Archive | September, 2007

Post-AFA: Notes from an interview

Major General Ng Chee Khern, chief of the Republic of Singapore Air Force, sent me an invitation to interview him when he came to Washington DC this week. As the head of one of the most sophisticated — and secretive — air forces in the world, I was very glad to accept the offer. I […]

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AFA Convention: Day 3

Notes between bites of an $8 sandwich and a $2.40 20oz bottle of Diet Coke: The convention winds down today. The highlight is the 2pm speech by General Michael Moseley. I go straight to the airport after his speech, so I can get to Los Angeles in time to attend the Society of Experimental Test […]

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AFA Convention: Day 2

My personal headlines from walking the convention’s exhibit floor today: 1. EADS shows off A400M at US Air Force event, yet Hell remains unfrozen 2. Lockheed Martin shows uncanny foresight, reserves US101 CSAR-X exhibit space months ahead of GAO decision keeping competition active 3. Northrop Grumman steals coveted “best swag” title with “tanker toad” stuffed […]

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CSAR-X intrigues continue [UPDATED]

[UPDATE: UNITED TECHNOLOGIES, THE PARENT COMPANY OF SIKORSKY, SAYS THEY HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH THE EMAIL POSTED BELOW AND ARE AS OFFENDED BY ITS CONTENT AS I AM.] I received an email yesterday from a man I’ve never heard of, representing a PR firm I’ve never heard of, representing an unidentified client that is […]

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AFA Convention: Day 1

Typed frantically between evening cocktail receptions: Best contractor quote #1: George Muellner, Boeing’s loquacious president of advanced systems, was speaking about the dual role air dominance missile (DRADM), which the air force wants to develop to replace the AMRAAM and the HARM. I mentioned that the navy seems to think this idea is a little […]

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My question for the US Air Force: Why?

Call me an amateur airpower interlocutor, but when I see the pilgrimmage of the blue-suited horde to the annual convention of the Air Force Association at the Wardman Park Hotel this week, I want to ask the pilgrims with the stars on their shoulders and the self-satisfied smiles of ex-fighter jocks a few fundamental questions, […]

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Northrop Grumman’s newest toy

You may remember the now-infamous Northrop Grumman comic book that appeared on this blog two weeks ago. For a stuffy defense contractor, those guys sure do know how to entertain themselves. Behold, their latest innovation: a desktop computer game!

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Meet Iran’s new fighter

No, it’s not the Blue Angels. Iran today has released the most impressive images yet of the Saegheh (“lightning”) fighter: a Northrop F-5 modified with a V-tail. The images came from a public flight test at Tehran’s Mehrabad airport. Why are they painted in the same color scheme as the Blue Angels? Answer: I don’t […]

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If you survive the crash, will the 787 kill you?

Why does Boeing want to make it harder for 787 passengers to survive a plane crash? That’s the hugely loaded question that is being asked this week by a 46-year Boeing engineer, Vince Weldon, who went public with his concerns about the 787′s crashworthiness on a Dan Rather-hosted TV special last night. Watch the show […]

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Will the US Army buy an Airbus?

I wouldn’t have believed it unless I saw it myself, but the army is thinking about buying either a used Airbus A300 or a used Boeing 767. Really.

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