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A look back at black aviation engineer units of World War II

Posted February 27, 2013 by Dr. Ronald B. Hartzer

Air Force photograph Air Force photograph Members of an aviation engineer battalion construct a heavy bomber airfield near Eye, England, in 1943. As we close the books on February, Black History Month offers us the opportunity to recall the important role black Americans played in providing the worldwide system of bases during World War II…

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Yeager brings ‘Right Stuff’ to symposium

Posted February 27, 2013 by Don Branum

Air Force photograph by Don Branum Retired Brig. Gen. Chuck Yeager, right, talks to Cadet 1st Class Henry Egan after a National Character and Leadership Symposium presentation at the Air Force Academy Feb. 22, 2013. Yeager was the first person to fly faster than the speed of sound, having made the historic flight Oct. 14,…

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Fleet launches aircraft energy-saving initiatives

Posted February 27, 2013 by

Navy photograph Fleet F/A-18s perform the SMART Tanking refueling practice that saves energy by configuring a Super Hornet tanker with only the centerline refueling tank. The tanker launches to refuel the aircraft returning from their mission then lands within about 20 minutes. Referred to as ìYo-yo Tankingî in the fleet, this method delivers up to…

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Boeing Phantom Eye completes second flight High-altitude, long-endurance demonstrator climbs above 8,000 feet

Posted February 27, 2013 by

Boeing photograph Boeing’s liquid hydrogen-powered Phantom Eye unmanned airborne system completed its second flight Feb. 25, demonstrating capabilities that will allow it to perform intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions for up to four days without refueling. Boeing’s liquid hydrogen-powered Phantom Eye unmanned airborne system completed its second flight Feb. 25, demonstrating capabilities that will allow…

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Northrop Grumman delivers first communications payload for U.S. Air Force’s Enhanced Polar System

Posted February 25, 2013 by

REDONDO BEACH, Calif. – Northrop Grumman has delivered the first of two protected communications payloads for the U.S. Air Force’s Enhanced Polar System that will provide continuous coverage in the north polar region for secure, jam-resistant, strategic and tactical military communications. The extremely high frequency payload leverages protected communications technologies the company developed for the…

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News Briefs February 25, 2013

Posted February 25, 2013 by

Navy proposes drone base at Point Mugu About 700 personnel and their families would move to Point Mugu under a military proposal to make Naval Base Ventura County the West Coast home for a drone aircraft. The Ventura County Star reports the Navy is seeking public comment on its proposal to base four remotely-controlled Triton…

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Boeing acquires CPU Tech’s microprocessor business

Posted February 25, 2013 by

Boeing continued to address its global customers’ enduring need to protect war fighters from information-assurance attacks Feb. 22 by acquiring CPU Technology Inc.’s Acalis business. Acalis microprocessors contain unique hardware and software that can guard mission-critical onboard systems in Boeing platforms. “Acalis provides security-on-a-chip that can help defend the manned and unmanned aircraft we build…

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DARPA Experimental Aircraft Program to develop next generation of vertical flight

Posted February 25, 2013 by

One of the greatest challenges of the past half century for aerodynamics engineers has been how to increase the top speeds of aircraft that take off and land vertically without compromising the aircraft’s lift to power in hover or its efficiency during long-range flight. The versatility of helicopters and other vertical take-off and landing aircraft…

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Space

Aerojet’s AJ26 engines ignite successful Antares(TM) stage test hot fire

Posted February 25, 2013 by

Aerojet, a GenCorp company, announced that its dual AJ26 main engine system successfully powered today’s Antares(TM) Stage 1 Hot Fire test conducted by Orbital Sciences Corporation at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport located at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility on the eastern shore of Virginia. The 29-second test enabled engineers to validate flight configuration checkout of the…

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Lawmakers seek end to draft registration

Posted February 25, 2013 by

Two lawmakers are waging a little-noticed campaign to abolish the Selective Service System, the independent federal agency that manages draft registration. Reps. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., and Rep. Mike Coffman, R-Colo., say the millions of dollars the agency spends each year preparing for the possibility of a military draft is a waste of money. They say…

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