Archive | February, 2011


Boeing and GE working triplicate 747-8 and 787 PIPs

EVERETT — Boeing and General Electric are looking to formalize a third performance improvement package (PIP) for its GEnx engine family to return the 747-8 fuel burn to original targets, as it advances on twin packages already in development on the 787, while further reducing nacelle drag. “We’re a little short,” says Boeing airplane programs […]

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Photo of Note: Boeing unveils sunrise 747-8I colors

Photo of Note: Boeing unveils sunrise 747-8I colors, originally uploaded by flightblogger.

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Lufthsansa Boeing 747-8I RC021

Lufthsansa details 747-8I config, while Boeing says no to D-Model

EVERETT — After forecasts called for a wet and rainy Sunday here in the Pacific Northwest, meteorological prognosticators could not have been more wrong. It’s a mostly sunny morning here at Paine Field and an absolutely beautiful day to unveil the 747-8I. The only problem is the entire ceremony – which begins at 11 AM […]

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Photo of Note: Welcome aboard the 747-8I upper deck

Photo of Note: Welcome aboard the 747-8I upper deck, originally uploaded by flightblogger. EVERTT — This is RC002, a Boeing 747-8I, which will be delivered to a completion center later this year for reconfiguration as a Boeing Business Jet.

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Boeing 787 Dreamliner N787BX ZA003

Rolls-Royce shares its thoughts, shows its cards on future engines

SEATTLE — At the Pacific Northwest Aerospace Alliance conference earlier this week, engine makers Pratt & Whitney, CFM International and Rolls-Royce shared their thoughts on their respective next-generation engine developments. Understandably, P&W and CFM focused on their PW1000G geared turbofan and Leap-X, respectively, which have been selected on the CSeries, MRJ, MS-21 (P&W only), C919 […]

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Boeing CEO Jim McNerney: “We’re gonna do a new airplane” (Update2)

Developing – Speaking at Cowen and Co conference in NY right now: “We’re gonna do a new airplane that will go beyond the capability of what the [A320]NEO can do.” Update 7:46 AM PT: “What we’ve seen so far is Airbus focused on their current customer base, which has shown some vulnerability to the CSeries. […]

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Historic Flight Foundation Mikoyan Gurevich MiG-29UB N29UB

For Sale By Owner: One Ukrainian MiG-29

EVERETT — To deter sea pirates and hijackers, the sensitive shipment had been split in two parts. One shipment, containing the wings and engines took a route across the Atlantic, another carried the fuselage across the Pacific.  When the fuselage shipment arrived in Hong Kong Harbor on April 4, 2006 it was offloaded to change […]

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Movie Monday – February 7 – The Indispensable KC-135 (Update1)

SEATTLE — The timing of this particular Movie Monday is very intentional. This coming Friday Boeing and Airbus will submit their bid to the Department of Defense to replace 179 KC-135 (Boeing 707) tanker aircraft. The on-going KC-X tanker saga has stretched almost a decade now and my colleague, Steve Trimble, has closely followed the […]

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Boeing’s 2001 RONA warning and implications for replacing 737

Almost exactly a decade ago, Boeing Senior Technical Fellow, Dr. L. John Hart-Smith, presented a paper at the company’s third annual Technical Excellence Symposium in St. Louis Missouri. That paper, ten years later is the subject of a Seattle Times Sunday Edition article on the “prescient” warning to the company on the perils of outsourcing. […]

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From the Flight archive: “ANA…has indicated a strong interest”

Boeing rolled out its 1,000th 767 Wednesday, an aircraft that will soon be delivered to All Nippon Airways. This milestone is notable as it’s only the second time a widebody aircraft type has achieved this production milestone (after the 747). Yes, Airbus says they’ve delivered more than 1,000 A330/A340 family aircraft, as the European airframer […]

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