Archive | February, 2010

A letter to Kelly Johnson on his centennial birthday

Dear Mr. Johnson,I wouldn’t dare call you Kelly. For the presumption, you might knock me out like you did that bully in elementary school, which is how you, the son of a Swedish immigrant, earned an Irish brawler’s nickname like Kelly anyway. Today’s a pretty big day for you. It would have been your 100th […]

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F-35 alternate engine faces $1.2 billion hit

The law of unintended consequences today struck the General Electric/Rolls-Royce F136 fighter engine team, which produces the controversial alternate engine for the F-35 fighter.The company emailed reporters a copy of the House Armed Services Committee’s fact sheet describing details of Department of Defense report on the alternate engine.The fact sheet was intended to be supportive, […]

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F-35B performs first short landing [VIDEO]

The Lockheed Martin short-takeoff-and-vertical-landing test fleet continues to progress towards the first vertical landing. The F-35B’s first flight test aircraft — BF-1 — completed a short landing at Patuxent River Naval Air Base, Md. Pratt & Whitney, the engine supplier, posted the video online late this evening.

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Winglets coming for KC-135Rs?

NASA used the Boeing KC-135 in the early 1980s to pioneer the design of the winglets that are now ubiquitous on commercial airliners and business jets.Now, in a full-circle-Oprah moment, winglet technology may be coming back to the KC-135, only this time to benefit the refueling fleet itself.Upon the request of the Air Force Research […]

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KC-X: The Podcast

Tanker Wars – Round One of 2010 IAGblog Podcasts

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Who needs Northrop Grumman anyway?

While we’re all waiting for Northrop Grumman to decide whether it wants to play, let’s consider what could happen if they don’t submit a bid for the $35 billion tanker contract.In the absence of a Northrop-led proposal, what would stop EADS North America from submitting its own bid for the KC-X deal?I can think of […]

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CRAZY IVAN: Su-33 near-miss with Kuznetsov carrier deck

Thank you, Secret Projects.

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KC-X Tanker RFP Live Blog

5:17: Northrop Grumman has released a short statement: “Northrop Grumman acknowledges that today it has received the final Request for Proposals for the U.S. Air Force KC-X Tanker Modernization Program. “Northrop Grumman will analyze the RFP and defer further public comments until its review of the document has been completed.” 5:10: Boeing has released this […]

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MiG-21 photo caption challenge! [Updated with winner]

Spotted outside the DefExpo conference in India last week, this MiG-21 shot is begging for an appropriately ironic caption. (Thanks for the pic, Vovick!)UPDATE: The winner is AirSix! He writes: “You idiot landscaper! I said I wanted a flowerbed! Flowerbed, not Fishbed!”AirSix, please email me at stephen.trimble@flightglobal.com to claim your prize.

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New power lobby emerges for KC-X split buy

Source: http://www.buildthemboth.ccm Just when you might think the “split buy” idea for KC-X is dead and buried, it seems to be back today. A self-described non-partisan coalition called American Jobs Now! has launched a well-funded push on Capitol Hill called “Build Them Both”. This is not a fly-by-night lobby group. Carrie Giddens, formerly communications director […]

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