Archive | January, 2011

Aerospace fun with Google’s N-gram

Have you tried Google’s Ngram? It allows you to compare the usage of two words in books stretching back to 1800. That’s about 100 years too long for powered flight, but I found some interesting comparisons from the past century. Check out my comparisons below, and give it a try yourself — and tell me […]

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VIDEO: In Japan, Kawasaki flies 2nd XC-2 prototype

It’s a big day for Kawasaki Heavy Industries. One year and a day after first flight of the first XC-2 airlifter, the Japanese airframer has completed the maiden flight of the second test aircraft, according to video posted today on YouTube. Compared to the red-striped XC-2 unveiled last year, the second XC-2 sports a new […]

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LIVE coverage of KC-X tanker hearing at 0930

<a href=”http://www.coveritlive.com/mobile.php/option=com_mobile/task=viewaltcast/altcast_code=7d13d6f51f” >Live: KC-X tanker Senate hearing</a>

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Report: Chinese aircraft proposed for next US presidential helo

I salute Jon Grevatt at Jane’s for reporting this mega-scoop two days ago: China set to bid on major US aerospace programmes Chinese President Hu Jintao’s high-profile visit to the US looks set to be followed by ambitious bids from China to supply platforms to meet two major US military aircraft procurement programmes. State-owned Aviation […]

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PHOTO: Maiden flight for USAF’s first AESA-equipped F-15E

Photo: US Air Force The first of about 220 Boeing F-15Es that will be modified with active electronically scanned array (AESA) achieved first flight on 18 January. The test flight at Eglin AFB, Florida, marked a first for a US Air Force Strike Eagle with a Raytheon APG-82(V)1 radar, replacing the mechanically-scanned APG-70.  The F-15E […]

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PHOTO: Latest RQ-170 leak reveals new design secret

The Secret Projects forum has leaked a new series of images of the US Air Force’s Lockheed Martin RQ-170 Sentinel. One of the images for the first time offers the clearest view yet of the RQ-170′s nose, which reveals inlet shape as an isosceles trapezoid. The basic shape is not uncommon for such flying-wing, stealthy […]

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VIDEO: Pucara wins the fly-by limbo trophy

There are some crazy fly-by videos on the web, but I’m not sure I’ve seen any aircraft fly lower than this Il-58 Pucura, Argentina’s counter-insurgency fighter.

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POLL: Pick the next Chinese military aircraft

It’s been quite a busy few months since the Zhuhai airshow in November for Chinese military aviation watchers. China’s largest airshow three months ago revealed the first glimpses of the Pterodactyl unmanned air vehicle (UAV), the TL-8 decoy and … whatever this thing is. And who can forget our first glimpse of China’s version of […]

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US Army imagines life after Apache, Black Hawk, Chinook and Kiowa

In reality the future doesn’t look pretty for army aviation. Boeing’s production line in Philadelphia for the CH-47 Chinook closes in 2017. The Sikorsky line in Connecticut for the UH-60 Black Hawk shuts down after 2022. And Boeing’s line in Arizona for the AH-64 Apache kills the lights after 2025. The army has two choices: […]

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VIDEO: Quick J-20 recap from Singapore

China has been unusually open about the Chengdu J-20 in the last three weeks. The fighter has dazzled the world’s media in taxi tests and in flight. Where the story goes from here is unclear. China has still not revealed the goals of the J-20 program. We don’t know if it is intended as a […]

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