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Safety and operations editor David Learmount follows a remarkable photo series of the landing of this Cessna 172 – which went very far downhill from this out-of-shape moment. All three occupants lived to tell the tale, but may dispute the old aviation myth that “a good landing is one you can walk away from”. ¬Meanwhile, […]

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At The DEW Line, get this look – and video – of the first Boeing QF-16 pilotless drone flying… well… without a pilot. Up next, live fire trials at Holloman AFB, New Mexico – where probably some F-22s or possibly even some operational F-16s will have a field day blowing them out of the sky. […]

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Week on the web 24 September

Sniffing around the US Air Force Association show in Washington DC, The DEW Line caught whisperings that Boeing and Saab may be close to announcing an offer for the USAF’s long-anticipated T-X trainer need, based around the Swedish firm’s Gripen fighter (pictured). Interesting idea, especially with Gripen’s low acquisition and operating costs – but can […]

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Week on the web 20 August

The DEW Line links to the US Air Force accident report on the Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor that crashed at Tyndall AFB, Florida, last November. Basically, the $149.6 million aircraft was lost due to chafed wiring – this leaves the USAF with 184 production jets remaining, plus two test aircraft. Tail 4013, which used to […]

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Week on the web 30 July

Our blogs got a facelift this week, and behind the prettier front there is also a more powerful engine, so as the new system beds in you can expect better, brighter and faster, like this Dew Line shot from RIAT. Our man in Tel Aviv, Arie “Ariel View” Egozi, turned his attention to the politics […]

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Week on the web 9 July

It’s F/A-18 week at the DEW Line, with video of an EA-18G Growler launching from an electro-magnetic catapult, which is replacing the steam cats on Gerald R Ford-class carriers. And, it’s also the Boeing type’s 35th anniversary. Replacements are under study, but don’t be surprised if the USN celebrates a 50th before alternatives are flying. […]

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Week on the web 2 July

The DEW Line blog this week takes a photo tour of the military types on show at Le Bourget. Fittingly, Dave Majumdar declares Sukhoi’s mighty Su-35 to have been best-in-show – check the blog for what is probably the best video footage going of its awesome display routine. Charting a busy week in spaceflight, Hyperbola […]

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Week on the web 11 June

The DEW Line reported that Sqn Ldr Leader Jim Schofield became the first Royal Air Force pilot to complete a vertical landing in a Lockheed Martin F-35B (see picture). The landing took place on 28 May. Flightglobal’s Airline Business team spent the week in Cape Town reporting from the IATA Annual General Meeting, the association’s […]

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Week on the web 4 June

Major solar storms may be rare but can still cause major damage, explains Hyperbola. The 17th International Space Conference in Rome concentrated on various threats to and from space. Electromagnetic waves and charged particle emissions are among central concerns as geomagnetic superstorms can interfere with telecommunications. At The DEW Line, defence editor Craig Hoyle came […]

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Week on the web 28 May

At The DEW Line, details emerged of the modified F/A-18F Super Hornet equipped with conformal fuel tanks and a weapons pod that Boeing and the US Navy plan to fly later this summer. Rhino, as the aircraft is affectionately known, is intended to test the aerodynamics of those extra shapes (pictured) – especially at transonic […]

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