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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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ATK demonstrates high-power MegaFlex solar array for NASA

Posted  January 24, 2014

ATK demonstrated full deployment of a large MegaFlex solar array under a NASA contract to further the development of a high-power system to be used for future robotic and manned exploration missions. ATK’s 32 feet diameter Solar Electric Propulsion MegaFlex solar array design is capable of generating approximately 40kW of power with two wings when…

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Boeing rolls out first 787 Dreamliner at increased production rate

Posted  January 24, 2014

Boeing has rolled out the first Boeing 787 Dreamliner built at the rate of 10 airplanes per month.

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PACOM keys capabilities to 21st-century Asia-Pacific

Posted  January 24, 2014

America’s rebalance to the Asia-Pacific region is on track, and U.S. Pacific Command is staying on top of the growing sophistication of today’s weapon systems in what Pacom commander Navy Adm. Samuel J. Locklear III calls “the most militarized region in the world.” Locklear briefed the press at the Pentagon Jan. 23 on Pacom’s progress…

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Pentagon to review strategic nuclear deterrence mission

Posted  January 24, 2014

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has directed a review of U.S. strategic nuclear deterrence forces and their ability to carry out their mission, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Adm. John Kirby said Jan. 23. At a Pentagon press briefing, Kirby said the secretary still has confidence in the strategic deterrence force, but seeks to upgrade the entire…

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First manufacturing employees for Airbus Alabama assembly line start training in Germany

Posted  January 24, 2014

The first group of employees who will support the production processes for Airbus U.S.-based A320 Family assembly line in Mobile, Ala., reported for their on-the-job-training in Hamburg earlier this month. Over the next months, the manufacturing engineers, station managers and a quality manager will work alongside their counterparts in Germany to become familiar with production…

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Sierra Nevada Corporation announces new space plans for NASA’s Kennedy Space Center

Posted  January 24, 2014

In the latest example of NASA Kennedy Space Center’s transformation into a multi-user spaceport, Sierra Nevada Corporation of Louisville, Colo., announced Jan. 23 steps it will take to prepare for a November 2016 orbital flight of its Dream Chaser spacecraft from Florida’s Space Coast. The announcement included the purchase of an Atlas V rocket from…

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Smarter robots likely in Army’s future, planners say

Posted  January 24, 2014

Army photograph by C. Todd Lopez A Small Unmanned Ground Vehicle walks down the steps of the Pentagon during a technology display, in 2008. Unmanned robots already have proven their worth on the battlefield, neutralizing improvised explosive devices, and more capable ones are coming in the future, according to the commander of U.S. Army Training…

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Northrop Grumman-built BAMS-D UAV surpasses 10,000 combat flying hours

Posted  January 24, 2014

The Northrop Grumman built unmanned demonstrator aircraft used for maritime surveillance missions by the U.S. Navy surpassed 10,000 combat flying hours supporting intelligence-gathering missions in the Middle East.

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Virgin Galactic announces successful test firings of new liquid rocket engines for LauncherOne

Posted  January 24, 2014

MOJAVE, Calif. Virgin Galactic, the worlds first commercial spaceline, announced Jan. 23 that it has reached a significant milestone in the testing of a new family of liquid rocket engines for LauncherOne, the companys small satellite launch vehicle. As part of a rapid development program, Virgin Galactic has now hot-fired both a 3,500 lbf thrust…

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First Luke F-35 pilot training at Eglin

Posted  January 24, 2014

Flying is a concept that captures the imagination of some people at a very young age; hence the success of characters like Peter Pan, Superman and even a flying house in the 2009 movie "Up."

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