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March 14, 2013

Five Americans Fatally Injured In Afghanistan Helo Accident

No Enemy Activity In The Area Where The Helicopter Went Down

A Black Hawk helicopter has gone down in Afghanistan resulting in the fatal injury of five U.S. service personnel, according to Pentagon sources.

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First F-35 With Marietta-Built Center Wing Flown

STOVL Airplane To Be Delivered To The USMC In Arizona

The first Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II with a Center Wing Assembly (CWA) built at the Lockheed Martin facility in Marietta, GA, was flown for the first time last week. The aircraft, known as BF-25, is an F-35B short takeoff and vertical landing variant that will be delivered to the U. S. Marine Corps at Yuma, Arizona.

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American Legion Supports Review Of 'Drone Medal'

Production Of The Controversial New Service Award Has Been Halted While Its Ranking Is Being Reconsidered

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel has announced the formation of a panel to discuss the fate of the Distinguished Warfare Medal, also known as the "Drone Medal," an award for servicemembers who remotely launch unmanned military strikes or cyberattacks that kill or disable enemy forces. 

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Oldest U.S. Military Flying Unit Celebrates Centennial

First Reconnaissance Squadron Created As The 1st Aero Squadron Of The U.S. Army Signal Corps March 5, 1913

The 1st Reconnaissance Squadron at Beale Air Force Base, CA, celebrated its 100th anniversary March 7-9 as the oldest flying unit in U.S. military aviation. The squadron opened its doors to the base populace and special guests for tours, and two days of historical symposiums were held featuring former SR-71 Black Bird pilots, commanders and history experts. In addition, a plaque was dedicated to the squadron at Heritage Park, and a military dining-out commemorated the event.

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Me 262 Landing At Tyler, TX Friday

Airplane Is An 'Exact Replica' Of The Jet, But With Modern Engines

Tyler Pounds Regional Airport (KTYR) in Tyler, TX, has the distinction of being the first stop on a tour debuting what the Collings Foundation calls an "exact replica" of the German Messerschmidt Me 262. The Collings Foundation’s Messerschmidt Me 262 “White 1” will be visiting several stops on the Wings of Freedom tour throughout 2013 for display and available for training and type rating flights.

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