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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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U.S. Navy calls on BAE Systems to provide critical mine detection sensor prototype

Posted  April 10, 2013

BAE Systems has been awarded a $20 million contract to develop an advanced prototype system that detects mines and obstacles in near-shore waters for the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps. As part of the Coastal Battlefield Reconnaissance and Analysis program, the laser-based airborne system will provide 24-hour capability to ensure our troopsí safe transition from…

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AEDC prepares for an acceptance test in the Space Threat Assessment Testbed facility

Posted  April 10, 2013

Air Force photograph by Jacqueline Cowan Capt. Nicolas Bauer (right) and 2nd Lt. Akshay Tripathi, in the AEDC Space and Missile Test division, install a microsatellite in AEDCís new Space Threat Assessment Testbed to conduct an initial site acceptance test. The initial site acceptance test is the equivalent to the halfway point of mission capability….

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Raytheon Anschuetz to supply Integrated Bridge to Royal Navy of Oman

Posted  April 10, 2013

Raytheon Anschuetz, a German based, indirect, wholly-owned subsidiary of Raytheon, has been awarded a contract to provide the company’s Integrated Bridge and Navigation Systems for four Offshore Patrol Vessels for the Royal Navy of Oman. Proven and deployed on commercial vessels, the Integrated Bridge and Navigation Systems are scalable and adaptable to meet the needs…

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Northrop Grumman awarded U.S. Navy contract to upgrade, enhance NGC2P tactical data link processor

Posted  April 10, 2013

The U.S. Navy has awarded Northrop Grumman an $80 million contract to upgrade and enhance the Next Generation Command and Control Processor. The NGC2P system is a tactical data link communication processor that provides critical real-time information about friendly and enemy activity during combat operations. The five-year, indefinite-quantity, indefinite-delivery NGC2P Technology Refresh and Link 22…

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‘Compass Call’ing: Are you listening?

Posted  April 10, 2013

Air Force photograph by SSgt. David Dobrydney Tech. Sgt. Justin Longway checks a patch panel aboard an EC-130 Compass Call March 23, 2013, at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. The 41st EECS flies nightly missions in support of troops on the ground. Longway is an airborne maintenance technician with the 41st Expeditionary Electronic Combat Squadron. Even high…

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Draken International takes to the skies

Posted  April 10, 2013

Draken International, a provider of commercial air services, has announced that the company's recently acquired aircraft from New Zealand have taken their first flights in American airspace.

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ANG airmen rescue researcher from glacier

Posted  April 10, 2013

CAMP DENALI, Alaska – Airmen with the Alaska Air National Guard’s 210th, 211th and 212th Rescue Squadrons rescued a snowmobiler who fell 80 feet into a glacier crevasse April 4. According to the Associated Press, Tom Douglas, 41, of Fairbanks, landed unhurt on his feet on a ledge at Jarvis Glacier near Delta Junction. Alaska…

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Northrop Grumman receives contract modification for Global Hawk

Posted  April 10, 2013

Northrop Grumman recently received an undefinitized contract award valued at more than $71 million for its Global Hawk unmanned aircraft system from the U.S. Air Force. Issued by the Global Hawk Systems Program Office at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio, the award is an add-on to a previous Lot 10 contract for block…

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Boeing delivers FAB-T test units to U.S. Air Force

Posted  April 10, 2013

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. The Boeing family of Advanced Beyond Line-of-Sight Terminals wideband communications program has entered a new phase by delivering the first two engineering development models to the U.S. Air Force. Able to perform nearly all FAB-T production terminal mission functions, the models will be tested through June under realistic operational conditions aboard aircraft…

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Sikorsky teams with Brazilian Air Force academics to teach rotorcraft technology

Posted  April 10, 2013

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp., announced April 9 that it has signed a Letter of Interest with the Brazilian Instituto Tecnologico de Aeronautica to establish a Rotorcraft Innovation Team. Rated as one of the top universities in Brazil in engineering and related fields, ITA is a federal government institution dedicated to…

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