Aerospace Corner

Aerospace Education Directorate
Here, you'll find lots of information on Goddard's Aerospace Education Mission

1st Lt Cameron Logan, Aerospace Education Officer
Capt Antonio Fontes, Assistant AEO
Lt Col LouAnn Maffei-Iwuc, Assistant AEO

News Flash!

For all of you NOOB drone pilots!

The AEO may be really dating himself, but how would you like to build a working computer from paperclips!

Also, NASA's Deep Space Climate Observatory took these series of shots from 1-million-miles away showing the moon passing in front of the Earth -- cool!


And even astronauts have to fill out Customs forms when they enter the US from the Moon -- see Buzz Aldrin's form:


 How would you like to simulate the Gemini and Apollo flight guidance computers on your PC?

Aerospace Education Teacher of the Year
Do you know a teacher who embodies the spirit of aerospace education in your school? If so, consider nominating him or her for the Aerospace
Teacher of the Year Award! This award is available to any licensed K-12 teacher, CAP or civilian, who truly embodies the pioneer spirit of aviation and makes Science, Technology, Engineering, and/or Mathematics fun. The teacher will be a special invitee to the MAWG Squadron Banquet and will receive this honor in front of the entire wing. Take a second to honor an eligible teacher and make their day!

Some Interesting WWII Trivia:  You would really have to dig deep to get this kind of ringside seat to history:
The first German serviceman killed in WW II was killed by the
Japanese (China, 1937), The first American serviceman killed was
killed by the Russians (Finland 1940);  The highest ranking American
killed was Lt Gen Lesley McNair, killed by the US Army Air Corps.
The youngest US serviceman was 12 year old: Calvin Graham, USN. He
was wounded and given a Dishonorable Discharge for lying about his
age.  His benefits were later restored by act of Congress.
At the time of Pearl Harbor, the top US Navy command was called
CINCUS (pronounced 'sink us'); The shoulder patch of the US Army's
45th Infantry division was the swastika.  Hitler's private train was
named 'Amerika.' All three were soon changed for PR purposes.
More US servicemen died in the Air Corps than the Marine Corps.
While completing the required 30 missions, an airman's chance of
being killed was 71%.
Generally speaking, there was no such thing as an average fighter pilot.
You were either an ace or a target.  For instance, Japanese Ace
Hiroyoshi Nishizawa shot down over 80 planes. He died while a
passenger on a cargo plane.
It was a common practice on fighter planes to load every 5th round
with a tracer round to aid in aiming.
This was a big mistake.  Tracers had different Ballistics so (at long
range) if your tracers were hitting the target 80% of your rounds
were missing.  Worse yet tracers instantly told your enemy he was
under fire and from which direction.  Worst of all was the practice
of loading a string of tracers at the end of the belt to tell you
that you were out of ammo. This was definitely not something you
wanted to tell the enemy. Units that stopped using tracers saw their
success rate nearly double and their loss rate go down.
When allied armies reached the Rhine, the first thing men did was pee
in it.  This was pretty universal from the lowest private to Winston
Churchill (who made a big show of it) and Gen. Patton (who had
himself photographed in the act).
German ME-264 bombers were capable of bombing New York City, but they
decided it wasn't worth the effort.
German submarine U-1206 was sunk by a malfunctioning toilet.
Among the first 'Germans' captured at Normandy were several
Koreans.They had been forced to fight for the Japanese Army until
they were captured by the Russians and forced to fight for the
Russian Army until they were captured by the Germans and forced to
fight for the German Army until they were captured by the US Army
Following a massive naval bombardment, 35,000 United States and
Canadian troops stormed ashore at Kiska, in the Aleutian Islands.  21
troops were killed in the assault on the island... It could have been
worse if there had actually been any Japanese on the island.
The last marine killed in WW2 was killed by a can of spam.  He was on
the ground as a POW in Japan when rescue flights dropping food and
supplies came over, the package came apart in the air and a stray can
of spam hit him and killed him.


Courtesy of Col D. G. Swinford, USMC, Retired and a history buff. 

 Carrier Takeoffs and Landings!

This video link is fresh (for the public). It was made just six weeks ago in the Atlantic, just off Newport News (Hampton Roads), Virginia ... These are the latest sea trials the F-35B on the USS Wasp. They were very successful, with 74 VL's (Vertical Launch) and STO's (short take offs) in a three week period. The media and the program critics had predicted that we would burn holes in the deck and wash sailors overboard. Neither of which happened. You will notice a sailor standing on the bow of the ship as the jet rotates.
That was an intentional part of the sea trials. No catapult... No hook....It's a new world out here! The shape and scope of warfare worldwide just 

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UH-60M simulator time may be available!

How would you like to return to school on Monday and brag about flying a UH-60?

The Camp Edwards UH-60M simulator may be available for use by CAP squadrons