Archive | July, 2007

No blackening of skies, yet

GAMA, the General Aviation Manufacturers Association, provides great data on the industry, and its latest quarterly delivery report shows that the predicted – and feared – explosion in the VLJ market is more like a slow burn. In the first six months of this year, VLJ deliveries totalled 31 aircraft – 10 Citation Mustangs and […]

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Two Mustangs, in memorium

Two P-51 Mustangs have been lost, one pilot killed and one injured in a crash at the AirVenture show in Oshkosh. For a dramatic, but sad, photograph of the aircraft colliding while landing go here. Reporting on the crash, aero-news.net says the pilots appeared to be attempting a formation landing after performing a simulated air […]

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EADS acknowledges A400M delays

The cloak of opaqueness that surrounds Euorpean defence programmes has parted slightly, with EADS acknowledging the Airbus A400M military transport is in trouble. We have all suspected it was, but as recently as June Airbus Military was insisting it would still meet the schedule despite engine development delays. But in presenting its half-year financial results, […]

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Picture of the week

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When Grumman ruled the waves

Found this while browsing the Pentagon picture site, and couldn’t resist. It dates from 1994, the year Grumman merged with Northrop, it’s decades-long domination of US naval aviation in decline. In May 1994, four of the six aircraft types flown by Carrier Air Wing 14 from the USS Vinson were Grummans. But the A-6 Intruder […]

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Swift who?

What’s the connection between these two aircraft? One is the Killer Bee UAV. One is the Eclipse Concept Jet VLJ. Both were built by Swift Engineering, which also built this: California-based Swift is one of several motorsports companies applying their skills to aerospace.

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Has Boeing just flown the 797?

Boeing has flown the X-48B Blended Wing Body technology demonstrator at NASA Dryden in California. The company did not immediately announce the 21 July flight because its quarterly earnings release – including an extra $500 million in R&D expenses for the 787 – got in the way. The company might also be a little concerned […]

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Another little jet bows in

Someone at Eclipse Aviation must have gone “oh, oh” a few weeks back when Cirrus Design unveiled its new single-engine jet. Because the Eclipse Concept Jet, built and flown in secret and revealed at this week’s Oshkosh show, looks similar the Cirrus’s “the-jet”, which so far exists only in mockup form. Both have their single […]

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Northrop’s “Scaled Works”

Northrop Grumman is to become the full owner of Burt Rutan’s Scaled Composites, which has been acting as a rapid-prototyping “Skunk Works” for the US defence giant. Northrop has owned 40% of Mojave, California-based Scaled since 2003, and the links between the companies have become more evident recently. This is not the first change of […]

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Trojan Airbus?

Iran has donated an Airbus A300 to Iraq for use by government officials as a VIP transport. The aircraft arrived in Baghdad on 21 July after a delay blamed on “unspecified technical reasons”, says the Associated Press. It might pay to give the aircraft a thorough going over. In 2002, China claimed it had found […]

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