Archive | June, 2010

Democracy comes to China’s air force

Since I apparently now have a voice in PLAAF decision-making, I’m voting for the red-and-black scheme with the Michael Jackson “Beat It” vibe.  From China Defence Blog today: Say No To White Rabbit Due to pubic outcry over the ugly “white rabbit” paint scheme (here) , the PLAAF “August First” flight demonstration team recently released […]

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Boeing recovers Down Under

Sidewalk sculpture in downtown Melbourne. Boeing bravely invited about 20 of the “world’s leading aviation journalists” — cough, cough — to Australia last month to show us how far they’ve come since August 2008. Two years ago, the company parted ways with its previous leadership team on the continent, starting from scratch to rebuild relationships […]

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Oh, the humanity – Roger Munk’s airship dream comes true

Roger Munk may have died in February, but his first paying customer finally came through yesterday.The US Army signed a $517 million contract to buy at least three hybrid airships yesterday from Northrop Grumman, which had partnered with Hybrid Air Vehicles — the last in a long line of airship ventures launched by Munk.Munk, a […]

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‘Vago’s notebook’ takes on F-35 cost debate

Defense News Editor and must-watch TV host Vago Muradian yesterday took a stand on F-35. Last month, the Department of Defense’s top cost-estimating group raised the program’s overall price to $382 billion. Muradian obliquely chastises the estimators by labeling them as “pessimists”. 

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Eurofighter more 5th-gen than F-35, says Eurofighter

In the latest Eurofighter World magazine, Typhoon’s in-house propaganda press tells us how they really feel.See page 8. Including the Lockheed Martin F-35, which suffers from “inflexibility issues”, in a discussion about 5th generation fighters “is a mistake”, reads the pro-Typhoon article. Why, the Typhoon is even more 5th generation than the allegedly 5th generation […]

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Canada stirs F-35 controversy after sole-source plans leak

The Toronto-based Globe and Mail headline today says “Harper bending to US on sole-source fighter purchase, documents reveal“. If you’re familiar with the sensitivity of US-Canadian relations, especially when viewed from north of the border, you know that headline is aimed at striking an emotional bulls-eye in Ottawa. According to the article, leaked documents apparently […]

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My Tuesday morning in Toogoolawah

Australian aviation videographer Ross Stenhouse has posted a video of the ScanEagle briefing and demonstration that I and a group of journalists received a couple of Tuesdays ago in Toogoolawah, Australia. The Boeing/Insitu ScanEagle, designed by Aerovel founder Tad McGeer, has become by far the most popular unmanned aircraft system in the size class beneath […]

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F-35C first flight and the audacity of naval aviation

As Tom Burbage closed the F-35C first flight media teleconference on Monday, the Lockheed Martin vice president and ex-US Navy fighter pilot sought to lend a perspective to the occasion. The 55-minute flight on 6 June by CF-1 — the first carrier variant — may seem a minor event in the history of the F-35 […]

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Sweet Super Hornet photo in Australia

Cheers to the Royal Australian Air Force for releasing a series of lovely new photos of Boeing’s pride-and-joy, the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet. The aircraft apparently can’t impress the Canadians this week, but it still looks good in a photo.

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Watch A400M at Berlin air show

My colleagues covering the ILA air show in Berlin this week captured the Airbus A400M’s flying display yesterday. It’s definitely worth a good look. Also, read Craig Hoyle’s article.

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