Archive | September, 2011

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Aerolia, once Airbus, delivers nose section for first A350

The nose section has been loaded on to aircraft MSN001, the first A350 XWB, by Aerolia at its Méaulte, France facility onto a heavily modified A300-600ST Beluga. The structure is the “face” of the new long-range jetliner from Airbus, which will enter final assembly before the end of the year. The construction of the nose […]

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South African firms unveil indigenous light-attack aircraft

South Africa’s Aerosud and Paramount Group have unveiled a new aircraft intended to satisfy a variety of civilian and military requirements, up to flying light-attack and counter-insurgency missions. Revealed at an Aerosud site on the Centurion Aerospace Village near Pretoria on 27 September, the advanced high-performance reconnaissance light aircraft (AHRLAC) is a short take-off and […]

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Eurofighter programme annual production rate to be slashed

The Eurofighter programme’s annual production rate is to be slashed dramatically as partner nations Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK battle economic difficulties. Details of the reduction emerged as BAE Systems announced plans to axe about 3,000 jobs at several of its sites around the UK, including its Eurofighter Typhoon final assembly site at Warton […]

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Boeing delivers first 787 to ANA

All Nippon Airways, launch customer for the Boeing 787, has taken contractual delivery of its first of 55 aircraft three and a half years late. Boeing completed the transaction … Continue reading….     787′s excess weight drives mission profile: ANA Labour relations trumped 787 profitability on line selection: Documents Boeing plans mission-control centre to […]

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Happy 50th Birthday Chinook

Although debate rages between the US and UK parts of the office as to whether it’s pronounced ‘shinook’ or ‘chinook’, what is certain is that Boeing’s venerable Chinook turns 50 today. To celebrate this, Boeing has also opened its recently renovated, for a cost of $130 million, production site in Ridley Township, PA. Pictured is a CH-47A belonging to the […]

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Black Hawk over Brisbane

Pictured is a Sikorsky S-70A from Australia’s School of Army Aviation over the Brisbane River, Brisbane practising for the city’s Riverfire festival. Credit: Australian Department of Defence

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Will they, won’t they… Cargolux’s 747-8F

Today was meant to be the day that Boeing sailed over one of the many delivery hurdles littering its path with the handover of the first 747-8F to Cargolux. Except that now seems to be on a back-burner as Cargolux – under pressure from 35% shareholder Qatar Airways – has refused to accept the aircraft. […]

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Happy 20th Birthday C-17

Boeing celebrated the 20th aniversary of the first flight of its venerable C-17 airlifter on 15 September with this recreation of the event over Long Beach, California using aircraft T1. Credit: Boeing

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The inevitable Air France KLM A350 order

Today’s news that the Franco-Dutch carrier is to order 25 A350-900s (and 25 Boeing 787s) was probably one of the worst kept secrets of the year. However, it has provided us with a couple of nicely rendered images of the aircraft in their respective liveries. Nice to see that both background images are virtually identical, just cropped […]

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Because you can never have too many black and white shots…

…here’s a pic from the excellent MoD flickr stream of an RAF groundcrew conducting an engine test on a Tornado GR4 aircraft from 617 Squadron under at night at Kandahar Air Base, Afghanistan. Credit: Sgt Ross Tilly, RAF

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