Archive | November, 2012


MCAS Yuma receives first operational F-35B

The 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing at MCAS Yuma,Arizona, received its first F-35B short take-off vertical landing (STOVL)version of the tri-service Joint Strike Fighter on 16 November. The aircraft, which will be operated by Marine StrikeFighter Squadron (All Weather)-121, was flown in by Maj A. C. Liberman at about13:00 local time. Next week, VMFA(AW)-121 will be […]

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Recovering a ScanEagle

Today, I was visiting Insitu’s flight test site in GilliamCounty, Oregon. I’d been there before in June, where I witnessed the launch andrecovery of a ScanEagle drone. While last time I only managed to record thelaunch, this time I only got the recovery.   But Insitu was also showing-off their latest Integratordrone. It’s much larger […]

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Two high profile Washington DC resignations within the span of hours…

It’s been a weird day; we have had two high profile resignations today here in Washington, DC. First, retired US Army Gen David Petraeus, former commander of US forces in both Iraq and Afghanistan, resigned today as the director of the Central Intelligence Agency citing an extramarital affair. I suppose if you are European, I’m […]

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Flying part of F-35 OUE to be completed next week at Eglin AFB

The USAF’s 33rd Fighter Wing expects to complete the flying portion of the F-35A’s operational utility evaluation (OUE) early next week. Afterwards, the two operational evaluators from the Pentagon’s Joint Operational Test Team who are undergoing training in the stealthy 5th generation fighter as part of the OUE will start writing up their report. If Air […]

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How the USAF shot itself in the foot over the past 20 years… repeatedly

In this month’s issue of the US Air Force Research Institute’s Air & Space Power Journal, Lt Col Christopher Niemi, one of the original eight handpicked F-22 initial operational test and evaluation pilots and former commander of the 525th Fighter Squadron at Elmendorf AFB, Alaska, writes a very interesting piece about the USAF’s acquisition missteps […]

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Spartan marches on, despite JCA setback

Apologies for it having gone a bit quiet on The DEW Line over the last week or so, while I was on the road and Dave took in some well-earned R&R. But the good news is that, just like Obama, we’re back. I made a first visit to Alenia Aermacchi’s Turin-Caselle visit last week, in […]

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