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  • Everyone Who Wanted More F-22s Is Being Proven Right

    10/03/2015 12:27:17 PM PDT · by zeestephen · 13 replies
    Fox Trot Alpha ^ | 25 September 2015 | Tyler Rogoway
    As if they suddenly came to an epiphany, the United States Air Force brass is now admitting what many of us have been screaming about for so long: We didn’t build nearly enough F-22s, and the F-35 cannot simply pick up the slack.
  • End of an era: The world's last flying Avro Vulcan prepares for its final flight

    10/02/2015 7:40:36 PM PDT · by DFG · 35 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 10/2/2015 | DARREN BOYLE
    The world's last flying Avro Vulcan is preparing for its final ever flights after the decision was made to permanently ground the Cold War veteran jet. The four-engined bomber, which saw action in the Falklands, is undertaking two final missions on October 10 and 11, flying long loops of the country from north to south. Chief pilot Martin Withers, who broke the record for the world's longest bombing mission in April 1982, is currently preparing a route for the final flights, which are being designed so as many people as possible will be able to see the jet.
  • Reno Air Races 2015 Recap – Part 1

    10/02/2015 11:37:02 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 30 replies
    The Pylon Place ^ | September 30, 2015 | Marilyn Dash
    What a great time! What a crowd! What amazing racing! This was the best year in a long time! The week started out with great weather but lots of smoke from the many fires in California. When the wind blew in, the smoke blew out – but the winds brought a new set of issues. The wind was so bad on Sunday, several classes had to stand down from their allotted course time because the winds were above their limits – as addressed in the Rules of Competition. But by Monday, everyone was back on the course and qualifying began...
  • This Hellcat Still Purrs Along Nicely

    09/29/2015 11:58:19 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 39 replies
    WSJ ^ | 29 sept 2015 | A.J. BAIME
    Mine was built in 1944 by Buick in Flint, Mich., with a 975-cubic inch airplane engine in it. According to my records, it was sold as surplus after World War II to the Yugoslavian military, where it was used in the civil war there in the 1990s. “Would whoever owns the 1984 Camaro, please move it, or we’re going to have it towed away.” Of course, nobody moved it. With everyone watching, I fired up the tank destroyer and crushed that Camaro. The crowds loved it.
  • Check out 'Trump Force One' — Donald Trump's personal Boeing airliner

    09/29/2015 10:47:00 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 43 replies
    Business Insider ^ | July 27, 2015 | Benjamin Zhang
    As Donald Trump's campaign for the White House kicks into high gear, the bombastic billionaire will be jetting across America on his private Boeing 757-200 airliner. Unlike most presidential candidates, The Donald actually owns his campaign plane. "Trump Force One" — as some have dubbed the jet — will be one of the most visible symbols of Trump's run for the Oval Office. Trump has owned the Boeing airliner— registration N757FA — since 2011 and has customized the aircraft to his liking. Have a closer look at Donald Trump's personal Boeing 757-200 jet.
  • Must See:Never-Seen Photos Of Boeing's 1960s Stealth Jet Concept That Predicted The Future

    09/27/2015 7:10:12 AM PDT · by lbryce · 9 replies
    Foxtrot Alpha ^ | September 22, 2015 | Tyler Rogoway
    An overwhelming treasure trove on the early days of stealth technology. A plethora of imagery, blueprints,numerous videos on the early days of stealth technology kept very hush hush on the stealth aircraft pioneered by Boeing. For years, all the aviation world knew about Boeing’s secret stealth project from the 1960s was limited to a name and a single mysterious photo. It seemed like a relic out of time, possessing many stealthy design features that wouldn’t exist until decades later, and even then, only in highly classified black projects. Lockheed's Senior Peg: The Forgotten Stealth Bomber Perhaps because it was built...
  • Video allegedly showing Russian warplanes refueling over northern Homs,Syria.

    09/23/2015 12:50:22 PM PDT · by Trumpinator · 32 replies ^ | 9/20/2015 | شبكة صدى الثورة
    Can anyone ID the planes on video?
  • Boeing sells China 300 planes, agrees plant: Xinhua

    09/23/2015 5:17:38 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 47 replies
    SHANGHAI: US aerospace giant Boeing has reached deals with Chinese firms to sell 300 aircraft and set up a completion centre in China, state media and its local partner said on Wednesday (, as President Xi Jinping began a visit to the United States. The massive order, which was not immediately confirmed by Boeing, demonstrates the vital importance of the Chinese market despite a growth slowdown that threatens to slow the expansion of air travel. The state-owned Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (COMAC) also reached an agreement with Boeing to set up a "completion centre" in China for its narrow-body...
  • Warbirds of America

    09/22/2015 5:55:59 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 10 replies ^ | September 22, 2014
    Great WW2 footage of the great warbirds of WW2, the people that built them, crewed them, and the men that fought and died in them. We can never repay the debt we owe to them.
  • The WWII-Era Plane Giving the F-35 a Run for Its Money

    09/19/2015 11:40:53 AM PDT · by Forgotten Amendments · 88 replies ^ | September 18, 2015 | JOHN ISMAY, ADRIAN BONENBERGER, AND DAMIEN SPLEETERS
    ...“The A-10 is the best ‘close attack’ plane ever made, period,” Sprey tells me. “But the Air Force hates that mission. They’ll do anything they can to kill that plane.” He says retiring the iconic A-10, a twin-engine attack jet with 30-mm cannons that hit with 14 times the kinetic energy of the 20-mm guns mounted on America’s current fleet of supersonic fighters, became an article of faith among high ranking Air Force officers, generations of whom had been raised to believe in the redemptive power of technological innovation. That mentality drove production of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, the...
  • FAA says American Airlines flights ground stopped nationwide

    09/17/2015 10:22:14 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 34 replies
    CNBC ^ | 9-16-2015 | Fred Imbert
    The Federal Aviation Administration said Thursday American Airlines flights experienced nationwide ground stops amid computer issues.
  • How a Texas collector ended up with millions worth of World War II fighter planes

    09/16/2015 3:31:04 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 23 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | September 16, 2015 | Dylan Baddour
    Tuesday marked the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, when Royal Air Force pilots took the reins of world history, repelled the prelude to a Nazi invasion and defended the land from which America would lead the D-Day landings four years later. But few folks likely know that West Texas long hosted one of the world's finest collections of WWII-era warplanes—largely because the small fleet of historical aircraft were never advertised or opened for public viewing.
  • When the IAF showed the Soviets who was top gun

    09/11/2015 6:32:47 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    ISRAEL HAYOM ^ | September 11, 2015 | Aharon Lapidot
    The first, and so far last, dogfight between Israeli and Russian air forces took place 45 years ago, on July 30, 1970, as the War of Attrition between Israel and Egypt, Jordan and the Palestine Liberation Organization was winding down. The aerial battle took place southwest of the Suez Canal, over an area the Israeli Air Force had dubbed "Texas" as it was a local "Wild West," a lawless area where the quicker the gunslinger, the bigger the reward. The Israeli force comprised four Phantom and 12 Mirage fighter jets, flown by pilots who together were credited with shooting down...
  • The awesome A-10 video the Air Force doesn’t want you to see

    09/09/2015 5:16:15 PM PDT · by WilliamofCarmichael · 56 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Sept. 2015 | Business Insider
    The A-10 Warthog is the only aircraft built for a close-air-support (CAS) mission. It was literally designed around its distinctive 30mm Gatling gun. The gun is more than 19 feet long and weighs more than 4,000 pounds. The distinctive sound made by the weapon (aka the BRRRRRRRRRT – . . . .
  • Iraq uses new F-16 jets for first time in raids against Islamic State

    09/06/2015 7:35:39 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 17 replies ^ | 9/6/15 | Guardian staff
    Iraq has put F-16 warplanes acquired from the United States into action against the Islamic State group for the first time, the commander of the air force said Sunday. “Fifteen air strikes were carried out in the past four days,” staff lieutenant general Anwar Hama Amin said following a news conference in Baghdad. “Smart weapons” were used in the strikes, Amin said, without specifying the type. Khaled al-Obaidi, the defence minister, told the news conference that the strikes had achieved “important results” and that the jets will have “an impact on the conduct of operations in the future”.
  • Donald Trump’s Private Plane Removed From Online Flight Tracker

    09/05/2015 7:00:30 PM PDT · by Helicondelta · 45 replies ^ | September 5, 2015
    Real estate mogul Donald Trump is the sole candidate among the GOP 2016 who owns his own aircraft, which has come in handy getting him all over the country for campaign events. Mr. Trump’s plane — a Boeing 757-200, tail number N757FA — could be tracked online via FlightAware, a free flight-tracking service, until Wednesday when the notice “this aircraft is not available for public tracking per request from owner/operator” appeared on the website
  • Man Takes to the Skies in World-First Pentacontakaitetracopter

    09/05/2015 4:43:48 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 39 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Friday 4 September 2015 | Alex Hern
    YouTuber gasturbine101 flies in a 54-rotor homemade vehicleStop the search: the greatest Briton in history has been found – sitting astride a makeshift helicopter comprised of 54 drone rotors dressed like one of Monty Python’s Gumbies. YouTuber gasturbine101 built the world’s first pentacontakaitetracopter (that’s a vehicle with 54 blades), and flew it almost three meters above the ground,
  • India's Light Combat Helicopter Gets Hot & High

    09/03/2015 7:45:56 PM PDT · by cold start · 3 replies
    These great photos and statement out of HAL today on the LCH's progress, including hot & high tests in Ladakh. Here's what they sent out: HAL successfully carried out the hot and the high-altitude trials of indigenously designed, developed attack chopper Light Combat Helicopter (LCH) at Leh recently. “These seasonal trials - including cold weather trials carried out at Leh during February this year - have been completed as part of the certification process. The flight trials at Leh have established hover performance and low speed handling characteristics of the helicopter under extreme weather conditions at different altitudes (3200...
  • France says wing part found on Reunion island definitely from MH370

    09/03/2015 10:26:58 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 15 replies
    Reuters ^ | 9-3-2015
    The piece of wing found on the shore of Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean has been formally identified as part of the wreckage of Malaysian Airlines flight MH370, the Paris prosecutor said on Thursday. The part, known as a flaperon, was found on the shore of the French-governed island on July 29 and Malaysian authorities have said paint color and maintenance-record matches proved it came from the missing Boeing (BA.N) 777 aircraft. The French prosecutor, who had until Thursday's statement been more cautious on its provenance, said a technician from Airbus Defense and Space (ADS-SAU) in Spain, which had...
  • Terror in the skies: The midair hijacking drama of TAA Flight 408 (historical - 1960)

    09/01/2015 4:29:58 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 ^ | 1st September 2015
    ALEX Hildebrandt looked like any other passenger when he walked calmly onto the Trans-Australia Airlines passenger jet bound for Brisbane. It was the last flight out of Sydney and the Russian immigrant, along with his 42 fellow passengers, had just passed through airport security that is nothing like we know today. Which could go some way to explaining why Hildebrandt, then 22, had managed to pack a sawn-off shotgun in his carry-on luggage, as well as all the tools needed to make a bomb. By the time the plane touched down in Brisbane that night, July 19, 1960, Australia —...
  • Now THIS is Cool (If You're an Airplane Geek)... JET-Powered, RC 1/15th scale Airbus A380!

    09/01/2015 8:51:42 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 26 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 01 September 2015 | Reaganite Republican
    Jet-powered, RC 1/15th scale Airbus A380! I wonder how much he spent on this thing...  This radio-controlled Airbus A380-800 super-jumbo replica -built by German enthusiasts- has got to be the coolest RC model I've ever seen. I remember when I was a kid, being wowed by my uncle's impressive RC collection, including multi-engine stuff and 'copters... but JETS? News to me! And this one looks, sounds, and even moves at a pace that comes across as 'the real thing' easily on video... the jet roar is more than a little bit cool! The plane is marked in Singapore Airlines...
  • Flight escorted by FIGHTER JETS after cabin crew put passenger's cat in bathroom and she threatened

    08/30/2015 9:20:04 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 49 replies
    Daily Mail UK + AP. ^ | August 30, 2015 | Chris Kitching
    Two fighter jets were scrambled to escort a passenger jet that was forced to make an emergency landing after a woman on board allegedly became unruly over her cat. Passengers on board the Condor Airlines flight from Las Vegas to Frankfurt claimed the woman brought her cat onto the plane and became enraged when her pet was put in a lavatory by cabin crew.
  • Iron Maiden And The Book Of Souls Go Jumbo On Massive 2016 World Tour

    08/25/2015 7:30:07 PM PDT · by wastedyears · 15 replies ^ | Iron Maiden
  • The Last Piston-Engine Dogfights (Corsairs against Mustangs)

    08/25/2015 6:23:53 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 23 replies
    AIR & SPACE MAGAZINE ^ | SEPTEMBER 2015 | Preston Lerner
    The last dogfights between piston-engine, propeller-driven airplanes weren’t fought in the skies over Germany in the 1940s or even Korea in the 1950s. They occurred in Central America in 1969, and all of the combatants were flying U.S.-built Corsairs and Mustangs. The dogfights were among the final acts in a brief but bloody four-day conflict between Honduras and El Salvador, commonly (but misleadingly) known as the Football War. Although a pair of soccer games between the two nations sparked the initial riots, the war was the culmination of longstanding tension over immigration and land reform. Honduras boasted the more impressive...
  • Aircraft Crash At Shoreham Air Show

    08/22/2015 5:51:49 AM PDT · by Spktyr · 40 replies
    Vanity | 8-21-15 | Self
    Just been informed by a friend attending the Shoreham Air Show in the United Kingdom that a Hawker Hunter has crashed, possibly onto the nearby main road. No chutes observed. No other details.
  • WW II fighter ace Fritz Payne dies; shot down 6 warplanes during Guadalcanal

    08/19/2015 7:20:54 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 7 replies
    Fox News ^ | 8/18/15 | AP
    <p>Frederick R. "Fritz" Payne, a World War II fighter ace who left his mark on aviation and wartime history by shooting down six Japanese warplanes during the Battle of Guadalcanal, a bloody, months-long confrontation that helped change the course of the war, has died at age 104.</p>
  • Wave Goodbye to the Argentine Air Force

    08/18/2015 11:24:29 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 33 replies
    WAR IS BORING ^ | August 19, 2015 | David Axe
    After decades of decline, the Argentine air force — once one of the most powerful air arms in South America — has finally given up. In August 2015, the Fuerza Aérea Argentina retired its 16 Mirage supersonic fighters, fewer than 10 of which were actually in flyable condition at the time. That leaves the FAA with just subsonic jet fighters — 25 A-4s and 18 IA-63s. Buenos Aires has made noise about buying new Gripens from the United Kingdom and Sweden via Brazil, JF-17s from China and Kfirs from Israel, but the U.K. vetoed the Gripen idea and the JF-17s...
  • Djibouti relaunched its national airline with backing from Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickinson

    08/17/2015 9:56:55 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 19 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 04 August 2015
    The Horn of Africa nation of Djibouti has relaunched its national airline -- a company managed by Iron Maiden lead singer Bruce Dickinson, officials said Tuesday. Air Djibouti, which went bankrupt in 2002, recommenced flights on Monday with a cargo plane carrying six tonnes from Djibouti to Somalia, to Hargeisa, the capital of self-declared Somaliland. "This is the link in the chain that was missing from Djibouti," said Abubaker Omar Hadi, chairman of Djibouti Ports and Free Zones Authority, who said he hoped the airline will help ferry cargo onwards from Djibouti's key sea port. "We need a national company...
  • MH370: New debris found in Maldives

    08/16/2015 1:54:04 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 27 replies
    The Star ^ | Sunday August 16, 2015 | desiree tresa gasper
    Two pieces of new debris have been found in the Maldives and experts will determine if they are linked to missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, said Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai (pix). He said one was a "honeycomb material" while the other had a flat surface. "It is very small, about the size of your hand," he said when asked to explain on the new finding on Sunday. "The first thing we have to do is to determine if it is actually of plane material," Liow said adding that the discovery was made two days ago. "Our team...
  • FAA says problem that caused flight delays has been resolved

    08/15/2015 2:20:05 PM PDT · by wtd · 13 replies
    AP ^ | 8/15/2015 | Brett Zongker
    FAA says problem that caused flight delays has been resolved WASHINGTON (AP) -- Air traffic was snarled and passengers' tempers frayed on Saturday as many flights to and from airports throughout a large swath of the Northeast stretching from New York down to the Carolinas were delayed or cancelled. The Federal Aviation Administration blamed the problem on "technical issues" at an air traffic control center in Leesburg, Va. Around 4 p.m., the agency said the problem had been resolved, and that officials were working to lift any remaining orders to hold planes on the ground. Delays began building about...
  • Flight control problem keeps flights grounded in NY and DC area

    08/15/2015 11:11:30 AM PDT · by Whenifhow · 23 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 15 2015 | Staff
    Officials reported big delays Saturday at New York and Washington airports because of an air traffic control issue. Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport reported that a computer outage was limiting flight arrivals and departures there as well as Washington's Reagan National Airport and Dulles International Airport. The problem also affected flights leaving New York’s LaGuardia and John F. Kennedy airports, according to FlightAware’s online tracker. By 12:30 p.m. departure delays were at 1 hour and expected to grow, PIX11 News reported. Delays out of Newark International Airport were at 30 minutes and decreasing at that particular time, the station said,...
  • AF Special Operations Command receives first AC-130J

    08/11/2015 8:20:48 AM PDT · by Half Vast Conspiracy · 33 replies
    Air Force News Service ^ | July 31, 2015 | SSgt Marleah Robertson
    HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. (AFNS) -- The first AC-130J Ghostrider landed here July 29, making it Air Force Special Operations Command’s first AC-130J. After completing the initial developmental test and evaluation by the 413th Flight Test Squadron at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, the aircraft will be flown by the 1st Special Operations Group Detachment 2 and maintained by the 1st Special Operations Aircraft Maintenance Squadron during its initial operational tests and evaluations at Hurlburt Field. “Putting it through these tests will allow us to wring out the AC-130J in a simulated combat environment, instead of the more rigid flight profiles...
  • IAF halves its demand for Russian fighter jets

    08/10/2015 10:25:32 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    The Tribune, India ^ | August 10, 2015 | Ajay Banerjee
    Looking to cut costs and prune military imports, the Indian Air Force (IAF) has halved its demand for Russian-built fifth generation fighter aircraft (FGFA). It now wants just three squadrons of the fighter jets which are to be inducted into the Russian Air Force in 2016. Sources say the IAF has scaled down its needs and now indicated that just three squadrons (around 18 planes in each), besides a few more for training of the pilots, will be enough for now. This works out to be 65 planes, almost half from the earlier projection of 127 FGFAs to be jointly...
  • Goodyear Blimp Spirit of America will be decommissioned this week at Tustin hangar

    08/09/2015 12:36:34 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 29 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | August 9, 2015 | Tom Berg
    CARSON – The Goodyear Blimp bobbles a few feet of the ground, awaiting one of its final takeoffs. “We’re coming off the mast,” pilot Bill Bayliss announces, as the 192-foot blimp is freed from its mooring. The Spirit of America will rise above the hustle-and-bustle of I-405 one last time on Monday, and cruise toward Tustin’s aging World War II blimp hangar. Five days later, the blimp will emerge as five tons of museum exhibits, recyclable rubber and spare parts.
  • World War Two pilot and plane discovered in Germany

    08/08/2015 2:25:56 PM PDT · by Hombre Malevo · 43 replies
    Spero News ^ | 08/082015 | Martin Barillas
    Werner Doll (77) was a young lad of seven years when he saw the P-47 collide with another aircraft and plummet to the earth. He saw the flames and smoke emerge from the crash site on the fateful day near the end of history worst conflict.
  • The Spookiest story in Vietnam: The AC-47 gunship (12 PHOTOS)

    08/08/2015 6:58:04 AM PDT · by rktman · 39 replies ^ | 8/7/2015 | Chris Eger
    Known variously as Puff the Magic Dragon, Dragonships or just Spooky, the AC-47 gunship, with its broadside battery of GE miniguns, was a sight to behold. In 1965 with the grunts on the ground needing as much persistent close in air support as could be spared, the Air Force went about converting a handful of World War II-era C-47 transports into lead slinging death dealers by attaching a number of General Electric GAU-2/M134 miniguns arranged to fire through the left-hand side of the plane at a target below.
  • Magic Stone 466--SAM Hunter-Killer Mission

    08/07/2015 11:43:14 AM PDT · by Portcall24 · 15 replies
    By Email | Gary Barnhill
    I received this email from a fellow controller. He served on ABCCC flying on EC-130 out of Thailand.
  • This ‘Back to the Future’ style flying car closer to reality than you might think (Terrafugia TF-X)

    08/05/2015 6:41:17 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 18 replies
    GeekWire ^ | August 4, 2015 | Molly Brown
    This ‘Back to the Future’ style flying car is closer to reality than you might think ... Massachusetts-based Terrafugia is developing the TF-X and states that the flying car is 8 to 12 years away from becoming an everyday reality ...
  • Why is the UK still so reliant on the Tornado?

    08/05/2015 10:17:01 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    BBC News Magazine ^ | 08/05/2015 | Jon Kelly
    The RAF Tornado mission in Iraq, which was supposed to be disbanded last March, will be extended until "at least" March 2017. Why has this veteran Cold War combat jet proved so enduring? The cockpit of a supersonic Tornado attack bomber is a much more peaceful place than you might expect. "It's incredibly quiet," says Jas Hawker, a former RAF wing commander who flew the aircraft over Iraq and Kosovo. "The pilot and the navigator could drop their oxygen masks and talk to each other. It's not silent but it's a lot quieter than people think." It also has a...
  • Aircraft Part Confirmed to come from Missing Malaysian Flight

    08/05/2015 11:07:47 AM PDT · by SpaceBar · 28 replies
    no source (fox radio)
    Just confirmed on the radio.
  • Confirmed:Malaysia PM Confirms Piece of Airplane Wing is from MH370

    08/05/2015 11:18:48 AM PDT · by lbryce · 36 replies
    Mashable ^ | August 5, 2015 | Marcus Gilmer
    Malaysia's prime minister has confirmed that the piece of an airplane wing found on Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean last week is in fact from the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. "Today, 515 days since the plane disappeared, it is with a heavy heart that I must tell you that an international team of experts have conclusively confirmed that the aircraft debris found on Reunion Island is indeed from MH370," Najib Razak wrote on his Facebook page. "We now have physical evidence that, as I announced on 24th March last year, flight MH370 tragically ended in the southern Indian...
  • B-52 bombers demonstrate their long reach in mock bombing run from US to Australia

    08/04/2015 1:33:56 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 36 replies ^ | 4th August 2015
    TWO B-52 bombers flew 44 hours non-stop from Louisiana to the Northern Territory on a simulated bombing run last month — all to deliver a message to China. The lumbering, 1950s vintage dinosaurs lifted off from the Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana, United States, on July 1. Their mission: to be BAAD. That’s military speak for yet more military speak: “bomber assurance and deterrence”. Translated, it means sending a message to Australia and the nations of South East Asia that the United States is willing and capable of assisting its allies. It was also a demonstration — to China...
  • Concorde Mark 2: Airbus files plans for new supersonic jet

    08/04/2015 10:08:51 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 47 replies ^ | 3:20PM BST 04 Aug 2015 | By Alan Tovey, Industry Editor
    New jet could cut flight time from London to New York to just one hour The new jet could fly from London to New York in an hour - opening up the possibility of a transatlantic return journey in a day. Concorde 2 would be capable of flying more than four times the speed of sound – or more than 2,500mph, according to documents lodged with the US Patent Office by the aerospace and defence group The filings refer to an “ultra-rapid air vehicle” and “method of aerial locomotion” for the aircraft, which would cruise at an altitude of more...
  • Deadly failure on the runway

    08/01/2015 9:30:53 AM PDT · by SZonian · 35 replies ^ | August 2, 2015 | Craig R. McCoy and Dylan Purcell
    Gulfstream Aerospace Corp., the manufacturer of the business jet that crashed on takeoff last year and killed Philadelphia businessman Lewis Katz and six others, has acknowledged to investigators that a key fail-safe system on the plane has a flawed design. Gulfstream tested its fleet of GIV jets after the fatal accident and found a widespread problem: The planes could travel down the runway at takeoff speeds even when they had no ability to leave the ground. To win safety certification, the firm had promised the Federal Aviation Administration that its fail-safe design would prevent pilots from getting the jet above...
  • Does this man have the most dangerous job in America? (aerobatic pilot Sean D. Tucker)

    07/31/2015 12:08:57 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 28 replies
    CNN ^ | July 31, 2015 | Thom Patterson and Nick Scott
    Until you get to know Sean D. Tucker, it's hard to understand why he chooses to make a living by risking his life. But take a moment to watch what he does. It's magical. Watch him fly hundreds of miles an hour and thousands of feet high -- twirling, tumbling and twisting his airplane in ways you never thought possible ... Tucker is an aerobatic pilot -- among the best in the world. He calls it a form of art ...
  • Will industry address vulnerability beneath the carpet of the 777?

    07/30/2015 4:45:21 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 13 replies
    In the forward galley area near the L1 door and flight deck, a small access panel sits below the carpet which acts as the gateway to the 777’s electronics and engineering bay. The bay, referred to as the ‘E/E bay’, contains many of the 777’s extremely sensitive systems. A recently posted YouTube video, below, shows how shockingly easy it is to access the E/E bay, and how seemingly little has been done to keep people out. The systems in the E/E bay vary from fuse panels to the Airplane Information Management System (AIMS), also known as “the brains” of the...
  • Texas-owned private jet owned impounded in Congo

    02/20/2011 9:17:37 PM PST · by Kartographer · 22 replies
    A private jet owned by a North Texas company has been impounded for the past 2 1/2 weeks and its passengers and crew detained by the Congolese government in central Africa, where officials say it was used to smuggle gold from rebel territories in the nation's eastern provinces. The plane was leased by Southlake Aviation, based in suburban Dallas-Fort Worth, to a subsidiary of CAMAC International, The Dallas Morning News reported in its Sunday editions. CAMAC company is owned by Kase Lawal, a Nigerian-born Houston oil tycoon an appointee of President Barack Obama to the Advisory Committee for Trade Policy...
  • MH370: wreckage found on Reunion 'matches Malaysia Airlines flight'

    07/29/2015 3:45:55 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 07/29/2015 | Harriet Alexander
    A French aviation expert believes he may have found the wreckage of MH370 – the Malaysia Airlines flight which disappeared off the coast of Malaysia in March 2014. Xavier Tytelman, a former military pilot who now specialises in aviation security, was contacted on Wednesday morning by a man living on the island of Reunion, in the Indian Ocean. The man sent Mr Tytelman a series of photos showing wreckage of a plane, which the Frenchman said could possibly be the missing jet. "I've been studying hundreds of photos and speaking to colleagues," Mr Tytelman told The Telegraph. "And we all...
  • Cuomo Announces Plan to Tear DownRebuild 'Third-World' LaGuardia Airport (shortened)

    07/28/2015 3:58:48 PM PDT · by wastedyears · 16 replies
    NBC New York ^ | 7/27/2015 | Brynn Gingras
    Full title: Cuomo Announces Plan to Tear Down, Rebuild 'Third-World' LaGuardia Airport, First New Hub Built After 9/11 Attacks
  • A Chinese group just bought Spain's infamous billion-dollar 'ghost' airport for $10,000

    07/20/2015 8:15:00 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 07/20/2015 | GUY HEDGECOE, THE TELEGRAPH
    Spain's "ghost airport" - that cost hundreds of millions of euros to build and which became a notorious symbol of the excess of the country's bonanza years has been sold to a group of British and Asian investors for just €10,000 ($10,835). Ciudad Real airport airport, in the central Castilla-La Mancha region, has been closed since 2012, despite opening only four years prior to closure. The regional authorities raised an estimated €1billion in private investment to build it. They had hoped it would draw millions of visitors each year to Ciudad Real and the surrounding area, which is known as...