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  • The F-4 Is a Great Fighter With a Bad Reputation

    06/28/2016 11:21:20 AM PDT · by C19fan · 55 replies
    War is Boring ^ | June 25, 2016 | Sebastien Roblin
    The McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II is a legendary aircraft — an icon of the Vietnam War and the archetype of the third-generation jet fighter designs that entered service in the 1960s. More than 5,000 of these heavy supersonic fighters were built, and hundreds continue to serve and even see combat in several air forces today. But the Phantom’s record in air-to-air combat over Vietnam — especially when compared to its successor, the F-15 Eagle, which has never been shot down in air-to-air combat — has left it with a reputation of being a clumsy bruiser reliant on brute engine power and obsolete weapons technology.
  • Boeings Historic Deal With Iran Rests on Shaky Foundations

    06/26/2016 9:43:09 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    Boeing Co.s historic $25 billion deal with Iran Air potentially rides on hopes that Tehran would stop its past practice of using the airlines planes to ferry fighters and weapons across the Middle East. Exactly five years ago, the Obama administration imposed sanctions on the Iranian company for a number of infractions. Iran Air used passenger and cargo planes to transport rockets and missiles to places such as Syria, sometimes disguised as medicine or spare parts, the Treasury Department said at the time. In other instances, members of Irans Revolutionary Guard Corps took control of flights carrying sensitive cargo.
  • B-29 Doc Gets Certified for Airworthiness!

    06/26/2016 11:12:22 AM PDT · by re_tail20 · 37 replies
    War History Online ^ | June 8, 2016 | War History Online
    The B-29 bomber known as Doc may be flying again before the summer is over. On May 20th, the nonprofit group Docs Friends announced that they had accepted an airworthiness certificate from the Federal Aviation Administration. Several dozen members of the group, along with other supporters, attended a ceremony at Docs hangar at Air Capital Flight Line, the former Boeing Wichita factory complex. The biggest thing is how important this airplane is to history, said Jeff Turner, board chairman for Docs Friends. The light of freedom was growing dimmer (during World War II), and the men and women of our...
  • Man Gets Entire Plane To Himself After Fellow Travelers Catch Other Flights

    06/24/2016 3:07:50 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 74 replies
    Consumerist ^ | June 23, 2016
    Its not every day that the average traveler has an entire row of seats to take over, much less an entire plane. But one Delta passenger flying home this week got to experience the sweet sensation of being the only person on his flight when his fellow travelers opted to take other flights. Everything worked out perfectly for the Atlanta man, despite his initial worries when he showed up to an empty gate area at the airport in New Orleans earlier this week. I was so nervous, he told WSB-TV. I couldnt believe it. I felt like I missed my...
  • Flight 804: Egypt fails to pull data from damaged recorders

    06/23/2016 3:24:11 PM PDT · by Cementjungle · 32 replies
    CNN ^ | 06/23/2016 | Amy La Porte
    What sent EgyptAir flight 804 plummeting into the Mediterranean Sea last month, remains a mystery. Egyptian investigators have failed to extract any information from the badly-damaged memory chips of the crucial black boxes. Defeated, Egypt is now sending both the cockpit voice recorder and the flight data recorder to the BEA in France for analysis. The BEA -- the French version of the NTSB -- are considered some the best in the world at analyzing this type of equipment. In a statement released on Thursday, EgyptAir said the French will "carry out repair and removal of salt accumulations." "Then (the...
  • WWII Lancaster bomber and its crewmen's remains discovered in German field [after] 69 years

    06/22/2016 9:29:31 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 30 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | 21 June 2016 | Jill Reilly
    Sixty-nine years after their burning plane plunged to the ground after being shot down by the Germans, the remains of seven Lancaster Bomber crewmen have been recovered. They were discovered by a team of German historians who spent hours digging a muddy field near Frankfurt looking for the RAF crew after an eyewitness who saw the plane crash guided them to the site. Lancaster ED427 was one of 327 bombers that took part in a raid on the Skoda armaments works at Pilsen, Czechoslovakia. On their return to their base at RAF Fiskerton, Lincs, they came under fire from German...
  • The A-10 Warthog Just Got A Little More Badass

    06/16/2016 1:44:53 PM PDT · by blam · 61 replies
    BI ^ | 6-16-2016 | Sarah Sicard
    Sarah SicardJune 16, 2016 Since the A-10 Warthog, recently seemingly destined for the scrap yard, is now engaging enemy Islamic State fighters in Iraq and Taliban forces in Afghanistan in the form of a new weapon with a badass name - the Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System. Manufactured by BAE Systems, the APKWS is equipped with laser-guided rockets, giving A-10 aircraft in Afghanistan a "deep magazine of high-precision weapons," according to Popular Mechanics. One of the biggest advantages to using this system is the minimal collateral damage left when fired, which is a result of its tiny warhead. In addition,...
  • The US may restart production of the world's most lethal combat plane

    06/07/2016 11:42:00 AM PDT · by bkopto · 55 replies
    Business Insider ^ | May 26, 2016 | Alex Lockie
    US Air Force Gen. Mark Welsh made comments at an Air Force Association event on Thursday that were uncharacteristically bullish on the prospect of restarting the F-22 program. Lockheed Martin shuttered the F-22 program almost five years ago. Since then, the top Air Force brass has been focused on the troubled F-35 program as well as looking decades forward to the Next Generation Air Dominance program. In April, however, Rep. Mike Turner of Ohio said in Congress: "In light of growing threats from a resurgent Russia and an aggressive China, further exploration into restarting the F-22 line is deserved." Welsh's...
  • Liberals planning to buy Super Hornet fighter jets before making final decision on F-35s

    06/06/2016 4:25:17 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    OTTAWA CITIZEN ^ | 06.04.2016 | Lee Berthiaume, Ottawa Citizen and John Ivison |
    OTTAWA The Liberal government is intent on buying Super Hornet fighter jets, according to multiple sources. Prime Minister Justin Trudeaus cabinet reportedly discussed the issue last week, and while no formal decision was taken, one top-level official said: They have made up their minds and are working on the right narrative to support it. Rather than a full replacement of the air forces aging CF-18 fighter fleet, its believed the purchase will be labelled an interim measure to fill what Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan has warned is a pending gap in Canadas military capabilities. The Liberals promised during the...
  • Heres the Key to Understanding the Russian Air Forces Actions in Syria

    06/06/2016 5:26:06 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    War is Boring ^ | June 6 2016 | TOM COOPER
    It’s been nearly 10 months now that I’ve been closely following Russian military operations in Syria on day-by-day and blow-by-blow basis. I admit I was skeptic right from the start — I expected Russians to indiscriminately bombard civilians in insurgent-held parts of Syria. My standpoint drew criticism not only from many of my readers, but also from most of my colleagues. My contacts who serve as professional military pilots could never imagine their Russian colleagues would do such things as bomb civilians. I’m not the least bit pleased that my worst expectations have become truth. I’m only trying to understand why the...
  • Vintage P-47 aircraft crashes in Hudson River, pilot killed

    05/28/2016 10:25:52 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 53 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | 5-28-16 | Magdalena Doris
    The P-47 Thunderbolt crashed Friday during a promotion for the American Airpower Museum, which is celebrating the 75th anniversary of the P-47 this weekend. Scuba divers recovered the body of the pilot, 56-year-old William Gordon, of Key West, Florida, about three hours after the crash. Gordon was a veteran air show pilot with more than 25 years of experience, according to promotional material for a Key West air show last month. The website for the April 2-3 air show says Gordon was an "aerobatic competency evaluator" who certified performers to perform low-level aerobatics.
  • The Navy has a shortage of fighter jets will it hurt our ability to fight future wars?

    05/28/2016 8:39:40 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 16 replies
    The Virginian-Pilot ^ | May 27, 2016 | Mike Hixenbaugh and Courtney Mabeus
    A Navy captain from Virginia Beach was testifying before Congress on Thursday about the shortage of flyable fighter jets at Oceana Naval Air Station. As he spoke, word came to military officials seated behind him: A pair of F/A-18F Super Hornets from Oceana had a mid-air mishap off the coast of North Carolina, forcing four aviators to eject and sending their $57 million aircraft hurtling into the Atlantic Ocean. Capt. Randy Stearns, commodore of Strike Fighter Wing Atlantic, was briefed on the training accident involving two of his jets during a short recess from the hearing, then returned to the...
  • Video shows erratic woman screaming, removing clothes on Frontier plane

    05/25/2016 9:32:03 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 43 replies
    kdvr ^ | 05/25/2016
    A Frontier Airlines flight from Denver to Portland, Ore., had to turn around before taking off Monday because a woman on the jet began screaming and removing her clothes. A passenger recorded a portion of the meltdown while the airplane taxied, but he said it only represents a portion of what happened before and after. "I was uncomfortable and I wasn't sitting next to her," said Devin, who wanted to remain anonymous because of response from the video. Devin's video shows the woman kicking and screaming on the ground, and hitting her head against the cockpit door. She can also...
  • During the Vietnam War, the U.S. Sent Updated World War II Bombers to Hit Laos

    05/24/2016 10:59:57 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 100 replies
    War is Boring ^ | May 23, 2016 | JOSEPH TREVITHICK
    More than four decades after the fall of Saigon, Washington is still holding on to various classified details about its fight in Southeast Asia. Among the Pentagon media arms still-secret records are photos and video of updated World War II-era bombers the U.S. Air Force sent to hit Laos. In May 1966, pilots and crews from the 603rd Air Commando Squadron brought eight B-26K Invaders from their base in Louisiana to Nakhon Phanom Air Base in Thailand. Desperate to stem the flow of troops and supplies flowing down the Ho Chi Minh Trail from North Vietnam, the flying branch had...
  • French intelligence warned the country was 'clearly being targeted by ISIS' and was at risk...

    05/19/2016 8:56:34 AM PDT · by RummyChick · 19 replies
    daily mail ^ | 5/19 | summers
    The head of France's internal intelligence agency had warned the country was being 'clearly targeted' by ISIS a week before the Paris to Cairo flight took off. EgyptAir Flight MS804 has gone missing over the Mediterranean with 66 people on board amid reports of a merchant ship captain having seen a 'flame in the sky'. An Egyptian civil aviation authority spokesman has said the plane, with 15 French passengers and one Briton on board - most likely crashed into the sea. The cause of the disaster remains unknown but it comes seven months after a bomb blew up a Russian...
  • BREAKING: EgyptAir flight from Paris to Cairo was likely brought down by terror attack(Shortened)

    05/19/2016 6:36:13 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 108 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | May 19,2016 | Foxnews.Com
    A Cairo-bound EgyptAir flight that went down in the Mediterranean Sea with 66 aboard early Thursday hours after departing from Paris zig-zagged sharply before plunging, according to aviation officials, who said terrorism was a likely cause of the crash.
  • Pentagon: 'Unsafe' intercept over South China Sea

    05/18/2016 7:39:59 PM PDT · by Java4Jay · 12 replies
    At least two Chinese J-11 tactical aircraft carried out an "unsafe" intercept of a United States EP-3 reconnaissance aircraft that was conducting a routine mission in international airspace over the South China Sea, a U.S. defense official told CNN Wednesday. The Chinese jets came within 50 feet of the American aircraft at one point, the official said.
  • A-10 and F-16 Aircraft Elephant Walk at Osan Air Base, South Korea

    05/16/2016 6:06:34 PM PDT · by Sparky1776 · 16 replies
    YouTube ^ | May 12, 2016 | AiirSource Military
    A-10 Thunderbolt II and F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter aircraft perform an Elephant Walk on the runway during Exercise Beverly Herd 16-01 at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea. The Elephant Walk was a demonstration of United States Air Force capabilities and strength.
  • Aircraft nose art makes quiet comeback, reviving Air Force tradition

    05/15/2016 5:11:34 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 78 replies
    Fox News.com ^ | May 15, 2016
    Air Force fighters and bombers are soaring into the wild blue yonder with new paint jobs, quietly reviving an old tradition. The decorative painting and designs on the noses and wings of Air Force planes may not be as racy as they were during World War II, but they are just as meaningful, the Air Force Times reports. This is a tradition across the Air Force," Col. Jeff Smith, commander of the 173rd Fighter Wing in Klamath Falls, Ore., told the newspaper. This truly is a source of morale and pride, especially for the dedicated crew chief to know that...
  • 'Wiped Out': Air Force losing pilots and planes to cuts, scrounging for spare parts

    05/14/2016 5:08:16 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 78 replies
    Fox News.com ^ | May 14, 2016 | Jennifer Griffin, Lucas Tomlinson
    EXCLUSIVE: It was just a few years ago, in March 2011, when a pair of U.S. Air Force B-1 bombers during a harsh winter storm took off from their base in South Dakota to fly across the world to launch the air campaign in Libya, only 16 hours after given the order. Today, many in the Air Force are questioning whether a similar mission could still be accomplished, after years of budget cuts that have taken an undeniable toll. The U.S. Air Force is now short 4,000 airmen to maintain its fleet, short 700 pilots to fly them...
  • Detroit Bd. of Education has a...Cessna?

    05/13/2016 5:20:06 PM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 17 replies
    Serial Number 17261081 Status Valid Manufacturer Name CESSNA Certificate Issue Date 07/09/1980 Model 172M Expiration Date 11/30/2017 Type Aircraft Fixed Wing Single-Engine Type Engine 4 Cycle
  • TSA Administrator: 71 of 73 Aviation Employees on Terror Database Were Scrubbed From It

    05/13/2016 3:17:53 PM PDT · by StCloudMoose · 4 replies
    cns news ^ | 5/13/16
    SA Administrator Peter Neffenger said that two of 73 aviation employees with access to secured areas of U.S. airports who were also on the TIDE (Terrorist Identities Datamart Environment) system the governments database of information on international terrorist identities had their credentials removed, while the other 71 were scrubbed from the database on the advice of the FBI. A DHS Office of Inspector General report titled, TSA Can Improve Aviation Worker Vetting, and dated June 4, 2015 said, our testing showed that TSA did not identify 73 individuals with terrorism-related category codes because TSA is not authorized to...
  • Last flight of hero married to his machine

    05/12/2016 12:30:50 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    The Telegraph, India ^ | MAY 12, 2016 | Sujan Dutta
    Arun Prakash (left) and Shikker Raj Pillai Naval Air Station INS Hansa, Goa, May 11: Blessed are lives like Captain Shikku Raj Pillai's: fighter pilot, naval officer, a hero here this morning, the last on planet earth to land the Sea Harrier. Soon, this afternoon, he would formally hand over command of his squadron, the INAS 300 "White Tigers", to Captain Harshveer Singh. Harshveer is younger and flies the much younger MiG29K. Pillai is moving from Goa to New Delhi. He is delighted to be the hero today but his sunburnt features pale in contemplating the immediate future. As of...
  • The Russian Air Force Was Always Behind the West in One Key Area (Until Now)

    05/12/2016 12:35:14 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    The National Interest ^ | MAY 11, 2016 | Dave Majumdar
    The Kremlins air war over Syria demonstrated that Russias once dilapidated military has recovered from its low-point in 1990s in the aftermath of the Soviet collapse. But while the Russian Air Force showed off new precision-guided weapons and new high-performance aircraft like the Sukhoi Su-30SM Flanker-H, Su-34 Fullback and the Su-35S Flanker-E, it was evident that Moscow still lacked certain capabilities. One such gap was the lack of a targeting pod like Northrop Grummans LITENING G4 or the Lockheed Martin Sniper. However, Russia seems to be rapidly closing that gap with the development of its own indigenous targeting pod under...
  • FAAs bid to expand air traffic hiring pool hits turbulence

    05/11/2016 9:54:58 PM PDT · by george76 · 21 replies
    Newsday. ^ | April 24, 2016 | Candice Ruud
    Before the FAA changed the hiring protocol in 2014, the majority of new air traffic control hires had served as controllers in the military or graduated from an FAA-approved Collegiate Training Initiative program resulting in associates or bachelors degrees and were given preference in hiring because of that experience. ... Since 2014, any applicants with aviation degrees or military service are now on equal footing with people without any experience, because the first step to being hired means passing the questionnaire. In some cases, applicants with no experience are passing the questionnaire while those with academic training degrees...
  • SpaceX Dragon Space Capsule Splashes Down in Pacific Ocean

    05/11/2016 3:29:59 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 10 replies
    Space.com ^ | May 11, 2016 05:50pm ET | Mike Wall, Senior Writer |
    SpaceX personnel will recover Dragon by ship and then haul the spacecraft to Long Beach for processing. Dragon is the only robotic cargo vessel currently flying that's capable of bringing material safely from the ISS down to the ground. The other freighters Orbital ATK's Cygnus spacecraft, Russia's Progress vessel and Japan's H-II Transfer Vehicle are all designed to burn up in Earth's atmosphere and therefore are packed with garbage, not cargo, when they depart the orbiting lab.
  • Requiem for the 'Jump-Jet'

    05/09/2016 10:21:48 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    Indo-Asian News Service ^ | May 9, 2016 | Arun Prakash
    The Indian Navy (IN) will bid farewell to its carrier-borne jump-jet the Sea Harrier on May 11 in Goa. It will be a nostalgic moment for those who were associated with this very distinctive fighter aircraft. When the navy's elegant, first-generation Sea Hawk fighter grew old and weary in the late 1970s, having proved its mettle in the 1971 war for Bangladesh, a search was mounted for a suitable replacement. Since most of the contemporary fighters were either unsuitable or unavailable, the future of naval aviation, and of our sole carrier INS Vikrant, looked bleak. Coincidentally, the Royal Navy (RN)...
  • What It Was Like Flying And Fighting The F-16N Viper, Topgun's Legendary Hotrod

    05/09/2016 11:20:25 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 25 replies
    THE DRIVE ^ | MAY 9, 2016 | PAUL NICKELL AND TYLER ROGOWAY
    I the late 1980s, F-14 Tomcat pilot and Topgun instructor Paul Nickell found himself strapping into the cockpit of a brand new Navy jet that would never land on an aircraft carrier. Instead, it was built specifically to challenge the skills of the best fighter crews the Navy had to offer. It was a stripped down, up-engined, exotically painted variant of the already nimble F-16. General Dynamics built only 26 of them, and the fleet served less than a decade before being controversially retired, but the impression the jet made was legendary. For part one of a multi-part, in-depth series...
  • Should America Resurrect the Lethal F-22 Raptor? (I think so, just my opinion)

    05/05/2016 9:25:42 PM PDT · by cba123 · 27 replies
    National Interest Blog ^ | May 05, 2016 | Kris Osborn
    Several prominent leaders in the national defense community are calling upon the Pentagon to re-start production of the high-speed F-22 Raptor stealth fighter jet which began air attacks against ISIS targets in Iraq and Syria. Citing Russian and Chinese stealthy fighter jet advances, Rep. Randy Forbes, R-Va., and former Air Force Secretary Michael Wynne wrote an OPED in the Wall Street Journal describing the current fleet of F-22s as massively insufficient to address todays fast-changing global threat environment. (article continues, please see link)
  • Israels F-35s Will Be Unique In More Ways Than One

    05/04/2016 12:42:06 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 14 replies
    War is Boring ^ | May 4, 2016 | DAVID AXE
    An F-35. U.S. Air Force photo Israel is practically a launch customer for the American-designed F-35 stealth fighter. The Jewish state plans on declaring its first squadron of the radar-evading jet combat-ready by the end of 2017. That’s just two years after the U.S. Marine Corps’ declaration of war-readiness for its F-35s — and one year later than the U.S. Air Force’s own planned introduction of the new plane. And Israel’s F-35s will be unique. While most foreign customers of the stealth fighter plan to operate fairly standard F-35s, Tel Aviv is heaping its own special tech onto the airframe. And that’s...
  • F-117 Stealth Fighters May Finally Head to the Boneyard

    04/29/2016 7:38:41 AM PDT · by Yo-Yo · 32 replies
    War is Boring ^ | 4/29/16 | Robert Beckhusen
    America’s F-117 stealth fighter has been in a state of limbo. In 2008, the U.S. Air Force officially retired the black, angular warplanes but they never entirely went away. For eight years, the radar-evading aircraft have rested in climate-controlled hangars at the Tonopah Test Range in Nevada. Here’s why — when the F-117s retired, Congress required the Air Force to maintain some of the planes in case they were ever needed in a future war. The flying branch even kept flying a handful, most likely as guinea pigs for stealth-penetrating sensors … or some other mysterious hardware. Well, that shouldn’t continue for...
  • Only One of Six Air Force F-35s Could Actually Take Off During Testing

    04/29/2016 10:35:37 AM PDT · by JhawkAtty · 40 replies
    Fortune ^ | APRIL 28, 2016 | Clay Dillow
    Software glitches continue to dog the nations newest fighter jet. Five of six Air Force F-35 fighter jets were unable to take off during a recent exercise due to software bugs that continue to hamstring the worlds most sophisticatedand most expensivewarplane. During a mock deployment at Mountain Home Air Force Base in Idaho, just one of the $100 million Lockheed Martin F-35s was able to boot its software successfully and get itself airborne during an exercise designed to test the readiness of the F-35, FlightGlobal reports. Nonetheless, the Air Force plans to declare its F-35s combat-ready later this year. Details...
  • Congress to Air Force: You Can't Retire the A-10 Until the F-35 Proves It's Better

    04/28/2016 12:03:53 PM PDT · by Stand Watch Listen · 59 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | Apr 27, 2016 | Kyle Mizokami
    Congress to Air Force: You Can't Retire the A-10 Until the F-35 Proves It's Better Legislators want proof the F-35 can take over the aging tank-killer's job Congress threw down the gauntlet at the Air Force on Monday, introducing legislation to mandate keeping the A-10 Thunderbolt IIaffectionately known as the Warthogin service until the service can prove the new F-35 Joint Strike Fighter can take over its job. As reported by DefenseNews, Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee Mack Thornberry has introduced legislation to forbid the Air Force from retiring the plane. Thornberry's proposed law would prohibit the Air...
  • Final flight for world's oldest flyable Boeing plane

    04/27/2016 10:58:15 AM PDT · by DFG · 20 replies
    SFGate ^ | 04/26/2016 | GENNA MARTIN
    Boeing's 1933 247D Airliner is retiring to the Museum of Flight The 1933 Boeing 247D Airliner arrived at the Museum of Flight after its final flight, Tuesday, April 26, 2016. The plane is the oldest flyable Boeing, all-metal airliner. The plane will be on display in front of the museum throughout the summer, before it is placed in the new Aviation Pavilion.
  • Watch pilot escape after fiery plane crash in Foley (video)

    04/26/2016 9:46:40 PM PDT · by boycott · 8 replies
    AL.com ^ | 4-26-16 | Jonathan Grass
    A family and employees inside a Foley towing business got the shock of their lives when a twin-engine plane went down in flames just outside their office Tuesday afternoon. The sole person inside escaped with just minor injuries. Foley Municipal Airport officials confirm the twin-engine Cessna was taking off when it immediately went down near Sunset Circle and Hickory Street. The plane was on fire, but the pilot got out through the back and jumped almost 10 feet to the ground to get away. Police and airport officials said the pilot walked away with only a few burns and cuts...
  • FAA Says Boeing 787 Dreamliners Have 'Urgent Safety Issue'

    04/25/2016 10:23:05 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 31 replies
    FORTUNE ^ | APRIL 25, 2016 | Laura Lorenzetti
    <p>The Federal Aviation Administration is ordering fixes on General Electric engines used on some Boeing 787 Dreamliners after it found that an icing problem can cause the engines to shut down mid-flight.</p>
  • Soviet Engineers Tested Bulletproof CockpitsWith People Inside the Cockpits

    04/23/2016 6:39:47 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 36 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | Apr 19, 2016 | Kyle Mizokami
    The Mi-28 attack helicopter was developed by the Soviet Union during the Cold War as an answer to America's AH-64 Apache. Nicknamed "Havoc" by NATO, it was designed to kill NATO tanks and armored vehicles. As such, the Havoc needed to be able to take hitseven to the cockpitand keep flying. Despite the similarity between the Havoc and the Apache, we're pretty sure that American helicopter designers didn't test the Apache's armored cockpit by shooting machine guns at itwith people inside. Yes, as the video shows, Soviet designers actually put a person inside a mock Mi-28 Havoc, then fired a...
  • Is the $400 billion F-35's 'brain' broken?

    04/21/2016 12:21:19 PM PDT · by don-o · 46 replies
    CNN ^ | April 21, 2016 | By Zachary Cohen
    (CNN)Almost 2,500 of the world's most advanced warplanes, with a total price tag of $400 billion, and they may not have a "brain" in the bunch? That's the fear of federal watchdogs who say problems with the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter's complex logistics software system could lead to a grounding of the entire fleet, not to mention future cost increases and schedule delays. Documenting risks to the F-35's Autonomic Logistics Information System, which Department of Defense officials have described as the "brains" of the fifth-generation fighter, an April 14 Government Accountability Office report says a failure "could take the entire...
  • Donald Trumps Jet, a Regular on the Campaign Trail, Isnt Registered to Fly

    04/19/2016 5:33:24 PM PDT · by Spunky · 66 replies
    New York Times ^ | APRIL 19, 2016 | By SUSANNE CRAIG
    Over the past several months, Donald J. Trump has crisscrossed the country making dozens of campaign stops in places like Sioux City, Iowa, and Jackson, Miss., often in his sleek Cessna jet. There is just one hitch: The planes registration is expired. Records kept with the Federal Aviation Administration show the aircrafts registration lapsed on Jan. 31. Laura J. Brown, a spokeswoman for the Federal Aviation Administration, confirmed that the planes registration was not in good standing and said the owner had not renewed it.
  • Vanity: Trump Jet Grounded?

    04/19/2016 3:40:07 PM PDT · by Let's Roll · 58 replies
    Google Search - several sources at link ^ | April 19, 2016 | Susanne Craig
    NYT, Examiner, Washington Post, others. Several stories at link. This one is unusual. Didn't know how to post.
  • Drone collision with jet highlights growing aviation danger

    04/18/2016 12:33:51 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 19 replies
    phys.org ^ | April 18, 2016 | By Jill Lawless
    A collision between a British Airways passenger jet and a drone over London has left the plane undamaged but the aviation industry deeply shaken. British police and air accident authorities were investigating Sunday's incident, in which an Airbus A320 carrying 137 people struck an object believed to be a drone at a height of about 1,700 feet (518 meters) while it was approaching Heathrow Airport. The plane landed safely and was cleared to fly again after an inspection by engineers. But the incident has focused attention on the growing number of unregulated drones in the sky and the potential for...
  • WWII PBY Catalina Seaplane Destroyed Off Florida Coast In Movie Mishap

    04/18/2016 1:06:28 PM PDT · by pabianice · 39 replies
    A World War Two seaplane has been left abandoned and stranded for a while on a beach off the north Gulf Coast of the US. It the subsequent recovery operation the Catalina broke apart and has been destroyed. The plane is a PBY-6A seaplane that was built and used during the war. The plane was being used in a new Hollywood movie starring Nicholas Cage, but during filming a minor flying complication occurred and the pilot had to do an emergency landing off the Florida shore line. The plane landed close to the shore near the Alabama and Florida state...
  • Air France plane lands in Iran for first time in 8 years

    04/17/2016 8:56:14 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    France 24 ^ | 2016-04-18 | (AFP News Wires)
    The first Air France flight between Paris and Tehran for eight years landed in the Islamic republics capital on Sunday, bearing a government minister and a business delegation. The airlines route had been suspended since 2008 because of international sanctions against Iran over its controversial nuclear program. However, sanctions have been lifted under an accord with world powers that has now been in force for three months. [] Frederic Gagey, the airlines chief executive, spoke of its great pride in returning to Iran. However, resumption of the service caused controversy in France after unions said the airline sent an internal...
  • Book traces rare British Airways route maps and adverts going back to the dawn of aviation

    04/17/2016 7:42:56 AM PDT · by DFG · 8 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 04/17/2016 | GEORGIA DIEBELIUS
    Almost 100 years' worth of rare British Airways maps, adverts and pilot charts have been compiled into a fascinating new book. Created by the curator of the British Airways' Heritage Centre, Paul Jarvis, Mapping The Airways reveals the intriguing charts that guided aviators and adverts that showed passengers where they could jet off to. From early advertisements for routes from London to Paris to state-of-the-art on-board moving maps, the 160-page book reveals 92-years' worth of intriguing aviation history.
  • Bumpy Start for Malaysias First Sharia-Compliant Airline

    04/13/2016 6:02:40 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 14 replies
    The Diplomat ^ | April 05, 2016 | Amy Chew
    Rayani Air is Malaysias first sharia-compliant airline there is no alcohol on the plane, female Muslim cabin crew have to wear the hijab while non-Muslims have to be decently dressed, and prayers are recited before the aircraft takes off. The airline scored another first when it issued handwritten boarding passes to its passengers in March. Lau Weng Sans handwritten boarding pass. Rayani Airs handwritten boarding passes came to the publics attention when passenger Lau Weng San uploaded a photo of his pass dated March 18, 2016 on his Facebook account. The post subsequently went viral. Guaranteed to be a...
  • High Speed Slalom Flying Through a Wind Farm / 1:31

    04/10/2016 7:14:15 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 16 replies
    youtube ^ | 4-5-16 | Red Bull
    Hannes Arch takes flight in his aerobatic plane above the Tauern Wind Park in Oberzeiring, Austria, weaving his way through the turbines during an incredible sunset flight!
  • First in 3 decades: US deploys B-52 bombers to Qatar to bomb ISIS

    04/09/2016 11:09:20 PM PDT · by 11th_VA · 34 replies
    RT News ^ | 9 April 2016
    American B-52 Stratofortress bombers have been sent for their first Middle East operational deployment since the 1991 Gulf War 26 years ago. The aircraft are flying from Qatar to bomb Islamic State targets. An undisclosed number of B-52s have arrived at the Al Udeid Air Base on Sunday, the US Air Force said. The B-52 will provide the coalition continued precision and deliver desired airpower effects, Lt. Gen. Charles Q. Brown Jr., commander, US Air Forces Central Command said in the statement. The B-52 is a long-range multi-purpose heavy bomber. The Central Command last used them during Operation Desert Storm...
  • Time to take the F-35 program by the horns

    04/05/2016 7:35:53 AM PDT · by rktman · 12 replies
    canadafreepress.com ^ | 4/5/2016 | Sierra Rayne & Kaya Forest
    The F-35 program that emerged proposed to build a dual-role tactical aircraft capable of both air-to-ground (strike) and air-to-air (fighter) combat operations. It is a fifth-generation aircraft designed to incorporate the most modern technology such as thrust vectoring, composite materials, stealth technology, advanced radar and sensors, and integrated avionics to greatly improve pilot situational awareness. The operational requirements of the F-35 program required 70% to 90% commonality between three versions of the aircraftone for each of the air force (F-35A), marine corps (F-35B), and navy (F-35C). As a result, many of the high-cost partsincluding the basic engine design, avionics, and...
  • Air France stewardesses mutiny over order to wear headscarves

    04/02/2016 6:58:56 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 28 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 2 APRIL 2016 | David Chazan
    Air France stewardesses, furious at being ordered to wear headscarves in Tehran, say they will refuse to fly to the Iranian capital when the airline resumes the service later this month. Female members of flight crews have been ordered to cover their hair once they disembark in Tehran and unions are demanding that the flights be made voluntary for women. The resumption of a thrice-weekly service between Paris and Tehran, planned for April 17 after an eight-year break, follows a thaw in relations since Iran agreed to dismantle large sections of its nuclear programme. Iranian women have been forced by...
  • Mirage fighter goes to tycoon (France)

    04/01/2016 8:07:07 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies
    The Connexion ^ | April 01, 2016
    A MIRAGE III fighter plane that was sold in an auction in Cannes went for 106,675 to Serge Dassault, the billionaire industrialist and senator who is CEO of the firm that made it. Estimated at 30-50,000, the plane was sold without its jet engines and weapons and it is in pieces with the cabin and wings dismantled. It was retired from military use in 1995 after being used in the Ardennes Squadron. Mr Dassault, whose father Marcel founded the Dassault group of companies including Dassault Aviation, wants to display the plane on a roundabout in Corbeil-Essonne, of which he...