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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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Spirit AeroSystems rolls out first KC-46A Tanker forward fuselage section

Posted  July 29, 2013

Spirit AeroSystems, Inc., celebrated the completion of the first forward fuselage section, Section 41, destined for integration into the Boeing KC-46A tanker. In a rollout ceremony July 26, Boeing and U.S. Air Force representatives joined Spirit leadership and employees to mark the occasion. “Right now we the fly KC-135R models and they are great and…

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Hagel, Winnefeld honor Korean War vets, those still serving there

Posted  July 29, 2013

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Navy Adm. James Winnefeld remembered the Korean War as the first time the world united under the banner of the United Nations†to stand up to aggression and support the rule of law. The men spoke July 27 at the ceremony here marking the 60th anniversary of the armistice ending active…

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Spirit AeroSystems announces 360 layoffs

Posted  July 29, 2013

Spirit AeroSystems is laying off about 360 salaried support and management employees at its Kansas and Oklahoma facilities, the Wichita-based aircraft parts maker announced July 25. The company said that while it had a ìcost challenge to address, its core business is performing well at unprecedented production rate that is driving its revenue, earnings and…

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First Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner features new Boeing livery

Posted  July 29, 2013

Boeing is on track to roll out and fly the 787-9, currently in final production, in late summer

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Rob Weiss named lead for Lockheed Martinís Skunk Works

Posted  July 29, 2013

Lockheed Martin recently announced that Rob Weiss has been selected executive vice president and general manager of Aeronautics Advanced Development Programs, also known as the Skunk Works. “Our business environment is changing, and this leadership realignment is an important example of how we are taking action to better position ADP and Aeronautics to support our…

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Arrests bring drop in Seattle VA travel claims

Posted  July 29, 2013

A funny thing happened after federal authorities arrested several military veterans last year and accused them of lying about how far they drove to get to medical appointments at the Veterans Administration hospital in Seattle. A bunch of others who didn’t get busted stopped filing for so much money in mileage reimbursements, and the VA…

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Post-9/11 GI Bill celebrates fourth anniversary

Posted  July 29, 2013

Aug. 1, marks the fourth anniversary of the Post-9/11 GI Bill. The VA has issued approximately $30 billion in Post 9/11 GI-Bill benefit payments since its inception in August 2009 and helped nearly 1 million service members, veterans and their families pursue their education. ìThe Post-9/11 GI Bill has helped many of our Nationís Veterans…

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Headlines July 26, 2013

Posted  July 26, 2013

News GPS flaw could let terrorists hijack ships, planes The world’s GPS system is vulnerable to hackers or terrorists who could use it to hijack ships – even commercial airliners, according to a frightening new study that exposes a huge potential hole in national security.   Business Arms makers boost profits despite Pentagon budget headwinds…

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News Briefs July 26, 2013

Posted  July 26, 2013

Alabama governor seeks help with Guard furloughs Alabama’s governor has written the president to try to get help with furloughs for some Alabama National Guard members. Gov. Robert Bentley asked President Barrack Obama to direct the Department of Defense to grant the state’s National Guard the authority to shift funds and avoid further furloughs of…

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7th Fleet discusses Harrier jettisoned ordnance retrieval

Posted  July 26, 2013

Navy photograph An AV-8B Harrier assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 266 (Reinforced), 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (26th MEU) lands on the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3).   In coordination with the Australian Defence Force, U.S. Seventh Fleet will take the lead in the safe retrieval and disposal of four bombs which…

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