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News Archive 2013

Headlines and summaries of available news stories from 2013.
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18 DecBrazil selects Gripen NG for F-X2 Requirement
The Saab Gripen NG has been selected as the new fighter aircraft for the Brazilian Air Force (Força Aérea Brasileira - FAB). The announcement was made ​​by Defence Minister, Celso Amorim, at a press conference on Wednesday 18 December 2013 in Brasilia.
29 NovU.S. Navy's P-8A Poseidon reaches Initial Operational Capability
The U.S. Navy's newest maritime patrol and reconnaissance aircraft, the P-8A Poseidon, has achieved initial operational capability (IOC) after the first two P-8As departed for deployment Nov. 29.
22 NovLast 'new' Phantom returns to service
TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- The 82nd Aerial Target Squadron received the last of the "new" QF-4 aerial targets Nov. 19 as the Vietnam-era aircraft landed here.

The QF-4, Aircraft 68-0599, spent more than 20 years in the Air Force "Boneyard" at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz. before being brought back to life for one last mission.
18 OctU.S. Military to Reduce Community and Public Outreach
WASHINGTON, Oct. 18, 2013 – Pentagon officials announced a plan today that will enable the military services to resume conducting community and public outreach activities in the new fiscal year, but at a significantly reduced capacity. This cost-cutting measure will yield a savings of $104 million in fiscal year 2014.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel outlined the Pentagon’s new strategic approach to community outreach in an internal memorandum to service chiefs and other military leaders. Many activities, including the Blue Angels and Thunderbirds air demonstration teams, will resume, but at a more limited frequency than in previous years.
17 SepSelection of F-35 for the Netherlands Made Official
The strategic paper ‘In the interest of the Netherlands’ presented by the Dutch Minister of Defense, Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, on 17 September 2013 officially confirms the selection of the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II (Joint Strike Fighter) to replace the F-16 fleet of the Royal Netherlands Air Force.
09 SepEurofighter Typhoon Achieves 200,000 Flying Hours
Eurofighter Typhoon has now achieved more than 200,000 flying hours since the entry-into-service of its worldwide fleet. Eurofighter Jagdflugzeug GmbH confirmed the milestone today adding that, with 719 aircraft on contract, 571 aircraft ordered and 378 aircraft delivered, the programme has “never looked stronger”.
01 AugAirbus delivers first A400M to French Air Force
Airbus Military has today formally delivered the first A400M new generation airlifter, which is known in French service as the A400M Atlas, to the French Air Force.
30 JulChinese "August 1st" J-10 Display Team to perform at MAKS 2013
“August 1st”, an air demonstration team of the Chinese Air Force, named after the date of creation of the people’s liberation army of China (PLA), will perform in the 2013 Moscow International Aviation and Space Salon (MAKS).
09 AprU.S. Navy Cancels Blue Angels 2013 Performances
The Navy has cancelled the remaining 2013 performances of its Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels. The squadron will continue to train to maintain flying proficiency until further notice at its home station in Pensacola, Fla.
01 MarSequestration measures cancel Thunderbirds’ appearances past April 1
NELLIS AFB, Nev. — In response to sequestration actions, the Air Force and Air Combat Command officials have canceled aerial demonstration team performances to include the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds past April 1.
01 MarAir Force cuts aviation support at public events
3/1/2013 - WASHINGTON (AFNS) -- As the Air Force braces for potential sequester, leadership has cancelled all aviation support to public events for at least the remainder of the fiscal year and is standing down the Thunderbirds aerial demonstration team to save flying hours to support readiness needs.

Effective today, active-duty, Reserve and Guard units will cease all aviation support to the public. This includes the cancellation of support to all air shows, tradeshows, flyovers (including funerals and military graduations), orientation flights, heritage flights, F-22 demonstration flights and open houses, unless the event includes only local static assets.

Additionally, the Air Force will cancel the Thunderbirds' entire 2013 season beginning April 1.
15 FebFirst F-35C Production Model Takes Flight
The first Lockheed Martin production model F-35C carrier variant, known as CF-6, flew its first sortie Thursday. Upon delivery later this year, the jet will be assigned to US Navy Fighter Attack Squadron 101 (VFA-101) at Eglin AFB, Florida. The unit will serve as the Fleet Replacement Squadron, training Navy F-35C pilots and maintainers.
28 JanMAKS 2013 New Dates: Aug 27 - Sep 1
The 11th Moscow International Aviation and Space Salon MAKS 2013 will be held from August 27 to September 1, 2013 in Zhukovsky, Moscow Region.
28 JanFirst Royal Navy Wildcat makes maiden flight
The first Wildcat attack helicopter to be delivered to the Royal Navy has successfully taken its first flight at Yeovil in Somerset, the UK MoD announced today, Monday 28th January.

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