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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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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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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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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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Is the F-15 grounding really the USAF’s fault?

As the F-15 grounding has dragged on I have become increasingly concerned the US Air Force was going beyond the prudent demands of safety to make a very public and political point that its fighter fleet is getting old. Even before an Eagle broke apart in flight on 2 November USAF leaders were lobbying hard […]

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Texas has an air force – and it sure is purty

This Texas Air National Guard F-16C has been painted to celebrate the 111th Fighter Squadron’s 90th anniversary. Besides looking cool, the colours and markings reflect the unit’s history since it was formed on 14 August 1917 as the 111th Aero Squadron. I can identify the blue and yellow worn by pre-war trainers such as the […]

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DoD puts numbers to C-5 upgrade cost increase

The estimated cost of re-engining and upgrading US Air Force Lockheed C-5 airlifters has increased almost 55% to $17.5 billion, according to the Pentagon’s latest Selected Acquisition Reports (SAR), a quarterly report to Congress that makes depressing reading for taxpayers hoping for value from their defence dollar. The latest SAR, which documents the performance of […]

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Eagles strike back – F-15Es return to flight

US Air Force F-15E Strike Eagles have been cleared to fly, ending the grounding imposed following the 2 November crash of an F-15C caused by structural failure. The Es are the youngest Eagles, and there is no news yet on when the older A/Bs and C/Ds will be allowed back in the air. Presumably the […]

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Picture of the week

“Black world, what black world?” (USAF photo)

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