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September 13, 2008

Pentagon 9/11 Memorial Ensures A Nation Will Not Forget

As The Crowd Mourned... 'An Airplane Flew By'

The following is a report submitted Thursday by Fred W. Baker III, with the American Forces Press Service, about the dedication of the Pentagon's September 11 memorial. As is befitting its solemn subject, Baker's report stands apart from the usual US armed forces releases ANN typically sees... and deserves, we think, to be seen by as many readers as possible. ANN presents the report below, unedited.

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Negotiators Reach Tentative Agreement With American Eagle Pilots

Final Amendment Round Almost Complete

Negotiators for pilots at American Eagle, represented by the Air Line Pilots Association, Int'l (ALPA), reached a tentative agreement (TA) Thursday with management in the final amendment round of their 16-year contract.

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Sabre Holdings Acquires Flight Explorer

Aircraft Situation Display Solutions To Join Sabre Portfolio

Sabre Holdings announced this week the acquisition of Flight Explorer, which provides real-time tracking, reporting, and display of en-route aircraft for commercial operators. The acquisition is part of Sabre's long-term growth plans and continual investments in the company's airline portfolio.

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C-17 Crew Performs After-Dark Landing In Antarctica

First Known Reliance On Night Goggles, Reflective Cones

A C-17 Globemaster III crew from McChord Air Force Base, WA made aviation history Thursday, performing the first known after-dark landing on the Pegasus Ice Runway near McMurdo Station in Antarctica, using night vision goggles.

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Hawaii Tourism Officials Deny Slump In Service, Demand

Notes Delta Will Restore Routes In October

There is no shortage of airline seats to or between the Hawaiian Islands despite the closure of Aloha Airlines and ATA Airlines in April this year. That's the message from Hawaii tourism officials, concerned over "misinformation" in some media the number of air seats between the US Mainland and Hawaii has dropped in excess of 25 percent since the two carriers ceased operations in April.

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Endeavour To Move To Launch Pad Next Week

In Place For Atlantis Rescue Mission If Necessary

NASA tells ANN the space shuttle Endeavour is scheduled to roll out to Launch Pad 39B at NASA's Kennedy Space Center on Thursday, September 18, in preparation for shuttle Atlantis' mission to repair the Hubble Space Telescope. Endeavour will stand by in the unlikely event a rescue mission is necessary following Atlantis' launch, which is targeted for October 10.

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DoD Task Force Recommends New Air Force Nuclear Command

Says USAF Has 180 Fixes Already Underway

A Defense Department task force has recommended the Air Force Space Command be re-designated as Air Force Strategic Command and be home to the service's nuclear mission.

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Eurofighter Typhoon Reaches 50,000 Flight Hours Milestone

Includes Nearly 6,000 Hours Logged In Test Fleet

The combined efforts of the five customer Air Forces and the industrial Flight Test program have seen the Eurofighter Typhoon multi-/swing-role combat aircraft surpass the 50,000 flight hours milestone.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (09.13.08)

Aero-Linx! 

Beginning as an Air Force Photographer in 1943, Frank Ambrose now operates a studio in Gloversville, New York specializing in Commercial, Industrial and Portrait photography. This site showcases his aerial and ground images of the later part of WWII, taken as a USAAF photographer, mostly 15th AF in Italy.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (09.13.08): Tidal Forces

Aero-Terms!

The gravitational pull on planetary objects from nearby planets and moons. When the tidal forces of a planet and several moons are focused on certain moons, particularly if the orbits of the various objects bring them into alignment on a repeated basis, the tidal forces can generate a tremendous amount of energy within the moon. The intense volcanic activity of Io is the result of the interaction of such tidal forces.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (09.13.08)

"I was out there all by myself and it was like 'I'm not by myself'... This probably one of the most moving events I've worked."

Source: Piper Steve Cochran, who played "Amazing Grace" and "Taps" on his bagpipes Thursday at the dedication ceremony for the Pentagon's 9/11 Memorial.

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