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On June 14, the Alaska National Groundsmen flying on a Blackhawk helicopter discovered a debris of an aircraft inside Colony glacier during a routine flight. The glacier is located 40 miles east of Anchorage, Alaska. Now, military investigators found that the wreckage from the plane found at the site correlates with the military plane crash in 1950s.
On November 22, 1952, an Air Force C-124A Globemaster crashed on Mount Gannett, killing all 52 people on board. The flight came from the McChord Air Force Base in Washington State. It was the third Air Force transport plane to crash or go missing in Alaska that month, and the sixth in the Pacific Rim. After the crash, military teams tried to go to the site, but bad weather always got in the way until it got buried in the snow and became part of the glacier.
The Alaska National Groundsmen recovered a life support system and bones from the glacier. Only the tail and flippers of the aircraft are intact, but the tail number will be enough to confirm an identification. DNA matching with the living relatives of those on board can take up to six years. Because of this, military officials are still not counting out other possibilities until further investigation is conducted.
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The Boeing Helicopter Modification Center in Millville, New Jersey reached a milestone as the 100th CH-47 helicopter, also known as Chinooks, to enter the work line is now all set to enter military service with the U.S. Army.
Boeing held a public event at its municipal airport to celebrate the milestone. The facility only opened in February 2010 and employs fifty people.
The CH-47 helicopter, a twin-rotor cargo and troop transport is in demand all over the world. But the helicopter models from Millville are only exclucively used for the U.S. Army. The event highlighted the partnership of Boeing and the U.S. Army.
U.S. Rep. Frank LoBiondo spoke at the event and emphasized the role of the facility in the war effort.
“But what this is all about is protecting our nation. What this is all about is fulfilling our promise to those heroes who put on the United States military uniform and put their lives in harm’s way to defend this country, and our promise to give them the very best equipment that we can, so that they can keep out nation safe,” said LoBiondo
The center is finishes one unit of CH-47 every 16 days, less than the 20 days projection of the U.S. Army.
The star of the event, helicopter numbered 09-08797 was displayed outside the hangar for the public to see.
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Everett Atkinson was only 19 when he enlisted for World War II. At 22 he became the aircraft commander of a B-17 Fortress and in charge of 10-men crew. Then, he was assigned to fly the B-29 Superfortress. Atkinson is now 90 years old and he recently welcomed back the B-29 he flew seventy years ago at when the aircraft visited Carbondale, Illinois.
, nicknamed Fifi, is part of the Commemorative Air Force that tours all over the country. The B-29 squadron of CAF is based in Addison, Texas.
According to Everett Atkinson, the B-29 Superfortress is advanced for its time, even if it has a lot of problems.
“It’s a special occasion today for me to be able to be here and found out that the airplane was coming in and I’m sure the active crew today, much younger young men, will never know what an experience it was for a young kid that was given the job of go do it,” Atkinson said. He also adds, “The B-29 turned out to be an airplane with major problems, especially with the engines. A lot of crashes from engine fires. And crews and planes were lost because of those failures. More crews and planes were lost to those matters than we lost in combat. My wife said years later, ‘If I’d have known how dangerous that B-29 was to fly I would have worried myself to death.’”
Atkinson is ecstatic to meet younger pilots who showed up with the B-29.
“I got a chance to meet with several of the young pilots in there at the desk. I’m very impressed with their interest in aviation and I hope that through visits like this, it will peak their interest in World War II or any world war, aviation was a factor and realize how much we accomplished with our airplanes during World War II with the odds against us.”
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NASA’s Voyager 1 spacecraft is now cruising 11 billion miles away from Earth which suggests that it is about to leave our solar system.
Researchers said that the space where the Voyager 1 is located is marked with higher flow of charged particles from beyond our solar system. Scientists suspect that the increased flow denotes that the spacecraft is about to enter intersteller space.
“The laws of physics say that someday Voyager will become the first human-made object to enter interstellar space, but we still do not know exactly when that someday will be,” said Ed Stone, Voyager project scientist at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, in a statement. “The latest data indicate that we are clearly in a new region where things are changing more quickly,” Stone added. “It is very exciting. We are approaching the solar system’s frontier.”
Launched in 1977, Voyager 1 and its twin spacecraft Voyager 2 main mission is to study Jupiter, Saturn and their moons. After collecting significant finds about these space bodies, the spacecraft just kept on going studying Neptune and Uranus on their way toward interstellar space.
Currently, both spacecraft is in the outer shell of heliosphere called heliosheath, a very turbulent region. The heliosphere is made of solar plasma and solar-magnetic fields. New measurements of fast-moving galactic cosmic rays from Voyager 1 suggest that is near the heliosphere’s edge.
It is difficult to ascertain when the Voyager 1 will actually reach the interstellar space but scientists are closely monitoring cosmic ray measurements and other possible indicators like the intensity of energetic particles and magnetic fields. For now, the Voyager spacecraft will just keep on flying and exploring through space. Voyager 2 is trailing a bit behind and it is currently 9.1 billion miles away from Earth.
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NASA wants to take a closer look at the super massive black hole at the center of our galaxy. The black hole emits high-energy x-rays that makes it difficult to observe with current space telescopes.
“The view of the center of our galaxy … is a rather fuzzy image. We think it’s much more complicated,” physicist William Craig of the University of California, Berkeley, said during a NASA press conference Monday.
In order to get a clearer view of the x-ray sky, NASA created a new space telescope called NuSTAR or nuclear spectroscropic telescope array. NuSTAR can significantly contribute in the study of how galaxies, stars and solar systems are formed
“One of NuSTAR’s primary science goals is to study … the extreme physics near black holes, where spacetime is very distorted and particles are accelerated close to the speed of light,” Fiona Harrison, an astrophysicist at Caltech and another NuSTAR team member, said during the press conference. “It will also help us understand how black holes are distributed throughout the universe.”
NASA is using an airplane to launch the telescope to lower the cost of program. A Stargazer airplane, a modified Lockheed aircraft, is used for the launch. As it reached the altitude of 40,000 feet, it will release the rocket carrying the NuSTAR and launch it into orbit.
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A police helicopter plunged into a forest located in the western part of Kenya’s capital, Nairobi. Passengers of the doomed Eurocopter include a top official of the government of Kenya, Internal Security Minister George Saitoti.
George Saitoti, 66, grew up as a cow herd. He persevered from his Masai village and became a Math professor. He entered politics in the early 1980s and had held several key positions such as foreign minister, education minister and even vice-president. Sairoti has expressed his intention to run for president next year and many considered him as the leading contender.
Kenyan officials are still unsure of the reason for the helicopter crash, but they pointed out that there are no evidence of foul play or terrorist attack. Witness accounts said that the helicopter was engulfed in smoke and swayed violently before it dived from the sky. Mr. Saitoti’s aide, Joshua Orwa Ojode, their bodyguards and two pilots also died in the crash.
The Kenyan government declared three days of mourning for the death of the victims.
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As the U.S. Military tightens its budget, Ingalls Shipbuilding officially starts the construction of a billion dollar navy ship. It is an amphibious transport dock ship. It will be named John P. Murtha Ship LPD 26, after the U.S. Pennsylvania Representative John P. Murtha. The Navy warship is expected to be in service in about two and a half years.
A ceremony for keel authentication was held at the Ingalls shipyard in Pascagoula, Mississippi. Pride and patriotism soars high as shipbuilder Wilfred Bolds, Jr. carved his initials in the keel plate.
“It is a bit overwhelming to sit back and think of what it means,” Bolds said. “It means my name is now attached to a warship, a ship that is going to go into battle and will provide housing to many of our soldiers.”
Ingalls President Irwin Edenzon keeps
a positive outlook, despite the military budget cuts.
“I think the nation is a bit concerned about what the future will bring. There are lots and lots of plans being talked about in Washington now and nobody is settled on a particular plan. We have a fairly good order book for the next couple of years, and we are up in Washington selling every day.”
Navy warship is an important part of military operations and the John P. Murtha Ship will the latest addition to its valiant fleet.
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The life-size replica of the Space Shuttle started its journey early morning on Sunday and arrived at the NASA visitor center. The one mile road trip was originally scheduled to take three hours took twice as much time to complete. The Space Shuttle replica, known as the Explorer, was loaded onto a 144-wheel transporter.
Snags and delays hit the Explorer’s journey. First the truck and the trailer was too long to navigate the corner off the dock’s parkway. It got delayed by 45 minutes before the unhitching of the truck and maneuvering the trailer solved the problem. Next, the 78 foot wingspan of the space shuttle replica stretched over three car lanes and required workers to swing traffic lights and cut trees out of the way.
“If you look at it from here, it looks big,”Space Center Houston President Richard Allen said on Friday, looking at the replica from a few hundred yards away. “But if you start walking toward it, it gets bigger and bigger and bigger. It’s a huge vehicle and I think that the enormity of that is really going to strike a chord when [visitors] come to see it.”
Spectators, numbering to over a hundred, lined the streets to accompany the Explorer in its journey. More people were waiting at the Space Center Houston for a free display of space craft models.
The Explorer was built in the 1990s using schematics and blueprints from NASA. Some of the parts including the space craft’s landing gear was used by the original space shuttle.
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