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  • A-10 Thunderbolt (photo essay)

    03/02/2015 8:39:28 AM PST · by rktman · 34 replies
    nationalreview.com ^ | 3/2/2015 | Unknown
    Even as the Pentagon plans for warfare on distant battlefields, it is engaged in a budget battle to retire the Air Force’s venerable A-10 Thunderbolt. But the “Warthog” has many supporters in the military and on Capitol Hill, and the fight to keep the aircraft flying continues. Here's a look.
  • Argentine technical mission to China to assess the purchase of jet fighters

    03/02/2015 7:23:45 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies
    MercoPress ^ | March 1st 2015
    It's official: in the coming weeks a technical delegation from Argentina's Air Force will be travelling to China to assess the convenience of purchasing Chinese jet fighters to replace the obsolete French made Mirages. Only a month ago president Cristina Fernandez was in Beijing where she sealed an “integral strategic alliance” with China. Negotiations remain secret but according to Argentine sources the purchase could range between 14 and 20 aircraft, basically the FC-1/F-17 'Thunder' which is manufactured by Chendu Aircraft Corporation in association with Pakistan. The single engine fighter is considered modern, affordable for developing countries, and has been tested...
  • Su-25: Old warrior is future of Russian attack aviation

    03/02/2015 5:09:27 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 21 replies
    Russia & India Report ^ | March 2, 2015 | Vadim Matveev
    Forty years ago, an attack aircraft Su-25 (GrachRook) took off from an airfield in Moscow suburb Kubinka for its maiden flight. Time has not dimmed its lustre. This aircraft remains a fearsome fighting machine, and can be called the future of Russian attack aviation. At the beginning of 2015, there were 14 air assault squadrons, composed of 150 Su-25; 60 Su-25SM; 52 Su-25SM2 /SM3; and 15 Su-25UB. Of all these storm-troopers 80 more machines will be upgraded to the SM version by 2020. About 100 more of this type of aircraft are parked at the long-term storage bases. Shock and...
  • Britain's new aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth sighted in River Forth as fitting-out continues

    03/02/2015 2:33:12 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 19 replies
    mail Online, UK ^ | 27 February 2015 | JENNIFER SMITH
    The next phase of work on the Navy's largest ever warship is underway, with the upper decks of the huge vessel gradually taking form. Workers were seen on board HMS Queen Elizabeth in Rosyth Dock in Fife, some seven months after being first floated on the River Forth. She was unveiled by the Queen in 2014 after the ordinarily dry dock was flooded with water. The ship is Britain's largest ever maritime vessel weighing 65,000 tonnes and measuring 918ft from bow to stern. At almost 230ft, she stands as tall as Niagara Falls from the keel to the masthead. Once...
  • Pakistan Inducts China-Built Eagle AWACS Into Air Force

    03/01/2015 7:37:46 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    Press Trust of India ^ | February 27, 2015
    ISLAMABAD: Pakistan air force on Thursday inducted the advanced China-built Karakoram Eagle AWACS aircraft, capable of detecting hostile aerial and sea surface targets far before ground-based radars regardless of their height. Pakistan Air Force (PAF) said the new aircraft were inducted into its premier No 4 Squadron at ceremony held at an operational PAF base in Karachi. "With the addition of AWACS, Pakistan air defence is now able to look deeper in enemy territory, be it land or sea," the air force said. The Karakorum Eagle Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) can detect aerial as well as sea surface...
  • Anti-IS mission puts hardened French pilot on new flight path

    02/25/2015 8:27:21 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    AFP ^ | 02/25/2015 | Valérie Leroux
    After flying missions over Afghanistan and Libya, French Rafale fighter pilot "Sharpy" now faces fresh challenges on his new assignment against the Islamic State jihadist group in Iraq. "We are well-trained, we know all the procedures but you still need to get used to the territory," he said after landing his fighter on the carrier Charles de Gaulle following a nighttime sortie. French warplanes have formed part of the US-led coalition carrying out raids against IS jihadists in Iraq for several months. As in Afghanistan, the enemy is extremely mobile and often elusive. IS fighters embed in towns among the...
  • South Africa Asks Israel if it Can Have its Missile Blueprints Back

    02/25/2015 8:22:48 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    When South Africa found out that Israel had obtained stolen anti-tank missile technology in 2010, the South Africans politely asked for their ball back, according to a Mossad secret service document. Rather than suffer embarrassment on a global stage, or be labeled a tattletale, South Africa suffered in silence and covered up the theft, according to the secret document, which was leaked to Al Jazeera. In 2010, South Africa arrested two men for stealing blueprints for the Mokopa air-to-ground missile, along with other secret weapons technology, and attempting to sell them to intelligence police posing as Russian buyers in a...
  • Lockheed F-35 heads for the ski jump in next key round of tests

    02/24/2015 5:54:19 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 28 replies
    Reuters ^ | 2/24/2015 | ANDREA SHALAL
    Feb 24 (Reuters) - Lockheed Martin Corp's F-35 Joint Strike Fighter will start "ski-jump testing" at a Maryland air base this week, while another B-model jet wraps up six months of tests at temperatures as low as minus 40 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 40 Celsius) to as high as 120 F (49 C). Two UK pilots will test the ability of the new warplane to take off from upward-sloping ski-jump ramps used on aircraft carriers like those operated by Britain and Italy. The ramps launch the jets forward and upward, reducing the thrust needed. Sylvia Pierson, spokeswoman for the Pentagon's F-35...
  • Here's why Lockheed is pulling the curtain back on Skunk Works

    02/23/2015 4:09:45 PM PST · by ckilmer · 35 replies
    Washington Business Journal ^ | Feb 23, 2015, 2:25pm EST | Jill R. Aitoro
    Sponsored by: FedBiz Daily Here's why Lockheed is pulling the curtain back on Skunk Works Feb 23, 2015, 2:25pm EST Updated: Feb 23, 2015, 4:40pm EST   Enlarge Photo   The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is one program that emerged from Lockheed Martin Corp.'s Skunk Works, which has pulled back the curtain in an effort to attract talent and get credit for contributions to defense and aerospace.   15 photos Home of the DaySponsor Listing Jill R. AitoroSenior Staff Reporter- Washington Business JournalEmail  |  Twitter  |  LinkedIn Lockheed Martin Corp.'s Advanced Development Programs group, better known as Skunk Works,...
  • Raytheon Unveils Extended Range AMRAAM

    02/22/2015 5:50:23 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies
    PR Newswire ^ | 2/22/2015
    ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, Feb. 22, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) has begun development on an extended range variant of the combat-proven Advanced Medium Range Air to Air Missile (AMRAAM®). Designed specifically for ground-based air defense, AMRAAM-ER will enable intercepts at longer range and higher altitudes. "With AMRAAM-ER, Raytheon is rewriting the book on ground-based air defense. The new missile will be even faster and more maneuverable than the current AMRAAM," said Mike Jarrett, Raytheon vice president of Air Warfare Systems. "By leveraging many existing AMRAAM components, Raytheon can deliver AMRAAM-ER quickly and affordably with very low...
  • The B-52 Is Becoming A Terrifyingly Intelligent Smart Weapons Truck

    02/20/2015 8:08:21 PM PST · by lbryce · 53 replies
    Foxtrot Alpha Jalopnik ^ | January 16, 2015 | Tyler Rogoway
    The B-52 has only been able to carry smart weapons on its external pylons, with its internal weapons bay being relegated to nuclear and dumb bombs, as well as some older cruise missiles. Now, the iconic 60 year old Stratofortress is finally getting a new 'smart' rotary weapons rack and other upgrades that will more than double its smart weapons punch. You could say that the B-52's empty weapons bay has been the most under-utilized real estate in the entire USAF. Even as the B-52's utility morphed over the decades (from a nuclear interdiction option, to a carpet bomber,...
  • Lockheed prepares to usher F-16 through 12,000h service life

    02/19/2015 6:36:51 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    Flightglobal.com ^ | FEBRUARY 19, 2015 | Dan Parsons
    The US Air Force has all but scrapped a plan to install advanced radars on its Lockheed Martin F-16 fighters, but Lockheed is pressing forward with plans to outfit other nations’ aircraft with the capability in hopes the US will eventually purchase the capability. USAF officials scrapped a comprehensive upgrade effort for F-16 Block 40 and 50 aircraft called the combat avionics programmed extension suite (CAPES) in its current fiscal year budget but preserved money over five years to replace the aircraft mission and display computers. “Those are the foundational systems that need to be installed to support an active...
  • I’ll Be Damned, These Boneyard B-52s Can Still Fly

    02/19/2015 8:02:37 AM PST · by C19fan · 79 replies
    War is Boring ^ | February 18, 2015 | Joseph Trevithick
    The Air Force is working to get a B-52 bomber back into service after it sat collecting dust for seven years at the famous Boneyard at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Arizona. On Feb. 13, the B-52H—with the serial number 61–0007—left the desert for its new home with the 2nd Bomb Wing at Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana. This is the first time the Air Force has “regenerated” one of these bombers from the Boneyard back to active duty.
  • France Sells Egypt 24 Rafale Fighter Jets

    02/16/2015 8:20:38 PM PST · by Nachum · 7 replies
    inn ^ | 2/16/15 | Ben Ariel
    France on Monday signed an agreement with Egypt for the first foreign sale of its Rafale fighter jet, in a deal that will boost Cairo’s military as it tackles jihadists, AFP reported. Paris hopes the 5.2 billion euro ($5.9 billion) deal for 24 Rafale fighters to be delivered later this year will prompt others to snap up its latest combat jet. For Egypt, the agreement is a show of support for President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi, who overthrew his Islamist predecessor in 2013 and wants to break a U.S. monopoly over Egypt’s arms supplies. In October of 2013, three months after Islamist...
  • Rafale proposal 'effectively dead' as Dassault bid not cheapest

    02/16/2015 2:39:23 AM PST · by IndianChief · 11 replies
    Business Standard ^ | February 16, 2015 | Ajai Shukla
    Even as three Rafale fighters line up in Bengaluru for eye-popping aerobatics displays at the Aero India 2015 exhibition this week, senior ministry of defence (MoD) sources say the proposal to buy the French fighter is "effectively dead".The reason: During three years of negotiations between Dassault and MoD officials in the so-called "contract negotiation committee" (CNC), it has emerged that Dassault's bid was actually higher than that of the Eurofighter Typhoon, not lower as the MoD had announced on January 31, 2012. Dassault had submitted a sketchy commercial bid, and when the CNC obtained details from the French company to...
  • Replacing Trident with jets ‘would save £13bn’ (U.K.)

    02/15/2015 5:51:33 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 27 replies
    The Scotsman ^ | 2/15/2015 | ANDREW WHITAKER
    REPLACING Trident with a nuclear deterrent dropped from the air would save up to £13 billion for priority defence equipment spending, a think-tank has claimed in a new report. Trident nuclear submarines at Faslane are an “expensive and excessive” solution to the UK deterrence requirements and would have been ineffective even during the Cold War, CentreForum said in its analysis. Instead, the UK’s forthcoming F-35 Joint Strike Fighters – a stealth aircraft bought for conventional missions – should be adapted to deliver a “minimum nuclear deterrent” based upon a stockpile of 100 British built B61-12 nuclear bombs, the “independent liberal”...
  • Israel's F-16 With The Most Air-To-Air Kills Ever Has Been Retired

    02/14/2015 3:26:44 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    Foxtrot Alpha ^ | 02/12/2014 | Tyler Rogoway
    A star ace of the Israeli Air Force is finally being put out to pasture. F-16A 'Netz' (Hawk) tail number 107, one of the first delivered to the IAF, has no less than 6.5 confirmed air-to-air victories, as well as a partial kill on one Iraqi nuclear reactor as part of the daring and historic Operation Opera. Its air-to-air record remains unmatched by any F-16 ever built. Israel's love affair with the F-16 started upon the type's initial deliveries in 1980. Israel's Block 5 and Block 10 F-16A/Bs were originally destined for Iran, but after the Shah fell and in...
  • Egypt’s Rafale Jet Order A ‘Triumph’ For French Industrial Policy, Hollande Says

    02/12/2015 5:51:45 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 14 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Feb. 12, 2015 | WILLIAM HOROBIN
    BRUSSELS—French President François Hollande said Thursday Egypt will buy 24 of Dassault Aviation SA ’s Rafale in a contract worth around EUR5 billion ($5.7 billion), the first foreign order for the combat jet. Egypt will buy 24 Rafale and an accompanying frigate, Mr. Hollande said at a news conference after a European summit in Brussels. The French-made Rafale, which exists in land-based and carrier-based versions, has been in service with the French military for more than a decade, but repeatedly lost out to foreign competition and never been sold for export. The jet has seen action in Afghanistan, Libya, Mali,...
  • Russia claims it's in the early stages of developing an aircraft carrier that can hold 100 planes

    02/11/2015 5:27:03 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 67 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 10 February 2015 | Jeremy Bender
    Russia's government-owned Krylov State Research Center is on its way towards developing Russia's latest aircraft carrier, according to Russian media. The aircraft carrier is in a very rudimentary stage of its development. It's still under conceptual testing in Krylov's laboratory. But if the tests prove successful and the carrier's design is deemed plausible, the research center will follow through with a 1:1 scale metal mock-up of the carrier (China may have just constructed its own mock-up of a new carrier). According to Russia's TV Vezda, the carrier would be able to stow 100 aircraft onboard. The body of the carrier...
  • Egypt's Sisi approves deal to buy French Rafale fighters: Le Monde

    02/10/2015 5:22:35 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | Feb 10, 2015
    (Reuters) - Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has approved the purchase of 24 Rafale fighters, a Fremm frigate and MBDA missiles from France in a deal worth more than 5 billion euros ($5.64 billion), Le Monde newspaper reported on Tuesday. The arms contract could be officially signed on Wednesday or Thursday, Le Monde reported without saying where it obtained the information. Officials from Egypt's army and the presidency could not immediately be reached for comment. A French government official also declined comment. Dassault Aviation, which builds the Rafale, declined to comment. This would be the first export deal for the...
  • Fascinating photos reveal how they built the SR-71 Blackbird

    02/07/2015 10:23:21 AM PST · by rey · 97 replies
    SPLOID Gizmodo.com ^ | 7 Feb 2015 | Jesus Diaz
    Built and designed in the 1960s after the A-12 Oxcart, the SR-71 Blackbird is still the fastest, most vanguardist air-breathing airplane in the history of aviation. These once classified photos reveal how Lockheed built both birds in secret, in California. They look taken at the Rebel base in Hoth. "Everything had to be invented" The A-12 and the SR-71 were a completely different design from anything else before it—and everything after, as time has demonstrated. At the time, many of the technologies needed to make these airplanes were considered "impossible." And yet, thanks to Kelly Johnson and the amazing team...
  • TransAsia Pilots Apparently Shut Off Wrong Engine

    02/06/2015 12:24:51 PM PST · by McGruff · 51 replies
    ABC News ^ | Feb 6, 2015 | DAN GOOD
    One of the engines on TransAsia Airways Flight 235 went idle soon after takeoff, and the pilots apparently shut off the other engine before the plane crashed, according to Taiwan’s top aviation official.
  • NTSB: Taking selfies likely caused fatal Colorado plane crash

    02/04/2015 9:47:16 AM PST · by GulliverSwift · 11 replies
    CNN ^ | Updated 6:35 PM ET, Tue February 3, 2015
    Distraction caused by taking selfies is likely to blame for a plane crash that killed a pilot and his passenger in Colorado in May, according to the National Transportation Safety Board. Investigators found an undamaged GoPro video camera near the wreckage and recovered its data card. Video from the card showed the 29-year-old pilot with several passengers on flights the previous day, and one nighttime flight shortly before the fatal trip, taking photos of himself with his cell phone, according to investigators. "The camera's flash was activated and illuminated the cockpit area," the report said. The fatal flight, on May...
  • How To Win In A Dogfight: Stories From A Pilot Who Flew F-16s And MiGs

    02/04/2015 5:19:06 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 22 replies
    Foxtrot Alpha ^ | 03 February 2015 | Tyler Rogoway
    Lt. Col. Fred "Spanky" Clifton is one of the most experienced aggressor pilots ever, having flown the F-15, F-5, F-16 and the notorious MiG-29. He's been in dogfights with pretty much every fighter out there and he's an instructor at the prestigious Fighter Weapons School. Now he's here to share his expertise with you. How in the hell did you end up becoming the first USAF fighter pilot to fly the Russian-built MiG-29 Fulcrum as an exchange pilot? First – a little (actually, a lot of) background. I earned a degree in aerospace engineering in 1979 and worked for Boeing...
  • Saudi Arabia reportedly bought MBDA's Meteor air-to-air missiles for its Typhoon fighter aircraft

    02/04/2015 5:17:03 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    Air Recognition ^ | 03 February 2015
    The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and European missiles manufacturer MBDA have signed the first export contract of the Meteor active radar guided beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile (BVRAAM), for an estimated amount of $1 bn, reports today French newspaper La Tribune. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and European missiles manufacturer MBDA have signed the first export contract of the Meteor active radar guided beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile (BVRAAM), for an estimated amount of $1 bn, reports today French newspaper La Tribune. MBDA's Meteor active radar guided beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile and Advanced Short Range Air-to-Air Missile fitted on an Eurofighter Typhoon The Meteor missiles...
  • Balloon crew nearing North America surpasses duration record

    01/31/2015 3:49:09 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 1 replies
    Rapid City Journal ^ | 5 hours ago 2015-01-30 | Associated Press (AP)
    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. | The pilots of a helium-filled balloon flying across the Pacific Ocean surpassed a duration record Friday by spending more than 138 hours in the air, marking a historic day for the team that already has eclipsed a distance milestone as they approach North America. Pilots Troy Bradley of Albuquerque and Leonid Tiukhtyaev (too-kh-TY'-yev) of Russia were headed south along the California coast when they surpassed the duration record of 137 hours, 5 minutes and 50 seconds aloft in a traditional gas balloon. The pair launched from Saga, Japan, shortly before 6:30 a.m. Sunday Japan time, eclipsed the...
  • NASA, Boeing and SpaceX to Launch 1st Commercial Crew Ships to Space Station in 2017

    After a hiatus of six long years, US astronauts will finally launch to space in a revolutionary new pair of private crew capsules under development by Boeing and SpaceX, starting in 2017, that will end our sole source reliance on the Russians for launching our astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS). Two years from now, crews will start flying to space aboard the first US commercial spaceships, launching atop US rockets from US soil, said officials from Boeing, SpaceX and NASA at a joint news conference on Monday, Jan. 26. The human rated spaceships – also known as ‘space...
  • The A-10's Last Fight?

    01/29/2015 7:15:03 AM PST · by Reverend Saltine · 75 replies
    AmericanThinker.com ^ | January 29, 2015 | Richard Pecore
    I am...a fan of the A-10 Warthog. I believe in the mission, and I believe that there is no other weapons platform out there that can do the job the A-10 does, with the same efficiency, effectiveness, and confidence that it provides to our troops on the ground. It’s big, ugly, and slow. It’s also rugged, durable, and extremely deadly. The Air Force likes new toys. Other than the venerable B-52, the A-10 is the oldest plane in the inventory. The F-35 was not built solely for the specific mission of ground support as was the A-10. The F-35 is...
  • What Couldn’t the F-4 Phantom Do?

    01/23/2015 9:11:46 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 70 replies
    Air & Space Magazine ^ | March, 2015 | Stephen Joiner
    First, they tried an F-104. “Not enough wing or thrust,” recalls Jack Petry, a retired U.S. Air Force colonel. When NASA engineers were launching rockets at Florida’s Cape Canaveral in the 1960s, they needed pilots to fly close enough to film the missiles as they accelerated through Mach 1 at 35,000 feet. Petry was one of the chosen. And the preferred chase airplane was the McDonnell F-4 Phantom. “Those two J79 engines made all the difference,” says Petry. After a Mach 1.2 dive synched to the launch countdown, he “walked the [rocket’s] contrail” up to the intercept, tweaking closing speed...
  • Expert: China's J-10B Fighter Superior to Main Fighters of Neighbors

    01/20/2015 7:42:03 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 19 replies
    BEIJING --- Pictures showed that 14 J-10B fighters painted with the mark of the Air Force of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLAAF) were on the parking apron at the airport of the Chengdu Aircraft Industrial Co., Ltd. under the Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC), meaning that this type of modified fighter will possibly be deployed to the aviation troops of the PLAAF, according to a recent report on the website of the Jane's Defense Weekly. Zhang Zhaozhong, a military expert at the National Defense University (NDU), said in an interview with reporters from the China Central Television (CCTV)...
  • Infographic: The greatest turning points in aviation Excellent Graphics)

    01/19/2015 10:44:45 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 60 replies
    BBC ^ | 19 January 2015
  • Op-Ed: The significance of Iraq's acquiring of Mirage jets

    01/19/2015 9:31:18 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    Digital Journal ^ | 01/18/2015 | PAUL IDDON
    The United Arab Emirates has a significant vested interest in the security of the Iraqi state against the notorious Islamic State (IS, ISIS) terror group which has wrecked havoc across the north of that country. Accordingly it has offered the Iraqi government some of its air force's (under ten apparently) French-made Dassault Mirage 2000 jets. Iraq's Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi is expected to be in the UAE in March whereby he will discuss the delivery of these jets and accompanying armaments. This is quite significant. For one thing Iraq's Air Force has been waiting for some time to refurbish its...
  • Mission impossible: How one man bought China its first aircraft carrier

    01/19/2015 9:20:46 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies
    South China Morning Post ^ | 19 January, 2015 | Minnie Chan
    It was a mission like no other. In the aftermath of the Soviet Union's collapse, one businessman armed with cash and a casino cover story scooped the world to buy the unfinished hulk of a Ukrainian aircraft carrier that would become the centrepiece of the PLA Navy. Speaking to the media for the first time, the Hong Kong-based businessman at the heart of the undertaking reveals in a two-part series the details of the little-known, behind-the-scenes odyssey to realise China's long-held dream of owning such a warship. Xu Zengping disclosed that the militarily sensitive original engines of the carrier were...
  • This photo shows all the weapons the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is designed to carry

    01/17/2015 5:51:36 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 25 replies
    The Aviationist ^ | David Cenciotti | Jan 16 2015
    Top image shows an F-35A, at Edwards AFB, California,nexto to its F-35 Systems Development and Demonstration Weapons Suite the aircraft is designed to carry. According to Lockheed Martin, the Joint Strike Fighter can carry more than 35-hundred pounds of ordinance in Low Observable (stealth) mode and over 18-thousand pounds uncontested. The Lightning II is conducting testing required for full weapons certification through a campaign which included validating 2B weapons software and successfully executing several weapons separation and engagement tests. “Comprehensive flight test on the F-35A variant GAU-22 25mm gun system is scheduled to begin mid-year at Edwards AFB, Calif., and...
  • Stupid Move: Navy Will Buy V-22 Ospreys To Replace Its C-2 Greyhounds

    01/14/2015 7:51:54 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 33 replies
    Foxtrot Alpha ^ | 14 Jan 2015 | Tyler Rogoway
    <p>In what is a highly controversial move, the US Navy has announced that it will procure tilt-rotor V-22 Ospreys to replace its venerable C-2A Greyhound Carrier On-board Delivery (COD) aircraft. Here's why it's such a terribly bad idea.</p> <p>The C-2 Greyhound replacement saga has gone on for many years, but it has come to head in recent months with three main proposals being put forward as solutions. One would be to rebuild or build new C-2 Greyhounds based on the Navy's updated E-2D Advanced Hawkeye Airborne Early Waring and Control (AEW&C) aircraft. The Grumman E-2 is a developmental cousin of the C-2 dating back to the 1960s. The other two proposals included procuring tilt-rotor V-22 Osprey and a novel plan by Lockheed Martin to rebuild a portion of the defunct S-3B Viking fleet into COD aircraft, bringing the COD mission finally into the jet age. You can read an in depth report on all these options in this past Foxtrot Alpha feature.</p>
  • The Most Annoying People on the Plane starring Sir Patrick Stewart

    01/14/2015 3:45:48 PM PST · by EveningStar · 69 replies
    YouTube ^ | January 14, 2015 | Jimmy Kimmel Live
    The travel company Expedia conducted a poll asking fliers to name the most annoying types of airplane passengers. Jimmy was going to just read the list, but he thought it would be more interesting if the great Sir Patrick Stewart acted it out.
  • JPL Discusses Death Of Renowned Scientist In Van Nuys Plane Crash

    01/10/2015 7:22:59 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 29 replies
    cbslocal.com ^ | January 10, 2015 6:56 PM | Cristy Farjardo
    killed Friday when his small plane went down in Van Nuys are discussing his contributions to JPL and NASA. Alberto Enrique Behar, 47, crashed into the busy intersection of Hayvenhurst Avenue and Vanowen Street in Lake Balboa. He was the sole occupant of the experimental single-engine Lancair plane, which he used to commute from his home in Scottsdale, Ariz., to this job in Pasadena, according to a friend. The friend described Behar as a husband, father of three, and renowned scientist.
  • North Korea asked Russia for Su-35 fighter jet supplies - reports

    01/09/2015 7:44:37 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    Tass, Russia ^ | January 09, 2015
    TOKYO, January 9. /TASS/. North Korea has requested Russia to provide it with Sukhoi Su-35 fighter jets, South Korea’s JoongAng Ilbo daily has reported citing a military source. The particular proposal was made during the November visit to Russia of Choe Ryong Hae, a top Communist Party official and close ally to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. “Choe Ryong-hae, who visited Moscow as a special envoy of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in November last year, asked Russian President Vladimir Putin to provide Sukhoi Su-35 fighter jets,” the report said, citing the source. North Korea is capable of producing...
  • Pakistan likely to buy China’s Z10 helicopters

    01/02/2015 8:23:46 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    The Nation, Pakistan ^ | January 03, 2015
    BEIJING- Pakistan’s closest friend China is expected to give another gift this year, in shape of their famous helicopter Z10. According to reports, three Z10 helicopters are expected to be included in Pakistan Army aviation fleet, which will be helpful in cleaning the terrorism in the county. Pakistan showed interest in purchasing Z10 helicopters, sources said. The helicopter is capable of targeting the enemy with a range of 3 to 4 kilometers without coming in reader. It is also capable of targeting in the air as well as on ground from air. With the induction of Z10, Pakistan Army’s capability...
  • Story of the A 10 Warthog and why the F 35 will never be as loved

    12/31/2014 10:05:21 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 51 replies
    youtube ^ | 12-31-14 | Björn Lundahl
    Pierre Sprey discusses design goals of the A-10 Warthog.
  • India mulls switching from Rafale to Su30MKIs

    01/01/2015 6:35:06 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    Defense Update ^ | Jan 1, 2015
    For the first time since January 31, 2012, when the French Rafale fighter was chosen as the future medium multi-role combat aircraft (MMRCA) for the Indian Air Force (IAF), it has been officially admitted that there are serious problems in negotiating the purchase with the French vendor, Dassault. the Indian Business Standard reports. Speaking to the media on Tuesday evening, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said there were “complications” in the negotiations, already on for almost three years, with the French side reluctant to meet commitments that IAF had specified in the tender. Parrikar mentioned that local production of Su-30 MKI...
  • New U.S. Stealth Jet Can’t Fire Its Gun Until 2019

    12/31/2014 5:11:05 AM PST · by C19fan · 45 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | December 31, 2014 | Dave Majumdar
    The Pentagon’s newest stealth jet, the nearly $400 billion Joint Strike Fighter, won’t be able to fire its gun during operational missions until 2019, three to four years after it becomes operational. Even though the Joint Strike Fighter, or F-35, is supposed to join frontline U.S. Marine Corps fighter squadrons next year and Air Force units in 2016, the jet’s software does not yet have the ability to shoot the onboard 25mm cannon. But even when the jet will be able to shoot its gun, the F-35 barely carries enough ammunition to make the weapon useful.
  • Will the Boeing 747 Fly Off Into the Sunset?

    12/28/2014 8:10:57 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 61 replies
    The Motley Fool ^ | December 28, 2014 | Rich Smith
    Boeing (NYSE: BA ) extended its sales lead over archrival Airbus (NASDAQOTH: EADSY ) in December. In its latest update on airplane orders, released last week, Boeing confirmed that 2014 "gross" orders for commercial aircraft reached 1,423 by mid-December, versus 1,328 planes for Airbus (at last report). After cancellations -- 106 at Boeing, but nearly three times as many at Airbus -- the U.S. aircraft maker's lead over its European rival only got bigger. This is good news for Boeing -- but, as we'll see in a moment, it might be bad news for one of Boeing's favorite customers: the...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Falklands defence review after military deal between Russia and Argentina

    12/27/2014 8:26:19 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 34 replies
    Sunday Express, UK ^ | December 28, 2014 | MARCO GIANNANGELI
    DEFENCES on the Falklands are being reviewed after it emerged Russia plans to offer Argentina long-range bombers. The aircraft, which Moscow will swap for beef and wheat, would be able to mount air patrols over Port Stanley. Ministry of Defence officials fear Buenos Aires would take delivery of the planes well before the deployment in 2020 of the Navy’s 65,000-tonne aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth and its F-35B fighters, leaving a “real window of vulnerability”. Defence cuts have left the Falklands with just four RAF Typhoon fighters, Rapier surface-to-air missiles and fewer than 1,200 troops, supported by a naval warship...
  • Newest U.S. Stealth Fighter ‘10 Years Behind’ Older Jets

    12/27/2014 4:24:07 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 25 replies
    America’s $400 billion, top-of-the-line aircraft can’t see the battlefield all that well. Which means it’s actually worse than its predecessors at fighting today’s wars. When the Pentagon’s nearly $400 billion F-35 Joint Strike Fighter finally enters service next year after nearly two decades in development, it won’t be able to support troops on the ground the way older planes can today. Its sensors won’t be able to see the battlefield as well; and what video the F-35 does capture, it won’t be able to transmit to infantrymen in real time. Versions of the new single-engine stealth fighter are set to...
  • Why does this pilot award passengers a bottle of wine after a long flight?

    12/24/2014 12:33:18 PM PST · by wastedyears · 12 replies
    Fortune.com ^ | 12-24-2014 | Dinah Eng
    Why does this pilot award passengers a bottle of wine after a long flight?
  • An iPad app can land your plane if the engine quits

    12/18/2014 2:33:38 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 40 replies
    EndGadget ^ | 12/18/2014 | Steve Dent
    If the engine quits in a small plane, it's not the end of the world -- just glide to the nearest airport and make a dead-stick landing. Simple, right? Sure, if the pilot makes perfect, lightning-quick decisions. Since we're only human, there's now an iPad app called Xavion that can connect with a small-plane's autopilot, find the nearest airport and, if possible, fly you to the runway's threshold by itself. It'll even tell you if you can't make it, so that you can find a nearby farmer's field instead. According to Popular Science, the autopilot update will arrive in a...
  • 111 Years Ago Today: Man’s First Powered Flight.

    12/17/2014 11:49:14 AM PST · by EveningStar · 46 replies
    Alert 5 ^ | December 17, 2014 | Tom Demerly
    It is equipped with side stick controls like an F-16 Fighting Falcon. It uses an advanced, “mission adaptive” wing that has no seams at the control surfaces. The wing is so unique its design is protected under U.S. patent 821,393. The entire wing changes shape to control the roll axis of the aircraft ... And it is the first successful powered aircraft ever, the Wright Flyer. 111 years ago today Orville Wright became the first man to achieve powered flight. His first 12-second flight, covering only 120 feet, changed the course of mankind. 10:35 Local, Thursday, 17 December, 1903; Kill...
  • Light Combat Aircraft: Need for course correction (India)

    12/15/2014 8:51:27 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    StratPost ^ | December 8, 2014 | Air Marshal M Matheswaran (retired)
    Every major power – and there are just a handful of them – have the capability to aspire to design, develop and manufacture fighter aircraft by themselves. Now, ideally, this would include all critical technologies – aero-engines, aircraft design, metallurgy, radar, sensors and weapons. However, very few countries have mastery and control in all these areas; the early birds or leaders – USA, Russia, UK and France are closely followed by Germany, Japan, Italy and Sweden. Aspirants after the Second World War included Argentina, Brazil, China, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Israel, Iran, South Korea and Taiwan, of which only a few...
  • Navy Approves Production of F/A-18 Infrared Tracking Pod

    12/10/2014 7:24:33 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 16 replies
    AIN online ^ | December 10, 2014 | Bill Carey
    The U.S. Navy received Milestone C acquisition approval earlier this month to begin low-rate initial production (LRIP) of an infrared search and track (IRST) sensor pod for the F/A-18 Super Hornet. Manufacturer Lockheed Martin and partner Boeing will deliver six pods in the first LRIP lot. The AN/ASG-34 IRST sensor gives the F/A-18E/F a long-range, passive search and tracking capability against multiple targets, supplementing the jet’s APG-79 active electronically scanned radar and other sensors. The pod is mounted on the nose section of the Super Hornet’s centerline fuel tank. It completed a first flight aboard an F/A-18F in February. “Integrating...