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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!

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‘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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Headlines – April 7, 2017

Posted  April 7, 2017

News Military brass warn Congress of budget gridlock’s impact – The U.S. military’s top brass warned lawmakers April 5 it will mean lost lives, halted training and sidelined equipment if Congress punts on spending legislation for this year and forces the military to operate for the next five months under fiscal 2016 levels.   Navy…

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News Briefs – April 7, 2017

Posted  April 7, 2017

Top general on Congress’ failure on budget: Malpractice The Army’s chief of staff says Congress is committing professional malpractice by failing to pass a defense spending bill for the current fiscal year. Gen. Mark Milley and the chiefs of the other military services are testifying April 5 before the House Armed Services Committee. The four-star…

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High Desert Hangar Stories with Bob Alvis

Posted  April 7, 2017

I have to admit that I’m a pretty blessed guy when it comes to being able to experience the passion I have had since I was a young lad. Something about growing up in the 1950s and 1960s most of us found ourselves intrigued with planes, trains and automobiles.

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Potential Mars airplane resumes flight

Posted  April 7, 2017

Flight tests have resumed on subscale aircraft that could one day observe the Martian atmosphere and a variant that will improve collection of Earth’s weather data.

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White Knights and starry skies: Toward commercial space travel

Posted  April 7, 2017

Visitors to the recent Los Angeles County Air Show at Fox Field in Lancaster, Calif., were treated to a presentation by two test pilots from Virgin Galactic, the privately-funded space company owned by Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Group and Abu Dhabi’s Aabar Investments PJS.

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