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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 receives $90 million U.S. Army Apache M-TADS/PNVS performance based logistics contract

Posted  January 18, 2013

  Lockheed Martin has received a $90.6 million Performance Based Logistics contract from the U.S. Army for sustainment of the Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor (M-TADS/PNVS) system. The firm, fixed price contract provides a comprehensive sustainment solution that enables mission readiness, reduces operation and support costs, and drives reliability and maintainability improvements….

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World War II soldier, character actor Charles Durning to be interred at Arlington

Posted  January 18, 2013

DOD photograph by PO1 Chad J. McNeeley Triple Purple Heart holder, Silver Star recipient and award-winning character actor Charles Durning, who died at 89 on Christmas eve of natural causes, will be laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery, Va., Feb. 21, 2013. Pictured here, actor Joe Mantegna introduces World War II hero and Academy…

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Sikorsky, Boeing partner for Joint Multi-Role future vertical lift requirements

Posted  January 18, 2013

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp., and Boeing signed a teaming agreement Jan. 13 to submit a joint proposal in response to the U.S. Army Aviation Applied Technology Directorate solicitation for the Army’s Joint Multi-Role Technology Demonstrator Phase 1 program. The JMR TD supports the Department of Defense’s Future Vertical Lift program…

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Sequestration will hollow out force fast, Dempsey says

Posted  January 18, 2013

The across-the-board spending cuts that would result if a “sequestration” mechanism in budget law kicks in March 1 will hollow out U.S. military forces faster than most Americans imagine, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said Jan. 17. Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey said during a recent news briefing that if sequestration happens,…

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Lockheed Martin JLTV undergoes successful design review

Posted  January 18, 2013

Lockheed Martin’s family of Joint Light Tactical Vehicles successfully completed a top-to-bottom government design review in late December, well ahead of the first Engineering and Manufacturing Development JLTVs that will begin rolling off the assembly line this spring. The Design Understanding Review, which was held Dec. 18 through 20, assessed all elements of Lockheed Martin’s…

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Natick tube foods keep U-2 pilots flying high

Posted  January 18, 2013

Imagine Key lime pie with the consistency of baby food squirting out of a container roughly the size of a toothpaste tube. The thought of it might make your stomach churn, but one group of high-flying consumers has given two thumbs up to the dessert choice. These discerning diners also think beef stew, truffle macaroni…

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Morin talks sequestration, near-term budget actions

Posted  January 18, 2013

The acting under secretary of the Air Force described how the nation’s fiscal challenges are affecting the service to a group of civic and industry leaders in Arlington, Va., Jan. 15. Dr. Jamie Morin spoke to members of industry, the Air Force, the Air Force Association and media as part of AFA’s monthly breakfast program…

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Ball Aerospace completes performance testing for James Webb Space Telescope aft optics subsystem

Posted  January 18, 2013

Ball Aerospace & Technologies photograph Ball Aerospace has completed all performance testing for the James Webb aft-optics subsystem. Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. has completed all performance testing for NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope aft-optics subsystem (AOS) under contract to the Northrop Grumman Corporation. Since May of 2012, the AOS has undergone a series of…

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Pratt & Whitney delivers final production F119 engine to U.S. Air Force

Posted  January 18, 2013

Pratt & Whitney Military Engines Jan. 17 delivered the 507th and last production F119 engine to the U.S. Air Force for its F-22 Raptor fleet. The F119 Final Engine Delivery ceremony at the Middletown, Conn. Engine Center was held with representatives from the Air Force, Lockheed Martin and Boeing in attendance. Pratt & Whitney is…

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Boeing: 787 production continues as planned
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After another emergency, U.S. grounds Boeing 787s

Posted  January 18, 2013

Boeing: 787 production continues as planned Boeing says production of its 787 is continuing as planned, even though airlines have grounded the plane because of safety concerns. Federal aviation officials grounded the plane until they can figure out a solution to electrical problems that have caused one battery to catch fire and another to leak…

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