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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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NASA announces space station science challenge winners

Posted  January 21, 2013

Students from two schools, one in Iowa and the other in New York, are the winners of the International Space Station (ISS) Science Challenge, NASA announced Jan. 21. Challenge winners from North Tama Elementary in Traer, Iowa, and Madison Elementary in Massena, N.Y., are being inspired to learn more about the space station’s cutting-edge research…

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Aerojet’s AJ26 Engine Completes Successful Hot Fire in Support of Antares(TM) Rocket

Posted  January 21, 2013

Courtesy Photo The AJ26 engine completes successful hot fire test at NASA’s Stennis Space Center. SACRAMENTO, Calif., Jan. 18, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Aerojet, a GenCorp (NYSE:GY) company, announced today that its AJ26 engine successfully completed a hot fire test this evening at NASA’s Stennis Space Center. Orbital Sciences Corporation (NYSE:ORB), Aerojet and NASA monitored…

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AEDC engineers’ AIAA award-winning technical paper sets stage for future hypersonic program test capability

Posted  January 21, 2013

An American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics award-winning technical paper, authored by Arnold Engineering Development Complex’s Tom Fetterhoff and Wade Burfitt, represents a significant stepping stone to the future of hypersonic weapons system program development. The AIAA Hypersonics Program Committee recently selected “Overview of the Advanced Propulsion Test Technology Hypersonic Aero Propulsion Clean Air Testbed…

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Boeing rejects SPEEA offer, makes ‘final’offer

Posted  January 18, 2013

The Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace, IFPTE Local 2001 is currently in contract talks with Boeing. Talks that will affect union members in Palmdale, Calif., and at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., as well as workers in Washington State. Jan. 16, the union proposed incorporating areas of agreement from ongoing negotiations into existing…

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Headlines: January 18, 2013

Posted  January 18, 2013

Defense West Point center cites dangers of ‘far right’ in U.S. A West Point think tank has issued a paper warning America about “far right” groups such as the “anti-federalist” movement, which supports “civil activism, individual freedoms and self-government.”   Space Fermi telescope may change to dark matter hunting The Universe’s highest-energy light could finally…

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News Briefs – January 18, 2013

Posted  January 18, 2013

U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan at 2,043 As of Jan. 16, 2013, at least 2,043 members of the U.S. military had died in Afghanistan as a result of the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, according to an Associated Press count. At least 1,704 military service members have died in Afghanistan as a result…

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‘Gliding’ to space: A novel means of launching space satellites

Posted  January 18, 2013

NASA image Early artist rendering of the Towed Glider Air-Launch Concept, showing the towed glider following rocket launch. A notional tow aircraft is seen clearing the launch area. NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center is developing a novel rocket-launching technique called the Towed Glider Air-Launch Concept that could significantly reduce the cost and improve the efficiency…

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Business

Business briefs – January 18, 2013

Posted  January 18, 2013

Raytheon establishes Global Business Services group Raytheon has established a new Global Business Services (GBS) group to build on the success of its well-instituted enterprise efficiency initiatives by applying proven service delivery practices more broadly across the company. Raytheon GBS brings together best practices of the company’s supply chain management, finance, information technology and human…

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Elbit Systems of America to provide U.S. Army with Skylark® I LE, Block 2

Posted  January 18, 2013

Elbit Systems of America, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Elbit Systems Ltd., has been selected for award by the U.S. Army ACC-APG, Natick Contracting Division on behalf of the Small Unmanned Aircraft System Product Office. Elbit Systems of America was selected with four other companies to provide the full spectrum of SUAS products. The scope…

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War fighters discuss mission accomplishment at WEPTAC

Posted  January 18, 2013

Air Force photograph by SrA. Brett Clashman Approximately 670 war fighters from across the Air Combat Command gathered Jan. 3 to 16 at the Weapons and Tactics conference, Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., hosted by the U.S. Air Force Warfare Center. Attendees discussed ways to efficiently and effectively accomplish the Air Force mission with equipment…

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