Archive | March, 2010

USAF chief still prefers invisibility (stealth) to invincibility (lasers)

The fact that an unidentified B-1B bomber pilot stuck his neck out this morning isn’t news. After all, B-1B pilots fly a non-stealthy aircraft with a defective defensive suite. What else do you expect?But this B-1B pilot stuck his neck out by challenging the chief of staff of the air force on a fundamental point […]

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Lockheed Martin: We will, we will rock you

Who says only the Israelis can rock a marketing video?Lockheed Martin Aeronautics house band Into the Blues All Stars does its best late-90s power-rock imitation in this new marketing video posted by the company on YouTube today. This might be the first arms industry advertisement I’ve seen that could double as a rock video. Spotters, […]

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F-22 wows Chile air show

The US Air Force dispatched the F-22 earlier this week to the Chilean air show FIDAE. I normally look for hidden agendas as the F-22 trots around the globe — ie, is the Dubai appearance a show of force to Iran? Is the Paris no-show a political snub? Etc. But I think the Santiago show […]

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Calling for nominations

We invite you to nominate the winners for the 2010 Flightglobal Achievement Awards. The award categories include aviator, innovator and leader of the year. Flightglobal also invites nominations for lifetime achievement and the Boeing-sponsored engineering student of the year. The 2010 winners included Chesley Sullenberger (aviator), Richard Branson (innovator) and Bob Mitchell (leader). Deadline for […]

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Congressional F-35 hater: “I think this will come back and haunt us … as a monumental mistake”

An apoplectic Rep Frank LoBiondo yelled at Pentagon acquisition chief Ashton Carter during an armed services subcommittee hearing yesterday. Normally, lawmakers ask the witnesses questions, but LoBiondo wasn’t asking for a response. He appeared to just want to vent. LoBiondo represents a New Jersey district that includes an F-16 base operated by the Air National […]

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A Chinese perspective on F-35 cost overruns

And, now, for something completely different, a Chinese military affairs expert explains  why the Lockheed Martin F-35 program faces cost and schedule problems.The headline in the Communist Party’s English-language newspaper says: “F-35 fighter has become clumsy white elephant”. The piece, labeled a commentary, is question-and-answer job with Chen Hu, editor in chief of the World […]

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PHOTO: Northrop Grumman releases new X-47B pic

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Why is STUAS/Tier II so hard?

The Ides of March is past. The end of the month approaches. On the Department of Defense’s fiscal calendar, the third quarter starts in only a week. That means we’re one week away from another mysterious delay on the US Navy’s schedule to award a small tactical unmanned aircraft system (STUAS)/Tier II contract. In December, […]

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VIDEO: History of the F-35 by Skunk Works inventor (3 parts)

The DEW Line is pleased to offer a three-part video showing a fascinating (albeit poorly-lit), 1hr lecture on the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, presented last week by Skunk Works engineer Paul Bevilaqua at Johns Hopkins University’s applied physics laboratory in Laurel, Maryland.  Bevilaqua is credited with the invention of Lockheed Martin’s shaft-driven lift-fan, the core […]

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Russia sends a tanker love letter to US Air Force

The eight-year-long saga to build a replacement for the US Air Force KC-135 has already produced a few surprises, but nothing as crazy as this.A Los Angeles-based attorney, who lists hot-tubbing with a glass of bordeaux as a hobby and known mostly as the editor of a best-selling book compiling love letters of great men, […]

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