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Toward the Unknown: Edwards AFB meets Hollywood

Up late the other night and looking at late night viewing options on the small screen, I saw that the movie Toward the Unknown was on offer at midnight on TCM. “What the heck,” I thought — sleep is overrated and I needed a fix of good old American aviation movie making!

Photograph by Dennis Anderson Local

‘Gunny and Me’: One story among many

The story that connected my life to R. Lee Ermey, the thunder-spitting volcano of drill field invective in Stanley Kubrick’s “Full Metal Jacket,” began as a routine interview story. It is only one among thousands of stories about Ermey, but it is something like his Marine Corps ode to the rifle: “There are many like it, but this one is mine.”

NASA photograph by Kim Shiflett Space

NASA Planet Hunter on its way to orbit

NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite launched on the first-of-its-kind mission to find worlds beyond our solar system, including some that could support life.

Marine Corps photograph by Sgt. Laiqa Hitt Defense

DOD must be more agile in technology development, official says

The Defense Department must embrace a more agile approach to technology development to keep pace with rapidly evolving adversaries, the undersecretary of defense for research and engineering told lawmakers April 17.

Marine Corps photograph by Cpl. Stormy Mendez Defense

3-D printer-capable Marines print replacement part for F-35

Marines with Combat Logistic Battalion 31, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, are now capable of ‘additive manufacturing,’ also known as 3-D printing.  This innovative technique is the process of replicating a digital 3-D model in the real world. 3-D printing software breaks the digital model down into layers which can be reproduced by the printer. The printer then builds the model from the ground up, layer by layer, creating a tangible object.


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Business

UTC Aerospace Systems to deliver new wheels and brakes to U.S. Air Force for 475 F-15 aircraft

Posted  July 11, 2016

UTC Aerospace Systems, a unit of United Technologies Corp., will deliver new wheels and brakes to the U.S. Air Force for 475 of its F-15 aircraft, with the first deliveries scheduled to begin in August. The wheels and brakes feature the latest in technology and industry-leading innovation. The new carbon brakes will provide four times…

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Business

Boeing, Mahindra Defence Systems open C-17 training center for Indian Air Force

Posted  July 11, 2016

Boeing and Mahindra Defence Systems July 8 formally opened a center in Gurgaon to provide C-17 training services to the Indian Air Force.

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Business

F-35 program announces phase II cost reduction initiatives

Posted  July 11, 2016

The Department of Defense announced two initiatives with industry to reduce F-35 Lightning II production and sustainment costs July 11. The first is a two-year extension of the “Blueprint for Affordability for Production” program announced in 2014, and the second is the creation of a similar concept to reduce the operation and sustainment costs of…

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Defense

Ogden ALC delivers 12th F-35A

Posted  July 11, 2016

The Ogden Air Logistics Complex in Ogden, Utah, recently completed modifications on the 12th F-35A Lightning II for the Air Force's active-duty 388th Fighter Wing and Reserve 419th Fighter Wing.

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News

News Briefs – July 11, 2016

Posted  July 11, 2016

Iranian fighter jet crashes, pilots survive Iranian state TV says an air force Sukhoi-24 has crashed while on patrol near the southern city of Shiraz, and that the two pilots ejected and survived. The July 10 report did not say what caused the fighter jet crash, but said an investigation is underway. Iran signed a…

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