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Breaking: USAF starts search for Air Force One replacement

The US Air Force yesterday posted the following request for information on the Federal Business Opportunities web site. Let the 747-8I versus A380 debate commence! The United States Air Force is conducting market research toidentify potential sources that possess the expertise, capabilities,and experience to meet the requirements of the next generationPresidential fixed-wing aircraft. The current […]

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New Air Force One by 2017??

Amy Butler, of Aviation Week, sneaked a big scoop into the magazine blog’s Check 6 podcast this morning. In the weekly “missed approaches” segment, she reports: Amy Butler:Well, this missed approach is just something that’s been under the radar atleast to me, maybe not to other people. But I was interviewing an air forceofficial this […]

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Spies like Airbus

My colleague Jon Ostrower, proprietor of the one-and-only FlightBlogger, has uncovered an internal Airbus competitive intelligence briefing on the Boeing 787 program, filled with juicy details.Even if you aren’t interested in commercial aircraft programs, reading the presentation alone is an amazing glimpse inside the process of corporate intelligence.Click here to read Jon’s blog entry.

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EADS NA, Airbus no-show at EP-X Industry day

This is a surprise. Naval Air Systems Command hosts an industry day for the EP-X fleet. The Airbus A321 has been discussed as an alternative to the Boeing P-8B, a 737-based surveillance aircraft. But neither EADS North America nor Airbus appeared at the industry day on 20 November, according to this list of attendees. Northrop […]

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EADS comments on 6-9 month MRTT delay

Australia’s Ministry of Defense has confirmed the first KC-30 will be delivered at least six to nine months late. This delay will surely play a factor in the currently suspended debate about the US Air Force KC-X tanker selection, whenever the incoming Obama administration gets around to restarting source selection.Meanwhile, here’s the EADS statement on […]

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EP-X competition to enter second 2nd phase

A draft solicitation posted by the US Navy yesterday sets the stage for the second round of bidding for a contract to deliver about 20 Boeing 737s or Airbus A320s modified into electronic spy planes.The USN intends to award multiple contracts worth a maximum of about $13 million each to get the second phase moving. […]

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Safran to Airbus Military: A400M is your fault

Airbus Military started the day blaming the latest A400M first flight delay upon the “unavailability of the propulsion system”, apparently much to the dislike of the propulsion system supplier.Safran, a key member of the European consortium providing the TP400-D6 turboprop, issued its own press release saying that the engines are ready. And, Safran adds, the […]

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Airbus A400M’s Clay Aiken moment

In case you missed it, pop singer Clay Aiken has confirmed he’s not straight. This would have ranked as the biggest non-surprise news story of the week until this morning, when Airbus confirmed that first flight of the A400M will be “postponed”. Airbus blamed the delay on the continuing non-availability of the TP400 turboprop engine. […]

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Top 5 KC-Ex questions

Secretary of Defense Bob Gates canceled the KC-X solicitation. That means the next administration must start over from the beginning. The bidding teams can’t simply dust off their current proposals and re-submit. The US Air Force must instead go back to the drawing boarding and begin anew the solicitation process. If the previous round is […]

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Airbus might make the A330 tanker heavier

Airbus is increasing the maximum takeoff weight for the A330-200 airliner by 10,000 pounds, or 5 tons. The new, 238-ton aircraft will be available after 2010.Derek Davies, investor marketing director for Airbus, publicly unveiled the slightly heftier A330 at the US Valuation Conference, which I’m attending this morning. (The conference is hosted at the Jury’s […]

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