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A composite-fuselage Gulfstream?

Conspiracy theory time. Aviation International News is linking the appointment of new director of composite technology at Gulfstream to the company’s plans for a new flagship bizjet. An aircraft with a composite fuselage. And AIN is not alone in making the connection. Here’s how the thinking goes. Gulfstream’s parent General Dynamics makes no secret of […]

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Defence exec takes over: what next – Boeing KC-787?

Ever since Boeing took over McDonnell Douglas in 1997, the company has tried to project a “One Boeing” image. It has never been true. The commercial and defence sides of the company have different cultures. So Boeing has worked to bridge the divide, moving executives between the businesses. The latest move sees an Integrated Defense […]

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The week in aviation

In case you missed the week’s headlines, here’s a synopsis of the main events. Aviation record-setter Steve Fossett went missing on 2 September after taking off from Reno, Nevada in a Citabria. He was first to fly round the world in a balloon, in 2002; and first to fly solo round the world without stopping […]

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Boeing to give 787 progress report

Boeing will give a much-anticipated update on the 787 programme tomorrow – Wednesday, 5 September. Will it announce: 1 – it can still meet the May certification date 2 – a three-month delay 3 – a six-month delay 4 – “She’ll nae fly, Captain, the warp engines are doomed!”

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Would Sonic have changed Boeing?

“Boeing would be a different company today if it had launched any of the aircraft that were proposed before the 787.” I was almost certainly guilty of editorialising when I wrote that in Flight International’s 10 July issue, but I believe I can support the statement. Few could dispute that Boeing has changed over the […]

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The names behind the plane

As the hours tick down to the “reveal”, the world’s press is full of stories about the 787. These include MarketWatch’s whackily titled “Boeing 787 Dreamliner set for flightless debut” to the informed “How the 787 ‘Dream’ was born” by the Seattle Post-Intelligencer’s Boeing-watcher James Wallace. In telling the story of how Boeing switched horses […]

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In a galaxy far, far away…

“You join us live here in Renton, Washington, where Boeing is about to roll out its first new aeroplane of the 21st Century – the 787. With me is our aviation correspondent, Max Legroom. Max, how important is this day, this aircraft, for Boeing?” “Very important. Boeing has bet the company that passengers will be […]

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