Archive | July, 2010

FARN10: Boeing does strike fighters

The title of the briefing was “The Strike Fighter Evolution”, and the briefer was Boeing vice president and general manager for global strike systems Shelley Lavender. In my experience, a briefing with such a title is unpromising: Lots of generic information and references to “generations”, but little in the way of news. But this briefing […]

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FARN10: Watch F-22 flying display — in infrared

Here’s the F-22 display at Farnborough on 19 July as you’ve truly never seen it before: in infrared.Flightglobal teamed up with FLIR Systems to produce live video of the flying displays at Farnborough this year. FLIR’s Star Sapphire HD is installed atop a pole outside the Flightglobal chalet. Click here to watch the show today […]

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FARN10: Fox-3 for F-15 Silent Eagle

Boeing vice president and general manager Shelley Lavender narrates as video of the F-15 Silent Eagle missile launch test is shown to reporters at the Farnborough Air Show today. Keep a sharp eye our for the last few seconds of the video. The next slide in Lavender’s presentation shows the latest big upgrade for the […]

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FARN10: Full specs on Predator C Avenger

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) has kindly distributed a data sheet on the Predator C Avenger, which is something I’ve been looking for since the concept was unveiled in April last year. The document confirms that the fuselage length has expanded by 3ft compared to the 41ft-long test aircraft.CharacteristicsWing Span: 20.11m (66ft)Length: 13.4m (44ft)Powerplant: […]

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FARN10: Watch videos from F-35 press briefing

Lockheed Martin executive Tom Burbage met with the international press this morning to present an update on the F-35 program and answer questions. You can watch the full brief by clicking on the YouTube links below. Below is my question to Tom about how Canada’s CAD$9 billion budget for 65 F-35s (US$131 million per aircraft) […]

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FARN10: Introducing the ‘Gyrojet’ — part autogyro, part jet

Grasping at an opening in the market for a low-cost platform optimised for the booming aerial surveillance market, UK-based Gyrojet is single-handedly attempting to revive the autogyro. The privately financed aerospace start-up is using the Farnborough air show to publicly reveal the Scorpion S3, a concept aircraft quietly in development since 2004.The aircraft features a […]

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FARN10: F-22 over Farnborough

(Photo by Stephen Trimble) The Lockheed Martin F-22 made its second consecutive appearance at the Farnborough Air Show at about 3:15pm today, flying in from Fairford Air Base. It’s clear the F-22 has set a new standard in the art of the aerial display. I’m eager to see the day that the F-22 and Sukhoi […]

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Farnborough 2010: Get your glum on

If you’re a defense industry executive or spokesperson, the party is officially over. For the first time in a decade, put on the glum look. If yours is rusty, look up at the gloomy British skies above Farnborough for reference.  I have a feeling it’s going to be that kind of a show. Lockheed Martin’s […]

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VIDEO: RIAT begins with fab F-22 take-off

Tough to be at work in Virginia knowing the Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) is taking place right now in Fairford, UK. But at least we have a T-1 line and YouTube! Here’s the F-22 on takeoff today.

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Photo op: Guardian over the Discovery

I’m starting to like this new “Photo op” feature for the blog, especially with images like this coming in. I received this photo yesterday from General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. It shows the Guardian — a Predator B with a Raytheon SeaVue maritime search radar and (hark!) winglets — flying over the space shuttle Discovery […]

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