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Boeing gets $2.9B contract for more KC-46 tankers

The U.S. Air Force today awarded Boeing a $2.9 billion contract for 18 more KC-46A tanker aircraft and associated equipment, bringing the total number of tankers on contract to 52.  The report comes as Boeing is preparing to make its first … Continue reading

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Boeing wins $805M contract for refueling drones

After a months-long competition with the likes of Lockheed Martin, Boeing has won a $805.3 million contract from the Pentagon to build the first four MQ-25A autonomous refueling planes for the Navy. The MQ-25 Stingray is meant to refuel Navy … Continue reading

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How Boeing re-engineered the 737’s landing gear

When Boeing’s customers said they wanted a stretched-out 737 MAX jet, there was one big problem: The 737’s landing gear was too short to handle it. Fortunately, Boeing’s engineers came to the rescue, with a stretched-out landing gear to match … Continue reading

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Researchers test new systems to track drones

As more and more drones fill the skies, increasingly sophisticated methods will be required to track them under increasingly challenging conditions. How will they navigate if they lose touch with the Global Positioning System? How will authorities know who to … Continue reading

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Security strengthened at Sea-Tac after plane theft

Security measures have been stepped up at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, including the maintenance area where a ground support worker commandeered an empty plane for an unauthorized, and ultimately fatal, flight on Friday. “You’ll see that increased presence,” Courtney Gregoire, president … Continue reading

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Fatal joyride points to gaps in airport security

The day after a Horizon Air employee stole an airplane, flew aerial stunts and crashed into a sparsely inhabited island in Puget Sound, airline executives acknowledged that more will have to be done about insider air security. “Yesterday’s events will push … Continue reading

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Bizarre airplane theft ends in lone fatality

By Alan Boyle and Todd Bishop A distressed Horizon Air employee stole one of the airline’s planes from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport tonight and roamed through the air with F-15 fighter jets in pursuit until the plane crashed on Ketron Island, … Continue reading

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