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World War II pilot reunited with P-47

Sitting in a wheelchair with images of airplanes on his shirt and a U.S. Army Air Corps hat on his head, 92-year-old retired Air National Guard Chief Warrant Officer 2 Robert Hertel was reunited with the P-47 Thunderbolt during the Heritage Flight Training and Certification Course at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., Feb. 28.

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Turning up the heat

Lockheed Martin photograph Lockheed Martin ATHENA laser weapon system defeats a truck target by disabling the engine, demonstrating its military effectiveness against enemy ground vehicles. Latest evolution of Lockheed Martin laser stops truck in field test Lockheed Martinís 30-kilowatt fiber laser weapon system successfully disabled the engine of a small truck during a recent field…

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NASA’s Chandra Observatory finds cosmic showers halt galaxy growth

Image courtesy of NASA/CXC/DSS/Magellan A study of over 200 galaxy clusters, including Abell 2597 shown here, with NASAís Chandra X-ray Observatory has revealed how an unusual form of cosmic precipitation stifles star formation. Using NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory, astronomers have found that the growth of galaxies containing supermassive black holes can be slowed down by…

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Vietnam War veterans honored during ceremony at AF Memorial

More than 100 service members, civilians and veterans braved the cold and icy weather to honor prisoners of war and those missing in action during the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War commemoration ceremony and wreath-laying March 2, at the Air Force Memorial in Arlington, Va.

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RAAF aircrew complete basic training in Growler

Five Royal Australian Air Force aircrew personnel graduated from basic training at Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 129, the U.S. Navy’s EA-18G Growler Fleet Replacement Squadron, during a ceremony Feb. 27 at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Wash. The graduation marked a milestone in the RAAF-U.S. Navy partnership in airborne electronic attack as it was the…


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Investigation board determines cause of KC-135 crash in May

Posted  March 17, 2014

The U.S. Air ForceAir Mobility Command has released the results of an accident investigation that examined what caused the May 3, 2013, crash of a KC-135 Stratotanker in the Kyrgyz Republic. The crew of three, en route from the Transit Center at Manas to Afghanistan on a combat aerial refueling mission, perished in the mishap….

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U.S. Navy awards General Dynamics $129 million for Mobile Landing Platform 3 AFSB

Posted  March 17, 2014

The U.S. Navy has awarded General Dynamics NASSCO a $128.5 million contract for the detail design and construction of the Mobile Landing Platform 3 Afloat Forward Staging Base. NASSCO is a business unit of General Dynamics. Under the terms of the contract, NASSCO will provide the detail design and construction efforts to convert the MLP…

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Northrop Grumman’s Palmdale Aircraft Integration Center of Excellence recognized by City of Palmdale

Posted  March 17, 2014

The City of Palmdale, Calif., has recognized Northrop Grumman’s commitment to the Antelope Valley with a commendation for the company’s designation of its Palmdale site as one of two Aircraft Integration centers of excellence in the country. This month marks the anniversary of the site being named an Aircraft Integration Center of Excellence. Northrop Grumman’s…

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Air Force requests BRAC from House Appropriations Committee

Posted  March 17, 2014

The Air Force presented to the House Appropriations Committee panel its fiscal 2015 budget request March 12, showing it will take more risk with military construction and military housing and is requesting another round of base realignments and closures. In the (fiscal year) 15 President’s budget request, the Air Force attempted to strike the delicate…

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Hubble celebrates 24th anniversary with infrared image of nearby star factory

Posted  March 17, 2014

In celebration of the 24th anniversary of the launch of NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers have captured infrared-light images of a churning region of star birth 6,400 light-years away.

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Lockheed Martin delivers first KC-130J Super Hercules tanker to U.S. Marine Corps Reserve

Posted  March 17, 2014

The first KC-130J Super Hercules tanker assigned to a U.S. Marine Corps Reserve squadron was ferried March 17 from the Lockheed Martin facility located in Marietta, Ga.

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Headlines – March 14, 2014

Posted  March 14, 2014

News: Chinese raw materials also found on U.S. B-1 bomber, F-16 jets – After discovering China-made components in the F-35 fighter jet, a Pentagon investigation has uncovered Chinese materials in other major U.S. weaponry, including Boeing’s B-1B bomber and certain Lockheed Martin F-16 fighters, the U.S. Defense Department said.  U.S., Israel sign deal to continue financing…

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News Briefs March 14, 2014

Posted  March 14, 2014

U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan at 2,176 As of March 11, at least 2,176 members of the U.S. military had died in Afghanistan as a result of the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, according to an Associated Press count. At least 1,796 military service members have died in Afghanistan as a result of…

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Sequestration would cripple U.S. military strategy, Hagel says

Posted  March 14, 2014

DOD photograph by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel testifies on the Defense Department’s fiscal year 2015 budget request before the House Appropriations Committee’s defense subcommittee in Washington, D.C., March 13, 2014. Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Robert F. Hale, the Defense Department’s comptroller, joined Hagel…

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