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VIDEO: Lockheed YF-12 Blackbird

Check out this NASA video about the Mach 3+ Lockheed YF-12 Blackbird interceptor, which was developed from the Central Intelligence Agency’s A-12 reconnaissance aircraft. Though ultimately it would not go into production, the three pre-production aircraft did find success as research planes for NASA. The YF-12 was developed after the cancellation of the North American […]

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B-58 Hustler: Champion of Champions

Check out this old Cold War propaganda video of the Convair B-58 Hustler strategic bomber hosted by actor and US Air Force Brigadier General Jimmy Stewart. The B-58 was, as Stewart says, a spectacular aircraft with extraordinary performance—especially for the 1950s, just over a decade after the introduction of the Luftwaffe’s Arado Ar-234, which was […]

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Lockheed Martin F-35C video

Lockheed Martin released this video extolling the virtues of the F-35C, which recently started operations at Eglin AFB, Florida, with the VFA-101 Grim Reapers squadron. Immediately noticeable are the naval variant’s larger wings—which also fold–its larger control surfaces and beefed up landing gear. However, while those large wings and control surfaces afford it better low-speed […]

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First QF-16 target drone flies without pilot

The first Boeing QF-16 has flown at Tyndall without a pilot. Up next, live fire trials at Holloman AFB, New Mexico–where probably some F-22s or possibly even some operational F-16 will have a field day blowing them out of the sky. The format is jacked-up as usual, but still better to have a video than […]

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Crew Interviews from F-35B Ship Trials

Another Lockheed Martin F-35B video based on the second set of sea-trials on the USS Wasp. It’s been a very busy week, DEW Line will return to a more normal tempo [youtube]http://youtu.be/29-l73Im8rA[/youtube]

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UK pilots’ take on F-35B sea-trials onboard USS Wasp

Lockheed Martin released this video earlier today about the F-35B’s recent sea-trials onboard the USS Wasp. “Just flying F-35 is the highlight of my career, so being able to come to the USS Wasp and fly F-35 from an LHD class Marine ship is staggering,” says Royal Air Force Sqdn Ldr Jim Schofield. “I’m very […]

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Typhoon hits 200,000 flight hours

The 378 aircraft strong Eurofighter Typhoon fleet recently hit the 200,000 flying hours mark. The Typhoon is in service with the UK, Germany, Italy, Spain, and Austria. The aircraft is also being delivered to Saudi Arabia and has been ordered by Oman.

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Advanced Super Hornet video

A video to accompany last post…[youtube]http://youtu.be/KgGrw4Ejs0U[/youtube]

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Boeing’s Advanced Super Hornet

This past Tuesday I visited Boeing’s facilities in St Louis where they were showing off an F/A-18F Super Hornet equipped with prototype conformal fuel tanks and an enclosed weapons pod. It also has some enhanced radar cross-section treatments. Here are some photos. Anyway, I’ve also attached  the Boeing media brief to this post–however, the blog […]

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F-35B sea-trials aboard the USS Wasp

This past Wednesday, I was onboard the USS Wasp to observe the Lockheed Martin F-35B conduct its second set of sea trials. Overall, the tests are going quite well and should be ending today—though the US Marine Corps did suffer a bit of a setback since aircraft BF-1 was unable to fly during our visit […]

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