Archive | August, 2010

Image of the Week: P-51D Mustang G-HAEC

This week’s Image of the Week (featured on page 3 of Flight International), is taken by AirSpace user flyer1 (Martin Dighton). His photo depicts “Big Beautiful Doll” P-51D Mustang G-HAEC [cn.1517] at the Shoreham 2010 air show.Martin writes of the aircraft: Rob Davies has owned the aircraft since 1997, he purchased her from Ray Hanna […]

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Q & A With Shaun Wildey, A340 Pilot for Etihad

Shaun Wildey flies Airbus A340s for Etihad Airways and is enjoying life with his family in Abu Dhabi, after a career with the Royal Air Force and Empire Test Pilots’ School. You recently joined Etihad Airways. What do you fly, and on which routes? I fly the Airbus A340-600 and -500, but should also become […]

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Norhtrop Grumman’s UAV Concepts

At last week’s AUVSI show, Northtrop Grumman unveiled two UAV concepts (above). The designs show that the manufacturer is planning an aggressive new push to expand deeper into the market for unmanned air vehicles. Read more… (Graphic: Flightglobal; Source: Northrop Grumman)

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Phantom Eye in Assembly

Pictured above is the Phantom Eye in assembly. The Phantom Eye demonstrator, smaller by 40% compared with the planned full-scale version, should fly 96h, or four days. At full scale, the Phantom Eye is designed to remain airborne for seven to 10 days. Read more… (Photo: Boeing)

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Zala 421-20 UAV Performs First Flight

(Photo: Zala Aero) Fuel tanks have been installed in the Zala 421-20 UAV’s 6m-span wing.Russia’s Zala Aero first flew on 5 August its 421-20, a new medium-altitude, long-endurance unmanned air vehicle. Representing an upgrade to the manufacturer’s earlier 421-09 design and developed over the last two years, the surveillance and reconnaissance asset has an improved endurance […]

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Boeing’s Phantom Eye

(Photo: Boeing) Boeing‘s Phantom Works offered a first glimpse of Phantom Eye, the hydrogen-powered unmanned demonstrator built to stay aloft at 65,000ft (19,800m) for up to four days at a time, on 12 July in St. Louis, Missouri. In September, Phantom Eye will move to NASA‘s Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards AFB, California, to […]

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Six UK Elbit Systems Hermes 450s

(Photo: Elbit Systems) Six Elbit Systems Hermes 450s UAVs operated by the British Army under an urgent operational requirement deal with Thales UK are seen above. Meanwhile on the other side of the world Australia has recently signed a contract extending its use of Herons until at least December 2011.Here is the Heron’s manufacturing and […]

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Boeing/Insitu Integrator Soars

On the UAV Integrator (above), its twin-booms are designed to carry miniature munitions.Here are its manufacturing details: Wingspan 4.8m Length 2.1m Mass 59kg Endurance 24h Cruise speed 60kt Altitude 20,000ft Payload 23kg You can read more the Integrator and STUAS/Tier II contract here.

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Bat/KillerBee UAV Launch

(Photo: Northrop Grumman) The Bat/Killer Bee UAV, seen above having just launched, was acquired by Northrop Grumman from Swift Engineering, and licensed Raytheon to propose the KB-4 independently for STUAS.Here are its manufacturing details: Wingspan 3.1m Length 1.92m Mass 74.4kg Endurance 15h Cruise speed 55kt Altitude 10,000ft Payload 22.3kg You can read more the Bat/KillerBee […]

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Spitfire and Hurricane flypast on 70th anniversary

A Spitfire and a Hurricane provided the soundtrack to actor Robert Hardy’s reading of the famous speech by the then prime minister Winston Churchill on Friday 20 August. War veterans gathered in Whitehall, Westminster for the event commemorating 70 years since the Battle of Britain. To mark the anniversary, the speech will be replayed outside Churchill’s war-time […]

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