Archive | January, 2010

Unconfirmed report: EADS courts Lockheed as US partner?

This potentially inflammatory item appeared yesterday in an English-language newsletter by the aerospace industry intelligence arm of France’s ADIT firm: Are we about to witness one of the most heartbreakingdivorces in the aerospace industry? To be followed by a groundbreaking new engagement? According to an unconfirmed report – I repeat: UN-CON-FIR-MED-from a French industry newsletter, […]

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VIDEO: Russia’s PAK-FA prototype flies

READ FLIGHT’S NEWS ARTICLE HERE

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COOL VIDEO: P-38 training film, circa 1943

In honor of my visit later this week to Lockheed Martin’s F-35/F-16 factory in Fort Worth, I am showing one of the coolest videos I’ve seen in a while. It’s a training film from 1943 on the P-38′s flight characteristics. I think I enjoyed watching this one more than even the spectacular Saab Draken promotional […]

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Presenting the 737 AEW&C cutaway poster

Flightglobal artist Giuseppe “Joe” Picarella outdid himself, as always, with the cutaway poster for the 737 airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft, which is published in this week’s Flight International magazine. It was my great privilege to write to the technical description of this truly one-of-a-kind platform. I hope you enjoy it.

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VIDEO: Former USAF officer blows whistle on “illegal” anti-airship move?

US combat troops are “needlessly” dying because culturally-biased US Air Force officers rejected readily available lighter-than-air technology four years ago, says Ed Herlik, a former Air Force Space Command officer.Now the managing director of the Market Intelligence Group (MIG), Herlik has gone public on YouTube with his frustration about what he calls an “illegal” move […]

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Special report: Israel’s aerospace industry

Flight International publishes my special report on Israel’s aerospace industry on Tuesday. Several of the articles have already appeared online. The feature includes profiles of Israel’s three largest aerospace companies – Israel Aerospace Industries, Elbit Systems and Rafael. I’ll add the link to the profile on Elbit Systems after it becomes available.I want to thank […]

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Lockheed: Road to F-35 sales in Gulf goes through Israel

So I woke up this morning. Turned on the coffee.Opened the laptop. Started browsing articles. Took a sip. Then SPLGHGHGH! Coffee goes everywhere. My coffee slurp was ambushed by a seemingly “gone rogue” quote by a Lockheed Martin guy yesterday at the Bahrain airshow. I had to re-read it a few times just to make […]

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VIDEO: Airborne Laser zaps MARTI

The US Missile Defense Agency today released video showing an air-to-air engagement by the Boeing YAL-1 Airborne Laser (YAL) on 10 January. The chemical oxygen iodine laser (COIL) appears to track the target — named Missile Alternative Range Target Instrument (MARTI) — for several seconds. To my knowledge, the results of this test have not […]

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Sadly, Finland “frankenhornet” crashes

It’s a sad day for Finland’s Hornet community. The “frankenhornet”, a heavily modified F/A-18D restored to flying status in December, crashed during a flight test yesterday. Fortunately, the crew escaped with only broken limbs, as my colleague Craig Hoyle reports today. But the crew’s injuries will undoubtedly heal faster than the wounded pride of both […]

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Open thread: Favorite aircraft?

Next Saturday I travel to the Singapore Airshow, where Flightglobal will be publishing an online daily. This morning my bosses in London asked me to contribute to the “meet the staff” page in the daily by answering three questions about myself. I am publishing the answers here, and I’m asking you the same questions. Question […]

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