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Whatever happens, USAF is determined F-22 will fly on

Interesting what you find when you are looking for something else. Like what the US Air Force has in mind for the F-22, whether or not it gets more aircraft. Daniel Darnell, USAF deputy chief of staff air, space and information operations, plans and requirements, lays it out succinctly in recent testimony to Congress. Shutdown […]

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In the ‘tanker war’, beware bogus blogs

As if there wasn’t enough information, disinformation and misinformation already circulating about the KC-X tanker competition, now the pro-Boeing, anti-EADS tankerblog.com is trying to dirty the water. Claiming to provide “facts and commentary” on the tanker issue, so far it has offered up little other than tired innuendo. At least the authors make clear their […]

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Night, night, Nighthawk. F-117 retires

The US Air Force is retiring its Lockheed F-117s, 27 years after the stealth fighter first flew in secret and two decades after it was revealed to the public. I remember being at the formal roll-out – of the last F-117. Must have been 1990. At the Skunk Works in Palmdale, California. I was amazed […]

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KC-X protest – Boeing decides to file

Boeing is to protest the KC-X tanker award to Northrop and Airbus. The company says it will provide details of its protest tomorrow (11 March) when it files with the Government Accountability Office, meanwhile here’s what Boeing is saying: “Our team has taken a very close look at the tanker decision and found serious flaws […]

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KC-X protest – Boeing building up steam

Boeing has just issued a “tanker factors” backgrounder [download file] giving its take on the US Air Force’s assessment of its KC-X tanker bid against the five evaluation criteria. It suggests Boeing is narrowing in on reasons for protesting the award of the contract to Northrop and Airbus. Basically it says: Mission capability: Boeing’s bid […]

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KC-X protest – Boeing still thinking

Boeing is still deliberating whether to protest the award of the USAF’s KC-X tanker contract to Northrop and Airbus, but has been kind enough to provide the world with an update – proving protests are as newsworthy as contracts. Here are some excerpts: “As we have gone through this process it has become clearer that […]

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The latest on Boeing and KC-X

Boeing has just come out of its debriefing (7 March) with the US Air Force and issued this statement : “We spent several hours with Air Force leaders, listening and probing, all in an effort to better understand the reasoning behind their decisions,” said Mark McGraw, Boeing vice president and program manager of the KC-767 […]

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Boeing and KC-X – to protest or not to protest?

I’m going to stick my neck out and predict Boeing will not protest the award of the KC-X tanker contract to Northrop and Airbus. Boeing gets debriefed by the US Air Force today (7 March) and will decide over the weekend whether to protest. But I don’t think they will find anything to fault in […]

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Raptors regroup as Eagles stage a comeback

On the eve of its annual winter get-together in Orlando, the US Air Force has finally cleared all of its much-grounded, much-inspected, much-speculated-about F-15s to return to flight. All bar the nine out of some 440 A- to D-model Eagles found to have the same longeron cracks that caused an F-15 to break up in […]

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Gloves come off in Pentagon battle over F-22 and F-35

It’s been a contentious week in the US fifth-generation fighter business, with the Department of Defense and US Air Force taking diametrically opposed positions on whether more F-22s are needed. The DoD has made clear it thinks 183 F-22s are enough (plus another 4 in the FY09 war supplemental). The USAF is adamant it needs […]

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