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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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News Briefs August 16, 2013

Posted  August 16, 2013

Employer sued over Reserve airman’s firing The U.S. Attorneyís Office is suing an employer on behalf of a military member whose job was terminated after he returned from required military training. Regal Contractors fired Lon Fluman, a senior airman at Dover Air Force Base, Del., from his job as a maintenance technician last year after…

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Lockheed Martin conducts successful PAC-3 missile flight test at White Sands Missile Range

Posted  August 16, 2013

Lockheed Martin conducted a successful PAC-3 Missile flight test Aug. 15 at White Sands Missile Range, N.M., in which PAC-3 successfully detected, tracked and intercepted an aerodynamic, threat-representative tactical ballistic missile target. The ripple fire engagement of two PAC-3 Missiles resulted in the first interceptor destroying the target. The second PAC-3 Missile was self-destructed on…

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SAIC awarded contract by Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency

Posted  August 16, 2013

Science Applications International Corporation has been awarded a prime contract by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to provide deep ocean acoustic detection for Transformational Reliable Acoustic Path Systems. The single-award cost-plus fixed-fee contract has a fourteen-month base period of performance, one six-month option, and a total contract value of approximately $10 million if the…

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Boeing EMARSS aircraft begin U.S. Army flight tests

Posted  August 16, 2013

Two Boeing Enhanced Medium Altitude Reconnaissance and Surveillance System aircraft have arrived at Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland for airborne tests of the target-tracking capabilities they will provide to the U.S. Army. The extensively modified Beechcraft King Air 350 ER aircraft will undergo mission systems calibration and testing to certify them prior to delivery. It’s…

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Northrop Grumman’s MQ-8B Fire Scout unmanned helicopter passes 5,000 flight hours supporting operations in Afghanistan

Posted  August 16, 2013

The Northrop Grumman-built MQ-8B Fire Scout unmanned helicopter surpassed 5,000 flight hours while providing critical surveillance capabilities to field commanders in Afghanistan. Since deploying to Afghanistan in 2011, the MQ-8 Fire Scout system has provided real-time airborne surveillance and targeting supporting counter improvised explosive devices, provided targeting support and delivered real-time video to military forces…

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NASA commercial crew partner SpaceX completes orbit, entry review

Posted  August 16, 2013

NASA Commercial Crew Program partner Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) recently reviewed the systems critical to sustaining crews in orbit and returning them safely to Earth aboard the company’s Dragon spacecraft. SpaceX is one of three commercial space companies working under NASA’s Commercial Crew Integrated Capability initiative to develop spaceflight capabilities that eventually could provide launch…

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NASA selects innovative technology proposals for suborbital flights

Posted  August 16, 2013

NASA has selected for possible flight demonstration 10 proposals from six U.S. states for reusable, suborbital technology payloads and vehicle capability enhancements with the potential to revolutionize future space missions. After the concepts are developed, NASA may choose to fly the technologies to the edge of space and back on U.S. commercial suborbital vehicles and…

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Dynamatic Technologies, AeroVironment sign teaming agreement for unmanned aerial vehicles

Posted  August 16, 2013

Dynamatic Technologies and AeroVironment, Inc., a world leader in Unmanned Aircraft Systems, have signed a Teaming Agreement to address the growing global demand for Unmanned Aircraft Systems. The agreement provides for the manufacture of UAVs in India, which will enable DynamaticÆ and AeroVironment to work together on a number of business opportunities for potential customers…

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Navy names Littoral Combat Ship Indianapolis

Posted  August 16, 2013

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced Aug. 16 that the next Freedom-variant littoral combat ship (LCS) will be named USS Indianapolis. USS Indianapolis, designated LCS 17, will be the third ship to bear the name. The previous Indianapolis is best known for its role in World War II, where it operated from Pearl Harbor…

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Northrop Grumman to build MK54 lightweight torpedo nose arrays for U.S. Navy

Posted  August 16, 2013

Northrop Grumman has been awarded a contract by the U.S. Navy for the production of acoustic nose arrays for the MK54 lightweight torpedo in support of Navy and foreign military sales requirements. The initial scope is for 428 nose arrays with a potential for as many as 3,000 over the life of the contract. The…

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