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Air Force to digitize historic images

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) -- Millions of feet of historic military film will be digitized in Southern California as part of an ambitious project expected to last five years.

The Riverside Press-Enterprise reports (http://bit.ly/1o3xKpn ) the Defense Imagery Management Operations Center near March Air Reserve Base has received $5 million to digitize its vast archives.

Among the material are hundreds of thousands of videos, photos, film reels and other visual material. All of it will be available to the public at a searchable online database managed by T3Media, the company contracted to complete the digitization.

The newspaper says the images include training videos, celebrity encounters with service members and battle footage dating back to World War II.

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Information from: The Press-Enterprise, http://www.pe.com

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