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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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Air Force, NASA leaders review F-22 findings, fixes with congressional subcommittee

Posted  September 17, 2012

Air Force and NASA leaders testified Sept. 13 before the House Armed Services Committee's Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces about the F-22 Raptor.

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First planets found around sun-like stars in a cluster

Posted  September 17, 2012

NASA-funded astronomers have, for the first time, spotted planets orbiting sun-like stars in a crowded cluster of stars. The findings offer the best evidence yet planets can sprout up in dense stellar environments. Although the newfound planets are not habitable, their skies would be starrier than what we see from Earth. The starry-skied planets are…

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NATO transformation chief encourages ‘smart defense’ strategy

Posted  September 17, 2012

Despite fiscal challenges, NATO members should work together to develop the right capabilities to adapt to future challenges, NATO’s top transformation officer said in Washington, D.C., Sept. 17. At a Pentagon news conference, Gen. Stephane Abrial of the French air force, NATO’s supreme allied commander for transformation, encouraged the use of the alliance’s “Smart Defense”…

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U.S., Japan agree to add second radar installation

Posted  September 17, 2012

DOD photograph by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo U.S. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta walks with U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Salvatore A. Angelella, commander of U.S. Forces Japan, upon arriving in Tokyo, Sept. 16, 2012. Panetta is scheduled to visit with defense counterparts in Tokyo before traveling to Beijing and Auckland, New Zealand, during a week-long…

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Leaders to committee: Air Force on track for 2014 auditability deadline

Posted  September 17, 2012

Leaders from each armed service and the Defense Department testified Sept. 14 to the House Armed Services Committee about the DOD’s efforts to become auditable by 2014. The original auditable date was 2017, but Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta accelerated that goal in late 2011 by setting a DOD-wide 2014 deadline for audit readiness. “We…

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Northrop Grumman unveils fleet readiness app ReadyBlue(tm)

Posted  September 17, 2012

Northrop Grumman has unveiled ReadyBlue(tm), a mobile app able to give secure, real-time insight into aircraft readiness, fleet readiness and mission capability rates.

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Leaders look at Army of 2020 and beyond

Posted  September 17, 2012

As the Army transitions away from wartime commitments, what should the strategic focus be for future challenges?

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23 Of 28 Super Hercules For Dyess AFB

Posted  September 17, 2012

Lockheed Martin photograph by John Rossino Another C-130J Super Hercules was delivered to Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, from the Lockheed Martin facility in Marietta, Ga., Sept. 13. Flying the aircraft to Dyess was Brig. Gen. Lee K. Levy II, Director of Logistics, Headquarters Air Mobility Command, Scott Air Force Base, Ill.

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Predator B demonstrates automatic takeoff, landing capability

Posted  September 17, 2012

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. announced Sept. 17 that its Predator(r) B/MQ-9 Reaper RPA has successfully completed 106 full-stop Automatic Takeoff and Landing Capability landings, a first for the multi-mission aircraft. The milestone was first achieved with four ATLC landings on June 27 at the company’s Gray Butte Flight Operations Facility in Palmdale, Calif. GA-ASI…

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Air Force leaders attend AFA remembrance ceremony

Posted  September 17, 2012

Air Force photograph by Jim Varhegyi From the left: Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III, Air Force Association Chairman of the Board S.Sanford Schlitt and the Senior Enlisted Leader to the Chief, National Guard Bureau CMSgt. Denise Jelinski-Hall render honors during a wreath laying…

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