Archive | October, 2007

KC-X propaganda machine strikes again

Northrop Grumman’s latest strike in the KC-X tanker propaganda war hit my email inbox today. The email contained a letter signed by five southern governors, and it was addressed to President George W. Bush. The contents of the letter could be significant, despite its many inaccurate claims. The letter states: “This particular procurement has a […]

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Read the McCaffrey air power memo here

The US Air Force has found a strategic best friend in Barry McCaffrey, the influential retired Army general and outspoken Rumsfeld critic who is now officially employed as an adjunct professor at West Point. After getting a whirlwind tour of backgrounders with air force four stars and dog-and-pony technology shows back in August, McCaffrey last […]

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Did Northrop Grumman give South Carolina ‘the Byrd’?

Let the record show that I have nothing against Bridgeport, West Virginia. I’m sure many defense contractors would make Bridgeport home even if outspoken and powerful Senator Robert Byrd was not a key member the defense appropriations committee. Never underestimate the industrial appeal of the plainly-but-aptly nicknamed “Mountain State”. So I’m not surprised that the […]

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Spotted: News and photos from the Seoul Air Show

I’m stuck in Seattle this week while the real aerospace action is in Seoul, which is hosting its biannual air show. I’ve picked up on two news stories from the show: 1. KAI and Eurocopter unveiled a new utility helicopter, but, alas, haven’t found any photos. 2. The Korean Minister of Defense announced that his […]

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A380 is a contender for Air Force One (and, no, I’m not insane)

Click here to read my story this morning about the USAF’s interest in the A380 as an Air Force One and C-5 replacement. I started chasing this story after Boeing told me they expect the US Air Force to replace the 20-year-old Air Force One fleet in the next few years. As implausible as the […]

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Good read: WashPost on illicit arms trade to Iran, China

Earlier this year, ITT became the first major US defence company to plead guilty to knowingly export weapons technology illegally to China. The guess here is ITT won’t be the last. Go to the Washington Post this morning for a great read on this topic, but here’s an excerpt. Some of the most audacious cases […]

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CSAR-X: The Movie, by Boeing

Boeing may never actually win the Combat Search and Rescue helicopter contract, but maybe they take a shot at an Oscar. This is one of the most elaborate video productions of defense contractor propaganda I’ve ever seen. So grab a bag of popcorn, dim the lights and enjoy the show.

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Boeing’s next big VTOL surprise

Forget the VTOL patent I posted on this blog last week. That’s old news. Walking amidst the exhibits at the Association of the US Army convention, I found out about a completely different kind of aircraft that may finally solve one of the most challenging aerodynamic puzzles: how to design an aircraft that can fly […]

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LIVEBLOG: 787 Program Update

Boeing has announced a six-month delay for the 787′s first delivery to All Nippon Airways. Read the announcement here and the report by Flight’s Mary Kirby here. Jim McNerney, Boeing CEO, James Bell, Boeing CFO and Scott Carson, President of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, is updating the press and market analysts at 1:30 pm. 1:31: Hold […]

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New stuff spotted on the AUSA exhibit floor

I’m an aviation buff, so excuse the lack of ground vehicle representation in the list below: Number one coolest thing: A brochure for an all-new missile by Raytheon called the Advanced Extended Range Attack Missile (AERAM) for cruise missile defense. I’ll upload the brochure as soon as I can get to a scanner, but it […]

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