Archive | August, 2011

What does it cost to operate F-22s, CV-22s and Air Force One?

On Friday, we compared the actual operational costs of four different fleets in the US Air Force inventory over the past decade, with data supplied by the Center for Defense Information’s sources. The charts revealed some startling trends among the USAF’s aging and most mature combat aircraft. Now it’s going to get a little weird.We […]

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EXCLUSIVE: US Air Force combat fleet’s true operational costs revealed

How much does it cost the US Air Force to operate the manned combat fleet?Winslow Wheeler, of the Center for Defense Information, has obtained actual operational cost per flight hour data over the past 10 years from his sources, and he graciously shared the database with The DEW Line. It is not classified information, but […]

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B-2 mishap evolves from ‘minor’ to ‘horrific’

From this: B-2 in minor fire at base in Guam Feb 26, 2010, 8:14 AM GUAM– A B-2 bomber engine caught fire this morning at Andersen Air Force Base. According to Headquarters Pacific Air Forces, Hickam Air Force Base, a B-2 aircraft deployed to AAFB, experienced a minor engine fire during a routine engine start […]

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Saturn: T50-2 flame-out at MAKS not engine failure

Photo by Vladimir Karnozov Saturn has responded to quickly to questions raised about the 117S engine after a flame-out on Sunday forced Sukhoi T50-2 test pilot Sergei Bogdan to execute a rather hasty take-off abort procedure. It didn’t help that the starboard engine flame-out occurred in front of about 200,000 witnesses at the MAKS air […]

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The DEW Line gets down with I.P.P.

Lockheed Martin F-35 test aircraft are back in the air after a 16-day grounding. The story is almost ready to move on, but we can’t let it pass without enshrining this moment to posterity in our own special way. In honour of the occasion, we have chosen to re-tell the story in the style of […]

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VIDEO: Witness report from T50-2 flame-out at MAKS air show

Flightglobal’s Moscow-based correspondent Vladimir Karnozov was at the scene at 13:57 yesterday afternoon when Sukoi’s T50-2 prototype experienced a dramatic flame-out at the ends of the MAKS 2011 air show. He files this witness report: “Two bursts of flames erupted from the right engine and two loud “bumps” were heard. Thanks to the great length […]

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VIDEO: Flanker flexes muscle in MAKS debut

It’s official: Sukhoi has built an air show stud with the Su-35S. We hope to see it live in Seoul or Dubai later this year.

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#AUVSI: Analyzing the UAS analysts

All week at the AUVSI convention we heard the same message: the US Department of Defense (DoD) wants more unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). Budget cuts may be coming, but the demand for the persistence and relative affordability of UAS will only increase. Or perhaps not.This blogger moderated an AUVSI super-panel of UAS market experts this […]

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Russian primer on airborne EW, starring PAK-FA and F-22

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VIDEO: J-20 rocks, then rolls

Maybe the Chinese are a little jealous by the PAK-FA show at Zhukovsky this week. The Chengdu J-20 made some of its most dramatic aerodynamic moves in public view earlier today, including this near-roll.

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