stealthy ISR-intensive, large manned aircraft

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SPACE

Allied Awareness

Spotting space-based threats emerges as likely field for milspace cooperation

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DEFENSE

Restricted Vision

Budget narrows London's focus to near-term needs for Afghanistan

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FIRST FLIGHT

Airborne At Last

Deliveries may be 3-4 years late, but this initial flight represents more than mere symbolic progress

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