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VIDEO: view of Avalon from KC-30A taking off

Last week at the Avalon air show I had a unique opportunityto fly aboard the RAAF’s new KC-30A while it conducted the air-to-airrefuelling of two F/A-18C aircraft.  I wassuper busy at the show, so only now do I have the chance to post my photos anda video of the trip. Riding the KC-30A (AKA Airbus […]

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“That’s right, Ice Man. I am dangerous.”

During lunch last week my colleague @runwaycontact and I werestanding around Changi Business Park waiting for some passport photos to bedeveloped – just part of the significant waiting required for attending AeroIndia. We noticed a trailer for the 2012 South Korean movie Soarinto the Sun playing outside a video shop. Although I’ve become used to inaccurate […]

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Must read: Chinese Aerospace Power, Emerging Maritime Roles

For readers with a more than passing interest in Asia Pacific military affairs, Chinese Aerospace Power, Emerging Maritime Roles is the book for you.  Edited by China defence experts Andrew Erickson and Lyle Goldstein, the book is a series of essays and papers about China’s capabilities and possible intentions in regard to the use of […]

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VIDEO: Skipper of China’s first carrier speaks

It’s been a big few weeks for China, with the emergence ofa new fighter (J-21? J-31? F-60?) and this week’s christening of the Liaoning, China’s first aircraft carrier.It’s a good sign they didn’t name it Shi Lang after the historic admiral whoinvaded Taiwan in 1683. Of course, they could always call their next (andcertainly more […]

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PICTURES: Cockpit pics of Chinese JH-7s on the deck

Came across some cool shots on my favorite Chinese web site(China Defense Mashup) of Xian JH-7 fighter bombers on the deck snapped by a People’sLiberation Army Navy pilot. In the book I’m now reading – Chinese Aerospace Power: EvolvingMaritime Roles – one of the contributors talks about PLAN pilot training as therole of PLAN air […]

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PICTURE: Shaanxi Y-8 variant with side looking radar?

During my morning stroll through China’s defence web sites Icame across what could be yet another version of the Shaanxi Y-8, thefour-engined turboprop that China seems to adapt to every role imaginable. The bulges on the right side of the fuselage suggest side-lookingsynthetic aperture radar, but not sure about the winglets on the tips of […]

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Surprise! All of China’s military kit was developed at home

Chinese defence ministry spokesman Yang Yujun has defendedthe indigenous nature of the  AVIC Z-10 attackhelicopter. This follows United Technologies’ (UTC) admission in June that itknowingly supplied China with a Pratt & Whitney Canada engine for the type. Basically, the Chinese are saying “we built it on our own,”while UTC has paid a $75 million fine […]

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Chinese J-21 Emerges! (well, something emerges – sort of)

The China Defense Blog and other Chinese defence sites haverevealed photos of a mysterious airframe travelling aboard the back of a truck,apparently from the Shenyang Aircraft Corporation to Xian Aircraft Company. This is no J-20 moment: there has yet to be a magicalappearance on a runway, followed by obsessive tweeting and blogging about afirst flight. […]

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PICTURES: Thai air force museum, home of some seriously exotic aircraft

Bangkok: city of great food, smiling people, awesome massages, and much more. During a recent weekend there my friend suggested we take his five year old son to the Royal Thai Air Force museum out near Don Muang airport. “My son especially likes this big transport plane with a ramp at the back,” said he. […]

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PHOTOS: RNZAF UH-1H’s loaded onto RAAF C-17

The New Zealand Defence Force has released photos of RNZAF Bell UH-1H Iroqouis helicopters being loaded onto a RAAF Boeing C-17 for transport to Papua New Guinea to help out in election monitoring. Though I’ve seen the C-17 at air shows and had a chance to walk around inside, I’m still blown away by how […]

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