Archive | July, 2012

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USAF has discovered root cause of Raptor’s oxygen problems

The US Air Force says that it has discovered the root cause of the Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor’s oxygen problems. It was basically what I reported before (first!), the Combat Edge upper-pressure garment’s breathing regulator/anti-g (BRAG) valve is the main culprit along with the hose and connections to the aircraft. They’re hoping to have the […]

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EADS shows off X3 concept in the DC area

Yesterday, EADS subsidiary Eurocopter showed off its X3 high-speed compound helicopter concept demonstrator to a host of reporters (yours truly included), foreign military attaches and diplomats at a local Washington-area regional airport in Manassas, Va. Read the full story here Here is a video of the aerial display–which was similar to the show the aircraft […]

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The Bear stays rare: UK air defence stats

My daily trawl of the UK’s Hansard publications threw out an interesting snippet this morning, with an answer in the House of Lords revealing the number of times the Royal Air Force has scrambled quick reaction alert fighters due to Russian activity within the last four years. Noting that “The Russian aircraft remained in international airspace at all […]

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VIDEO: Ahhh – Vulcan at RIAT

It was good to see The Vulcan to the Sky Trust’s XH558 back in action at the Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) and Farnborough air show earlier this month, following the team’s rapid replacement of both port engines following a ground incident. In case you haven’t been fortunate enough to see the last of Avro’s […]

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VIDEO: Norway marks century of military airpower

It’s a Friday thanks to our friends at the Norwegian defence ministry for sending through a link to a short video showing a stunningly-liveried F-16AM fighter (1984-vintage aircraft 686) strutting its stuff over and around the nation’s beautiful capital, Oslo. The reason for the snazzy colour scheme (which replicates the Royal Norwegian Air Force roundel) and […]

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British to take delivery of first F-35B tomorrow

The British are taking delivery of their first F-35B from Lockheed Martin tomorrow at the company’s plant in Fort Worth, Texas. I was originally planning on going, but I have a ton of work to do after last week’s Farnborough air show and the upcoming AVUSI show in Las Vegas, Nevada, so I am not. […]

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Hey, what’s that whistling sound?

During a pre-Farnborough briefing day with MBDA about three weeks ago, we received an update on the Fire Shadow loitering munition system, developed to meet part of the British Army’s indirect fire precision attack requirement. Production deliveries were made in March, but a decision has been taken to not deploy the weapon – which, as the company-supplied image […]

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First ANG pilot starts transitioning to the F-35

Major Jay Spohn, the 33rd Operations Group’schief of Standards and Evaluation, had his first F-35 flight yesterday. Heneeds to complete five more rides before he becomes fully qualified as aninstructor in the jet. What’s unique about Spohn is not that he’s a WeaponsSchool grad or that he flew both the Fairchild Republic A-10 Warthog and […]

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F-35 flight training at Eglin picks up steam

F-35 pilot training at Eglin AFB, Florida, is picking up stream as the US Air Force‘s 33rd Fighter Wing gears up for its operational utility evaluation later this summer. Already, the unit has gradated its first true student–US Marine Corps Lt Col Roger Hardy–who finished his transition course last week. Hardy is the Defense Contract […]

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Venezue-low: Su-30 pilot goes Caracas

It seems that it’s not just our friends in the Brazilian air force who enjoy nothing more than a good low-level flypast. This Rex Features shot shows one of the Venezuelan air force’s 24 Sukhoi Su-30 fighters getting down below rooftop level during Independence Day celebrations in Caracas on 5 July. Hopefully President Hugo Chavez […]

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