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duPont gets air under wheels of DP-2 as funding axe looms

A subscale prototype of the controversial duPont Aerospace DP-2 vectored-thrust V/STOL aircraft, which has received $63 million of US government funding thanks to Congressman Duncan Hunter, has completed a couple of short tethered hovers in California. The timing is probably not accidental, as Congress voted to cut duPont’s funding after a hearing into the project […]

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A supersonic bizjet in Hawker Beechcraft’s future?

Remember DARPA’s Quiet Supersonic Platform programme? It’s best known for proving that an aircraft can be shaped to modify its sonic boom. But the industry teams involved also completed substantial conceptual design work on low-boom supersonic strike aircraft – and business jets. Now Hawker Beechcraft, which as Raytheon Aircraft was part of Northrop Grumman’s QSP […]

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Embraer to unveil concept jet

Cessna did it last year, Eclipse has just done it and now Embraer is going to do it. The concept jet. Car companies have been doing it for years. Unveil a concept car at a motor show to create some excitement, grab some headlines and capture some customer feedback. Maybe something like it will make […]

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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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Cessna’s a sport

The dozens of small manufacturers building LSAs – light sport aircraft – have just been given what they most wanted…and feared. Cessna has decided to enter the market. It’s like getting the Good Housekeeping seal of approval from the 800lb gorilla in the room. Cessna’s decision to build a two-seat sport aircraft follows an exhaustive […]

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Aerofan anyone?

An unusual aeroplane is among the latest batch of pictures on 1000aircraftphotos.com. It is the Aerofan Single Twin, c1984. It is a clean machine, but details seem sparse. Anyone know anything about it? The name suggests two engines driving one propeller, as in the Learfan. I have a soft spot for pushers, although few have […]

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