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  • Guard Gate at Area 51 near Rachel, Nevada

    A newly declassified CIA history spills the story about Nevada's Area 51 and its secret mission— which was not to study UFOs, but to test the U-2 and other spy planes.

  • UPS cargo plane crash

    CNBC's Phil LeBeau reports the latest on the UPS cargo plane crash that happened early Wednesday morning in Alabama. The crash involved an Airbus A300-600 aircraft.

  • Defense stocks on a roll

    Despite sequestration concerns, the defense industry has developed strategies which are attracting some investors. Carter Copeland, Barclays analyst, has the plays.

  • American Airlines Flagship check-in at JFK International Airport.

    An outage at airline booking system Sabre caused difficulties for airlines including American Airlines, JetBlue and Alaska Airlines on Tuesday morning.

  • Sequester impact showing

    CNBC's Hampton Pearson reports on signs showing the sequester is having an impact on private sector defense jobs. Sources saw a slowdown in defense job growth beginning in the Spring.

  • A Boeing 787 Dreamliner being built in Everett, Wash.

    Boeing named a new chief engineer for its troubled 787 Dreamliner as part of a management shake-up in its commercial airplane division.

  • A United States Air Force Global Hawk drone, manufactured by Northrop Grumman Corp.

    Northrop Grumman reported quarterly earnings and revenue that surpassed analysts' expectations on Wednesday.

  • Space Shuttle Discovery atop the crawler transporter from the vehicle assembly building to Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla.

    Billionaire Jeff Bezos joined the space race when he backed Blue Origin, a previously low-profile company that is now waiting to hear if it can take over a former NASA launch pad.

  • Visitors look at a PurePower PW1500 aircraft engine manufactured by Pratt & Whitney, a unit of United Technologies Corp.

    United Technologies, the largest maker of elevators and air conditioners, reported higher net income, helped mostly by its buyout of aircraft parts manufacturer Goodrich.

  • General Electric's improving margins and strength from its sector signals that the conglomerate will be moving much higher from here, said Cramer Friday.

  • An X-47B unmanned combat air system (UCAS) demonstrator performs a "touch and go" May 17, 2013 on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush. An aircraft does not stop moving during a touch and go. Wednesday's landing will attempt a full stop.

    The X-47B will take off from Naval Air Station Patuxent River in Maryland and, if all goes according to plan, will be captured on an aircraft carrier off the coast of Virginia.

  • Unmanned Airplane Lands Successfully

    CNBC's Jane Wells reports the X-47B has successfully landed aboard the aircraft carrier USS George HW Bush.

  • Naval Aviation's 'Game Changer'

    Some are calling the X-47B a "game changer." CNBC's Jane Wells reports the X-47B is being launched today to land aboard the aircraft carrier USS George HW Bush.

  • Passengers line up to check in at San Francisco International on July 6, after the crash of Asiana Flight 214.

    Travelers likely will be experiencing a few more days of delays as airlines cope with inclement weather and the ripple effect of the Asiana Airlines crash. NBC News reports.

  • A Boeing 777 airplane lies burned on the runway after it crash landed at San Francisco International Airport July 6, 2013 in San Francisco, California.

    The crash of a South Korean airliner in San Francisco on Saturday with more than 300 people on board dampens the safety record of one of the world's safest aircraft and an airline with a clean sheet of 20 years.

  • Boeing is a best-in-class stock with great management and competitive position, CNBC's Jim Cramer said.

  • Large European airlines can't "walk straight and chew gum at the same time"—creating an opening for Ryanair to grab more short-haul share, CEO Michael O'Leary told CNBC.

  • Sneak Peak At Paris Air Show

    There is a level of optimism at the Paris Air Show that hasn't been there in years, reports CNBC's Phil LeBeau.

  • United Airlines 787 Boeing Dreamliner

    The FAA did "everything right" in the dealing with the battery issues that grounded Boeing's new Dreamliner for months, the aircraft maker's chairman and CEO James McNerney tells CNBC.

  • Why Analyst 'Favors' Boeing Over Airbus

    Carter Copeland, Barclays Capital analyst, discusses the competition between Boeing's 787 and Airbus' A350 aircraft.

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  • Troublesome Liaisons of the Business World

    The business world has seen numerous individuals put their marriages, careers and good standing at risk for an extramarital dalliance. CNBC.com presents a list of people who went outside of their marriages for intimate relationships.

  • Petraeus Scandal Widens

    A top U.S. general in Afghanistan is now under investigation, with CNBC's Eamon Javers. Jeremy Kroll, K2 Intelligence, and Julian Sanchez, Cato Institute, also discuss cyber security.

  • Is the Defense Sector the New 'Girls Club?'

    CNBC's Jane Wells takes a look at the rise of women in companies that used to be dominated by men.