Archive | February, 2008


Breaking: KC-X Tanker Contract Awarded to Northrop Grumman/EADS

1:35 PM: Breaking: KC-X Tanker Announcement 5 PM ET Friday UPDATE 3:45 PM: FlightBlogger will be covering the announcement live (as possible) at 5 PM ET from The Pentagon. I will make the complete audio of the press conference available following the conclusion of the event. Secretary of the Air Force Michael W. Wynne and […]

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Just how low was it?

Aviation photographer Liem Bahneman sent me this picture this morning of B-KPF, illustrating just how low the 777-367ER was to terra firma. (video) From Liem: Not to beat a dead horse, but I finally got around to making an illustration that depicts, by my estimate, the altitude of the Cathay-Pacific 777-300ER flyby at its lowest […]

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787 Milestones Abound

Good news coming out of Everett for the 787 Program: “First Flight” From Randy’s Journal: Our 787 chief pilot Mike Carriker, and our 787 systems director Mike Sinnett had an awesome experience earlier this month. They “flew” the Dreamliner with the “Blockpoint 8” software for the first time – in a successful test of the […]

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Downturn? What downturn?

At the conclusion of 2007, aircraft makers and industry analysts expected orders for new aircraft in 2008 to cool considerably. By many measures the global economy has slowed, yet the expected downturn in aircraft purchases has not materialized for airframers. Looking at the available numbers from Airbus and Boeing illustrate that not only have orders […]

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Air France A380 Number Two

Once again, a convoy of A380 sections has wound its way through the French Countryside on its way to the Airbus Factory in Toulouse. This week, the forward, aft and wing structures of MSN040 arrived for final assembly. The photo of its nose section was taken earlier today. The aircraft is destined to be F-HPJB, […]

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Tanker Decision Imminent

The multi-year, multi-billion dollar, multi-role KC-X Tanker contract could be awarded as early as today, following a meeting of the Pentagon’s Defense Acquisition Board (DAB) responsible for signing off on the plan for the United States Air Force’s 179 new aerial tankers. The initial contract for either Boeing 767 or Northrop Grumman/EADS/Airbus A330 aircraft is […]

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The Now (In)famous Cathay Fly-by

Just got back from Singapore about 20 minutes ago and had to put this up: Cathay chief 777 pilot fired after low-level flypast stunt By Nick Ionnides The Aircraft in Question Cathay Pacific Boeing 777-367ER B-KPF More pictures at the Seattle-Deliveries blog.

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Breaking: Bombardier Gives Authorization for CSeries

SINGAPORE — Bombardier’s board has authorized the company to offer its 110-130 seat CSeries family aircraft to potential customers. Top launch customer candidates include Northwest Airlines, Qatar Airways, ILFC and Lufthansa. The authority to offer is an important step towards official launch of the aircraft program. FlightBlogger spoke with Bombardier representatives this morning, and at […]

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ARJ21 Originally uploaded by flightblogger The emergency exit configuration on the model doesn’t quite match thereal thing. Sent from my handheld.

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Singapore Day Three Wrap

I recorded at bleary-eyed podcast this morning with Addison and I apologize if I ramble. The show has been quite slow on it’s last day before it opens to the public tomorrow. However, a lot has gone on with this blog over the last 24 hours. Bloomberg News has confirmed with Boeing that, “Some of […]

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