Archive | June, 2010

VIDEO: First flight for naval F-35 variant

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UPDATE: Boeing offers subsidized helo to White House

European launch aid for the Airbus A330 — also known as KC-45 for the KC-X contract — makes Boeing’s supporters in Congress very upset. Some have proposed to legally restrict the Department of Defense from buying any aircraft that was launched with subsidized loans from European governments. Now Boeing proposes to replace the presidential helicopter […]

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VIDEO: Harrier crash-lands in Kandahar

A Royal Air Force Harrier pilot safely ejects after crash-landing at Kandahar, Afghanistan, last year on 15 May in this clip posted on YouTube earlier this week.Initial reports in the UK press that the Harrier’s undercarriage failed to lower are clearly incorrect. I’m not a crash forensic expert. Does anyone know why the Harrier crashed?

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Doomsday scenario for F-35B/C?

Here’s a scary scenario for the Fort Worth crowd:The US Navy, seeking to overcome a tactical aircraft shortfall that peaks in 2017, decides to buy 126 more Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornets from 2011 to 2015. At the same time, the 8,000hr service life for 509 Hornets is extended by 600hr. To offset that cost, 93 […]

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MV-22 ruins Memorial Day picnic

First day back from my work/holiday trip to Australia (okay, mostly work, but with a little time off at the end), and here’s the first thing I find in my Inbox:Ten people were injured, including a 1-year-old girl, by MV-22 downwash during a Memorial Day picnic yesterday on Staten Island. The New York Post has […]

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