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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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Boeing system could bring precision to laser weapons

Posted  February 18, 2015

Boeing has been awarded a $29.5 million contract to design and develop a beam control system that could provide exceptional accuracy for laser weapons on U.S. Navy warships. Boeing will begin to design a prototype High Power Beam Control Subsystem thatís compatible with High Energy Lasers based on solid-state laser technology. Boeingís solution will be…

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Headlines February 13, 2015

Posted  February 13, 2015

News: Twenty-two Marines hurt in California training accident – Nearly two dozen Marines were treated for exposure to a fire retardant gas Feb. 12 after an extinguishing system accidently went off in an assault vehicle during a training exercise, but there were no serious injuries, officials said. Senate approves Ashton Carter as new SecDef in 93-5…

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News Briefs February 13, 2015

Posted  February 13, 2015

Military jet crashes in southern Russia, two crewmen missing A Russian military jet crashed Feb. 11 while trying to land in southern Russia and the fate of its two crewmembers is unknown, the Defense Ministry said. The ministry said the Su-24 bomber went down as it was approaching its base in the southern Volgograd region…

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A-10s provide close air support for Green Flag exercise

Posted  February 13, 2015

Air Force photograph by A1C Mikaley Towle Crew chiefs assigned to the 355th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., perform pre-flight inspections on an A-10 Thunderbolt II during Green Flag-West 15-03 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Jan. 26, 2015. Pre-flight inspections are done before each flight to help ensure pilot safety. Members…

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Red Flag 15-1 comes to an end

Posted  February 13, 2015

After 19 days of combat training exercises involving the air, ground, space and cyber operations of the United States and its allies, Red Flag 15-1 concluded here Feb. 13.

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Services aim to standardize air, missile defense networks

Posted  February 13, 2015

Missile Defense Agency photograph Efforts are underway to better integrate missile systems across the Defense Department. Across the globe, a variety of air and missile defense threats are evolving and proliferating. At the same time, adversaries are exploiting weaknesses in America’s air and missile defense system, said Brig. Gen. Christopher L. Spillman, commandant of the…

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British reserve squadron celebrates 100 years

Posted  February 13, 2015

For a squadron with heraldry dating as far back as 1915 and being stationed out of multiple foreign locations during World Wars I and II, the Royal Air Force 17 (Reserve) Squadron recently celebrated their centenary Feb. 9, 2015.

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Air Force chief: Force modernization not optional

Posted  February 13, 2015

It is imperative to modernize the Air Force despite difficult budgeting choices that will have to be made, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III said Feb. 12 in Orlando, Fla. Speaking during the Air Force Association Air Warfare Symposium and Technology Exposition, the general discussed the need for force modernization. We…

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SpaceX launches observatory on third try, nixes landing test

Posted  February 13, 2015

SpaceX launched an observatory inspired by former Vice President Al Gore toward a solar-storm lookout point a million miles away Feb. 11.

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Leaders discuss Combat Air Forces future at symposium

Posted  February 13, 2015

Four senior Air Force leaders gathered in Orlando, Fla., Feb. 12, to discuss the key issues facing the nation’s Combat Air Forces. Gen. Hawk Carlisle, the commander of Air Combat Command, joined Gen. Frank Gorenc, the commander of U.S Air Forces Europe-Air Forces Africa; Gen. Lori Robinson, the commander of Pacific Air Forces; and Lt….

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