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A U.S. Air Force F-16 lands on the tarmac in March, 2011.
Between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., the U.S. Air Force will participate in "Felix Hawk,'' an air defense exercise which will involve a series of training flights in the Los Angeles area, according to the North American Aerospace Defense Command Region (NORAD).
The exercise includes flights by U.S. Air Force F-16 and C-21 aircraft provided by the 144th Fighter Wing, a unit of the California Air National Guard.
According to Tech. Sgt. Charles Vaughn of 144th Fighter Wing, "Felix Hawk" is an intercept training exercise.
"In this particular case, there will be another unit providing an aircraft that is not responding properly to the authorities," he explained. "[NORAD] will notify a unit to launch an intercept to see if something is wrong, if they just have a radio out, or if it's actually just a non-friendly aircraft in the area."
The Hollywood Sign is undergoing a major new paint job and facelift for the first time in 35 years, and we got up close and personal with it. Check out our full photo gallery above.
For nearly a month now, workers have been stripping off layers upon layers of paint and graffiti slathered onto the giant sign in the Hollywood Hills over the decades.
They'll sand down the corrugated steel, apply a primer and spray on a new glossy coat of white paint. (For those who want to duplicate the color in their own homes, it's Sherwin-Williams Emerald Exterior Satin Acrylic Latex paint.)
The sign was first hauled up to the top of Mount Lee as an advertisement for a new land development called "Hollywoodland." In 1949, the "land" portion of the sign was taken down, leaving the shorter, more generic and now more famous nine-letter sign: "Hollywood."
The space shuttle Endeavour will take off on its final mission across the streets of L.A. this Thursday night, and we've got the where, when and how to take your own photographs of the historic trek across the city.
And we want to see your photos of this monumental event! But beware: Getting up close and personal with the shuttle on its last journey won’t be easy.
Police are closing off the streets and sidewalks near the travel route, so it's up to you to get creative shots of the shuttle as it moves through the city.
The shuttle will make pit stops along the way, so those events will be your best bets for close-ups and shuttle party pics.
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The Space Shuttle Discovery, aboard a specially modified NASA Boeing 747, flies over the Washington, DC, April 17, 2012, as seen from Arlington, Virginia.
Space fans and photo nerds will have a great chance to create a memorable photograph this Friday as the shuttle Endeavour glides into Los Angeles. The retired orbiter made 25 trips into space, and Friday will mark its final day in the air. It is expected to enter L.A. airspace at about 11:30 a.m. and is expected to land at LAX by 12:45p.m., weather permitting.
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Gear: The Endeavour flight will be a once-in-a-lifetime photo op, so you’ll want to bring out your pro-camera gear to capture the historic moment. The shuttle will be piggybacked onto NASA’s modified 747 and flying at around 1,500 feet when it reaches Los Angeles. At that height, your iPhone just won’t cut it; you’ll be able to capture a little space shuttle speck, but that’s about it.
Southern California residents will have the opportunity to view 400 pounds of salt turn into a piece of art.
The Laband art gallery at Loyola Marymount University will feature the Return to the Sea: Saltworks by Motoi Yamamoto exhibit.
Motoi Yamamoto is a Japanese artist who creates large-scale salt landscapes, or saltscapes, using pounds of salt, patience and his talent. He started using salt after his sister died from a brain tumor in 1994 and creating these intricate sculptures served as a coping mechanism for this personal devastation.
Yamamoto started creating large scale salt landscapes in 2002 and this will be his first installation in the Los Angeles Area.
“Bringing a very important Japanese artist from Japan to L.A. to expose his work will hopefully touch the Japanese community, as well as the rest of the community.” said Carolyn Peter, Laband art gallery director.
Peter was the person responsible for bringing Yamamoto to the west coast after searching for something that was different and beautiful.
Yamamoto is enjoying his time in LMU because it is very calm, it’s not too noisy and the people are very kind.
The artist’s saltscape will take up to two weeks to create and the public is invited to view him work from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Aug. 29 to 31 and Sept. 4 to 6.
When Yamamoto is finished with a piece, he said it is like climbing a mountain and finally reaching its peak.
The exhibit will open on Sept. 8 and will run through Dec. 8, when the public can also participate in collecting the pounds of salt and return it to the Pacific Ocean.