Archive | November, 2008

A final word, from India, on ‘YouTube Terry’

I hope this is my last post on Col Terrence Fornof’s YouTube indiscretions. Much has been written throughout the blogosphere and the press since I posted the infamous video here a couple of weeks ago. But I didn’t want to let it go without a firm rebuttal from the Indian side. The Indian Air Force […]

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Friday feature: Plane ugly

The US Air Force has released this photo of Calspan Flight Research tail number N793VS, the C-131 total inflight simulator that was retired last week. It is perhaps the ugliest aircraft ever employed in the name of national security. Please send your nominees for the world’s ugliest aircraft. [I have been alerted that there may […]

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Two architects of JSF clash on program’s history

You know the joke about going to a fight and watching a hockey game break out? Well, yesterday I went to a helicopter speech, but was treated to an impromptu debate by two key founders of what became the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program. The event was the monthly local chapter meeting of the American […]

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Norway says ‘no’ to Gripen

Well, so much for the F-35′s supposed vulnerability in Northern Europe: Norway backs JSF selection, rejects Gripen NG By Craig Hoyle Norway has rejected an offer to acquire Saab’s GripenNG combat aircraft, with its government instead recommending that thenation maintain its commitment to purchase Lockheed Martin’s F-35 Joint Strike Fighter as a replacement for its Lockheed […]

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Overheard at yesterday’s F-22 hearing

John Young:F-22 is a high-cost redundancy – ouch! DOD Buzz entagon wins, F-22 loses Van Buren: Pleasesend an extra $2.5 billion by 1 March   Sestak: F-22is “Seawolf of the Sky”  AvWeek’sleaked memo: F-35 costs more than F-22

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Boeing layoff hits Wichita

Mass layoffs had become scarce in the defense industry, but we’ve now had three in the last three months. First, BAE Systems axed 200 employees in Alabama. Bell Helicopter then shed 500 workers, including 20% of its executive corps, in Texas. (Read more.) Now, Boeing is cutting 800 jobs in Kansas.Guess which program Boeing is […]

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EP-X competition to enter second 2nd phase

A draft solicitation posted by the US Navy yesterday sets the stage for the second round of bidding for a contract to deliver about 20 Boeing 737s or Airbus A320s modified into electronic spy planes.The USN intends to award multiple contracts worth a maximum of about $13 million each to get the second phase moving. […]

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New York revolt on C-5A continues

First, Senator Hillary Clinton sent a letter to Secretary of Defense Bob Gates a while ago pleading for more C-17s to allow the New York Air National Guard to dump their aging C-5As.Now, Maj Gen Robert Knauff, commander of the New York ANG, is telling local reporters that the C-5A must be replaced. (Hat tip: […]

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Must-see video on Skunk Works’ stealth

Great short video documentary here on stealth featuring Allan Brown, Lockheed Martin’s program manager and chief engineer for the F-117 stealth fighter.Some of you might remember the short video documentary I posted here a few months ago on Paul Bevilaqua, the Lockheed Martin engineer who invented the shaft-driven lift fan for the F-35B fighter.

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Indian anger grows over “offensive” USAF comments

This is becoming a real international incident. I thought Colonel Terrence Fornof actually praised the Indian Air Force several times in his YouTube speech. The Indians certainly came off better than the French! But, as you can see, the Indian press isn’t really taking the high road on this one. This story came out today.

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