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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’s GAU-23 30mm automatic cannon receives type classification for use on Air Force AC-130W gunships

Posted  July 9, 2012

ATK’s modified variant of its Mk44 Bushmaster® Automatic Cannon was recently type classified as the GAU-23 by the U.S. Air Force for integration on AC-130W gunships. A rapid prototyping effort quickly provided the USAF with cannons for operational use. ATK’s Mk44 Bushmaster® Automatic Cannon has long been the medium-caliber weapon of choice for the world’s…

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News Briefs – July 9, 2012

Posted  July 9, 2012

U.S. seeks fiber-optic cable for Guantanamo Bay The U.S. military hopes to install a $40 million underwater fiber-optic cable to improve communications at Guantanamo Bay. A spokesman for the Guantanamo military commissions says the cable would run 800 miles from Guantanamo Bay to South Florida. Army Lt. Col. Todd Breasseale said July 9 that the…

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Navy awards Lockheed Martin $27 million contract for additional VLA missiles

Posted  July 9, 2012

The U.S. Navy awarded Lockheed Martin a $27 million, firm-fixed-price contract to produce components for 22 Vertical Launch anti-submarine missiles.

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Raytheon demonstrates WiPAK® on French Navy RAFALE aircraft

Posted  July 9, 2012

Raytheon has successfully demonstrated a wireless method of integrating its combat-proven Enhanced Pavewayâ„¢ II precision-guided bomb on the French Navy RAFALE aircraft. Called WiPAK®, the avionics kit enables integration of Paveway on a variety of aircraft without any modifications to aircraft wiring or changes to the flight and stores management software. “With WiPAK, warfighters can…

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Sikorsky Aerospace Services, INAER Maintenance sign MOU for support of Spanish government rotary fleet

Posted  July 9, 2012

Sikorsky Aerospace Services announced July 9 the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with INAER Maintenance SAU of Spain to explore aircraft maintenance and support opportunities for the Spanish Ministry of Defense. INAER engages in comprehensive fleet Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul services for commercial and military aircraft worldwide. Sikorsky Aerospace Services is the aftermarket business…

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Align Aerospace receives Silver Boeing Performance Excellence Award

Posted  July 9, 2012

Align Aerospace LLC, a global provider of aerospace fasteners, assembly components and supply chain solutions, has received a Boeing Performance Excellence Award. Boeing issues the award annually to recognize suppliers who have achieved superior performance. This year, Boeing recognized a total of 529 suppliers who achieved either a Gold or Silver level BPEA. Based on…

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Unique MEADS mobile testing capability arrives at White Sands Missile Range

Posted  July 9, 2012

A first-of-its-kind mobile test facility has been delivered to White Sands Missile Range, N.M. to support the Medium Extended Air Defense System.

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U.S.-Afghanistan alliance important to DOD, spokesman says

Posted  July 9, 2012

The U.S. government’s designation of Afghanistan as a major non-NATO ally is “extremely important” to the Defense Department, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said July 9. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced the designation July 7 after meeting with Afghan President Hamid Karzai in the Afghan capital of Kabul. It is intended to provide a…

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Airbus, Boeing airplane production rates straining supply chain

Posted  July 9, 2012

Airbus and Boeing are gearing up to roll out large commercial jetliners in ever-increasing quantities over the next 10 years, according to a new report from Forecast International, but will component suppliers be able to keep up with demand? Forecast International’s newly released “The Market for Large Commercial Jet Transports” projects that 14,655 large commercial…

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CIT, Pratt & Whitney finalize agreement for Airbus A320neo engines

Posted  July 9, 2012

CIT Group Inc., a global leader in transportation finance, and Pratt & Whitney, a division of United Technologies Corp., announced July 9 from the Farnborough International Air Show that they signed a definitive agreement for 60 PurePower PW1100G engines for CIT’s order of Airbus A320neo family aircraft. This agreement follows the memorandum of understanding previously…

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