Archive | May, 2009

Israel’s Heron UAV makes surprise re-appearance in US colors

So I get an email today from one of my co-workers. It’s a link to a YouTube video with a question: “Is this news for us?” Well, Rob, I think so. US Southern Command has posted an extremely intriguing video of a project in El Salvador involving an Israeli Aircraft Industries Heron unmanned aerial vehicle […]

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Random 10 List: Things I learned on the first day of CANSEC

Canada’s plan unveiled last year to invest $240 billion over 20 years in military equipment has transformed the formerly sleepy CANSEC show into a bustling, sprawling event, with three packed exhibit halls, about 7,000 attendees and a nearly full showing by industry. Watch your back, F-35.  Boeing and Eurofighter are pitching the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet […]

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Random 10 List: Things I learned on the F-35 factory tour

LockheedMartin says:   1. The $800million gap in FY10 F-35 budget — $11.2 billion announced in April dwindled to$10.4 billion in May – may reflect program’s MILCON account 2. BF-1 STOVLaircraft will start a 12- to 24-flight conversion program to full verticallanding in July in Fort Worth, and complete inSeptember at NAS Patuxent River 3. Frontal-aspectradar cross […]

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VIDEO: F-35 test pilot defends JSF’s dogfighting capability

Lockheed Martin F-35 chief test pilot Jon Beesley, standing today beneath the wing of the first prototype F-35, explains the fighter’s air-to-air capability relative to the F-16. (Note: Beesley is standing under the wing of AA-1, the first Joint Strike Fighter prototype, at Lockheed’s plant in Fort Worth, Texas.)

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Aerospace and social media — old friends

This article is taken from the Flight International leaderarticle* (issue 5 – 11 May). It is not my writing, but reflects the thinking of the Flight Group editorial team. The article seeks to explain how social mediafits into the larger world of aerospace journalism. Boeing is singled out in this article, but the comments apply generally to […]

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VIDEO: Cockpit, ramp tour of Boeing C-17 (tail#189) at Long Beach

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US Army backs off jets for Aerial Common Sensor

The scene: Boeing media tour stop on May 15 in Seattle. Paul Summers, EPX program manager, briefs reporters about EPX, but slips in a bit of unexpected news about a related program — Aerial Common Sensor. SUMMERS: … The army recently announced on ACS they made a decision to go with a twin turboprop. That’s […]

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Wedgetail: Australia calls for “fundamental” review of radar capability

As promised last week, here’s my news update on Australian 737 airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) Wedgetail program. Boeing confident of Australian Wedgetail review By Stephen Trimble Boeing is confident that a review of Australia’s delayed Wedgetail airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) system programme will support the technology for service entry. The Australian […]

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Rare in-flight Wedgetail spotted in the wild

There I was this afternoon on the patio outside the Museum of Flight just off the ramp at Boeing Field in Seattle, Washington. Then comes a Boeing 737 Wedgetail for the Royal Australian Air Force in for a landing. I managed to power on my camera and capture the touchdown and taxi. Stay tuned for […]

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PHOTO: “Mystery UCAV” becomes “Mystery manned aircraft”?

Photo courtesy of Air & Cosmos We had a slight mix-up yesterday, and posted the wrong “mystery UCAV” photo that appeared in Air & Cosmos magazine. It has been removed from this blog.This is the correct photo, and it’s actually more interesting. I could be crazy, but I think I see a bubble canopy on […]

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