Archive | November, 2011

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RAAF F-111s go six feet under

Old aircraft tend to have ignominious ends.  Numerous F-4 Phantoms, F-102s, and even earlymake F-16s have received the fatal ‘QF’ target drone designation, which generally portends swift destruction by missiles. With the end of the Cold War, the wingsand fuselages of dozens of old B-52s were guillotined by a steal beam droppedby a crane, making […]

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IAF gets serious about games

The Indian Air Force has issued a tender for a war gamingcentre. This is not surprising in itself: for years the world’s air forces havefought battles in simulated environments. It is, however, of interest to look at some of the requirementsthe IAF is looking for, as the centre will encompass all aspects of warfare,from tactical […]

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Picture: Indonesia’s Lion Air looks to expand with newer 737s

Indonesian low-cost carrier Lion Air, plans to use the 380 Boeing 737 it is committed to order for expansion and fleet replacement. The firm order for 230 Boeing 737s includes 201 of the re-engined 737 MAX and 29 737-900ERs. It also has options for 150 more aircraft. © Boeing Lion Air also has orders for […]

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VIDEO/PICTURES: C-130J ride at Dubai

Nothing caps four busy days at a major air show such as Dubailike a ride in a military aircraft. At both Paris and Dubai Lockheed Martinhosted a media flight on the C-130J Super Hercules.  Both flights were verydifferent, yet highlighted the capabilities of what’s perhaps the world’s mostvenerable military transport. There is no better way […]

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Did Seoul peek into its F-15K Tiger Eye sensor suite?

This morning I came across an un-sourced story in the Chosunilbo about US concerns that South Korea may have meddled with the Tiger Eyes sensor suite used on the ROKAF’s F-15Ks. According to Lockheed, which provided the equipment under a 2002 deal, the suites offer targeting, navigation, terrain-following and Infrared Search & Track (IRST).   The […]

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Cathay Pacific takes delivery of its first Boeing 747-8F

Cathay Pacific has taken delivery of its first Boeing 747-8 Freighter aircraft on 31 October. © Cathay Pacific Theairline is the second customer to take delivery of the type after Cargolux. It will receive a total of 10 of the aircraft, with four being delivered by the end of thisyear.

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Scoot – Not your usual airline name

Singapore Airlines’ (SIA) new long-haul low-cost carrier Scoot will launch services by the first half of 2012. The carrier will start operations with four Boeing 777-200s and grow to a fleet of 14 aircraft by 2016, said CEO Campbell Wilson. © Scoot Scoot will differentiate itself from its competitors with its “short, sharp, catchy” name […]

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