Archive | January, 2008

VIDEO: Navy’s F-15 takes flight

This one’s for laughs. Happy Thursday!

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What’s a sixth-generation fighter?

Lockheed Martin coined the term fifth-generation fighter. It means an aircraft that employs stealth, supercruise and integrated avionics, a la F-22 and F-35. Boeing apparently thinks it can do better, says Aviation Week’s David Fulghum. He reports today that Boeing is working on a sixth-generation fighter that would appear after 2024. Ok, since you’ve decided […]

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Is JAGM dead? (UPDATE: NO!)

Looks like the US Army yesterday officially cancelled the contract solicitation for the Joint Air to Ground Missile (JAGM), or so says this acquisition notice. I’m working on confirming the details, but it appears that JAGM may already be history … like it’s predecessor. [UPDATE: I jumped the gun here. JAGM is alive and well. […]

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What is my vote for greatest military aircraft?

To celebrate 100 years of Flight International, we want to discover the "100 Greatest" in aviation; by determining the top twenty civil aircraft, military aircraft, engine, people & moments. Here the best military aircraft is put forward! One of my bosses asked me the above question today, and, somewhat distressingly, he wasn’t being idly curious. […]

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Meanwhile, over at my day job …

Take a look at Flight International’s official blog for my latest update today on Boeing’s 777F Freighter. It appears the manufacturer has quietly been tinkering with the aircraft’s performance statistics.

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Charlie Brown and the Next Generation Bomber

Blogs still don’t have rules, right? So there’s no list of concrete do’s and don’ts out there? Good. Today, I’m going to fill this space by swiping a comment written by someone else in a blog published by my direct competitor. This would be a no-no in my print magazine, but, hey, this is a […]

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The B-2 bomber meets … Balenciaga?

A bureaucracy that still smarts over revelations of $600 toilet seats and $1,000 hammers should be more careful than to spend $533,331 on a contract listed only as “B-2 accessories”. I know about this contract because of last week’s post about the ongoing competition for the Flexible Acquisition Sustainment Tool follow-on (F2AST) program. This is […]

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New light on F2AST

You’ll see a lot of news print (and electrons) this year on the big US defense procurements with names like KC-X, BAMS, JTRS and the like, and that’s appropriate. But you won’t see much coverage of a very different sort of contract competition underway within the US Air Force, despite its enormous significance for the […]

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Prang report: Polish C-295 crashes, 20 dead

According to reports (here and here), the passengers of the doomed aircraft included senior Polish Air Force commanders. The senior delegation was returning to Poland after attending a conference on aviation safety.

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The F-22′s bottom-line effect?

Lockheed Martin’s fourth quarter financial statement out this morning carries a nice surprise for Wall Street. Since Lockheed’s last financial update in October, the defense contractor has raised its minimum sales target for 2008 by about $550 million. Lockheed’s press release explains the increase is “primarily as a result of volume and performance in the […]

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