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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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Lockheed Martin team completes Delta PDR for Next GPS III satellite capabilities

Posted  April 10, 2013

Lockheed Martin has successfully completed a Delta Preliminary Design Review for the next Global Positioning System III satellite vehicles planned under the U.S. Air Force’s GPS III program. The GPS III program will affordably replace aging GPS satellites, while improving capability to meet the evolving demands of military, commercial and civilian users. GPS III satellites…

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Lockheed Martin names VP, deputy program manager For F-35

Posted  April 10, 2013

Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company announced that Jeff Babione has been selected to serve as vice president and deputy program manager of the F-35 Lightning II program. Bridget Lauderdale, vice president and general manager of Aeronautics Operations, will lead the F-16/F-22 Integrated Fighter Group programs in an acting capacity until a permanent replacement for Babione is…

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Air Combat Command stands down units due to budget cuts

Posted  April 10, 2013

Air Force officials will begin to stand down active-duty combat units starting April 9 to ensure the remaining units supporting worldwide operations can maintain sufficient readiness through the remainder of the fiscal year. The stand down is the result of cuts to Air Combat Command’s operations and maintenance account, which must be implemented in part…

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Operation ‘Deep Freeze’ wraps up for the season

Posted  April 10, 2013

Courtesy photograph Personnel from the National Science Foundation depart an Air Force C-17 Globemaster III at McMurdo Station, Antarctica, Oct. 28, 2010. Following the arrival March 18 of SKIER 75 – the last LC-130 “Skibird” aircraft to depart the Operation Deep Freeze Joint Operating Area, the 2012-2013 ODF season completed another successful, yet challenging campaign….

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NASA’s Twitter account wins back-to-back Shorty Awards

Posted  April 10, 2013

NASA’s official Twitter feed, @NASA, has won its second consecutive Shorty award for the best government use of social media. The Shorty Award honors the best of social media across sites such as Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, YouTube, Foursquare and others. NASA took the prize April 8 at the fifth annual Shorty Awards ceremony in New…

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Airman keeps squadron ‘in the fight’

Posted  April 10, 2013

When 26th Expeditionary Rescue Squadron HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopters scramble for a casualty evacuation mission, the environment they are flying into is unpredictable.

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More than 1,400 students explore aviation careers at Van Nuys Airport

Posted  April 10, 2013

More than 1,400 high school students, more than 40 exhibitors and an array of static aircraft participated in the eighth annual The Skyís the Limit: Aviation Career Day hosted by MP Aero, Van Nuys Airport, Calif., and The Valley Economic Alliance April 5. Congressman Tony C·rdenas spoke to the students about taking their future into…

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Northrop Grumman G/ATOR radar system completes government testing at Wallops Island

Posted  April 10, 2013

The AN/TPS-80 Ground/Air Task Oriented Radar system completed two phases of government developmental testing at the Surface Combat Systems Center in Wallops Island, Va., and has moved into the latest phase of developmental testing in preparation for the future U.S. Marine Corps’ operational assessment. G/ATOR is the first ground-based, multimission radar to be developed for…

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DOD releases fiscal 2014 defense budget proposal

Posted  April 10, 2013

President Barack Obama April 10 sent to Congress a proposed defense budget of $526.6 billion in discretionary budget authority to fund defense programs in the base budget for fiscal year 2014. The budget continues the department’s commitment to good stewardship of taxpayer dollars by seeking further consolidation of defense infrastructure, instituting a study of possible…

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Raytheon demonstrates new Joint Standoff Weapon Extended Range integrated fuel system

Posted  April 10, 2013

Raytheon successfully demonstrated a new integrated fuel system for the company’s extended range version of the Joint Standoff Weapon. During the test, a new production representative tactical fuel tank and fuel delivery system were integrated with the TJ-150 turbojet engine on a modified JSOW C-1 air vehicle. The functional ground test verified the end-to-end operations…

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