Archive | October, 2012


USAF chief visits Lockheed’s F-35 plant

Lockheed Martin has released this video of US Air Force Chief of Staff Gen Mark Welsh’s October 22 visit to the company’s Fort Worth, Texas, F-35 Joint Strike Fighter plant. The video also shows footage of recent weapons separation trials at Edwards AFB, California. This here is actually the Navy’s F-35C… which I find to […]

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Hermes accident rate prompts UK action

The British Army’s interim use of leased Hermes 450 unmanned air vehicles has involved an eye-watering 11 crashes in Afghanistan since 2007, according to armed forces minister Andrew Robathan. I filed an initial news story about the disclosure earlier today, but hope to get an answer from the army soon with regard to the categories of accident […]

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F-35A launches AMRAAM (kinda)

The US Air Force version of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighterhas released an AIM-120 AMRAAM missile at Edwards AFB, California, for the first time. MajMatthew Phillips jettisoned the instrumented missile over the China Lake testrange from aircraft AF-1 on October19, 2012, . Here is a video of the same event:

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Second British F-35B delivered to Eglin–flown by a British pilot

The UK Royal Air Force’s second Lockheed Martin F-35B Joint Strike Fighter was delivered to Eglin AFB, Florida, on 19 October. The short take-off vertical landing (STOVL) aircraft, known as ZM136, was flown to the sea-side base by RAF Sqn Ldr Jim Schofield. It was accompanied by a US Marine Corps F-35 flown by USMC […]

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RAF picture special – beauty and the beast

Our Image of the Day blog today carries a great image of a Royal Air Force formation of nine Eurofighter Typhoons flying overhead the stunning Lincolnshire landscape. Yes, that statement does involve some mild topographical sarcasm, but as I was born in the UK’s potentially flattest county I reckon I can get away with it. […]

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USAF releases draft T-X KPPs

The US Air Force has released the draft Key Performance Parameters for the T-X jet trainer it hopes will eventually replace the Northrop T-38C Talon. From the specifications, the USAF is asking for a pretty robust set of capabilities. One of the requirements is that it should be able to take the place of the […]

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Long Range Strike, overcoming the anti-access/area denial threat

This week’s issue of Flight International features the US and Russia’s new bomber programs. Russia is hoping to develop the PAK-DA for entry into service in the mid-2020s. My colleague Vladimir Karnozov has written this story detailing the Russian efforts. Read Vladimir’s story here But the US Air Force is also working to develop a […]

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The case for an optionally manned LRS-B

The US Air Force’s new ultra-stealthy Long Range Strike-Bomber will be optionally manned when it enters service in the mid-2020s, the service says. The aircraft will need a crew, particularly when operating inside a comms degraded/comms denied environment deep inside hostile airspace. Moreover, unmanned aircraft just don’t have the reaction times and the on-site judgment offered by […]

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Vulcan death grip: one year left for XH558

The Vulcan to the Sky Trust, which faithfully restored Avro Vulcan XH558 to flight status, has announced that 2013 will be the Cold War bomber’s last year as a flying attraction, and described its decision as having been reached “with particular sadness”. A wing leading-edge modification which would be required at the end of next year […]

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Grumman F-14 Tomcat explodes as it breaks Mach 1

This isn’t news per se, but it is kinda cool. This is a video of a US Navy Grumman F-14 Tomcat exploding after it punches through the sound barrier…  Of course, the Navy retired the Tomcat a few years back, but it was a sharp looking jet. These days Iran is the only country to […]

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