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  • USAF deploys WC-135 sniffer aircraft to UK as spike of radioactive Iodine levels detected in Europe

    02/20/2017 11:11:19 AM PST · by nycinfotech · 26 replies
    Aviationist Blog ^ | 2/19/2017 | Dave Cenciotti
    Since January 2017, low levels of radioactive Iodine-131 contamination have been detected over various European countries. Highest levels have been detected in Poland. The radioactive particles were first detected in Finland. Source is anyone's guess, but the initial area of detection and area of highest concentration point to Russia. I disagree with the blog's conclusion that this is likely to be a nuclear test since I-131 has a short half-life of 8 days. More likely, there's an ongoing issue with a Russian nuclear reactor. (Doesn't have to be a power station - could be a sub or other naval reactor.)
  • Mysterious X-37B Military Space Plane to Fly Again Next Month

    04/25/2015 6:14:55 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 19 replies
    space.com ^ | Mike Wall,
    "The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) and the Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office (AFRCO) are investigating an experimental propulsion system on the X-37B on Mission 4," Capt. Chris Hoyler, an Air Force spokesman, told Space.com via email. "AFRCO will also host a number of advance materials onboard the X-37B for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to study the durability of various materials in the space environment," Hoyler added ... The Air Force owns two X-37B space planes, both of which were built by Boeing's Phantom Works division. The solar-powered spacecraft are about...
  • Trump considering large order of F/A-18E/F Super Hornets!

    02/17/2017 11:49:05 AM PST · by CivilWarBrewing · 48 replies
    February 17, 2017 | CivilWarBrewing
    During his speech before a large Boeing crowd in South Carolina today, President Trump said he is considering a large order for more F/A-18E/F Super Hornets! IMO, the F/A-18 is the all-around greatest fighter jet ever produced. It has proven itself as a reliable and effective all-weather fighter and is a great complement to America's arsenal of F-15's, F-16's, F-22's, and F-35's.
  • Top Gunski! Moscow releases video of its latest fighter jet boasting it can destroy the best..

    02/16/2017 8:57:42 PM PST · by BackRoads775 · 21 replies
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk ^ | 02/16/2017 | By Darren Boyle for MailOnline
    The Russian Ministry of Defence has released a video of its latest fighter jet in an effort to drive foreign export sales. The Kremlin wants foreign governments to buy its latest Sukhoi-35s jet instead of a western aircraft. As part of the sales drive, the Russian Air Force released footage of a test pilot taking its Sukhoi Su-35s for a spin.
  • The 'Machete' that could replace the A-10 Warthog (tr)

    02/16/2017 9:22:19 AM PST · by DFG · 53 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 02/15/2017 | STACY LIBERATORE
    Known as the 'flying gun', the A-10 Warthog plane was a hero during Operating Desert Storm – but has since been deemed vulnerable and costly to operate. Now, a Minnesota-based startup has unveiled designs for a new attack plane called the 'Machete' that consists of a new metal foam developed in conjunction with the US Department of Energy. The metal foam is lightweight and strong - and is capable of stopping bullets and other projectiles in much less space than traditional armor, while the plane boasts the same 30mm cannon as the Warthog it could replace.
  • Brazil Pulls The Plug On Its Only Aircraft Carrier

    02/15/2017 6:58:58 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 25 replies
    The Drive ^ | FEBRUARY 15, 2017 | TYLER ROGOWAY
    The fate of Brazil’s only aircraft carrier, the French-built Foch, which has carried the name NAe Săo Paulo since first flying the Brazilian flag in 2000, has been in limbo for over a decade. Now it has finally been announced that the Brazilian Navy has decided to decommission the vessel instead of refitting it for extended service as they had promised on and off over the last decade. The 55-year-old ship is in need of massive repairs—especially to its boilers and catapults—to accommodate Brazil's handful of recently upgraded A-4 (local designation: AF-1) Skyhawks operationally again. You can read all about...
  • Boeing workers in South Carolina reject move to unionize

    02/15/2017 6:10:31 PM PST · by jazusamo · 26 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February 15, 2017 | Meg Kinnard & Emery P. Dalesio - AP
    NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. – Nearly 3,000 production workers at Boeing’s South Carolina plant have voted not to join the Machinists, maintaining southern reluctance toward unionization. “We’re disappointed the workers at Boeing South Carolina will not yet have the opportunity to see all the benefits that come with union representation” said IAM lead organizer Mike Evans said in a statement. “But more than anything, we are disheartened they will have to continue to work under a system that suppresses wages, fosters inconsistency and awards only a chosen few.” The first round of voting began early Wednesday. A second round was set...
  • Liberty, the world’s first commercial flying car is coming soon to the skies and the roads

    02/15/2017 1:17:27 PM PST · by TBP · 14 replies
    The Blaze ^ | February 15, 2017 | Mike Opelka
    A Dutch company called PAL-V is taking orders right now for the world’s first commercial flying car called the Liberty. Mike Opelka feels that this is a great and appropriate name for a flying car. He illustrates how if you want to avoid sitting in traffic, then fire up the Liberty. The company informs their full compliance with the global safety regulations and deliveries will begin in less than two years. In the “Pioneer Edition” of the Liberty there will be 90 units, personalizations, and costs $599,000 whereas the Liberty Sport will cost $399,000. Mike breaks down the specifications and...
  • AERO INDIA: Lockheed powers up India F-16 pitch

    02/15/2017 5:43:24 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    FLIGHTGLOBAL.COM ^ | 02/14/2017 | GREG WALDRON
    Lockheed Martin is confident of securing new sales for the F-16, and claims that the type’s economies of scale and broad user base give the Block 70 variant an edge in New Delhi’s requirement for a single-engined fighter. The US firm had a large presence at this year’s Aero India show, which included an F-16 cockpit demonstrator. Abhay Paranjape, executive director of international business development at Lockheed, says that there has been significant engagement between the US and Indian governments on the requirement, which calls for an unspecified number of single-engined fighters to replace legacy types such as the Mikoyan...
  • Fire returns to flame trench at Apollo-era launch pad in Florida

    02/14/2017 8:20:59 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 7 replies
    Spaceflight now ^ | 02/14/2017 | Stephen Clark
    Nine Merlin engines ignited and throttled up to nearly 2 million pounds of thrust Sunday during a brief hold-down firing of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket, sending a plume of smoke out of the flame trench at Kennedy Space Center’s historic launch pad 39A as the company preps for a space station cargo mission next weekend. .... Onlookers at Kennedy Space Center reported visible venting of super-chilled liquid oxygen vapors from the rocket leading up to the static fire test, then a white cloud of rocket exhaust rushing out of the north side of the launch pad as the Merlin engines...
  • F-35 Scores Impressive 15:1 Kill Ratio at Red Flag War Games

    Exercise Red Flag at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada is considered one of the most realistic and challenging aviation warfare exercises, and pilots from this year's event say the Air Force's F-35A exceeded expectations by dominating the air space and improving the lethality of other legacy aircraft. It's stellar performance is a major victory for a war plane that's been criticized for its high costs and plagued with several development setbacks. Running from January 23 to February 10, this year's Red Flag involves more threats to pilots than ever before, including surface-to-air missiles (SAMs), radar jamming equipment, and an...
  • Lockheed Lowers Price on F-35 Fighters, After Prodding by Trump

    02/04/2017 5:49:43 AM PST · by GonzoII · 26 replies
    New York Times ^ | February 3, 2017 | CHRISTOPHER DREW
    After weeks of pressure from President Trump, Lockheed Martin agreed on Friday to a somewhat larger price cut on its F-35 fighters than it had on the last few orders, and finally brought the cost of the main version below $100 million for each jet. The Pentagon will buy 90 of the radar-evading planes under the new contract for $8.2 billion. The F-35 is by far the Pentagon’s largest program; it has plans to eventually build more than 2,400 of them for the Air Force, Navy and Marines, and hundreds more for allies. Mr. Trump began to criticize the much-delayed...
  • MiG-35 warplane to become Russia’s sole light fighter jet

    01/27/2017 5:42:52 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    TASS, Russia ^ | January 27, 2017
    LUKHOVITSY (Moscow Region), January 27. /TASS/. Russia’s entire light fighter aviation will soon be armed with Mikoyan MiG-35 (NATO reporting name: Fulcrum-F) aircraft, Russian Aerospace Force Commander-in-Chief Viktor Bondarev said on Friday. "Some time will pass and we’ll replace the entire light fighter element precisely with this class," he said. MiG-35 fighter jets will also be delivered to the Swifts aerobatic team, which currently flies MiG-29 aircraft, he added. "I believe that the day is not far away when we’ll retrain the Swifts to operate this splendid plane," the Aerospace Force commander-in-chief said. "The development of the MiG-35 is actually...
  • Saudi Arabia receives first F-15SA fighter of record-setting weapons order

    01/26/2017 11:03:07 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies
    Reuters ^ | Jan 25, 2017 | Katie-Paul
    Jan 25 Saudi Arabia flaunted its new F-15SA fighter jet at an airshow in Riyadh on Wednesday, demonstrating that it has begun receiving items purchased six years ago in the priciest-ever U.S. arms sale to a foreign country. King Salman and his son, Defence Minister and Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, watched the spectacle as graduates of the King Faisal Air College performed military marches and fighter jets swooped overhead. The Obama administration approved the $60 billion deal in 2010 amid mounting U.S. and Saudi tensions with Iran. The deal dwarfed previous multibillion-dollar sales to Saudi Arabia, which for...
  • The Su-22 Is Syria’s War-Weary Warhorse

    01/24/2017 6:31:59 AM PST · by C19fan · 10 replies
    War is Boring ^ | January 24, 2017 | Tom Cooper
    The Sukhoi Design Bureau forged a reputation for big and powerful fighter-bombers. Today, the Russian company primarily builds different variants of the Su-27. Almost unnoticed, a dwindling number of much older Sukhoi Su-22s remain in service.
  • Blue Origin incorporates 3D printed housing, turbine, nozzles, rotors into BE-4 rocket engine

    01/22/2017 8:33:54 AM PST · by Vince Ferrer · 6 replies
    3Ders.org ^ | Jan 20, 2017 | Benedict
    Blue Origin, the aerospace company owned by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, is using 3D printing to build the BE-4, a next-generation rocket engine fueled by liquefied natural gas. The engine will power Blue Origin’s New Glenn orbital rocket and potentially a United Launch Alliance rocket too. Christmas is an understandably busy time for Amazon, the online megastore and one-stop destination for media, electronics, and last-minute gifts that are guaranteed to arrive by December 24. But now that the festive season is over, founder Jeff Bezos can busy himself with other matters, such as his Washington-based aerospace manufacturing company, Blue Origin....
  • Was DB Cooper a Boeing employee?

    01/14/2017 1:47:41 PM PST · by DUMBGRUNT · 51 replies
    king 5 ^ | 14 Jan 2017 | Chris Ingalls
    A powerful electron microscope located more than 100,000 particles on old the JCPenny tie. The team has identified particles like Cerium, Strontium Sulfide, and pure titanium... “The tie went with him into these manufacturing environments, for sure, so he was not one of the people running these (manufacturing machines). He was either an engineer or a manager in one of the plants,”
  • Who Shot Down U.S. Navy Pilot Scott Speicher?

    01/14/2017 4:04:43 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    War is Boring ^ | January 11, 2017 | TOM COOPER
    qi pilot with the MiG-25PD that Lt. Dawoud flew on the night of Jan. 17, 1991. A.T. photo via Tom Cooper On the morning of Jan. 17, 1991 — the first night of Operation Desert Storm — the U.S. Navy suffered its first loss of the conflict, when Lt. Cmdr Scott Speicher was shot down in his McDonnell F/A-18C Hornet, bureau number 163484, around 100 miles west of Baghdad. For years, it was unclear whether Speicher was dead or a prisoner of war. Politically-motivated changes in the pilot’s official status significantly contributed to the resulting controversy. The day after the shoot-down, the military declared...
  • Lockheed Martin announces 1800 added jobs, lower F-35 costs after Trump meeting

    01/13/2017 1:17:02 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 50 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/13/2017 | Ed Morrissey
    If nothing else, we may be seeing what can happen when a little more competition gets introduced into government contracting. A few weeks ago, Donald Trump publicly complained about the price of the F-35, being produced by Lockheed Martin, calling it “out of control,” and suggested that he’d check in with Boeing on whether they could do any better. This wasn’t too long after Trump slammed Boeing for the cost of the new Air Force One fleet, and suggested that he’d cancel the program and look for someone else to build it.How did all that work out? Boeing and...
  • Navy to Shoot Extended-Range Harpoon This Year

    01/13/2017 4:58:18 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 17 replies
    Seapower ^ | January 10, 2017 | RICHARD R. BURGESS
    ARLINGTON, Va. — The extended-range (ER) Block II+ version of Boeing’s AGM-84 Harpoon anti-ship cruise missile will be fired in test shots this year, a Boeing official said. The Block II+ER features an upgraded fuel system and a better warhead that enable it to achieve twice the range — at least 130 nautical miles — of a Block 1C version, the missile currently in the operational inventory. The upgrades fit inside the existing missile airframe, allowing the Navy to avoid the cost of more separation testing. The existing Block 1C missiles can be upgraded to the Block II+ER configuration. Troy...
  • The Legendary A-10 (Warthog) Looks Like It's Here To Stay After Being Upgraded By The Air Force

    01/11/2017 6:41:13 PM PST · by SandRat · 52 replies
    In another positive sign for the beloved A-10, Air Force maintainers at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Arizona have outfitted the Warthog with an upgrade for combat search and rescue missions (CSAR). Dubbed the lightweight airborne recovery system, the upgrade helps A-10 pilots "communicate more effectively with individuals on the ground such as downed pilots, pararescuemen and joint terminal attack controllers," according to an Air Force statement. Of all the fixed-wing aircraft in the US Air Force's inventory, no plane carries out CSAR missions like the A-10. CSAR missions jump off with little warning and often involve going deep into...
  • The Legendary A-10 (Warthog) Looks Like It's Here To Stay After Being Upgraded By The Air Force

    01/11/2017 10:22:27 AM PST · by blam · 60 replies
    BI ^ | 1-11-2017 | Alex Lockie
    Alex LockieJanuary 11, 2017 USAF In another positive sign for the beloved A-10, Air Force maintainers at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Arizona have outfitted the Warthog with an upgrade for combat search and rescue missions (CSAR). Dubbed the lightweight airborne recovery system, the upgrade helps A-10 pilots "communicate more effectively with individuals on the ground such as downed pilots, pararescuemen and joint terminal attack controllers," according to an Air Force statement. Of all the fixed-wing aircraft in the US Air Force's inventory, no plane carries out CSAR missions like the A-10. CSAR missions jump off with little warning and...
  • Arguing about whether the F-35 can dogfight misses a really big point

    01/08/2017 3:25:48 PM PST · by huldah1776 · 97 replies
    Business Insider ^ | January 8, 2017 | Amanda Macias
    WASHINGTON — According to some reports, America's fifth-generation stealth aircraft doesn't excel at dogfighting. But fortunately, the F-35 Lightning II is not built for dogfighting. While some analysts have argued that the air-to-air-combat capabilities of the F-35A won't match some of its peer aircraft, pilots who spoke to Business Insider pointed out that the US's fifth-generation fighter is designed in such a way that dogfighting may be an afterthought. "If you were to engage an F-35 in say, a visual dogfight capability," US Air Force Brig. Gen. Scott Pleus began, "the capabilities of the F-35 are absolutely eye-watering compared to...
  • Israel must choose: F-35 or F-15

    01/08/2017 4:34:59 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 32 replies
    Globes, Israel ^ | JANUARY 5, 2017 | Yuval Azulai
    Boeing and Lockheed Martin are battling for billions of dollars in orders from Israel for fighter jets. The first two F-35 Adir Stealth warplanes delivered a month ago to the Israeli air force have already performed astonishingly in a few flights in Israeli skies. Their advanced systems are being studied by the pilots and technical crews ahead of the arrival of 38 more F-35s in the coming years. The air force, Ministry of Defense, and US arms companies are now preparing for the next deal, which is also projected to total several billion dollars. The type of planes to be...
  • Reagan Invited Thatcher To Join The Top Secret F-117 Program

    01/07/2017 4:51:35 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 23 replies
    The Drive ^ | JANUARY 3, 2017 | TYLER ROGOWAY
    Dubbed “Project Moonblower,” during the height of the F-117 Nighthawk’s secrecy in the mid 1980s, the Reagan administration, and even the Gipper himself, offered an invite to the UK Ministry of Defense to join the highly classified program. In newly unsealed UK National Archives files obtained by The Guardian, Reagan’s offer to his good friend and Prime Minister of the UK Margaret Thatcher was casual as can be, with Reagan penning a diplomatic cable that stated in part: “Dear Margaret, I am delighted to hear that you will be able to see Cap (Caspar Weinberger, the US defence secretary at...
  • The Navy’s F-35C Has A Major Nose Gear Problem

    01/06/2017 6:49:40 AM PST · by Yo-Yo · 36 replies
    The War Zone ^ | January 5, 2017 | Tyler Rogoway
    It gives pilots one hell of a ride down the catapult track. More than a decade after the Lockheed Martin F-35 began flight testing, the Navy’s catapult launch and barrier recovery (CATOBAR) variant, the F-35C, remains mired with teething issues. Now, one problem appears to be more debilitating than previously realized, and it’s rearing its head at a critical phase of flight for any Navy fighter—the catapult launch. The issue occurs when a lightly loaded F-35C’s landing gear nose strut is compressed while the jet throttles up, right before launch. As the catapult fires and the hold back bar is...
  • Finally, Russia’s Formidable New MiG Is Almost Ready: But the MiG-35 hasn’t found many buyers

    01/04/2017 7:35:28 AM PST · by C19fan · 18 replies
    War is Boring ^ | January 4, 2017 | Robert Beckhusen
    A decade after the MiG-35’s first flight, the Kremlin’s new warplane will finally begin testing with the Russian air force in January 2017, according to Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin. The fighter should be fully operational in 2020.
  • Dems to Trump: F-35 substitute a 'total nonstarter'

    12/29/2016 10:23:02 AM PST · by Mariner · 115 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 23rd, 2016 | By Rebecca Kheel
    A trio of Connecticut Democratic lawmakers is calling President-elect Donald Trump’s calls for finding an alternative to the F-35 a “total nonstarter.” “Any suggestion that there is a substitute for the F-35 is a total nonstarter,” Reps. Joe Courtney, Rosa DeLauro and John Larson said in a statement Friday. “This is a program that has been vetted ad nauseum by the Pentagon, the Congress and independent experts. There is simply no aircraft in production today that can compare with the F-35’s advanced avionics, networked capabilities and integrated stealth.” On Thursday, Trump took aim at the F-35 fighter jet for the...
  • Iran says will only pay half price for new Boeing planes

    12/25/2016 11:11:07 AM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 38 replies
    Associated Press ^ | December 25, 2016 | Staff
    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran's official IRNA news agency is reporting the deputy transport minister as saying that his county will only pay half of the announced price for 80 new Boeing planes, given the reductions in its purchasing options. According to the Sunday report, Asghar Fakhrieh Kashan says that despite an initial $16.8 billion deal with Boeing to purchase 80 passenger planes, "Regarding the style of our order and its options, the purchase contract for 80 Boeing aircraft is worth about 50 percent of the amount." He did not elaborate. Boeing has made no immediate comment. Iran announced earlier...
  • Iran says it sealed Boeing plane deal at half price

    12/25/2016 11:38:54 AM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 16 replies
    Reuters ^ | December 25, 2016 | By Tim Hepher and Peter Graff
    Iran said on Sunday it had negotiated to pay only about half the announced price for 80 new Boeing (BA.N) airliners in an order that the American planemaker had said was worth $16.6 billion. Boeing and its European rival Airbus (AIR.PA) have both signed huge contracts this month to supply airliners to Iran, the first such deals since international sanctions were lifted under a deal to curb Tehran's nuclear program. Replacing Iran's antiquated civil aviation fleet is one of the biggest economic opportunities of the 2015 accord to lift sanctions, which was negotiated by the outgoing administration of U.S. President...
  • Why America's Marines are Turning Their MV-22 Ospreys Into Assault Gunships

    12/23/2016 5:50:07 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 80 replies
    Scout Warrior ^ | Dec 22, 2015 | Kris Osborn
    The U.S. Marine Corps is progressing with a new project to arm its MV-22 Osprey aircraft with new weapons such as laser-guided 2.75in rockets, missiles and heavy guns - a move which would expand the tiltrotor's mission set beyond supply, weapons and forces transport to include a wider range of offensive and defensive combat missions, Corps officials said. "Currently, NSWC (Naval Surface Warfare Center) Dahlgren explored the use of forward firing rockets, missiles, fixed guns, a chin mounted gun, and also looked at the use of a 30MM gun along with gravity drop rockets and guided bombs deployed from the...
  • Trump Persuades Boeing to Cut Cost of New Air Force One

    12/22/2016 11:01:24 AM PST · by VitacoreVision · 26 replies
    The New American ^ | 22 December 2016 | Bob Adelmann
    Following a one-on-one meeting with Boeing’s CEO, Dennis Mullenburg, on Wednesday over Trump’s concerns that the new Air Force One aircraft were costing too much, Mullenburg said: “We’re going to get it done for less than [the $4 billion price tag], and we’re committed to working together to make sure that happens.”The deal, hammered out at Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida, revealed much about the paradigm shift taking place even before Trump is inaugurated. First, Trump means business. Not inhibited by ties to the military-industrial complex, Trump is recognizing who his employer really is: the American people....
  • F-35-Friendly Norwegian Strike Missile Tested Over Utah

    12/22/2016 7:36:41 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | Dec 22, 2016 | Kyle Mizokami
    A new air-to-ground missile developed by Norway successfully completed a flight test over Utah. The missile is designed to be carried internally by the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, preserving its stealthy profile for high-risk missions. The Joint Strike Missile (JSM) is a new long range anti-ship and anti-surface missile. Derived from Norwegian defense contractor Kongsberg's Naval Strike Missile, JSM is capable of being carried in the internal weapons bays of the F-35 fighter. This helps preserve the F-35's carefully designed stealth characteristics for dangerous missions against advanced enemy air defenses. It can also fit on the external launch rails of...
  • Now Trump hints at cancelling the F-35 ... (trunc)

    12/22/2016 4:07:34 PM PST · by libstripper · 63 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | Dec. 22, 2017 | Goeff Earle
    President-elect Donald Trump took his air war with defense contractor Lockheed Martin to another level Thursday with a tweet threatening the future of the costly F-35 aircraft.
  • Trump says because of high cost of F-35 has asked Boeing to price out 'comparable F-18'

    12/22/2016 3:34:47 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 104 replies
    Reuters ^ | December 22, 2016
    U.S. President-elect Donald Trump said on Thursday that because of the high cost of Lockheed Martin Corp's F-35 fighter, he had asked Boeing Co to offer a price for a "comparable F-18 Super Hornet." "Based on the tremendous cost and cost overruns of the Lockheed Martin F-35, I have asked Boeing to price-out a comparable F-18 Super Hornet!," Trump wrote on Twitter....
  • Sen. McCain on the A-10: "... don't insult my intelligence!" (McCain being a boss)

    12/22/2016 11:25:10 AM PST · by StormPrepper · 90 replies
    Check the video at this link. John McCain earning his pay at the hearings for phasing out the A-10. "The B1 Bomber will now be used for close air support? This is why we can't take you seriously..."
  • Strike Eagle still soars after 30 years

    12/21/2016 9:03:29 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    Seymour Johnson Air Force Base ^ | Dec 9, 2016 | Airman 1st Class Kenneth Boyton
    An F-15E Strike Eagle fires multiple flares during a Combined Arms Demonstration as part of the 2015 Wings Over Wayne Air Show, May 17, 2015, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. An aerial team of four Strike Eagles and two A-10 Warthogs joined forces to simulate taking over an airfield by eliminating enemy ground forces. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Brittain Crolley) SEYMOUR JOHNSON AIR FORCE BASE, N.C. -- Since its maiden flight, Dec. 11, 1986, The U.S. Air Force considers the F-15E Strike Eagle to be one of the most proficient multi-role, air-to-air and air-to-ground strike fighters...
  • Boeing CEO vows to build new Air Force One for less after Trump complaints

    12/21/2016 7:00:51 PM PST · by LUV W · 35 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | December 21, 2016 | Edmund DeMarche, Contributor
    What makes the Air Force One program so costly? The CEO of Boeing told President-elect Donald Trump Wednesday that his company can build a new Air Force One for less than originally quoted -- after Trump complained about the cost. Earlier this month, Trump made headlines for blasting the company on Twitter for alleged cost overruns with the new fleet of Air Force One planes. Trump called on the government to cancel the contract and called the supposed $4 billion price tag out of control.
  • Trump to Meet with Defense Contractors: Boeing, Lockheed-Martin

    12/21/2016 1:22:32 PM PST · by Beautiful_Gracious_Skies · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | December 21, 2016 | Melissa Fares
    U.S. President-elect Donald Trump was scheduled to meet .....with the chief executives of two defense contractors he has criticized over project costs. Dennis Muilenburg, of Boeing Co, and Marillyn Hewson, from Lockheed Martin Corp, arrived at Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort where he is spending Christmas. ... Trump has complained about the companies in Twitter broadsides and speeches for costs he said are too expensive, sending defense shares tumbling. Trump has said Boeing's costs to build replacements for aging Air Force One planes - one of the most visible symbols of the U.S. presidency - are too high and urged the federal...
  • Donald Trump Meets With Boeing, Lockheed CEOs (working for the American people holiday)

    12/21/2016 2:30:39 PM PST · by NYer · 48 replies
    WSJ ^ | December 21, 2016 | DOUG CAMERON and Biography @dougcameron Doug.Cameron@dowjones.com DAMIAN PALETTA
    Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg leaves after a meeting with U.S. President-elect Donald Trump at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Fla., on Wednesday. PHOTO: CARLOS BARRIA/REUTERS President-elect Donald Trump met on Wednesday with the chief executives of Boeing Co. and Lockheed Martin Corp., the nation’s two largest defense contractors, two weeks after he started publicly berating the cost of some of their military projects.The meetings with Boeing’s Dennis Muilenburg and Lockheed’s Marillyn Hewson were held at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Fla., where Mr. Trump is staying for the Christmas holiday.Mr. Muilenburg previously spoke to Mr. Trump via telephone on Dec. 6, shortly...
  • Air Force One and Trump’s Vision of Military Power

    12/21/2016 6:55:26 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 34 replies
    American Thinker ^ | John Smith
    President-elect Trump’s criticism of Boeing and the costs of the new Air Force One aircraft is, I believe, more than just political theater. If there is anything his business experience has taught Mr. Trump, it’s that getting the most bang for the buck while meeting performance standards is paramount in any successful venture. Trump has said he intends to make AF1 cheaper. Consider that AF1 is essentially a flying command and control node. If communications and other digitized systems are up to speed, then using more standard components in a proven aircraft would result in a significant cost savings while...
  • Germany’s He 177 Bomber Was a Big Mistake

    12/21/2016 6:59:45 AM PST · by C19fan · 48 replies
    War is Boring ^ | December 21, 2016 | Robert Beckhusen
    Put yourself in the shoes of a German pilot during World War II. It’d be more than just a bit concerning if your assignment was to fly the “Flaming Coffin,” a.k.a. the “One Way Bomber” or “Volcano.” But the hot, flammable He 177 Greif, or Griffin, was Nazi Germany’s only long-range heavy bomber produced in appreciable numbers. The 35-ton machine — when fully loaded — was a mistake, and more importantly, contributed to the German defeat by sucking up valuable resources into an ineffective and compromised aircraft.
  • Rare footage provides interesting details about the world’s most advanced F-16s flown by UAE

    12/20/2016 6:27:37 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 34 replies
    The Aviationist ^ | Dec 19, 2016 | David Cenciotti
    Filmed from aboard a KC-135 Stratotanker with the 340th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron, the video below shows United Arab Emirates F-16 Block 60+ Desert Falcons refueling during a mission in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, the US-led coalition’s air war on ISIS in Syria and Iraq, on Dec. 16, 2016. The clip includes some rare close-up footage that provides interesting details about the payload of the world’s most advanced F-16s flown by the UAE Air Force in the anti-Daesh campaign. There appear to be two configurations (both featuring CFTs, Sniper targeting pod and two drops tanks): the first one, includes...
  • Boeing’s T-X Jet Trainer Takes to the Air as New Contender Emerges

    12/20/2016 6:24:26 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    The Drive ^ | Dec 20, 2016 | TYLER ROGOWAY
    Just three months after the Boeing-Saab consortium unveiled their candidate for the USAF’s T-X program, the clean-sheet design has taken to the skies for the first time. The sleek GE-F404 powered jet took to the skies over St. Louis on a 55 minute test flight with veteran test pilot Steve 'Bull' Schmidt at its controls. Boeing says the flight went as planned and “validated key aspects of the single-engine jet and demonstrated the performance of the low-risk design.” This inaugural sortie came just days after it was discovered that Northrop Grumman had quietly been flying their Model 400 T-X contender...
  • Moscow Preparing for Big Defense Business with Tehran

    12/20/2016 5:28:48 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    AINonline ^ | December 19, 2016 | Reuben F. Johnson
    While awaiting new combat jets from abroad, Iran innovates domestically, such as by reverse-engineering the Northrop F-5 as the Sa’eqeh, on display for the first time. (Photo: Reuben F. Johnson) Russia’s readiness to become the major weapons supplier to Iran was indicated by the eighth international airshow, held recently by the Iranian government on Kish Island. Russia’s aerospace industrial companies were all present at the event for the first time. Nothing official was said during the show, but the clear signal was that they are preparing for the day when the easing of international trade sanctions allows them to do...
  • More Boeing job cuts ahead in the new year

    12/20/2016 4:40:45 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 35 replies
    Seattle Times ^ | 12/19/16 | Dominic Gates
    Boeing told employees Monday there will be more job cuts in the new year. The jetmaker says it need to reduce costs further in the face of intense competition and a flagging jet sales market.
  • U.S. Marine F-35Bs Will Operate From Royal Navy Queen Elizabeth Carrier in 2021

    12/20/2016 3:57:36 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    Navy Recognition ^ | 20 December 2016
    UK Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon and his US counterpart, Defense Secretary Ash Carter, officially confirmed plans for the US Marine Corps F-35B to be detached aboard the Royal Navy's new Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier during its maiden operational deployment set for 2021. This announcement was made December 15th during a ministerial meeting in London. USMC file picture: Two F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters complete vertical landings aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1) during the opening day of the first session of operational testing. On the margins of the ministerial meeting, Sir Michael also deepened UK...
  • Israel Delivers First CAEW G550 to Italian Air Force

    12/19/2016 5:39:29 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    jni.media ^ | December 19th, 2016
    Republic of Singapore Air Force Gulfstream G550 CAEW landing Photo Credit: Owen65, via Wikipedia Israel and Italy on Monday recognized another significant step in the realization of an agreement the two countries signed in 2012, with the delivery of the first of two aircraft armed with Conformal Airborne Early Warning & Control Systems (CAEW) to Italy. The ceremony, at Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), was attended by the Italian ambassador, and officials from the Ministry of Defense’s Directorate of Defense Research and Development (DDR&D) and from the Italian Air Force. The CAEW, developed by ELTA systems, a subsidiary of IAI, was...
  • Orbital ATK Set to Launch Pegasus Rocket Carrying NASA's CYGNSS Spacecraft

    12/11/2016 4:06:05 PM PST · by Ray76
    Orbital ATK ^ | Dec 11, 2016
    Orbital ATK (NYSE: OA), a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies, announced it is prepared to launch the company’s air-launched Pegasus rocket aboard its Stargazer L-1011 airplane from Cape Canaveral on Monday, December 12 at approximately 8:24 a.m. EST. Pegasus will be carrying NASA’s Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System (CYGNSS) to study the inner core of tropical cyclones. The data provided will help scientists and meteorologists better understand and predict the path of a hurricane.
  • Trump & Boeing: It's Not About Air Force One, It's About China

    12/11/2016 4:32:24 PM PST · by Steelfish · 30 replies
    CNN ^ | December 9, 2016 | Jon Ostrower
    Trump & Boeing: It's Not About Air Force One, It's About China by Jon Ostrower December 9, 2016 Boeing executives were blindsided by Donald Trump's Tuesday comments about the cost of Air Force One, but those weren't the tweets that worried America's largest exporter. Many former and current Boeing executives say they're far more worried about Trump's antagonism toward China, the largest and most important growth market for the crown jewel of American manufacturing. "The vulnerability to China is pretty clear," said one former senior Boeing executive. In contrast to the long term stakes over Boeing's future in China, the...