Archive | April, 2010

T-50 stealth fighter flies to Moscow

Sukhoi has moved the T-50 stealth fighter prototype from Siberia to Moscow. The first six flights of the prototype of Sukhoi’s Future Frontline Aircraft System (PAK-FA) program came at Komsomolsk-on-Amur airport, which in Russian might as well mean “middle of nowhere”. Sukhoi released the picture above after the first flight event on 29 January. But […]

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Tanker battle heats up with EADS smack-talk

EADS North America, newly-unmuzzled as their own prime contractor for KC-X, has gone on attack. Bullet-style talking points circulated to allies in Congress — and obtained by this blog — reveal a level of aggression never quite shown by EADS’ former overlords at Northrop Grumman. The one page set of talking points, for example, takes […]

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How real is F136 fixed-price offer?

I’m paid to be a professional skeptic. When General Electric/Rolls-Royce announced a fixed-price deal for the F136 [pictured above], my radar starts looking for the loopholes. As I wrote in my news article yesterday, the GE/Rolls Fighter Engine Team, to their credit, acknowledged their offer came with two strings attached. If the Department of Defense […]

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Jon Stewart’s Daily Show on V-22

So who is Richard Whittle meeting with in California next month? Here’s my guess. The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c Richard Whittle www.thedailyshow.com Daily Show Full Episodes Political Humor Tea Party

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Poster: P-8A is the 737 on steroids

Flightglobal artist Tim Hall has produced a beautiful P-8A poster insert for the latest issue (27 April – 3 May) of Flight International magazine. It is the first detailed look under the skin at the P-8A’s various modifications to the ubiquitous 737 Next Generation design. The poster is published with an adjoining technical description by […]

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An untilted history of the tiltrotor

Richard Whittle can take a bow. His new opus, “The Dream Machine: The Untold History of the Notorious V-22 Osprey“, is not a good book. It’s a great book. Despite the strongly worded subtitle, this is no one-sided, axe-grinding, accurate-but-unfair sort of books. It is a meticulously constructed, expertly written, history about one of my […]

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SPOTTED: Iran’s stealth fighter mock-up … or mockery?

Iran commemorated Army Day on April 18 with a parade. Amidst the missile-carrying floats and goose-stepping soldiers, a very interesting scale model rolled past the reviewing stand.

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F-35 flight test update: One step forward, two steps back?

After exceeding a reduced flight test schedule in the firstquarter, the Lockheed Martin F-35 programme faces new delays barring a strongpush during the final week of April. Lockheed and government pilots beat a 29-sortie flight testschedule during the first quarter, completing 33 flight tests from 1 January to31 March, Lockheed Martin chief executive officer Bob […]

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VIDEO: EADS announced KC-X tanker bid

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VIDEO: Killing time on the live-fire range

In between assignments in Fort Worth and Phoenix, I dropped by the Angel Thunder combat search and rescue exercise yesterday. Although based in Tucson, the exercise is conducted on a grand scale, covering ground from California to Texas.The particular scenario I was allowed to observe occurred on the live ordnance range near Gila Bend, Arizona.  […]

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