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VIDEO: C-17 on top of the world

A Canadian Forces combat crew captured the first landing of a Boeing C-17 at CFS Alert station in Nunavut Territory — basically, as close to the North Pole as the C-17 will ever get. A Canadian air force press release notes the C-17 can haul three times the cargo of the C-130. On this trip, […]

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FARN10: Will Boeing fatten order book with slimmer C-17?

Call it the C-17 Stairmaster. It’s Boeing’s latest idea for a design refresh that retains the wing and T-tail, but narrows the fuselage by 4ft. Boeing unveiled the idea for a more “fuel-efficient” C-17FE at a lightly-attended press conference today. The design concept shrinks the airlifter’s cross-section to the minimum required to accommodate a fully-armoured […]

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C-17 debate: Loren Thompson vs Loren Thompson

How many more C-17s does the US Air Force need?Let’s ask Loren Thompson, a well-known and frequently quoted analyst with the Lexington Institute. In March 2009, Thompson wrote an issue brief, titled, “The Military Needs Many More C-17 Airlifters“, a well-reasoned defense of Boeing’s case for adding more C-17s to the budget. Today, Thompson swtiches […]

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C-17 and A400M had a baby … in China

Back in 2005 two Flight colleagues — Brendan Sobie and Andrew Doyle — broke the story that China’s Xian Aircraft Corp was developing a four-jet freighter sized between a C-130 and a C-17.Well, four years later, the always fantastic China Military Aviation site has posted the first images of the Y-20. Does anything about this […]

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Australia gets the C-17 hard-sell

Australia is apparently buying four more Boeing C-17A Globemaster III cargo aircraft, along with technical support and spares for an amazing bargain price of $300 million, according to this press release issued this morning by the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA). Er, or not.The DSCA clearly botched the press release. The government of Australia already […]

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House approps: Today’s winners and losers

Here’s a quick summary of the aerospace winners and losers from today’s mark-up of the defense budget by the House appropriations subcommittee on defense. The press release above can also be downloaded at this site. The House appropriators mark-up follows previous votes by the authorizing committees of the House and Senate. The Senate appropriators have […]

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An A400M solution: Swap American transports for French tankers?

Bloomberg columnist Celestine Bohlen this morning proposes a radical solution to the “A400M nightmare”: Have Europe agree to dump the troubled airlifter and buy US-made C-17s and C-130Js. In exchange, somehow force the US Air Force to agree to buy an all-Airbus tanker fleet (presumably without competition)! The Paris-based Bohlen writes: There may be a […]

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VIDEO: Cockpit, ramp tour of Boeing C-17 (tail#189) at Long Beach

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Defense Links: Boeing Media Tour Day 1

Tour mates and I on the balcony at Boeing’s Titusville plant, across the Indian River from Cape Kennedy, waiting to watch the Atlantis shuttle launch.Here’s a round-up of stories I filed after Day 1 of a surprisingly newsy Boeing media tour. Boeing’s Super Hornet seeks export sale to launch 20% thrust upgrade Boeing: Airborne Laser […]

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C-17, F-22 lead FG.com’s FY 2010 survival poll

Secretary of Defense Robert Gates: Bring back the C-17! FlightGlobal.com visitors are speaking, and, so far, they want strategic airlifters to survive more than they want tactical fighters, presidential helicopters, combat search and rescue helicopters and the “chrome plated flying laser turd”, as Jon Stewart put it. (Sorry, TSAT. It’s looking bad.)  To cast your […]

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