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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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Acting undersecretary of the Air Force appointed

Posted  July 10, 2012

On July 3, President Barack Obama appointed Dr. Jamie Morin to serve as the acting undersecretary of the Air Force. He will serve in this capacity effective immediately and until such time as a new undersecretary is nominated by the president and confirmed by the Senate. Morin said he welcomed the new responsibilities. “I appreciate…

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Pacific Partnership 2012 Welcomes New Participants

Posted  July 10, 2012

Nearly half way through the Pacific Partnership 2012 mission, another wave of participants from various countries and non-governmental organizations joined the ship’s team while in port in Subic Bay, Philippines, July 7. While in Subic Bay, 131 staff finished their role in the mission and were replaced by 139 new team members eager to start…

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Norway fires first ground-based Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile from NASAMS launcher

Posted  July 10, 2012

The Royal Norwegian Air Force successfully fired a Raytheon Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile from a National Advanced Surface-to-Air-Missile System. During the first-of-its-kind test at the Andoya Rocket Range in Northern Norway, the ESSM intercepted and destroyed an air target. “Completion of this live-fire exercise is a major step forward in our efforts to qualify ESSM…

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Lockheed Martin to deliver Sniper Advanced Targeting Pods to Royal Air Force of Oman

Posted  July 10, 2012

Lockheed Martin has received a $23 million contract from the Royal Air Force of Oman to provide additional Sniper® Advanced Targeting Pods (ATP) for their F-16 fleet.

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Embraer selects Boeing to provide weapons integration for A-29 Super Tucano

Posted  July 10, 2012

Embraer and Boeing at the Farnborough Airshow July 10 announced an agreement that further enhances the collaboration between the two companies and brings additional capabilities to Embraer’s A-29 Super Tucano through new weapons integration developments to meet future customer requirements. The new weapons integration capacity enhances the solution presented to the U.S. Air Force Light…

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Northrop Grumman’s NG-AGS completes field test, readies for next phase

Posted  July 10, 2012

Northrop Grumman announced July 10 that its Next Generation Automated Detection System for homeland defense applications has successfully completed a rigorous field test and is ready for the program’s next phase. The NG-ADS technology is a competitor for the Department of Homeland Security’s upcoming BioWatch Gen-3 Phase II acquisition. The program seeks to deploy a…

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Bradley upgrades: Ahead of schedule, under budget

Posted  July 10, 2012

BAE Systems recently completed Bradley Urban Survivability Kit III upgrades to 236 U.S. Army Bradley A3 Fighting Vehicles stationed in Korea one month early and 20 percent under budget.

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BAE Systems’ Taranis passes the test

Posted  July 10, 2012

Taranis, the United Kingdom's unmanned combat air system technology demonstrator, has successfully completed a series of key tests on the way to commencing flight trials in 2013.

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XCOR establishing new commercial spaceflight R&D center in Texas

Posted  July 9, 2012

The Midland Development Corporation and XCOR Aerospace jointly announced July 9 the establishment of XCOR’s new Commercial Space Research and Development Center Headquarters that will be created over the next 18 months in Midland, Texas. XCOR manufactures reusable rocket engines for major aerospace prime contractors and is the designer, manufacturer and operator of the Lynx,…

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Reopened supply routes mean cost savings, spokesman says

Posted  July 9, 2012

Pakistan’s decision to reopen ground supply routes on its border with Afghanistan will allow the Defense Department to save tens of millions of dollars transporting material in and out of Afghanistan, a senior Pentagon spokesman said July 5. Navy Capt. John Kirby said officials estimate that use of the reopened routes will save $70 million…

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