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Aero India: Embraer reveals C-390 3-view, cockpit, design req’s

Flight’s Andrew Doyle is in Bangalore and this is all he sends me: C-390 pics! (Okay, that’s really all I wanted anyway.)These Embraer slides shows the dramatic evolution of their jet-powered C-130 replacement concept from relatively simple E190 spin-off to a virtually all-new aircraft with perhaps a common cockpit. And are those CFM56 turbofans under […]

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For sale: Entebbe raid souvenir C-130

Here’s one for the eBay enthusiasts. The Israeli Ministry of Defense is holding a public auction on five C-130s, including one involved in the dramatic rescue of Israeli hostages at the Entebbe airport in 1976.My London-based colleague and mid-east aviation expert David Kaminski-Morrow reports: The aircraft, bearing Israeli Air Force identifier 106, was one offour […]

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LM exec: Few, if any, jobs lost if F-22 line closes

Question: How many jobs will Lockheed Martin cut if the F-22 production closes this year?Answer: Probably none. Maybe a few.That’s not my opinion. That’s what Ralph Heath, president of Lockheed’s aeronautics division, said as recently as November 20. Heath spoke to market analysts at the Credit Suisse Group Aerospace & Defense Conference in New York. […]

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Embraer’s C-130 replacement sprouts a T-tail

The design of the Embraer C-390 has significantly evolved since earlier this year. A presentation posted by the Brazilian manufacturer on the Internet last month (hat tip: The Woracle) reveals three major changes. Conventional vertical stabilizer is out. T-tail is in. Aft-fuselage strakes Wing-mounted refueling pods Compare the photo on the left, released in May, […]

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Army starts re-competition for armed reconnaissance helicopter

Here we go again. The US Army has issued a “sources sought” notice for the Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter contract stripped last month from the Bell 407 (nee ARH-70) programme. The Army may procure up to 512 new Armed ReconnaissanceHelicopters with the capability to perform a Hover out of Ground Effect(HOGE) at 6,000 ft/95 degrees Fahrenheit […]

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Snow Aviation unveils STOL-capable Herk

Harry Snow, founder of Snow Aviation International, is officially taking orders for his minimally-priced $6.8 million upgrade kit for older C-130E/Hs. Key upgrades include Hamilton Sundstrand NP2000 propellers and Snow-designed 512-gal tip tanks. A three-year series of flight demonstrations has confirmed the eight-bladed propeller system and cleaner aerodynamics reduces takeoff roll by 30%, Snow says. […]

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PICTURE: Meet the C-130XL

Thanks to Lockheed Martin for releasing the first concept drawing of the wider, larger C-130XL. This concept is still in the realm of a “study”. A go-ahead decision is not necessary for at least a couple of years. The overall goal is to increase the C-130′s maximum cargo limit to about 65,000lbs, depending of the […]

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Life’s certainties: death, taxes and C-130s

A media roundtable in the Pentagon yesterday about the C-130 lasted an hour, but there was so much information we could have used two or three hours. Not bad for a 55-year-old production line! For the purposes of storytelling, I will greatly simplify the various activities into three major threads.LM’s Cool “J”The US Air Force […]

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Where the GE38 leads, others will follow

I learned in journalism school to always “follow the money”, but perhaps a better rule of thumb in the aerospace industry is to “follow the engines”. In more ways than one, engine technology is the propelling force of the aerospace industry. Airframers learned a long time ago never to launch a new aircraft unless at […]

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Typo alert: C-130 masquerades as C-17

Note to US Department of Defense: Contrary to today’s photo gallery captions on defenselink.mil, an airframe sporting a high T-tail, four turbofans and a massive fuselage is usually not associated with the Lockheed Martin C-130.

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