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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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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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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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Boeing applies to patent a ducted, er, open rotor

Okay, “open rotor” I understand. But “ducted open rotor”, what’s with that? Better ask Boeing. Its name is on the recent patent application my colleague Steve Trimble came across when browsing the US patent office website. And it actually is for an open rotor with a duct around it…. The patent application talks about “an […]

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Blended wing-body – the future of flight?

Like it or not, the blended wing-body airliner will not go away. Those that like the BWB point to its aerodynamic and structural efficiency, its ample volume for passengers, cargo and fuel. Those that don’t point to its lack of windows. non-circular pressure vessel and edge-of-the-envelope flying qualities. But if the world starts to take […]

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Ageing aircraft 2 – keeping Apaches sharp

US Army aviation has had its modernisation tribulations, including cancellation of the Comanche and the recent struggles with Bell’s ARH, but the Apache programme looks like a model for how to renew an ageing fleet – more than once. The AH-64s have been remanufactured once, from As to Ds, and are about to go through […]

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