Archive | January, 2012


Singapore Air Show revs up

Spotted some Singapore Air Show posters at Changi AirportMRT station. Quite like the clever ‘Top Fun’ movie theme they’ve adopted forthe show, although those two Leopard II tanks look as if they are about to rundown that family. Also checked the Air Show web site and so far there is noindication that the two F-22s […]

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IAF gung ho on gliders

I came across an intriguing request for proposals from the IndianAir Force for ‘two basic powered hang gliders with accessories.’ An image of commando-typegliders equipped with rockets and guns popped into my head, but after someinvestigation it appears the gliders are for recreational use. Under the ‘Adventure’ category on its web site the IAF offerspersonnel the […]

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VIDEO: vintage TV show about RSAF

While researching my features that will run in FlightInternational the week of the Singapore Air Show, I came across this cool retrovideo of a 1988 Singapore TV series about the RSAF.  There is some good footage of a number oftypes, including the F-5 and A-4. Surprisingly the F-16 doesn’t make anappearance – perhaps at the […]

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VIDEO: Finnair Celebrating India’s Republic Day

Those crazy creative guys at Finnair did it again, this time dancing to a Hindi song on a flight to New Delhi to celebrate India’s Republic Day, which is today. I wonder how long they took to practice the moves, which are not too bad at all.

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MMRCA: the vigil continues

India’s Economic Times has reported that the MMRCA contractcould be announced within ten days, qouting sources.  Of course, on 21 December India’s BusinessStandard said a decision was coming ‘within a fortnight.’ In February last year,the Hindu qouted none less than the Air Chief himself as saying the deal wouldbe signed by September 2011. The only […]

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PICTURES: ROCAF takes delivery of B-26 Marauder

A Martin B-26 Marauder (above image courtesy of made its way to Taiwan, where the twin engine aircraft once flew reconnaissancemissions over China. A media repot said the aircraft is part of an exchange deal between Taiwan’smilitary and Portland’s Classic Aircraft Aviation Museum. According to the Republic of China Air Force (ROCAF) website, the […]

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Unhappy birthday: Tejas one year after its IOC

Media reports in India remind me that it has been one year since the Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (HAL) Tejas Light Combat Aircraft achieved initial operation capability.  At Aero India last year Tejas was one of the stars of the air show. After two decades of delays and problems officials were optimistic about India’s most ambitious […]

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Pictures: Air New Zealand’s Beech 1900D painted all black

A Beech 1900D operated by its subsidiary Eagle Air is the latest aircraft in Air New Zealand’s fleet to be painted all-black. The aircraft entered service on 10 January after it was checked in Eagle Air’s engineering hanger in Hamilton, New Zealand. Despite the aircraft small size, it took two weeks and approximately 125 litres […]

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Close up of J-10B and J-20 AESA set?

I stumbled across an image of what is supposedly the activeelectronically scanned array (AESA) radar for the J-10B and J-20 at the AsianDefence News site. I have no idea as to the image’s provenance (it is verylikely a model), but a similar set was photographed on a J-10B test aircraft atChengdu last year (below). The […]

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Must Read: report about China fighter development strategies

China’s fighter upgrading  tends to draw either the scorn of overseas commentators (‘they still can’t build engines’) or fear (‘by 2020 the J-20 will dominate the skies over the Himalayas’). A recent report by the Institute for National Strategic Studies – ‘Buy, Build, or Steal: China’s Quest for Advanced Military Aviation Technologies’ – outlines the […]

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