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Week on the web 26 November

Ned Russell test-rode the Sukhoi Superjet 100. His Interjet journey from Mexico City to Mazatlan was uneventful, but up in the cockpit it must have been fun; as fleet supervisor Diego Hernandez says: “This aircraft is built by the Russians. It flies like a fighter.” More – and pictures – on our Airline Business blog. […]

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Week on the web 19 November

The DEW Line notes that while the US government spending sequestration has kept US air power away from air shows – Paris was certainly poorer for that – either they’ve come up with some cash or the ban doesn’t apply to shows in the Gulf. Dubai air show organisers are promising a treat from the […]

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Week on the Web 12 November

The DEW Line asks us to spare a little sympathy for the hapless Dutch F-16 pilot who struggled with a 4 November exercise – putting a few 20mm cannon rounds into the range control tower, some 500m from the real target. These things, alas, do happen; fortunately with only minor damage and no injuries in […]

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Week on the web 5 November

The DEW Line notes that the UK Ministry of Defence has been cagey when talking about unmanned systems, which the public knows as drones – and often associates with Bad Things. So it’s no huge surprise to find that while the MoD has said ground tests of Taranis (pictured) began in 2010 and flight trials […]

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Week on the web 29 October

From The DEW Line, we learn that the US Air Force pilots who fly remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) don’t much like them being called “drones”. Fair point, as there is a crew involved, but to expect the public to start calling these RPAs or UAVs or UASs, which the military distinguishes from things that get […]

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Week on the web 15 October

The DEW Line this week has something you don’t see every day – this photo of US Air Force chief of staff Gen Mark Welsh sitting in the cockpit of a Chinese combat aircraft. Welsh hasn’t gone over to the other side to escape the US government shutdown but, rather, was on a goodwill visit […]

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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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