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The strange, sad odyssey of ‘Lawn Chair Larry’ | Medium

Lawrence Richard Walters, popularly known as “Lawnchair Larry”, successfully flew in the sky of July 1982 with 42 balloons and his favorite lawn chair. He called his flying machine Inspiration I. His persistence and dedication draw attention to many. “I didn’t think that by fulfilling my goal in life — my dream — that would create such a stir and make people laugh” ... Read More »

Robert Kehoe, ’Jedburgh’ radioman who jumped into Nazi-controlled France after D-Day, has died | Navy Times

Robert Kehoe was one of the last of the surviving OSS Jedburgh who was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross in November 1945. He parachuted into France in June 1944 as the radio operator to assist the forces during the German occupation. “He did very well in his career. He was also a good and thoughtful father, as far as providing me the guidance on ... Read More »

‘Apocalypse ’45’: Triumph and terror in never-before-seen footage of the Pacific War | Military Times

A documentary directed by Erik Nelson named “Apocalypse ‘45” brings into focus the horrors of the Pacific war while serving as a tribute to veterans and those who paid the ultimate sacrifice. It is a 1 hour, a 44-minute documentary that was pulled from thousands of archival reels that were filmed in color. “I was very conscious of creating a time machine in the film to remove as many barriers ... Read More »

Two hypersonic weapons complete new developmental milestone | Defense News

As part of the Hypersonic Air-breathing Weapon Concept (HAWC) program run by the Air Force and Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), two hypersonic weapon variants will conduct their first free-flight tests later this year. Lockheed Martin and Raytheon have designed the scramjet-powered hypersonic missiles. Once captive carry tests are completed, this will be another milestone for the Air Force to fielding a hypersonic cruise missile. Source: https://www.defensenews.com/air/2020/09/01/two-hypersonic-weapons-just-completed-a-new-milestone-in-development/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+defense-news%2Fhome+%28Defense+News+-+Arc+RSS+-+Home%29 Read More »

How astronomers revolutionized our view of the cosmos | Scientific American

Astronomers have been studying the universe and it has helped us better understand the world we live in. Continuous discovery about planets, galaxies, and stars continue to surprise astronomers and their origin would need more time and advanced technology to unravel this discovery. Despite the incredible progress over the past 175 years, we have been more interested and curious now of what lies behind our mysterious universe. Source: https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/how-astronomers-revolutionized-our-view-of-the-cosmos/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+basic-science+%28Topic%3A+More+Science%29 Read More »

Pentagon reaffirms award of JEDI cloud to Microsoft | C4ISRNET

The Pentagon has re-stated the JEDI cloud contract to Microsoft after claiming it will not allow political affiliations get in the way. Microsoft pledges to allow the forces to have the best technology and will still be receiving the $10 billion contract. A Microsoft spokesperson said that company is “ready to get to work and make sure that those who ... Read More »

The new residency schemes inviting workers abroad | BBC Work Life

With remote and flexible work likely to become the mainstream after the pandemic, there have been new visa programs created inviting workers to settle abroad and work remotely. Bermuda launched the Work from Bermuda program where one can apply for a one-year residential certificate to work. There is a growing number of people applying for these kinds of visas and ... Read More »

Female aviator joins Special Tactics leadership team | DVIDS

U.S. Air Force Col. Allison Black made history as she joined the Special Tactics leadership team and became the vice commander of the 24th Special Operations Wing. This is another milestone in promulgating gender diversity and inclusion in the force. Black was known as “The Angel of Death” as she was the first female Spectre navigator in combat operations during Operation Enduring Freedom. With her unique background, involving SERE ... Read More »

Medal for hero dog Kuno which saved soldiers’ lives in Afghanistan | BBC News

During a raid in Afghanistan, Kuno attacked through the enemy gunfire to save the lives of British soldiers fighting al-Qaeda. He loses both back legs and is now the first military dog who had a custom-made prosthetics and orthotic brace to help his injured limb. He was awarded the Dickin Medal, the animal equivalent of the Victoria Cross for his bravery. Source: https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-53949310 Read More »

Watch this old Navy ship get shot up and sunk | Navy Times

The Durham cargo ship retired in 1994 where it has served for 25 years including the Vietnam War. On Sunday, the ex-Durham provided its final service to the nation when it got shot through and sunk during Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) naval exercise. The footage of the sinking exercise was completed in Hawaii and the Navy adhered to environmental ... Read More »