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  • Why the US Sent a C-17 to a Chinese Air Show Despite Concerns Inside the Pentagon

    11/12/2014 7:12:43 AM PST · by huldah1776 · 21 replies
    The D Brief [ at Defense One ] ^ | November 11, 2014 | Gordon Lubold and Marcus Weisgerber
    The U.S. military sent a giant C-17 cargo plane to an air show in China this week as a way to strengthen its relationship with the People’s Liberation Army there, despite fears among security and policy experts that doing so puts American technology secrets in jeopardy and also risks angering an important Asia ally. The decision to send a Boeing C-17 Globemaster III to the China International Aviation and Aerospace Exhibition at the Zhuhai Jinwan airport starting Tuesday is fraught for a number of reasons, defense and security officials told Defense One, noting that President Barack Obama’s arrival in the...
  • Northrop Grumman’s F/A-18 Super Hornet could face fate similar to Boeing’s C-17

    12/24/2013 1:54:24 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    Daily Breeze ^ | 12/23/13 | Muhammed El-Hasan
    Inside a cavernous assembly line in El Segundo, Northrop Grumman employees build the center aft fuselage and vertical tail — everything behind the pilot except the wings — for the F/A-18 Super Hornet. Roughly 900 local Northrop employees help build this plane, the Navy’s workhorse fighter jet that has seen action in such theaters as Iraq and Afghanistan. To date, Northrop and prime contractor Boeing have delivered more than 2,100 planes, including earlier versions and an electronic warfare variant. However, those Northrop employees and thousands more throughout California and nationwide face the prospect of an end to the Super Hornet...
  • Algerian Military Testing An A330 MRTT at Boufarik

    05/14/2013 2:12:15 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies
    Le Matin DZ ^ | May 13, 2013 | Le Matin DZ
    Algerian Military Testing An A330 MRTT at Boufarik (Source: Le Matin DZ; published May 13, 2013) (Published in French; unofficial translation by defense-aerospace.com) Just weeks after the C17 evaluation that took place in Boufarik and the air force test center at Tamanrasset, an Airbus A330 MRTT tanker landed last week at the main air transport base in Boufarik. According to the “secret difa3” blog, the Algerian Air Force is in the process of finalizing a contract to acquire three A330 aircraft to reinforce its tanker and long-range transport fleet. Besides their ability to refuel in-flight fighter and attack aircraft, the...
  • China's First Heavy Transporter Y-20 Takes Off

    01/26/2013 4:44:59 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 18 replies
    CRIENGLISH.com ^ | 2013-01-26
    China's First Heavy Transporter Y-20 Takes Off The prototype of China's first indigenously-developed heavy transport aircraft, Y-20, takes off from an unidentified airport for its first test flight Saturday afternoon, January 26, 2013. [Photo: Xinhua] China began test flights Saturday for the prototype of its first indigenously-developed heavy transport aircraft, Y-20, a craft similar in size to the Russian IL-76 and somewhat smaller than the U.S. C-17. The plane took off at around 2:00pm from an airport in Yanliang, northwest China's Shaanxi Province, according to CCTV News. The Y-20 program is part of an effort to develop an indigenous long-range...
  • India-bound Boeing C-17 leaves Long Beach, heads to Palmdale for flight test

    01/25/2013 1:23:28 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    Press-Telegram, California ^ | 01/24/2013 | Karen Robes Meeks
    India-bound Boeing C-17 leaves Long Beach, heads to Palmdale for flight test AVIATION: Ten of the Long Beach-built C-17s were sold for $4.1 billion. LONG BEACH - The first of 10 Boeing Co. C-17 Globemaster III airlifters bound for India flew out of the company's East Long Beach assembly plant this week and headed to Palmdale, where it will enter a U.S. Air Force flight test program at Edwards Air Force Base, according to Boeing. "The C-17 met the stipulated airlift requirements of the Indian Air Force when it flew field evaluation trials in India during June 2010," Air Commodore...
  • Limited Liftoff Looming: Y-20 Transport Prepares for 1st Test Flight

    01/10/2013 12:41:20 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    The Diplomat ^ | January 08, 2013 | Andrew Erickson and Gabe Collins
    Limited Liftoff Looming: Y-20 Transport Prepares for 1st Test Flight While China's stealth aircraft prototypes may get all the buzz, the Y-20 offers new military operational possibilities. In 2011 and 2012, China flight-tested stealth fighter prototypes developed by Chengdu Aircraft Corporation (J-20) and Shenyang Aircraft Corporation (J-31). In 2013, Xi’an Aircraft Corporation (XAC) will look to get into the new aircraft game by flight-testing a prototype of the Y-20, an indigenously-developed large transport aircraft similar in size to the Russian IL-76 and somewhat smaller than the U.S. C-17. The Y-20 program is part of an effort to develop an indigenous...
  • C-17 lands at wrong airport....oops

    08/11/2012 5:29:16 PM PDT · by Doogle · 50 replies
    YT ^ | 07/20/12 | saintliam2003
    C-17 shows it's stuff after landing at wrong airport...(Peter Knight, Tampa)....."missed McDill by this much"..(holding up thumb and index) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nkuqsd_tRHw&feature=relmfu
  • Military plane lands at wrong airport in Tampa

    07/25/2012 8:08:31 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 24 replies
    WTSP ^ | 20 July 2012 | Beau Zimmer
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  • Cause of surprise landing at Davis Islands airport unclear

    07/22/2012 7:21:23 AM PDT · by csvset · 22 replies
    TBO ^ | 21 july 2012 | Richard Mullins and Ted Jackovics
    TAMPA -- Update: The plane took off from Peter O. Knight Airport about 8:30 p.m. Stay with TBO.com for updates. *** Air Force officials are trying to figure out why an Air Force C-17 Globemaster III cargo jet heading to MacDill Air Force Base instead landed at Peter O. Knight Airport this afternoon. The plane, flown by a crew from the 305th Air Mobility Wing at McGuire Air Force Basee in New Jersey, was arriving from Southwest Asia carrying 23 passengers and 19 crew when it made an "unscheduled landing," according to Sgt David Carbajal, a McGuire spokesman. There appears...
  • Air Force C-17 Globemaster III landed at small Peter O. Knight Airport(KTPF) rather than MacDill

    07/21/2012 9:56:41 AM PDT · by Teflonic · 26 replies
    Air Force Cargo Jet Lands at Wrong, Smaller, Airport TAMPA | A military cargo plane that typically requires 3,500 feet for takeoff landed unexpectedly Friday at Peter O. Knight Airport, where the longest runway is 95 feet short. Work began immediately to lighten the load of the 174-foot-long aircraft so that it might leave Davis Islands safely. The drama ended at 8:27 p.m., when the C-17 Globemaster III took a hop over Hillsborough Bay to MacDill, the original destination. It landed just a few minutes later. It was unclear why the plane, headed to MacDill, made an unscheduled landing at...
  • Boeing Looks Afar for New C-17 Jet Sales

    03/29/2012 8:07:54 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | March 29, 2012, | DAVID KESMODEL & NATHAN HODGE
    Boeing Looks Afar for New C-17 Jet Sales As U.S. Demand for Military-Cargo Plane Wanes, Aircraft Maker Hopes Mideast, Asian Buyers Will Fill the Gap BA -0.34%Boeing Co., BA -0.34%racing to drum up sales of its C-17 to avoid shutting down production of the military-cargo plane, believes new orders may emerge in coming months from the Middle East or Asia, a senior executive said. "Our hope is that future sales occur [in those regions] this year," Bob Ciesla, program manager for the C-17 Globemaster III, said in an interview this week. Mr. Ciesla declined to discuss specific countries that may...
  • India to buy more than 16 C-17 airlifters

    06/14/2011 5:13:47 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    India to buy more than 16 C-17 airlifters NEW DELHI: The IAF chief, Air Chief Marshal P.V. Naik told India Strategic defence magazine in an interview that while the government had accorded approval earlier this month to buy 10 aircraft, the air force was now processing a case for six more of these airlifters. At a later date, "we will add some more," he disclosed but did not specify the number. He said that IAF's existing Soviet-vintage IL-76 heavy-lift aircraft would last approximately another 10 years, and the induction of the C-17 Globemaster IIIs during this period would be a...
  • India's $4.1 billion aircraft order with Boeing is boost for Long Beach factory

    06/07/2011 9:36:38 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 24 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | June 6, 2011 | W.J. Hennigan
    India's $4.1 billion aircraft order with Boeing is boost for Long Beach factory What would be nation's largest defense deal with a U.S. contractor, for the purchase of 10 C-17 military cargo jets, will extend work at Boeing's Long Beach plant through 2014. By W.J. Hennigan, Los Angeles Times June 6, 2011, 10:01 p.m. Boeing Co.'s beleaguered jet-making complex in Long Beach received a major boost with a year's worth of new work after India's government approved the purchase of 10 C-17 military cargo aircraft for $4.1 billion. The deal should keep things humming at the sprawling plant through 2014,...
  • Argentina Holds Confiscated U.S. Air Force Cargo

    02/15/2011 7:35:40 PM PST · by traumer · 5 replies
    Argentina's relations with the U.S. took a sharp turn for the worse Monday as the country continued to hold military equipment it confiscated last week from a U.S. Air Force C-17 transport plane sent as part of a training course for local police. U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs, Arturo Valenzuela, called on Argentina to return the property without delay. "It's absolutely necessary that they immediately return that material. It makes no sense for it to have been confiscated this way. This material was intended for a joint exercise in training people to rescue hostages," Mr. Valenzuela...
  • Argentina Confiscates U.S. Air Force Cargo

    02/15/2011 11:33:10 AM PST · by Islander7 · 42 replies · 1+ views
    WSJ ^ | Feb 14, 2011 | By TAOS TURNER
    Argentina's relations with the U.S. worsened sharply Monday as the South American country continued to hold military equipment it confiscated last week from a U.S. Air Force C-17 transport plane sent as part of a training course for local police. U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs, Arturo Valenzuela, called on Argentina to return the property without delay. "It's absolutely necessary that they immediately return that material. It makes no sense for it to have been confiscated this way. This material was intended for a joint exercise in training people to rescue hostages," Mr. Valenzuela Monday said on...
  • C-17 is First Air Force Jet to Cleared to Fly on Biofuel

    02/11/2011 4:47:46 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 17 replies
    Defense Tech ^ | 2/11/2011 | Defense Tech
    Well, several years after the Air Force certified the C-17 to fly on coal-based synthetic jet fuel, it’s gone and certified the cargo hauler to fly on biofuel. In fact, the Globemaster III is the first Air Force plane to be cleared to fly using “hydroprocessed blended biofuels known as hydrotreated renewable jet fuels” mixed with standard JP-8 jet gas. This comes just under a year after the Navy cleared the F/A-18EF Super Hornet to fly using biofuel. This certification is part of an effort to find an alternative fuel source for all Air Force planes that emits fewer greenhouse...
  • Boeing Completes Industrial Participation Programs for 1st 5 UK C-17s

    02/11/2011 4:29:50 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 9 replies
    Boeing ^ | 2/10/2011 | Boeing
    Boeing [NYSE: BA] today announced that it has successfully completed -- ahead of schedule -- its industrial participation (IP) programs for the first five C-17 Globemaster III aircraft operated by the Royal Air Force (RAF). To date, Boeing has delivered benefits of more than $1 billion to United Kingdom industry for this aircraft program. "Boeing has been a partner to the United Kingdom for more than 70 years, serving the needs of its commercial airplane customers and Britain's military," said Mike Kurth, managing director, Boeing Defence United Kingdom. "Boeing is a major contributor to the local economy. The company has...
  • A400M, KC-390 Will Reshape Transport Market

    02/04/2011 9:36:03 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies
    Aviation Week and Space Technology ^ | 2/4/2011 | Douglas Royce
    The military transport market will see production of almost 900 new aircraft over the next decade, but the raw numbers obscure major changes in the landscape. Production of the Boeing C-17 could end, leaving the strategic transport market to the Airbus Military A400M, while the Lockheed Martin C-130J will face a challenge for the tactical sector from Embraer’s new KC-390. In the absence of Congressional funding for more U.S. Air Force aircraft, Boeing has restructured C-17 production to be economic at a lower rate but cannot hope to keep the line going indefinitely on export orders. Forecast International projects the...
  • Army aircraft are flying to North Queensland

    02/04/2011 9:27:56 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 4 replies
    Avio News ^ | 2/4/2011 | Avio News
    “Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) aircraft including both C-17 Globemaster’s (heavy transport aircraft) and C-130 Hercules are on standby to fly north to cyclone-affected areas and the Australian army based in Townsville is preparing Blackhawk and Chinook aircraft to assist in emergency operations,” an ADF member (Australian Defence Force) said yesterday. On Wednesday ADF helicopters, eight Blackhawk’s, three Chinooks and three NH90s had flown from Townsville to Mackay Airport due to Tropical Cyclone Yasi emergency, but the aircraft soon came back to Townsville yesterday to go and assist in disaster recovery operations in North Queensland. “There are approximately 4000 defence...
  • Hickam C-17 Drops a Navy Boat Over Pacific

    02/03/2011 9:39:13 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 29 replies
    ASDNews ^ | 2/3/2011 | ASDNews
    It was 0'dark-thirty and only the blue line of runway lights met the joint Air Force and Navy crew under the wings of a C-17 Globemaster III. A 535th Airlift Squadron aircrew from Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, and the U.S. Navy Special Warfare Unit One from Guam teamed up to drop a boat out of the back of a C-17 using the Maritime Craft Aerial Delivery System recently. With more than 19,000 pounds locked in, and parachute riggings in place, the joint team strapped in was ready to go. The weather was ideal, the sea state was low and...
  • C-17s deliver largest OEF fuel resupply

    02/03/2011 4:09:13 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies
    Defense Talk ^ | 2/3/2011 | Air Force News Agency
    Three C-17 Globemaster IIIs carrying 120 bundles dropped the largest resupply of fuel ever to a remote military outpost in Afghanistan. Throughout the span of two days, Jan. 29 through 30, Soldiers hustled to collect the pallets, store them and then prepare for the next C-17 pass. "When these drops come in, our Soldiers immediately move into action to collect the bundles," said Lt. Col. Davis Preston, the Support Battalion for Task Force Currahee. "Speed is important. The less time our guys are outside (the fence line), the better. Today, we're breaking down the bundles in record time. Everyone hustles...
  • Boeing cutting 900 jobs in Calif as orders drop

    01/20/2011 11:06:02 AM PST · by AngelesCrestHighway · 6 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 01/20/11 | Yahoo News
    LONG BEACH, Calif. – Dwindling domestic demand for C-17 cargo planes will force Boeing Co. to slash 1,100 jobs at its U.S. plants, most of them in Long Beach where the aerospace giant has cut 13,000 jobs since the 1990s, the company said Thursday. The 900 jobs in Long Beach and 200 jobs at plants in Mesa, Ariz., Macon, Ga., and St. Louis will be cut by the end of next year. The cuts include accountants, midlevel management, engineering, research and assembly line workers. Affected workers will receive 60-day notices beginning Friday, with layoffs staggered monthly through 2012. Boeing said...
  • Boeing cutting 900 jobs at Long Beach C-17 plant

    01/20/2011 4:43:58 AM PST · by NRG1973 · 20 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | January 20, 2011 | W.J. Hennigan
    The sprawling factory, barring an unlikely rise in demand, is expected to shut down completely by the end of next year. Time is running out at Southern California's last major conventional aircraft factory. Citing declining orders for its C-17 cargo planes, Boeing Co. said it was cutting 900 of the 3,700 jobs at its sprawling Long Beach plant. Barring congressional intervention or a spate of foreign orders — which analysts say is unlikely — the factory is expected to shut down completely by the end of next year. "There's just not that much of a market for this aircraft," said...
  • Boeing cutting 900 jobs at Long Beach C-17 plant

    01/19/2011 10:19:49 PM PST · by blue state conservative · 15 replies
    LA Times ^ | Jan 20, 2011 | W. J. Hennigan
    Time is running out at Southern California's last major conventional aircraft factory. Citing declining orders for its C-17 cargo planes, Boeing Co. said it was cutting 900 of the 3,700 jobs at its sprawling Long Beach plant. Barring congressional intervention or a spate of foreign orders — which analysts say is unlikely — the factory is expected to shut down completely by the end of next year
  • Boeing delivering C-17 training devices Published: Dec. 23, 2010 at 11:25 AM

    12/24/2010 10:12:43 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies
    UPI ^ | 12/23/2010 | UPI
    Training devices for the U.S. Air Force's C-17 aircrews will be delivered by Boeing to three service sites in 2012 and 2013. Boeing said the first set of devices is an Integrated Training Center to be delivered to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, in the first quarter of 2012. The ITC will consist of a weapon systems trainer, pilot and co-pilot station, loadmaster station and related courseware and support equipment. A second weapon systems trainer will be installed at McChord Air Force Base, Wash., in the third quarter of 2012 and a third ITC will go to a new C-17...
  • Long Beach-built C-17 tops 2,000,000 flying hours

    12/21/2010 9:53:51 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 11 replies · 1+ views
    Press-Telegram ^ | 12/20/2010 07:43:32 PM PST | From The Boeing Company
    Globemaster III tops mark in Afghan airdrop. This early C-17, built by McDonnell Douglas in the pre-Boeing days, takes off from the Barstow-Daggett Airfield as part of a 30-day Air Force evaluation of the military cargo planes. A Globemaster III topped the 2,000,000 flying hour mark in Afghanistan. (Steven Georges / Press-Telegram) LONG BEACH — The worldwide fleet of C-17 Globemaster III airlifters built by The Boeing Company surpassed 2 million flying hours during an airdrop mission over Afghanistan on Dec. 10. Reaching 2 million flight hours equates to 1.13 billion nautical miles -- the equivalent of a C-17 flying...
  • Boeing:Boeing-built C-17 fleet Surpasses 2 million Flight Hours

    12/20/2010 8:18:24 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 19 replies · 1+ views
    Boeing News ^ | 12/20/2010 | Boeing
    The worldwide fleet of C-17 Globemaster III airlifters built by The Boeing Company surpassed 2 million flying hours during an airdrop mission over Afghanistan on Dec. 10. Reaching 2 million flight hours equates to 1.13 billion nautical miles – the equivalent of a C-17 flying to the moon and back 2,360 times. The representative mission, flown by a U.S. Air Force C-17, airdropped 74,000 pounds of jet fuel in support of U.S. and coalition troops just south of Kabul. The C-17 has a mission readiness rate of more than 85 percent. It is the world's only strategic airlifter with tactical...
  • C-17 crash report exposes cracks in USAF safety culture

    12/17/2010 8:28:56 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 22 replies · 1+ views
    Flight Global ^ | 12/18/2010 | Stephen Trimble
    Pilot error is the US Air Force's official cause for the first fatal crash of a Boeing C-17, but the service's investigation report has also exposed lax oversight of an over-aggressive flier who was allowed to repeatedly perform an unsafe airshow routine. The crash report - released by the Pacific Air Forces Command on 13 December - also echoes the findings of a 16-year-old Boeing B-52 crash that ranks as one of the darkest chapters in USAF history and sparked a movement to reform the service's management and safety culture. Aviation safety experts have already seized on the new report...
  • C-17 crash blamed on errors shared by all

    12/11/2010 8:27:23 AM PST · by skeptoid · 32 replies
    Anchorage Daily News ^ | December 11th, 2010 | RACHEL D'ORO
    A pilot's overly aggressive aerial acrobatics and overconfidence were blamed in an investigative report for a C-17 plane crash at an Anchorage military base that killed all four airmen on board. Besides pilot error, the crew on board was also faulted for failing to notice the dangerous situation that culminated with the plane stalling and crashing into woods July 28 at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson
  • U.S. Approves Boeing C-17 Globemaster Sale to India

    12/04/2010 9:35:13 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies
    Indian Defense ^ | 12/1/2010 | Indian Defense
    Letter of Request (LOR) has been issued to the Government of United States of America for procurement of C-17 Globemaster-III aircraft for Indian Air Force (IAF) from United States of America, through Foreign Military Sales (FMS) route. In response, Letter of Offer and Acceptance (LOA) has been received, which is being progressed. A technology scan was carried out as per the Defence Procurement Procedure 2008 which brought out that the C-17 Globemaster-III aircraft best meets the operational requirements of a Very Heavy Transport Aircraft (VHETAC) class for the Indian Air Force.
  • Boeing Delivers UK Royal Air Force’s 7th C-17 Globemaster III

    11/16/2010 10:31:04 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies
    Boeing ^ | 11/16/2010 | Boeing
    The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] delivered the United Kingdom’s seventh C-17 Globemaster III to the Royal Air Force (RAF) today during a ceremony at Boeing’s final assembly facility in Long Beach. "The addition of a seventh C-17 to our fleet is a significant milestone that strengthens our support of operations worldwide, especially in Afghanistan," said Peter Luff, UK Minister for Defence Equipment, Support and Technology. "And next year, in May, we’ll mark the 10th anniversary of the delivery of the RAF's first C-17, which continues to perform superbly -- anytime and anywhere." The United Kingdom's fleet of C-17s has logged...
  • Four killed in military plane crash in Alaska: Air Force [C-17]

    07/29/2010 3:23:36 PM PDT · by Excuse_My_Bellicosity · 25 replies · 18+ views
    AFP ^ | 7/29/2010 | staff
    WASHINGTON — A US military cargo plane crashed during a training mission at the Elmendorf base in Alaska, killing all four crew members aboard, an Air Force spokesman said Thursday. The plane, a C-17 cargo aircraft, reportedly crashed into a wooded area about two miles away from the runway from which it took off. A statement from the Elmendorf base in Anchorage said four crewmembers assigned to the base's 3rd Wing were on board at the time of the crash at 6:14 pm local time (0215 GMT). "Yesterday, we lost four members of our Arctic Warrior family and it's a...
  • Plane crashes on Elmendorf [C-17]

    07/28/2010 8:57:10 PM PDT · by TSgt · 80 replies · 5+ views
    KTUU ^ | Wednesday, July 28, 2010 | KTUU
    ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- A plane has crashed near Elmendorf Air Force Base. Witnesses say they saw a C-17 aircraft go down, but this has not yet been confirmed by the Air Force. A large cloud of smoke was visible spewing above the base. Witnesses said the smoke and flames were coming from an area near the Elmendorf runway, perhaps a couple of miles into the woods. Initial indications had at least four people on board.
  • Boeing says more India C-17 orders possible

    07/19/2010 10:19:33 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 9 replies
    Reuters ^ | 7/19/2010 | Reuters
    India could buy 10 to 12 more C-17 transport planes from Boeing Co beyond the 10 planes already planned, Christopher Chadwick, president of Boeing military aircraft told Reuters on Monday. Boeing, the No. 2 U.S. defense contractor, is forecasting strong demand for the C-17 planes, which have been used heavily during the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, Chadwick said at the Farnborough Airshow outside London. Boeing had seen interest from multiple buyers in the Middle East and the Asian-Pacific region, and NATO countries could also buy more of the cargo planes in coming years, Chadwick said in an interview. On Sunday,...
  • No More C-17s, Defense Officials Tell Congress

    07/13/2010 10:29:12 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 36 replies
    AFPS ^ | 7/14/2010 | Lisa Daniel
    The military has more than enough large transport planes, and the appropriation of any more in the next budget year will force some into premature retirement, Defense Department officials told a congressional panel today. “We have enough C-17s,” Mike McCord, principal deputy undersecretary of defense (comptroller), said. “Money spent on things we don’t need takes away from those we do need.” Along with McCord, Air Force Maj. Gen. Susan Y. Desjardins, director of strategic plans for Air Mobility Command, and Alan Estevez, principal deputy assistant secretary of defense for logistical and materiel readiness, repeated Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates’ position...
  • India-US begin price negotiations on C-17 airlifter

    07/11/2010 9:45:36 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld
    New Kerala.com ^ | 7/11/2010 | New Kerala.com
    India and the United States have begun talks here on the price and onboard equipment for the 10 Boeing C- 17 military transport aircraft that the Indian Air Force (IAF) wants.The validation trials of the aircraft were complete and that one United States Air Force (USAF) C-17 which had come to India in this regard last month had met the IAF specifications. The aircraft was tested in short and high altitude runways. As India is buying the aircraft from the US government under its Foreign Military Sales (FMS) programme, the US Department of Defense (DOD) and USAF are leading the...
  • C-17: Unwanted Cargo to US Budget

    07/02/2010 7:54:04 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 7 replies
    Defense Professionals ^ | 7/2/2010 | Alex Bland
    As Congress begins consideration of the FY 2011 Defense Appropriations bill, the US Project On Government Oversight (POGO) hopes that they will support the Pentagon and President by passing such waste-reduction initiatives as an amendment to strip funding for unneeded C-17 cargo planes. The Pentagon has repeatedly stated that they have no use for new C-17 aircraft, and that their current fleet is substantial and sufficient. This claim is confirmed by the Pentagon's most recent completed analysis for air transport needs, the 2005 Mobility Capability Study, which stated that 180 C-17s are all that are necessary within an acceptable measure...
  • Future of C-17 looks shaky

    06/24/2010 3:28:11 AM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 25 replies · 2+ views
    politico ^ | Jun 24, 2010 | JEN DIMASCIO
    The Air Force’s C-17 Globemaster cargo jet once had a comfortable ride as a project the Defense Department rarely requested but Congress continued to fund — an arrangement that allowed the military, lawmakers and lobbyists to share in the largesse year after year. But the terrain appears much rockier for the Boeing-made plane in fiscal year 2011, as Congress looks for ways to trim the deficit and, more important, Defense Secretary Robert Gates digs in hard against the plane, securing a veto threat against funding for it from President Barack Obama. “He’s made this a manhood issue,” a defense industry...
  • Obama Backs Gates in Budget Debate

    05/31/2010 2:47:38 AM PDT · by Cindy · 3 replies · 452+ views
    NOTE The following text is a quote: Obama Backs Gates in Budget Debate American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON, May 28, 2010 – President Barack Obama today promised to veto any legislation that includes funding for an alternate engine for the F-35 joint strike fighter or more C-17 cargo jets, expressing his “strong support” for Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates’ budget-reform effort. “As the Congress continues its work on funding bills for the Department of Defense, I want to reiterate my strong support for the reforms Secretary Gates is advancing at the Pentagon,” Obama said in a written statement the White...
  • India Requests Purchase of 10 US C-17 Transport Aircraft

    04/27/2010 9:26:55 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies · 336+ views
    Defense Professionals ^ | 4/27/2010 | Nicolas von Kospoth
    India moved one step closer to boosting its heavy airlift capability: Yesterday, the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced that it recently notified Congress of the Indian government’s request to purchase 10 Boeing-built C-17 Globemaster III transport aircraft. The deal, which is currently being negotiated between India and Boeing and to be carried out within the US Foreign Military Sale (FMS) programme, has an estimated value of $5.8 billion (€4.33 billion). The procurement of these aircraft would represent India’s largest acquisition of US defence equipment as well as Boeing’s largest order from India, following the $2.1 billion contract on...
  • Fire in the sky: the Air Launched Sortie Vehicle of the early 1980s (part 3)

    03/23/2010 8:59:09 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 4 replies · 486+ views
    The Space Review ^ | 3/23/2010 | Dwayne Day
    A few years ago a company by the name of AirLaunch had a novel idea for a rocket—put it in a C-17 cargo plane and then slide it out the back at high altitude. The rocket would rotate until it was vertical and then fire, heading into orbit. You can watch video of the drop tests. “We examined a wide variety of propellants ranging from storable hypergolics, RP/LOX, to fluorine/deuterium.” That may sound exotic, but Ehrlich joked that “this was a paper study!” Now imagine that instead of a relatively small rocket, there was a much larger rocket, with a...
  • Fixed-wing flights get Troops home faster

    01/30/2010 12:10:53 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 479+ views
    U.S. Forces Iraq ^ | Spc. Michael Camacho, USA
    CAMP TAJI – More than 3,000 U.S. Soldiers here took advantage of a new program offering fixed-wing flights off this Camp, Jan. 27, significantly decreasing their travel time back home to the States. Traditionally, Soldiers are transported via helicopter to Joint Base Balad or Baghdad International Airport before they departed to Ali Al Salim Air Base in Kuwait, said Staff Sgt. Rufus Brumfield, senior enlisted adviser with the 384th Movement Control Team, 49th Transportation Battalion (Movement Control), 15th Sustainment Brigade, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary). "We are able to move numerous [passengers] straight from here and they don't have to stop...
  • UPDATE 1-Boeing says India keen to acquire 10 C-17 aircraft

    01/08/2010 3:35:10 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies · 1,550+ views
    Reuters ^ | 01/08/2010 | Bappa Majumdar
    UPDATE 1-Boeing says India keen to acquire 10 C-17 aircraft 4:00am EST (Updates with details) NEW DELHI, Jan 8 (Reuters) - U.S. aircraft manufacturer Boeing Co said on Friday the Indian Air Force is keen to acquire 10 C-17 Globemaster III aircraft and the U.S. government has received a letter of request from New Delhi. "Boeing is very pleased that the Indian government has expressed interest in acquiring the C-17 to modernize its airlift capabilities, and we look forward to working closely with them," Vivek Lall, India country head of Boeing's Integrated Defense Systems, said in a statement. The deal...
  • Boeing wins UAE deal for six military transport aircraft

    01/07/2010 1:08:58 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies · 202+ views
    Space War ^ | 01/06/2010 | AFP via SpaceWar
    US aerospace giant Boeing said Wednesday it has won a contract from the United Arab Emirates for six C-17 military aircraft, making the UAE the second Middle East nation to order the airlifter. UAE will take delivery of four C-17s in 2011 and two in 2012 in the deal, whose "financial terms are not being disclosed," Boeing and the UAE said in a joint statement. The C-17 Globemaster III advanced airlifter can carry large combat equipment and troops or humanitarian aid across international distances to small "austere" airfields anywhere in the world, the company said. Capable of carrying a full...
  • In bipartisan vote, Senate protects funding for Boeing C-17 cargo planes

    10/01/2009 8:46:48 AM PDT · by Nachum · 21 replies · 1,046+ views
    L.A. Times ^ | 10/01/09 | Richard Simon
    McCain vows to continue effort to strip $2.5-billion for 10 additional planes from the defense bill. Obama and Gates also say the extra C-17s, which are assembled in Long Beach, are not needed. Reporting from Washington - The Senate on Wednesday shot down an effort to kill funding for Boeing C-17 military cargo planes that President Obama says are not needed, underscoring the turbulence the White House faces in trying to cut money for politically popular projects.
  • McCain tries to kill additional C-17 cargo jets

    09/29/2009 4:00:41 PM PDT · by Nachum · 31 replies · 1,203+ views
    breitbart ^ | 9/29/09 | ANDREW TAYLOR
    WASHINGTON (AP) - While ceding some ground to President Obama on high-profile weapons cuts, lawmakers are cutting money for training and spare parts to pay for other weapons Obama doesn't want and their own pet projects. The push-and-pull is playing out within a massive, $626 billion funding bill for the Pentagon that is being debated on the Senate floor. All told, the bill denies Obama about $4 billion he sought for operations and maintenance accounts while providing $2.5 billion for C-17 cargo jets and $2.7 billion worth of pet projects sought by lawmakers.
  • C-17 Globmaster III flyover last night

    07/05/2009 10:53:08 AM PDT · by SideoutFred · 9 replies · 847+ views
    Youtube ^ | July 5, 2009 | Me
    At the Angels - Orioles game last night, I caught this C17 Globemaster III flyover. Sorry about the wobbly camera as my kids were pulling on my shirt as they were looking at the plane.
  • Boeing’s latest C-17 for heavy-lift transport aircraft (India)

    06/14/2009 10:15:13 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies · 7,006+ views
    Indo-Asian News Service (IANS) ^ | June 14,2009 | Gulshan Luthra
    IAF chooses Boeing’s latest C-17 for heavy-lift transport aircraft By Gulshan Luthra New Delhi, June 14 (IANS) The Indian Air Force (IAF) has shortlisted the Boeing C-17 Globemaster III as its new Very Heavy Lift Transport Aircraft (VHTAC). Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal P.V. Naik is quoted by the India Strategic defence magazine as saying that the aircraft had been chosen after a thorough study because of its capability to take off and land on short runways with heavy loads, long range, and ease of operation. IAF was looking at acquiring ten C-17s initially through the US government’s...
  • U.S. Military Shepherds Humanitarian Aid to Pakistan

    05/20/2009 4:18:27 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 161+ views
    WASHINGTON, May 20, 2009 – Two Air Force C-17 airlifters have begun delivering humanitarian aid to internally displaced people in Pakistan’s northwestern provinces, the chief U.S. defense representative said today. U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan Anne W. Patterson hands over one of the 120,000 meals destined for displaced people in Pakistan to Lt. Gen. Nadeem Ahmed, coordinator of Pakistan's relief effort, Chaklala Air Base, Pakistan, May 20, 2009. U.S. State Department photo  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. For Navy Rear Adm. Michael A. Lefevre, who works out of the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad, the humanitarian effort to help the...
  • Air Force Plane Crashes in Texas (C-17)

    03/23/2009 10:36:12 AM PDT · by Living Free in NH · 52 replies · 5,617+ views
    CNN ^ | March 23, 2009
    An Air Force C-17 plane crashed Monday near Olney, Texas, a spokesman for Sheppard Air Force Base said.