Archive | June, 2010

WTO Day: Links, Updates & More

12:31: Scanning the conclusions of the WTO report, the panel has two statements that seem to contradict a third (although, of course, I’m not a lawyer).On one hand, the panel says “yes”: the US side did prove Airbus received subsidies, and those subsidies “displaced the exports of a like product of the US” in eight […]

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Skunk’s bio stirs Aurora fantasies

A press release issued yesterday that promotes a new textbook authored by two Skunk Works engineers contains a reference to a mysterious aircraft program that quickly revived old Aurora conspiracies, yet is apparently not Aurora.The American Institute for Astronautics and Aeronautics (AIAA) describes Grant E. Carichner — who co-authored the newly-published “Fundamentals of Aircraft and […]

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Warplane-themed motorcycle craze hits Su-35BM

Orange County Choppers last year produced motorcycle versions of the B-2 and F-22. Somebody else  — anybody know who? — has designed a Su-35BM motorcycle. While OCC artistically interpreted the USA’s finest combat aircraft, the motorcycle Su-35BM is rendered as faithfully straightforward as any good Russian design should be.  I’m sure all of you understand […]

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Inside Phantom Works

I wish the photo above came from inside Boeing’s Phantom Works facility in St. Louis, which I toured yesterday morning. The image actually comes from inside the next building we toured, where the C-130 avionics modernization program (AMP) was briefed.But you can’t take cameras, cell phones, tape recorders, laptops and possibly even in hearing aids […]

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PHOTO: Rafale defeats F-22?

My favorite French magazine Air & Cosmos published last week a photo obtained from the French Air Force showing a Lockheed Martin F-22 in the target sights of a Dassault Rafale. The apparent intercept took place during the exercises at Al Dhafra AB, UAE, in November and December, Air & Cosmos’ Guillaume Steuer reports. In […]

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Mystery object ejected on F-35 takeoff test solved

If you blink you’ll miss it, but it’s clearly there. In a flash between the :12 and :13-second mark on the video below, a large black object is observed ejecting forcefully in the opposite direction of the F-35B during the first short takeoff attempt at NAS Patuxent River on March 17.Doug Pearson, Lockheed Martin’s F-35 […]

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VIDEO: My V-22 ride today at MCAS New River

I’m about two minutes away for boarding a plane to get to St. Louis, but here’s a quick snippet from visit to Marine Corps Air Station New River. The two V-22s in the video belong to VMM-261, the unit that is just returning from a deployment to Afghanistan. [CORRECTION: We flew on two birds from […]

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Previewing T-X: The biggest USAF contract nobody is talking about

[As promised, here's the link: US Air Force, industry prepare for T-38 replacement)I’m amazed that the unfolding T-X contract battle, which I’m previewing in this week’s magazine (I’ll add the link after the story is posted online), isn’t one of the biggest news stories in military aviation today. It’s a story that has it all. […]

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Watch PAK-FA’s first air show

Posted on Russia Today’s YouTube channel this morning:

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India joins bat-wing large UAV club

India aerospace journalist Shiv Aroor’s LiveFist blog today brings us the first conceptual renderings of AURA, the stealth UCAV project that India apparently decided to leak into the public domain a few weeks ago.   India’s is part of a growing global craze for bat-wing-shaped UAVs. Consider the following list of acknowledged, bat-wing UCAV projects […]

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