A U.S. Navy F-14 Tomcat aircraft flies a combat mission in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom on Aug. 14, 2004. (U.S. Navy/Staff Sgt. Lee O. Tucker)

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Navy aircraft were sidelined as they awaited parts last year that the service actually had in a warehouse. The problem? They didn't even know the warehouse was there.

"Not only did we not know that the parts existed, we didn't even know the warehouse existed," Thomas Modly, the Navy's No. 2 civilian said at last week's annual Military Reporters and Editors conference.

The issue was discovered in last year's Navy- and Marine Corps-wide audit, which Modly said has helped the sea services correct some serious problems tracking inventory it owns.

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U.S. Air Force Photo by John Schwab

The pilot killed when a U-2 Dragon Lady crashed near the Sutter Buttes on Tuesday has been identified as Lt. Col. Ira Stephen Eadie of the 1st Reconnaissance Squadron.

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