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  • Vintage Boeing B-52 gets new long-range Lockheed cruise missile

    11/23/2015 9:28:29 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 51 replies
    Flightglobal.com ^ | 23 NOVEMBER, 2015 | JAMES DREW
    The Boeing B-52H is the vintage bomber that just won’t quit, and now the Cold War-era “Stratofortress” is being outfitted with one of America’s newest and longest-range conventional cruise missiles. Lockheed Martin has been put on contract to arm the 54-year-old aircraft – which has outlived many of those who predicted its retirement – with the extended-range Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Weapon (JASSM) under a $9.1 million contract announced earlier this month. In a statement to Flightglobal, LM director of long-range strike systems Jason Denney confirms that the B-52 will be updated to carry the turbofan engine-powered cruise missile internally on...
  • Russia announces plan to ground all Boeing 737s in the country

    11/05/2015 11:00:45 PM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 22 replies
    theguardian.com ^ | 6 November 2015 | Reuters
    Russia’s airline regulator said it was suspending flying certificates for Boeing 737s in use in the country until it receives notification that the planes are safe to fly.
  • Air Force picks Northrop Grumman to build next big bomber

    10/27/2015 9:22:33 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 50 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 27, 2015 | Associated Press
    WASHINGTON The Air Force said Tuesday it chose Northrop Grumman Corp., maker of the B-2 stealth bomber, to build its next-generation bomber, a highly classified, $80 billion project designed to replace the aging bomber fleet with an information-age aircraft that eventually may be capable of flying without a pilot aboard. The loser of the high-stakes bidding contest was a team formed by Boeing Co. and Lockheed Martin Corp.
  • Japan chooses Boeing KC-46, halting Airbus tanker winning streak

    10/23/2015 8:39:04 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    Flightglobal.com ^ | 23 OCTOBER, 2015 | JAMES DREW
    Just months after being rejected by South Korea and weeks after first flight, Boeings KC-46A has been selected by Japan to supplement the nations KC-767 tanker fleet. The announcement came from Japanese defence minister Gen Nakatani on Friday, and constitutes a significant win for Boeing after a troubled start to the next-generation tanker development programme with the US Air Force. The Pegasus tanker can almost see the end of its development phase, after achieving first flight 25 September from Paine Field in Washington, following a roughly nine-month delay. According to Boeing, KC-46 is particularly attractive to Japan as it will...
  • Air Force One, a Cherished Perk Awaiting an Upgrade

    10/18/2015 11:06:47 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 31 replies
    New York Times ^ | OCT. 18, 2015 | PETER BAKER
    WASHINGTON President Obama has already made clear what he will miss the most when he leaves office in 15 months. People sometimes ask me what the biggest perk of being president is, he told visitors at the White House last week. No. 1 is the plane. In September, he told another audience that the plane is nice and that unfortunately for him my lease is running out, so he might soon have to start taking off my shoes again going through security. In Kenya in July, he noted that when he visited as a young man his luggage was...
  • Boeing plans to assemble Chinook or Apache helicopters in India

    10/16/2015 4:59:09 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 20 replies
    PTI ^ | Oct 16, 2015
    American aviation giant Boeing on Friday said it plans to assemble either its Chinook heavy-lift helicopters or Apache attack choppers in India even as it gears to offer the possibility of manufacturing a fighter jet aircraft in the country. We are much closer to have assembly (of) one of those aeroplanes (choppers) here. That will play out and thats our strategy. This market is too important, capability is too high and commitment is significant and that kind of commitment is important for us, Boeing Chairman Jim McNerney McNerney said. India had last month signed a contract for 15 Chinook and...
  • Boeing demonstrates lightest metal ever

    10/15/2015 10:44:31 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 35 replies
    phys.org ^ | October 15, 2015 | Bob Yirka
    Airplane maker Boeing has unveiled what it calls the "The Lightest Metal Ever"called microlattice, the material is a construct that is 99.99 per cent air. It has been developed by Boeing's HRL Laboratories along with colleagues at the University of California and the California Institute of Technology. The material has been developed as a way to reduce weight on airplanes or even rocketsa paper describing the development of the material was written by the team and published in the journal Science back in 2011though the researchers have not yet revealed what sort of changes have been made since that time....
  • Foreign Sales to Keep Apache, Chinook in Production for Decades

    10/15/2015 2:52:03 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    National Defense Magazine ^ | 10/13/2015 | Allyson Versprille
    Projected foreign military sales of AH-64 Apache attack helicopters and CH-47 Chinook cargo helicopters in conjunction with planned domestic buys are expected to keep the airplanes in production for decades, said Boeing and Army officials. "Its easily safe to say that the Apache is going to be flying well into the 2060 timeframe," when you consider both domestic and international demand for the new E-model, said Mark Ballew, Boeing's head of business development for attack helicopters. According to Kim Smith, Boeing's vice president of attack helicopters, the company has delivered 217 Echo models and 87 of those have gone to...
  • US aerospace industrial base is running out of time

    10/11/2015 2:13:48 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 40 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 08, 2015 | David F. Melcher 474
    With the recent news that a $1.1 billion order for Boeing jetliners by South African airline Comair is at risk of cancellation, on the heels of recent announcements of three lost U.S. commercial satellite sales, the failure of Congress to hold a vote on re-authorization for the Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im) can now be seen clearly as an example of how inaction is causing the American aerospace industry to lose ground against its foreign competitors, and potentially thousands of workers to lose their jobs. U.S. companies large and small have been telling members of Congress for months...
  • House Of Bribes: How The United States Led The Way To A Nuclear Iran

    10/01/2015 10:53:25 PM PDT · by Randall_S · 20 replies
    USA Transnational Report ^ | October 2, 2015 | New Coalition of Concerned Citizens
    Executive Summary The Iranian nuclear deal is a full capitulation to Irans terrorist mastermind Mullahs, and the latest in a series of betrayals of the American people and allies by the Obama administration. At the highest level of the administration, Barack Obamas Senior Advisor, the Iranian-born Valerie Jarrett, prioritized rapprochement with the terror state. Throughout the process and negotiations, she had the backing of billionaire investor (and Obama-backer) George Soros, and his multi-headed network of tax-exempt foundations. Their efforts were driven by deep-rooted anti-Semitism and personal greed. Meanwhile, since the mid-1990s, a small but very connected Iranian lobby (funded, in...
  • 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.
  • Trump Force One

    07/28/2015 2:10:40 PM PDT · by GoneSalt · 52 replies
    businessinsider.com ^ | 7/28/2015 | 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 Boeings 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 wouldnt 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...
  • 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...
  • Never-Seen Photos Of Boeing's 1960s Stealth Jet Concept That Predicted The Future

    09/23/2015 4:21:18 AM PDT · by taildragger · 54 replies
    FoxTrot Alpha ^ | 9/22/15 | Tyler Rogoway
    For years, all the aviation world knew about Boeings 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 wouldnt exist until decades later, and even then, only in highly classified black projects.
  • Emails show Clinton Foundation shaped State Dept policy; official acts favored family business

    09/02/2015 5:57:20 AM PDT · by Liz · 23 replies
    www.washingtontimes.com ^ | 9/1/15 | Stephen Dinan and S.A. Miller
    Hillary Clintons emails reveal the prominence of the Clinton Foundation in her activities as Americas top diplomat, and whether she drew the line between official US business and aiding the family charity run by Bill and Chelsea. The State Dept released more than 4,300 emails Mrs. Clinton sent from an account she kept on an email server at her home in New York during her time in office....giving a clearer picture of her role as the US' top diplomat, married to a former president who had interests of his own. In one email, Chelsea, in Haiti, sent her thoughts about...
  • Boeing Rejects Aerojet Rocketdyne Bid for ULA... Lockheed Martin Noncommittal

    09/19/2015 12:03:19 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 2 replies
    universetoday.com ^ | on September 18, 2015 | Ken Kremer
    ULA was formed in 2006 as a 50:50 joint venture between Lockheed Martin and Boeing that combined their existing expendable rocket fleet families the Atlas V and Delta IV under one roof. Who owns ULA is indeed of significance to all Americans although most have never head of the company because ULA holds a virtual monopoly on launches of vital US government national security payloads and the nations most critical super secret spy satellites that safeguard our national defense 24/7. ULAs rocket fleet also launched scores of NASAs most valuable science satellites including the Curiosity Mars...
  • Why GOP Congressional Leaders Support the Iran Deal in Fact Follow the Money(ALWAYS)

    09/19/2015 9:37:03 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 11 replies
    nat review ^ | 9/18/15 | A McCarthy
    Why on earth would Republicans do that? That is a question Ive been asked at least a dozen times since illustrating that the GOP has played a cynical game in connection with President Obamas Iran deal. Follow the money is a common answer to questions about political motivation. It may not explain everything in this case, but it is certainly relevant. This spring, Republican leadership colluded with the White House and congressional Democrats to enact a law the Corker-Cardin Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act that guaranteed Obama would be authorized to lift sanctions against Iran (the main objective...
  • Why GOP Congressional Leaders Support the Iran Deal in Fact Follow the Money

    09/19/2015 9:28:11 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    National Review ^ | 09/19/2015 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    Why on earth would Republicans do that? That is a question Ive been asked at least a dozen times since illustrating that the GOP has played a cynical game in connection with President Obamas Iran deal. Follow the money is a common answer to questions about political motivation. It may not explain everything in this case, but it is certainly relevant. This spring, Republican leadership colluded with the White House and congressional Democrats to enact a law the Corker-Cardin Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act that guaranteed Obama would be authorized to lift sanctions against Iran (the main objective...
  • ASDF to deploy next-generation U.S. refueling aircraft by 2018

    09/16/2015 10:11:51 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    The Asahi Shimbun ^ | September 16, 2015 | ISAMU NIKAIDO
    The Defense Ministry has selected Boeing Co.'s KC-46A Pegasus aircraft as its new in-flight refueling vehicle, in line with a decision by the U.S. military to deploy the Boeing air tanker. It is set to be deployed by the end of fiscal 2018. The KC-46A Pegasus was selected as the next Air Self-Defense Force refueling aircraft because it can refuel U.S. fighter planes heading to combat zones in the event of a Japan-U.S. joint military operation, which could be made possible by the new security legislation under deliberation in the Diet. The highly contentious bills would remove Japans long-held ban...
  • Airbus plants flag in North America with opening of Alabama plant

    09/16/2015 4:52:45 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 14 Sep 2015 | 14 Sep 2015
    Airbus has officially opened its first US assembly plant, strengthening its position in one of the worlds largest aircraft markets. The company has spent $600m (390m) building its plant in the city of Mobile in the Gulf Coast state of Alabama, where it will assemble its A320 family of medium-size single-aisle airliners from sets of major parts built around the world. Airbus has set its sights on growing its share of the North American market for new airliners, which it estimates is worth 751bn over the next 20 years. An Airbus 320 The company predicts the region will need almost...
  • Boeing doubles F-15C missile load in '2040C' Eagle upgrade

    09/15/2015 6:25:27 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    Flightglobal ^ | 15 SEPTEMBER, 2015 | JAMES DREW
    Boeing has unveiled an up-gunned version of its supersonic F-15C air superiority jet designed to keep the aging fleet operationally relevant through 2040. Called 2040C, the upgrade package includes quad pack munitions racks designed to double the aircrafts air-to-air missile payload to 16 and conformal fuel tanks for extended-range flights. For communications, Boeing is naturally offering Talon HATE the air forces programme of record for connecting the F-15 with Lockheed Martins F-22 Raptor. In terms of survivability, Boeings package includes Raytheons APG-63(v)3 active synthetically scanned array (AESA) radar and a long-range infrared search and track (IRST) sensor for first...
  • Boeing Touts New 16 Air-To-Air Missile Carrying F-15 Eagle Configurations

    09/13/2015 3:54:08 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies
    Foxtrot Alpha ^ | 9/12/15 | Tyler Rogoway
    The annual Air Force Association conference will kick off outside of Washington next week, where Boeing is putting its latest and greatest combat aircraft developments on show for industry and Washington power brokers. This includes new F-15 configurations that allow the 43-year-old design to lug 16 air-to-air missiles into combat instead of the standard eight it carries today. According to Boeing artwork floating around the net, this includes the activation of the number one and number nine weapon stations on the outer wings, or possibly by hefting a multiple ejector rack capable of carrying a pair of AIM-120 AMRAAMs on...
  • Boeing near deal to open 737 delivery center in China

    09/12/2015 8:17:42 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 17 replies
    Final assembly of the 737 airframes will remain in Renton, which employs about 12,000 people, about half of those production workers. However, those jets destined for Chinese carriers between a quarter and a third of all 737s built will be flown empty to a new Chinese facility for installation of interiors, exterior painting, customer flight tests and delivery, according to the person familiar with the plan. Such a deal would create Boeings most significant overseas commercial-aircraft venture, granting it new leverage in the worlds biggest aviation market. Though Boeing has long had an extensive global supply chain, this...
  • How Much K Street Blood Money Is Bob Corker Getting For Iran Deal?

    09/10/2015 6:19:40 PM PDT · by xzins · 27 replies
    http://www.conservativehq.com/node/21089 ^ | 10 Sep 15 | George Rasley
    Tennessee Republican Senator Bob Corker, author of the treasonous Corker Cardin bill to facilitate President Obamas nuclear weapons treaty with Islamist Iran, has made another inexplicable betrayal of American military superiority and indeed the future of America itself. The Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act, which Corker authored, requires the Administration transmit to Congress all documents related to the JCPOA including side agreementsprior to a 60-day review period and subsequent vote. Theres no doubt that Obama has not complied with the terms of the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act, indeed Senator Corker said theres no question that two of the...
  • Aerojet-Rocketdyne Seeks to Buy United Launch Alliance for $2 Billion

    09/10/2015 11:36:35 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 2 replies
    Universe Today ^ | on September 9, 2015 | Ken Kremer
    ULA was formed in 2006 as a 50:50 joint venture between aerospace giants Lockheed Martin and Boeing that combined their existing expendable rocket fleet families the Atlas V and Delta IV under one roof. According to Reuters, Aerojet Rocketdyne recently proffered a $2 billion cash offer to buy ULA from Lockheed Martin and Boeing. Aerojet Rocketdyne board member Warren Lichtenstein, the chairman and chief executive of Steel Partners LLC, approached ULA President Tory Bruno and senior Lockheed and Boeing executives about the bid in early August, sources told Reuters. ULAs Bruno declined to comment on the story via...
  • Boeing opens commercial spaceship plant in Florida

    09/04/2015 2:41:15 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 5 replies
    reuters.com ^ | Sat Sep 5, 2015 1:20am IST | Irene Klotz
    Boeing's newly named CST-100 Starliner spaceships will be prepared for flight in a processing hangar once used by NASA's space shuttles. The capsule's debut test flight is targeted for 2017. Starliners will fly from nearby Cape Canaveral Air Force Station aboard Atlas 5 rockets, which are built and flown by United Launch Alliance, a partnership of Lockheed Martin and Boeing. NASA is paying up to $4.2 billion for a Starliner test flight and up to six missions to the station. The U.S. space agency has a similar contract with privately owned SpaceX, which intends to accomplish the work for $2.6...
  • Enraging industry, labor board asserts its power under Obama

    08/29/2015 11:27:35 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 16 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 29, 2015 | Tim Devaney
    The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has become a lightning rod for controversy under President Obama, with its aggressive actions fueling sustained warfare between business and labor. From the labor boards bitter fight with Boeing, to the creation of new union election rules, the NLRB has repeatedly moved to the forefront of political debate, drawing in Congress, the White House and even the Supreme Court. The NLRBs latest bombshell was dropped on Thursday, when the board determined the waste management agency Browning-Ferris should be considered a joint employer of temporary workers. The decision expands the definition of what it means...
  • Retired Danish fighter pilots favour the Super Hornet over the F-35 and Eurofighter

    08/21/2015 5:10:40 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    Ottawa Citizen ^ | August 21, 2015 | David Pugliese
    Some Defence Watch readers have been pointing to a recent article published by Politiken, a Danish newspaper. The piece was written by three former Royal Danish Air Force pilots Michael Huusom, Niels Gunnar Srensen and Ole Ryberg. With just a few months remaining until Denmark is expected to choose a fighter jet replacement for the countrys F-16s, the three pilots compare the options Denmark is considering: Lockheed Martins F-35, Boeings Super Hornet, and the Eurofighter Typhoon. As one Defence Watch reader noted, the pilots argue that it is time to reassess the myth about the F-35 being the favourite...
  • The Boeing 747 is heading for retirement

    08/19/2015 9:09:56 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 61 replies
    managementtoday ^ | 20 Aug 2015 | Stephen Bayley
    But now the 747 is a flying antique: people are astonished when they see the analogue instruments. And the flight controls are all defiantly dependent on old-fashioned mechanical linkages. A 747 captain once explained to me that, if hydraulic assistance on the control yoke is lost, you can still put your feet on the instrument panel, give a big tug and wrench the plane about the sky. You cannot do that on a solid-state Airbus.
  • The F-16I Acquires Small Diameter Bombs

    08/19/2015 5:24:17 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    Israeli Air Force ^ | Aug 18, 2015
    For the first time since their arrival a decade ago, the F-16I "Sufa" fighter jets have been equipped with advanced Small Diameter Bombs (SDB), and will be the second model in the IAF to use them, following the F-15I The "Knights of the Orange Tail" squadron has acquired advanced small diameter bombs (SDB), a decade after the arrival of the F-16I fighter jets to the IAF. The SDBs, called "Barad Had" (Hebrew for "sharp hail"), are long-range guided bombs characterized by their accurate penetration capacity. The squadron has recently undergone an operational review to officially approve its use of SBD...
  • IAF clears proposal to buy three C 17; Boeing says only one plane left to sell

    08/16/2015 11:18:00 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 25 replies
    The Economic Times, India ^ | 17 Aug, 2015 | Manu Pubby
    NEW DELHI: The Indian Air Force appears to have taken too long to push through a Rs 8,100 crore proposal to buy three new Boeing C-17 transport aircraft. The American manufacturer simply does not have that many aircraft to sell anymore, having pledged four of the last five C-17s in its production line to Qatar. After months of efforts, the air force, at a Services Capital Acquisition Plan meeting on July 31, managed to push through the proposal to add three aircraft to its existing fleet of 10 Boeing C-17s that were ordered in 2011. Officials said the proposal is...
  • Boeing, GE cut off donations to Ex-Im foes

    08/05/2015 8:45:59 PM PDT · by entropy12 · 22 replies
    Politico ^ | 8/5/15 | ANNA PALMER and JEREMY HERB
    When House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy headlined a fundraiser in early June the room was packed with defense industry lobbyists, but reps from one megacontractor were missing Boeing. Not only was Boeing absent at that fundraiser, the contractor has cut off all political contributions to the No. 2 House Republican over his support for killing the Export-Import Bank, which facilitates billions of dollars in low-interest loans to U.S. exporters like Boeing. General Electric, also a major supporter of renewing Ex-Im and a benefactor of the agency, has followed suit and has not contributed to the California Republican this year....
  • Iran plans to buy airplanes from Airbus, Boeing to revive fleet

    08/03/2015 5:30:59 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 9 replies
    Market Watch ^ | August 2, 2015
    DUBAIIran wants to buy up to 90 airplanes a year from Boeing BA, -0.33% and Airbus AIR, +1.58% to revive its aging fleet following last months landmark nuclear deal, according to a report Sunday by the official Islamic Republic News Agency.
  • Luggage has washed up on island where possible debris from missing Flight MH370 was found

    07/30/2015 8:59:32 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 07/30/2015 | Pamela Engel
    In yet another sign we're getting closer to figuring out what happened to missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, battered luggage has washed up on an island near where plane debris was found this week. Malaysian and Australian officials have said that it's "almost certain" the plane debris came from a Boeing 777. Flight MH370 is currently the only missing Boeing 777 in the world. It's unclear whether the suitcase that was found on Reunion Island near Madagascar in the Indian Ocean is from the missing plane, but it's a possibility considering where the suitcase washed up.
  • 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 777s electronics and engineering bay. The bay, referred to as the E/E bay, contains many of the 777s 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...
  • Boeing Receives Patent for Laser-Powered Fusion-Fission Jet Propulsion System

    07/13/2015 3:54:56 AM PDT · by markomalley · 10 replies
    Boeing has received a US patent for a laser-powered fusion-fission jet propulsion system.The patent, US 9,068,562, combines inertial confinement fusion, fission, and a turbine that generates electricity.Boeing claims that there is a silhouette of a turbo fan engine and in the middle of the engine there is a fusion chamber, with a number of very strong lasers focused on a single point. A hohlraum (pellet) containing a mix of deuterium and tritium (hydrogen isotopes) is placed at this focal point. The lasers are all turned on at the same instant, creating massive pressure on the pellet, which implodes and causes...
  • Boeing patent reveals radical 'laser fusion' fission engine design

    07/12/2015 5:15:54 PM PDT · by ckilmer · 55 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | 16:20 EST, 10 July 2015 | By Ellie Zolfagharifard For Dailymail.com
    Future aircraft could be powered by lasers and nuclear explosions if Boeing has its way. The aerospace firm claims a new-type of engine could produce energy-efficient thrust by firing lasers at radioactive material, such as deuterium and tritium. The technology could mean that planes and spaceships will require only a fraction of the power to operate, according to a recent patent filed by the company.
  • Planemakers poised for Iranian buying spree if nuclear deal reached

    07/10/2015 10:21:24 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Reuters ^ | Fri Jul 10, 2015 9:38pm EDT | Tim Hepher, Parisa Hafezi and John Irish
    Western planemakers look set to reap billions of dollars in deals with Iran, if a deal is done on its nuclear program to allow one of the worlds most promising aviation markets to come out of quarantine. Iran and six world powers were struggling on Friday to remove the last obstacles to an historic deal in Vienna that could resolve a more than 12-year dispute over Tehrans nuclear ambitions, extending talks through the weekend. For Tehran, the prospect of sweeping economic sanctions and a long-standing U.S. trade embargo being lifted represents a chance to renew a fleet whose average age...
  • This Is A Fully Armed F-15SA, The Most Advanced Production Eagle Ever (for Saudi Arabia)

    07/07/2015 9:46:24 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 18 replies
    Foxtrot Alpha ^ | 05 Jul 2015 | Tyler Rogoway
    The F-15SA is the most advanced production F-15 Eagle ever built. Saudi Arabia ordered 84 new build F-15SAs and close to 70 kits to upgrade their existing F-15S fleet to the SA configuration. Just one part of this upgrade is the activation of Eagles outboard wing stores stations, which will expand the jets already heavy combat punch. Update: Boeing reached out to tell us theyre marketing the F-15SA configuration for export to other potential users as the F-15 Advanced. The F-15SA is an incredibly capable machine, featuring some key changes from its progenitor, the F-15E Strike Eagle. These include a...
  • Airbus Beats Boeing in Contract for South Korean Refuel Tankers

    06/30/2015 5:45:37 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 17 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | June 30, 2015 | JEYUP S. KWAAK & ROBERT WALL
    Airbus Group SE beat out Boeing Co. in a $1.33 billion race to supply South Korea with four aerial refueling tankers, dashing the U.S. plane makers hopes of securing the first foreign order for a program beleaguered by budget overruns and delays. A spokesman for South Koreas main arms procurement agency said Tuesday it plans to buy four of Airbuss refueling planes, called the A330 MRTT, for multirole tanker transport. The first delivery is due in 2019. The European plane makers bid became more attractive with euro weakening since the bids were submitted, the spokesman for South Koreas Defense Acquisition...
  • On the U.S. Navys Wish List: More Boeing Fighter Jets

    06/21/2015 10:04:47 AM PDT · by lbryce · 13 replies
    Fortune ^ | March 28, 2015 | Clay Dillow
    Concerns about a naval fighter gap and F-35 program failures could help extend Boeings fighter jet production line. As the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program continues to accrue criticism over cost and schedule overruns and missed milestones, the U.S. Navy is looking to an old standbythe Boeing-built F/A-18 Super Hornetto plug potential holes in its airborne fleet. The Navys unfunded wish list, headed to lawmakers desks this week, includes 12 Boeing-built F/A-18 fighter jets alongside eight Lockheed Martin F-35Cs. Each purchase would be worth roughly $1 billion for the companiesif Congress decides to fund them. Thats great news for Boeing...
  • Stowaway Survives 10-Hour Flight, as Another Body Crashes From 1,000 Feet

    06/19/2015 11:52:53 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 47 replies
    The body of a suspected stowaway was found atop an office building in West London on Thursday, and is believed to have plunged around 1,400ft from a Boeing 747 as it approached Heathrow Airport. Meanwhile, another man is in critical condition in hospital after being discovered an hour earlier in the undercarriage of the aircraft British police are investigating both incidents. The survivor is believed to have climbed aboard the British Airways plane at OR Tambo International airport in Johannesburg before traveling over 8,000 miles from South Africa, largely in temperatures as low as -81 Fahrenheit on the 10-hour...
  • SpaceX and the Russian Rocket Mess

    06/13/2015 8:55:34 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 27 replies
    Wall St Journal ^ | June 12, 2015 | Holman W. Jenkins, Jr.
    The first thing to notice is how rapidly Elon Musk's SpaceX is altering the market for government-sponsored rocket launches. Witness how frequently the words "to compete with SpaceX" appear in industry statements and press coverage. To compete with SpaceX, say multiple reports, the United Launch Alliance, the Pentagon's traditional supplier, is developing a new Vulcan rocket powered by a reusable engine designed by Jeff Bezos's Blue Origin. Because of SpaceX, says Aviation Week magazine, Japan's government has instructed Mitsubishi to cut in half the cost of the Japanese workhorse rocket, and China is planning a new family of kerosene-fueled Long...
  • Boeing 787 Dreamliner wows with near-vertical takeoff

    06/13/2015 4:57:40 PM PDT · by entropy12 · 18 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | June 12, 2015 | Amanda Kooser
    This article, Boeing 787 Dreamliner wows with near-vertical takeoff, originally appeared on CNET.com. Hold on to your stomach. Here goes the 787-9. The Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner is no tiny flower. The plane holds 280 passengers, has a nearly 200-foot (about 60-meter) wingspan and is over 200 feet in length. It's smaller than a 747, but you still might expect it to be a lumbering creature, raising itself into the air in a gentle arc.
  • Boeing Dreamliner produces near-vertical takeoff ahead of Paris air show

    06/13/2015 4:43:31 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 23 replies
    indianexpress.com ^ | June 13 2015 | Vishnu Varma
    For aviation enthusiasts, this is a video that is un-missable. It serves as a reminder that planes, commercial or military, can do wonders and perform magic in the air. Not to forget those tiny humans, sitting in the cockpit, maneuvering these giant metal birds. On Thursday, Boeing released a spectacular video, showing its flagship 787-9 Dreamliner performing a near-vertical take-off and then some really great gliding and swerving movements before returning to the ground. The video was a rehearsal ahead of the Paris Air Show where Boeings expert crew will be doing some superb flying.
  • 787 Dreamliner has eyepopping rehearsal for Paris Air Show

    06/11/2015 6:40:38 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 28 replies
    CNN ^ | June 11, 2015
    (CNN)There's a famous quote: "If you did it, it ain't braggin'." Boeing did it -- in front of a camera. An eyepopping rehearsal video Boeing released Thursday shows off its newest version of the Dreamliner aircraft the 787-9 performing some impressive and beautiful banks and ascents.
  • Boeing Shrinks Toilet Area to Add 14 More Seats

    06/11/2015 10:38:50 AM PDT · by lbryce · 71 replies
    AOL News ^ | June 10,2015 | AOL News
    Boeing just announced plans to make their bathrooms smaller so they can fit more seats on the plane! So if you're claustrophobic, you might want to hold it. Boeing is shrinking the toilet area on the 777-300ER models to make them more marketable to airlines who will want extra seats on the plane, but passengers, would probably rather the extra leg room. Boeing says they'll be able to cram 14 extra seats on the triple seven with the tiny toilet model. It's all part of a plan to make the planes lighter. Another way Boeing will lighten the plane by...
  • Vietnam Seeks Western Warplanes to Counter Potential Chinese Threat

    06/05/2015 10:05:18 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 34 replies
    Reuters ^ | June 05, 2015
    SINGAPORE: Vietnam is in talks with European and US contractors to buy fighter jets, maritime patrol planes and unarmed drones, sources said, as it looks to beef up its aerial defences in the face of China's growing assertiveness in disputed waters. The battle-hardened country has already taken possession of three Russian-built Kilo-attack submarines and has three more on order as part of a $2.6 billion deal agreed in 2009. Upgrading its air force would give Vietnam one of the most potent militaries in Southeast Asia. The previously unreported aircraft discussions have involved Swedish defence contractor Saab , European consortium Eurofighter,...
  • Pentagon Blames Congress For Fouling Up Rocket Deals With Russia: Geopolitical positioning system

    Space makes for strange relationships. With NASAs Space Shuttle shuttered since 2011, American astronauts have hitched rides to the International Space Station inside Russian Soyuz rockets for the past four years. But ever since Russia claimed Crimea and supported a separatist movement in Ukraine, the United States and Russia havent exactly been on great terms. Congress passed punitive sanctions on Russia, and in retaliation, Russia forbade the sale of rocket engines to the American military. Yet the Pentagon, which is currently supplying the Ukrainian military with vehicles, now needs a little help getting its military satellites to space. So it's...