Archive | October, 2011


A380ski – first sale for the whale plane in Russia

Airbus is celebrating today after Russian carrier Transaero signed an MOU for four 700-seat A380s. It follows the airframer’s first display of the superjumbo in Russia at the MAKS air show in August. Assuming the order is firmed up, here’s how the aircraft will probably look. Credit: Airbus

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A400M looking ggggggggggggggggggrizzly

Pictured is the Airbus Military A400M Grizzly (or is it Atlas these days?) undergoing water ingestion tests recently as it nears civil certification. Credit: Airbus Military

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It’ll polish out – ANA bumps first 787

Following on from the news story the other day about launch customer All Nippon Airways lightly denting its brand new Boeing 787, here’s the photographic evidence of the damage done. Like we said, it’ll buff out.

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Tiger, Tiger burning bright…

Slight poetic licence there, and there seems to be no fearful symetry to behold in this picture, but the Eurocopter Tiger looks the part. At the moment Eurocopter is pushing them to the South Koreans for that country’s likely AH-X contest, but there are rumours, meanwhile, that the German armed forces are looking to cut […]

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Airbus bolts Trent XWB to flying testbed

Very much as the title of the post suggests: Airbus has mounted the first Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engine to its A380 flying testbed as it gears up to launch the flight test campaign. With its 118-inch diameter fan, it’s fair to describe the engine, which will power the A350, as “quite big really”. Credit: Airbus

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China Southern’s A380 takes flight

To celebrate the delivery of China Southern’s first Airbus A380, here’s a shot of it taking to the skies earlier today. Credit: Airbus

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X-47B’s ‘gear up’ shot

In a first for the Naval demonstrator programme, the X-47B UCAV flew with its gear up in cruise configuration on 30 September in a flight from Edwards AFB. Next step for Northrop Grumman is to transfer the aircraft to Naval Air Station Patuxent River in Maryland prior to shore-based carrier suitability tests in 2012. At […]

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Un peu de fromage? Hercules sunset shot

It may be as cheesy as a bowl of fondue, but I can’t help but like this wonderful photo of a flight of 10 Lockheed Martin C-130Js over Germany. According to the photo blurb it was during Europe’s first full-spectrum training environment rotation, with the aircraft assigned to the 37th Airlift Squadron at Ramstein Air Base, […]

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NBAA: Comlux orders Sukhoi’s Superjet 100

Swiss heavyweight Comlux has snubbed the industry’s big brands to become launch customer for the VIP version of Sukhoi’s Superjet 100 airliner – just four months after the variant was announced at the Paris air show. The order for two Sukhoi Business Jets, plus two options, was unveiled today by SuperJet International, the joint venture […]

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Blimey – a 747-8I order

Given that commitments for Boeing’s 747-8 Intercontinental have been rarer than hen’s teeth – Korean and kings of the new aircraft type, Lufthansa, being the only airlines to order thus far – it’s probably a welcome relief for Boeing that another carrier, Nigeria’s Arik Air, has decided to join the party. OK, it’s only for two aircraft (and not […]

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