Archive | January, 2008

Boeing to leapfrog F-35 with 6th generation fighter?

Not sure what to make of this story. Aviation Week’s defence guru Dave Fulghum has come away from an interview with Boeing’s F/A-18 programme boss Bob Gower with news the company plans a more advanced Block 3 Super Hornet and is working on a “sixth generation” fighter. According to Dave, Boeing thinks this pair will […]

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Things are getting interesting in chilly Alaska as a squadron of US Air Force F-16s moves in to provide aggressor training for the newly arrived F-22s. “We call this scheme Arctic Flanker…” “…and this one Frigid Raptor!” (USAF photos)

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Flight’s 100 – name your power pick

To celebrate 100 years of Flight International, we want to discover the "100 Greatest" in aviation; by determining the top twenty civil aircraft, military aircraft, engine, people & moments. Here the best engine is put forward! Flight International is 100 years old this year, and the “100 Greatest” forum on flightglobal’s AirSpace wants nominations for […]

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Northrop’s “day in the life” of a naval UCAS

Unmanned combat aircraft development in the US of A has taken an unusual turn. After the success of the pioneering X-45A UCAV demonstration, the follow-on J-UCAS programme was cancelled when the US Air Force withdrew. This left the US Navy leading a smaller programme to demonstrate a carrier-based low-observable UCAS. On the face of it, […]

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“Room for one more?” (Sea Knight approaches Tarawa – US Navy photo)

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The truth about that “supercruising” F-16 for India

Indian newspapers are full of stories (like this one) that Lockheed will offer India an advanced version of the F-16 with supercruise capability. That’s the ability to cruise supersonically without reheat and it is a key feature of the stealthy F-22. Well the stories are not quite correct. Here’s what happened. Lockheed was briefing a […]

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The architect of NASA’s aeronautics rennaissance is leaving

Interesting news: NASA’s associate administrator for aeronautics Lisa Porter is leaving the research agency to become the first director of the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) – a DARPA for the spooks. It’s a great move for the striking Porter, who came to NASA from DARPA in 2005 to head the agency’s new aeronautics […]

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Countdown to KC-X – Northrop takes its turn

Welcome back to KC-Xtown. Tuesday opened with both sides taking shots at each other’s Monday announcements: EADS’s commitment to assemble A330 Freighters in Mobile if Northrop’s KC-30 wins; and Boeing’s release on the KC-767′s fuel burn. The latter raised some eyebrows and generated some pithy comment in the blogosphere, including Steve Trimble on The DEW […]

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Eclipse finds the money – the VLJs will keep coming

Welcome to the fast-changing world of who owns who in general aviation… Eclipse has secured more than $100 million in new equity to fill the hole in its finances left by the failure to deliver on its promise of producing 500 VLJs in its first year (it built 103). The money is coming from ETIRC, […]

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Countdown to KC-X – Boeing puts its case

Boeing and Northrop Grumman have submitted their final bids, and the KC-X competition is moving into its final weeks – we fervently hope. The PR onslaught hasn’t stopped, however, with Northrop making an 11th-hour commitment to assemble the Airbus A330 Freighter in Mobile, Alabama if the USAF picks its KC-30. Boeing retaliated with a study […]

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