Archive | August, 2009
Secretary of Defense Robert Gates is hosting a “media availability” (aka press conference) in a few minutes from Lockheed Martin’s final assembly factory for the F-35 in Fort Worth, Texas. You can watch the press conference live here: http://www.pentagonchannel.mil/Gates has thrown his support behind the F-35, justifying his decision to close F-22 production after 187 […]
I appreciate everyone’s patience while I was on emergency leave last week. My dad is a very lucky man. There’s only a few places outside a hospital where portable defibrillators and CPR-trained crews are available within seconds, and dad was in one of them — a US baseball park — when his heart stopped last […]
The blog will likely be inactive this week while I deal with a family emergency. My apologies in advance. In the meantime, enjoy one of my new favorite videos on YouTube. Saab posted this video last Thursday, digging a promotional video on the Draken fighter out of their archives from the 1950s. It’s Swede-tastic!
This week’s “Boeing blogging blunder” has at least two angles. The first is whether Doug Cantwell, a Boeing employee, misrepresented himself as an “independent blogger” to AUVSI when he applied for a press badge. Boeing is currently investigating that issue. But the second issue is a fact: Cantwell did not identify himself as a Boeing […]
I found this three-year-old video today while looking for something else. It’s a description of a microwave cloaking technology demonstrated in 2006 by Duke University. I assume Moore’s Law will catch up to current state of stealth technology at some point. Is this the next step? For more background, the Wall Street Journal published an […]
It appears French President Nicolas Sarkozy won’t just waltz [ED: er, make that samba] into Brasilia next month and pick up a $4 billion check for 36 Rafale fighters, after all. Brazil’s media previously reported that the F-X2 contract winner was scheduled to be announced on September 7, independence day, when Sarkozy just happened — […]
Calling Russian translators! The video below shows the unveiling of the active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar designed for the PAK-FA, Russia’s planned fifth-generation fighter. Email me at stephen.trimble@flightglobal if you can translate.
Prime Minister Vladimir Putin of Russia did everything on Tuesday but stare at MiG and Sukhoi with his finger and his thumb in the shape of an L on his forehead, a la Smash Mouth.Russia’s United Aircraft Corporation, corporate parent of both fighter-makers, is now $3.76 billion in the red after squandering opportunities to sell […]