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February 15, 2005

USAF Grounds 30 C130s

UK Won't Follow Suit -- For Now

The USAF has grounded 30 of its oldest C130 Hercules transports and has restricted the flight of another 60 after the discovery of wing stress cracks that were reportedly much more severe than anticipated.

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Next Pentagon Contract Battle: Army Transport

If You Thought The VHX Marine One Contract Was Big, Just Hang On...

By ANN Senior Correspondent Kevin "Hognose" O'Brien Coming out of Heli-Expo, everyone is talking about the way that European manufacturers have been cleaning American clocks in the contract stakes. Now, there is a new contract looming on the horizon, one that is certain to see a European win, as both of the competitors are largely European. They will put on some American fig leaves as Agusta-Westland did to win the VHX contract, but large parts of this contract will go across the pond, no matter who wins.

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Coast Guard Rescues Downed GA Pilot

Pilot: Engine Quit, Plane Down In Swamp

A Coast Guard helicopter crew is credited with rescuing a downed pilot in a swamp near Savannah, GA, Sunday, after the pilot's recently restored Piper Super Cub apparently lost all engine power.

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