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Why the JROC neutered the Navy’s UCLASS program

This outstanding story by my buddy Sam LaGrone at the United States Naval institute is a must read. A few weeks ago, I reported that the requirements for the US Navy’s Unmanned Carrier Launched Surveillance and Strike (UCLASS) aircraft are not matching up with what the service’s leaders had originally envisioned when the program was […]

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Su-30SM makes public debut at MAKS 2013

This here is the Sukhoi Su-30SM Flanker performing at the MAKS 2013 air show in Moscow this week–courtesy of our friends in Russia. The Su-30SM is making its public debut at the show. This magnificent aircraft is the Russian Air Force version of the Indian Su-30MKI Flanker-H. The Su-30SM is very similar to the MKI […]

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CF-01 | Flt 217 | LtCol Patrick "Oxy" Moran | 20AUG2013Oxy piloting CF-01 during the first C Model KC135 strat tanker test over the Eastern Shore of MD.

F-35C refuels from KC-135

On 20 August a Lockheed Martin F-35C carrier model aircraft refueled from a US Air Force KC-135 for the first time. The jet, CF-1, was flown by Lt Col Patrick Moran.  Meanwhile at Eglin AFB, Florida, the US Navy recently started operating the F-35C with VFA-101, which is the service’s training squadron for the type.

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F-35B twilight operations aboard USS Wasp

Lockheed Martin released this video last night of the F-35B conducting flight operations at dusk onboard the USS Wasp. The jet is currently undergoing its second set of sea trials onboard the amphibious assault ship somewhere off the Virginia coast. [youtube]http://youtu.be/8K50UVd-cdo[/youtube]

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AT-6 ceremonial first flight

Yesterday, I visited Beechcraft’s factory in Wichita, Kansas, to see the ceremonial first flight of the company’s AT-6 counter-insurgency aircraft. The company has not sold any of the aircraft just yet, having lost the US Air Force’s Light Air Support tender to supply the Afghans with 20 such machines. But Bill Boisture, Beechcraft’s CEO, says […]

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F-35B phase II testing aboard USS Wasp

VIDEO: F-35B night vertical landing onboard USS Wasp

Earlier I posted a blurb about the Lockheed Martin F-35B’s first night vertical landing onboard the USS Wasp. Anyways, at long last, here is a video of the same event. Anyways, the DEW Line has been quiet lately. We’ve had a number of folks including myself covering things like AUVSI or the EAA air show […]

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F-35B phase II testing aboard USS Wasp

F-35B makes night vertical landing on-board USS Wasp

A spectacular shot of the Lockheed Martin F-35B Joint Strike Fighter as it lands aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1) during the jet’s second set of sea trials for the type. This photo was taken on August 14 by Lockheed Martin photographer Andy Wolfe (excellent work!). The F-35B sea-trials will run 18 […]

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USAF releases F-22 Raptor accident report

The USAF has released the accident report for the Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor that crashed at Tyndall AFB, Florida, last November. Basically, the $149.6 million aircraft was lost due to chafed wiring—this leaves the USAF with 184 production jets remaining plus two test aircraft. Tail 4013, which used to be assigned to Nellis AFB, Nevada, […]

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Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornet flies with CFTs and weapons pod

Boeing has released this photo of a US Navy F/A-18F Super Hornet in the air equipped with conformal fuel tanks and a weapons pod near Saint Louis, Missouri. The hardware is not functional, but is designed to test the aerodynamic qualities of the tanks and pod.  Some advanced low-observables treatments are also expected to be […]

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Russia to take delivery of PAK-FA in Q3, Japan launches new carrier

The Russian Air Force will receive its first Sukhoi T-50 PAK-FA fifth-generation stealth fighter in the third quarter of 2013, according to RIA Novosti. The report, which cites Russian air force commander Lt Gen Viktor Bondarev, states that government flight tests will start in the fourth quarter of the year. Earlier in April, Russian president […]

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