Archive | July, 2009

P-8A secretly acquires mission to rival Joint STARS

The Boeing P-8A Poseidon has secretly acquired a new role for the USNavy that will transform the maritime patrol aircraft into a rival ofthe US Air Force’s Northrop Grumman E-8C Joint Surveillance TargetAttack Radar System (JSTARS).Details of the mission surfaced today in a press release issued byRaytheon, which announced receiving a multi-year contract to develop […]

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UPDATED: G-LOC blamed for latest F-22 crash [w/report]

[UPDATE: Report states the pilot did not NOT experience a "total G-LOC", but suffered a condition called "almost G-LOC". Basically, the pilot struggled to maintain consciousness trying to recover from high-G maneuver, but realized too late -- at about 5,000ft above the ground -- that recovery was impossible. The pilot ejected 165kts above minimum safe […]

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USAF officially launches light attack fighter comeback

The US Air Force has issued a request for information to identify sources that can supply 100 new fighters to perform light attack and armed reconnaissance roles. Air Combat Command released a request for information on July 27 that calls for first aircraft deliveries to start in Fiscal 2012 and the first operational squadron to […]

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US Air Force seeks 60 airlifters for irregular warfare

Broadening its interests in the irregular warfare mission, the US Air Force has asked industry to submit ideas for aircraft that can fulfill a requirement for up to 60 “light mobility airlifters” (LiMA).Whilethe US Air Force and US Army are jointly buying at least 38 L-3Communications/Alenia Aeronautica C-27Js, the LiMA requirements callsfor an aircraft in […]

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Lockheed: F-35 budget strategy may add billions to development costs

FORT WORTH, Texas — The Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter faces a series of multi-billion dollar annual cost overruns if the US Department of Defense continues a shift to a more conservative budgeting stance. The Pentagon’s fiscal year 2010 budget request for the F-35 contains a hidden cost overrun worth $480 million. The extra money was […]

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Lockheed’s B-roll for F-35C roll-out ceremony

Lockheed Martin filmed the F-35C roll-out ceremony yesterday and released this highlight reel to the press. The ceremony took place at tip of Lockheed’s “moving assembly” line for the F-35, which does not actually start moving until late 2010 or early 2011. If you look in the foreground at the beginning of the video, you […]

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I flew supersonic (barely) at the F-35C roll-out

Photo by Stephen Trimble Lockheed Martin formally unveiled the first F-35C today carrier variant at the factory in Fort Worth, Texas. I’ll be writing more about that tonight and tomorrow, but first let me tell you about my ride in Lockheed’s F-35 demonstration simulator.The simulator is for demonstration purposes only. It is not intended to […]

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‘Kerosene Cowboys’: Flanker movie mystery solved

(h/t Guillame — thanks!)This explains the blog I posted on Friday. While the in-flight ejection and the canopy-less, Mach 2 flight remain controversial, we now know there is a movie.The movie’s web site even thanks the Russian Knight acrobatic team for their support.  It’s called Kerosene Cowboys, a Mario Van Peebles flick, and it’s scheduled […]

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F-35C meets US Navy’s single-engine derision

When Lockheed Martin rolls out the F-35C on July 28, US Navy pilots will be one step closer to operating a single-engine fighter off a carrier deck. The DEW Line contributor Dave Majumdar explores this issue with an active F/A-18 pilot with more than 1,700 flying hours, who asked to remain anonymous. If there is […]

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SU-27s for sale in Illinois

I can hear the dealer’s sales pitch now: “What do I have to do for you to fly out of here today in your very own Sukhoi SU-27 Flanker?”As blogger Dave Majumdar has reported, Illinois-based Pride Aircraft is offering two demilitarized SU-27s. Pride specializes in selling Czech-made L-39 jet trainer, and acquired the former Ukrainian […]

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