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  • As the heat rises with F-35 upgrades, inside Collins’s bet on a new cooling system

    02/05/2024 6:09:04 AM PST · by Fish Speaker · 24 replies
    Breaking Defense ^ | February 02, 2024 at 11:36 AM | Michael Marrow
    WINDSOR LOCKS, Conn. — For several years, a problem has been brewing for Lockheed Martin’s F-35: future upgrades will make the jet run even hotter than it does now, more than its current cooling system is believed to be able to handle. In the near term, Pentagon officials expect that a high-profile upgrade to the plane’s F135 engine will avoid most of these cooling issues. But in the longer term, the military fears future aircraft upgrades needed to keep pace with threats decades down the line will push the heat factor even higher, and officials have recently suggested they’re casting...
  • ‘Downfall’ the case against BOEING: the Importance of Retelling the Story of the 737 Max Crashes

    01/24/2024 10:57:27 AM PST · by CondoleezzaProtege · 16 replies
    The Hollywood Reporter ^ | Feb 2022 | Katie Kilkenny
    Downfall: The Case Against Boeing - The documentary directed by Rory Kennedy (daughter of Robert F. Kennedy and the director of previous doc titles including Last Days in Vietnam and Without a Net: The Digital Divide in America) links the work environment and priorities at Boeing following its 1997 merger with McDonnell Douglas, which allegedly led to a laser focus on Wall Street stock prices, with events the film argues led to the fatal crashes, like concealing major changes from previous models from pilots and the FAA. To make its case, Downfall interviews several former Boeing workers, former Wall Street...
  • All V-22 Ospreys Grounded Worldwide

    12/07/2023 7:11:32 AM PST · by Yo-Yo · 37 replies
    The grounding of all Osprey tilt-rotors follows a fatal crash off the coast of a Japanese island that may be tied to a “materiel failure.”The U.S. Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps have all now grounded their respective V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor fleets. This follows a fatal crash involving an Air Force CV-22B off the coast of Japan's Yakushima Island on November 29. An investigation into the accident is still ongoing, but has found evidence already that a "materiel failure" may have been the root cause.The CV-22B, which was using the callsign Gundam 22 at the time, was conducting a routine...
  • USAF Osprey Tiltrotor Lost Off Japan Coast: At Least One Confirmed Dead

    11/30/2023 7:19:37 AM PST · by billorites · 17 replies
    AvWeb ^ | November 29, 2023 | Mark Phelps
    A U.S. Air Force CV-22B Osprey tiltrotor crashed yesterday (U.S. time) off the southern coast of Japan. One body has been recovered, and the remaining seven crew members were still missing as of 4 p.m. EST Wednesday (Nov. 29), according to the Japanese coast guard. According to the USAF Special Operations Command statement, the Osprey was assigned to the 353rd Special Operations Wing at the Yokota Air Base. The tiltrotor departed along with a second Osprey from the U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni in Yamaguchi and was bound for Kadena Air Base on the island of Okinawa. Six Ospreys...
  • Pilot ejects from jet over North Charleston [USMC F-35B]

    09/18/2023 6:25:01 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 42 replies ^ | September 17, 2023 | Scott Hamilton
    NORTH CHARLESTON – An investigation is underway to determine what prompted a pilot to eject from a military jet Sept. 17 near North Charleston and to locate the aircraft. Joint Base Charleston said its working with local emergency responders to determine what it described as a “mishap” involving a Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort F-35B Lightning II fighter jet. The pilot, after safely ejecting, was picked up near South Kenwood Drive and transported to a local medical center. He is in stable condition, according to a news release from the Joint Base Charleston. A second aircraft was able to return...
  • F/A-18 Hornet Pilot Pronounced Dead In Crash At MCAS Miramar

    08/26/2023 5:10:23 AM PDT · by Yo-Yo · 7 replies
    The War Zone ^ | Aug 25, 2023 | THOMAS NEWDICK
    The F/A-18D Hornet crashed near Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego, California late last night. An F/A-18 Hornet crashed in the vicinity of Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, in the northern part of San Diego, California, last night. As of 8:00 a.m. local time (PST), the base confirmed to The War Zone this morning that a search and rescue operation was ongoing.Although the fighter crashed at 11:54 p.m. local last night, the incident was not announced by the Marine Corps until earlier this morning, when the base issued a statement. Even though the location of the crash is...
  • Sonic Thump Not Sonic Boom: NASA’s X-59 Quiet Supersonic Aircraft Rolls Out

    07/11/2023 1:26:40 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 35 replies
    Scitech Daily ^ | JULY 10, 2023 | By SASHA ELLIS AND AMIEE LOMAX, NASA
    NASA’s X-59 QueSST This artist’s concept of NASA’s QueSST jet reflects the airplane’s final configuration following years of research and design engineering. The jet is now under construction by Lockheed Martin at the company’s Skunk Works facility in Palmdale, California. Credit: Lockheed Martin NASA’s X-59 aircraft, capable of supersonic flight while reducing sonic booms to quieter ‘thumps’, has been moved for testing in California. The collected data on human reactions to supersonic noise will potentially assist in enabling commercial supersonic flight over land. The following series of images shows NASA’s X-59 as it sits on the flight line—the space between...
  • Why does the F4U Corsair have so many designations?

    07/10/2023 11:20:00 AM PDT · by fugazi · 39 replies
    Unto the Breach ^ | July 10, 2023 | Chris Carter
    The beautiful Chance-Vought Corsair is one of the most iconic planes of the second world war. But it has a lot of designations, and that can get confusing. There’s the F4U, the FG, the F2G, the F3A to name a few. The British flew the Corsair Mk I, II, III, and IV. There’s also an AU-1 Corsair, used by the Marines during the Korean War. Let’s break it down. Beginning in 1922 the Navy classified fighter aircraft as “F.” Each manufacturer was assigned a code letter, and Vought’s was “U.” So in 1927 Vought developed the FU biplane. 1929 was...
  • December 2022 Ft Worth F-35B Stealth Fighter ground ejection result of "harmonic resonance"

    02/28/2023 8:42:22 AM PST · by Paal Gulli · 48 replies
    Vanity | Friday, Feb 24 | Stephen Losey
    First reported here (twice), complete with video, when it happened last December at NAS JRB Fort Worth. The mishap was remarkable because the pilot ejected while the a/c was on the ground. The news reports that followed all spoke to the engine as the cause -- which would seem to indicate that neither the pilot nor other aspects of the aircraft were under suspicion -- and DoD ordered engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney to stop delivering new engines for the F-35B until the problem was sorted.Last Friday, a news source that may not be quoted here for copyright reasons reported...
  • Geely begins testing the largest eVTOL prototype ever flown in China

    02/10/2023 12:25:44 PM PST · by Red Badger · 17 replies
    New Atlas ^ | February 09, 2023 | By Loz Blain
    The AE200-series technical demonstrator makes its first flight in January - Weibo The Aerofugia AE200 technical demonstrator is a full-size, five-seat eVTOL air taxi prototype with tilting propulsion units. It's a clear statement of intent: this Chinese automaker has serious designs on the urban air mobility space. Remember the Terrafugia Transition flying car, out of Massachusetts? Terrafugia was acquired by Chinese giant Geely in 2017, after which it pivoted to designing transitioning eVTOLs, and then was more or less shut down and relocated to China in 2021. Geely then put some US$55 million into German eVTOL company Volocopter, started up...
  • The Soviets Built Bespoke Balloon-Killer Planes During The Cold War

    02/08/2023 9:43:10 AM PST · by Yo-Yo · 8 replies
    The War Zone ^ | FEB 7, 2023 | PIOTR BUTOWSKI |
    With high-altitude surveillance balloons back in vogue, it’s worth taking a look at how the Soviets considered fighting these tricky targets.From 1956 onward, the reconnaissance balloons that drifted at high altitudes from the Western nations into the territories of the Warsaw Pact states had become a serious nuisance for the Soviet military authorities. Balloons of this kind might be carrying propaganda leaflets, but they could also be carrying reconnaissance equipment or even a bomb. A full 67 years before a U.S. Air Force F-22 fighter jet shot down a Chinese surveillance balloon off the coast of South Carolina after it...
  • Large Chinese reconnaissance balloon spotted over the US, officials say

    02/02/2023 5:49:33 PM PST · by rod5591 · 112 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 2/2/23 | MARTHA RADDATZ and LUIS MARTINEZ
    A massive spy balloon believed to be from China was seen above Montana on Thursday and is being tracked as it flies across the continental United States, with President Joe Biden ultimately deciding against "military options" because of the risk to civilians, U.S. officials said on Thursday.
  • VANITY: Fort Worth mishap prompts military to cease taking deliveries on F-35B Joint Strike Fighter engines

    01/05/2023 8:48:16 AM PST · by Paal Gulli · 9 replies
    VANITY | 4 Jan 2023 | Paal Gulli
    About three weeks ago we had a discussion here about an F-35B stealth fighter that had a mishap on landing at Fort Worth Naval Air Station. It was being flown by a USMC pilot but he was performing pre-delivery evaluation flights for Lockheed Martin. Now the military has halted deliveries on F-35B engines pending further investigation (which is a pretty good indication the pilot was exonerated). The source article is at Defense News -dot- Com (under heading "Air Warfare"), which I apparently am forbidden to post from. So look it up if you're a mind to. It was at the...
  • Watch Pilot Eject From Stealth Jet AFTER Crash Landing

    12/16/2022 7:03:24 AM PST · by Red Badger · 50 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | MELANIE WILCOX CONTRIBUTOR - December 15, 2022 6:41 PM ET
    A pilot ejected from a Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II fighter jet Thursday morning at the Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base in Fort Worth, Texas, during a botched landing. “We are aware of the F-35B crash on the shared runway at Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base in Fort Worth,” a Lockheed spokesman said, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “Safety is our priority, and we will follow appropriate investigation protocol.” VIDEO AT LINK............... The video of the incident shows the F-35B hovering, then touching down, then elevating again, and tipping forward. Its wheels seem to collapse underneath the...
  • End of an era as the last 747 rolls off the production line

    12/08/2022 7:26:20 AM PST · by Salman · 26 replies
    The Register (UK) ^ | 8 Dec 2022 | Brandon Vigliarolo
    An aviation era has come to an end as Boeing's last 747 has taxied out of the Everett, Washington factory, punctuating the jumbo jet's 54-year production run. The final craft, a 747-8 freighter, will be delivered to airplane-cargo biz Atlas Air after final tests in early 2023, Boeing revealed. While the 1,574th 747 will be the last one assembled, the familiar bulbous silhouette is hardly going to disappear from the skies overnight, according to Boeing VP and GM for the 747 and 767 programs, Kim Smith. "We are proud that this plane will continue to fly across the globe for...
  • End Of An Era: Boeing's Final 747 To Roll Off The Production Line Today

    12/07/2022 6:14:01 PM PST · by DUMBGRUNT · 49 replies
    Simple Flying ^ | 6 Dec 2022 | CHARLOTTE SEET
    After more than five decades, aircraft manufacturer Boeing hit a bitter-sweet milestone on the evening of December 6th as the last Boeing 747 rolled out of its production line at Paine Field in Everett, Washington. The 1574th Boeing 747 will go through test flights before being delivered to Atlas Air early next January. Having been in production since September 1968, the Boeing 747, often dubbed the 'Jumbo Jet' or the 'Queen of the Skies,' was designed by engineer Joe Sutter. With the ability to carry up to 524 passengers, the semi-double-deck quad-engined aircraft was twice the size of the Boeing...
  • Bell’s V-280 Valor Tiltrotor Picked As Army’s Black Hawk Replacement

    12/07/2022 9:53:16 AM PST · by Yo-Yo · 45 replies
    The War Zone ^ | December 5, 2022 | DAN PARSONS
    After a thoroughly strenuous and lengthy period of flight tests spread over several years, the Army has chosen Bell’s V-280 Valor advanced tiltrotor to replace the venerable UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter.Dubbed the Future Long-Range Assault Aircraft, or FLRAA, Valor is set to enter service in the mid-2030s and eventually will supplant the Sikorsky-built helicopter that has served as the Army’s workhorse utility rotorcraft for more than four decades.The initial contract award is $232 million and includes no actual aircraft – the initial contract covers Valor's final digital design that Bell has generated as a result of the aircraft's five-year-long flight...
  • China Building ‘NGAD’ Sixth-Generation Fighter

    11/10/2022 7:13:36 AM PST · by whyilovetexas111 · 12 replies
    19FortyFive ^ | 11/09/2022 | Brent M. Eastwood
    We have extensively discussed China’s fifth-generation fighter – the J-20 Mighty Dragon, which is now based at all regional theater commands in China to deploy in times of war quickly. It has radar-evading characteristics allowing it to join the exclusive club of stealth fighters to challenge F-22s and F-35s. China seems to be pumping out more J-20 models each month. Now Beijing’s air force is raising the stakes with its sixth-generation fighter on display at the Zhuhai Airshow. This is again to match the planned American Next-Generation Air Dominance (NGAD) fighter. When it looks like the United States Air Force...
  • China’s H-20 Bomber: A Mix Of The B-2 And B-21 Raider Stealth Bombers?

    08/28/2022 8:04:24 AM PDT · by whyilovetexas111 · 20 replies
    19FortyFive ^ | 8/27/2022 | Christian Orr
    The H-20 Stealth Bomber: An Ominous Sign of Chinese Airpower Projection? – As if it weren’t bad enough that the People’s Republic of China (PRC) continues to make strides with its 5th Generation Chengdu J-20 stealth fighter – and flaunts that J-20 via intimidation exercises against Taiwan — the People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) is evidently also making strides in the arena of next-generation strategic stealth bombers. So then, what exactly do we know about China’s prospective H-20 bomber?
  • NASA calls ‘mystery’ rocket crash on moon highly unusual

    07/02/2022 7:40:26 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 33 replies
    KTLA ^ | Jared Gans
    The agency said the double crater might indicate that the rocket had a large mass on each end of it. A rocket that has used up its fuel usually will just have its mass on the end with the motor, with the other side being an empty fuel tank. The rocket’s origin is uncertain, but the double crater that it produced might reveal its identity, according to the release. A rocket body hitting the moon has not created a double crater before, the release states.