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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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A-10 fires first-ever laser-guided rocket

Posted  April 3, 2013

Courtesy illustration The 40th Flight Test Squadron completed another first in February when an A-10 Thunderbolt II fired a guided rocket that impacted only inches away from its intended target. The 2.75 diameter, 35-pound, laser-guided rocket is known as the fixed-wing Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System II. Before the Thunderbolt test, the rocket had proved…

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NASA seek academic partners for smallsat technology collaboration

Posted  April 3, 2013

NASA is seeking small spacecraft technology project proposals from U.S. colleges and universities that would like to collaborate with agency researchers. Small spacecraft, or smallsats, represent a growing field of space research and operations in which universities often have led the way in technology development. Smallsats, some of which are as small as a four-inch…

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Edwards Civ Mil Group Spring Mixer attracts Air Force officers

Posted  April 3, 2013

About 96 people attended the Edwards Air Force Base Support Group Spring Mixer March 28 and the breakdown was about 50-50 between Air Force officers and group members.

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Space mission undergoes restructure, moves to ACC

Posted  April 3, 2013

Critical Air Force missions continue from their current locations after the April 2 restructure of Air Force Space Command’s Space Innovation and Development Center at Schriever Air Force Base, Colo. The SIDC restructure and realignment of subordinate organizations is part of the Air Force response to meet future challenges by balancing and realigning like missions…

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Boeing delivers seventh production P-8A Poseidon aircraft to U.S. Navy

Posted  April 3, 2013

The seventh P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft departs Boeing Field in Seattle for Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Fla. Boeing handed over the seventh production P-8A Poseidon to the U.S. Navy on schedule March 29, marking the first delivery from the second low-rate initial production contract awarded in November 2011. The maritime patrol aircraft departed Boeing…

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Third F-35B for United Kingdom makes first flight

Posted  April 3, 2013

  April 1, the third United Kingdom Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II sped down the runway at Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base embarking on its first flight. The aircraft, known as ZM137, departed at 10:16 a.m. with Lockheed Martin F-35 Chief Test Pilot Alan Norman at the controls. ZM137 will complete a…

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Veterans Resources

Posted  April 3, 2013

Veterans Administration www.va.gov Burial, Death Pension, Dependency Indemnity Compensation, Direct Deposit, Directions to VA Benefits Regional Offices, Disability Compensation, Disability Pension, Education, Home Loan Guaranty, Medical Care and Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment: 1-800-827-1000 Beneficiaries in receipt of Pension Benefits: 1-877-294-6380 Debt Management Center (Collection of Non-Medical Debts: 1-800-827-0648 Children of Women Vietnam Veterans, Foreign Medical…

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Events for April 2013

Posted  April 3, 2013

April 1-3 – WCRP Regional Workshop on Stratosphere-Troposphere Processes and their Role in Climate, Kyoto, Japan http://www-mete.kugi.kyoto-u.ac.jp/Kyoto2013/index.html April 2-5 – 47th ESLAB Conference: The Universe as Seen by Planck, Noordwijk, The Netherlands http://congrexprojects.com/13a11 April 2-5 – Conference: The Chemical Cosmos, Windsor, United Kingdom www.isa.au.dk/meetings/chemcos2013/index.asp April 3 – Lecture: Teaching Old Spacecraft New Tricks, London, United…

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Highest, longest flight to date for Masten’s Xombie with Genie payload

Posted  April 3, 2013

NASA photographs by Tom Tshida Masten Space Systems’ Xombie technology demonstration rocket soars aloft, guided by Draper Lab’s GENIE navigation and control system designed to land space vehicles on other bodies in the solar system. MOJAVE, Calif. A rocket-powered, vertical-landing space-access technology demonstrator reached its highest altitude and furthest distance to date March 25 at…

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Aviation photographer addresses Bakersfield Navy League

Posted  April 3, 2013

Photograph by Rebecca Amber Aviation photographer and Mojave Transportation Museum Board Member Alan Radecki. The Bakersfield Council Navy League gathered for their first quarter dinner meeting of 2013 at the American Legion Post 26. The group, which included several World War II Navy veterans, welcomed a special guest for the evening. Aviation photographer and Mojave…

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