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India’s debutant C-17 reaches home

Apologies for the lack of action on The DEW Line while the Paris air show was in full swing last week. Our three-strong defence team, like the rest of the Flightglobal/Flight Daily News staff, worked some crazy hours in some of the worst weather conditions we’ve ever encountered in Le Bourget, and unfortunately blogging wasn’t […]

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F-35B Ship Trials

New cracks for the F-35B, and life under probation

This was then-Secretary of Defense Robert Gates on 6 January: The Marine Corps’ short take-off and vertical-landing (STOVL) variant is experiencing significant testing problems.  These issues may lead to a redesign of the aircraft’s structure and propulsion, changes that could add yet more weight and more cost to an aircraft that has little capacity to […]

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Why does DSCA make aircraft prices so confusing?

The Indian press says New Delhi is holding up a blockbuster deal for 10 Boeing C-17s. There’s apparently some concerns about the bill, which the US Defense Security and Cooperation Agency (DSCA) estimates could cost as much as $5.8 billion. Ouch! That’s worth as much as $580 million per aircraft.This raises one of my frequent […]

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Should the USAF ban flying displays by large aircraft?

Photo: US Air Force ABC News aviation consultant and career C-141 pilot John Nance believes so. Breaking from a book-writing holiday in Cabo, Mexico, yesterday, Nance told me the C-17 crash video and full report by the accident investigation board show the US Air Force leadership is broken. “Here we go again,” Nance said. “This […]

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USAF releases C-17 crash report, video

The cause of the only fatal crash of a Boeing C-17 is pilot error. That is according to both the accident investigation report (see story) and a newly-released, US Air Force video showing the entirety of the roughly 60-second flight on 28 July at Elmendorf AFB, Alaska. Read the executive summary of the report here. […]

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‘Cablegate’ scoops on Rafale, Israeli UAVs, Turkey’s F-35s

Buried in Wikileaks’ latest document dump exposing about 250,000 US diplomatic cables are a few items of real interest to the global aerospace industry. Here’s my list of the five most interesting cables:1. A cable on 4 November 2009 summarizes a meeting between then-US Central Command chief Gen David Petraeus and King Hamad bin Isa […]

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CHALLENGE: Photo captions, please!

Photo courtesy of US Air Force

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VIDEO: South Africa aerospace and defence show

A Cape Town-based videographer has kindly posted video showing a glimpse around the first day of the African Aerospace & Defence Show now underway at Ysterplaat Air Base in South Africa. In addition to showing cool shots of the Gripen flying display, the video also tips off that South Africa is a possible C-17 customer. […]

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Special report on military transport: Lift in fortunes

Northrop Grumman surprised me at AUVSI last week by revealing that its new hybrid airship — the long-endurance multi-intelligence vehicle (LEMV) — is designed to provide the same airlift performance as the Lockheed Martin C-130E Hercules. [Read full story.] It figures. There’s no shortage of interest in achieving what Lockheed designer Willis Hawkins clearly got […]

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PHOTO OP: A400M meets the neighbors

Airbus Military has released a new photo showing the A400M lined up next to the Lockheed Martin C-130J and Boeing C-17. The photo was taken last month at RAF Brize-Norton, which is the only base so far destined to house all three heavy Western airlifters still in production. This is the first photo that I […]

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