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Italian M346 becomes American T-100

Alenia North America is quietly previewing a new marketing blitz to bolster the M346 Master’s bid to replace the Northrop T-38 Talon as the US Air Force’s next advanced jet trainer.The online campaign, rolled out on Alenia NA’s web site earlier this week, rebrands the Italian M346 as the “T-100 integrated training system (ITS)“.Although EADS […]

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#DXB09: Sheikh rattles Aermacchi, gets rolled by F-22

The DEW Line pal and frequent commenter Airpower stayed on-scene in Dubai long after many of his less-patient mates in the trade press flew off, regretfully including your blogger.Lucky that Airpower stayed. He posted two comments on my blog last night that solves the mystery about what happened at the Ministry of Defense’s surprise 3pm […]

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Sources: Boeing plays new airframe card for T-X

Does the US Air Force want to buy an all-new jet to replace the ubiquitous Northrop T-38C, or will it settle for an off-the-shelf option? Will the USAF be pressured to favor an all-US system, or will it be allowed to buy an aircraft with substantial foreign content?How the USAF answers those questions could make […]

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JUNKET: M346 news – and fly-bys – in Venegono on Day 2

An AleniaAermacchi test pilot provides a quick tour of the M346 hangar, where you can see all three of the jet trainers currently in existence. (Video by Stephen Trimble) ROME — Day 2 of the Alenia and Aermacchi press tour began in Venegono, near Milan, and ended in Rome. Venegono is where AleniaAermacchi designs, builds […]

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JUNKET: The DEW Line goes on Italian aerospace tour

AleniaAermacchi is hosting a press tour this week in Italy. As you can see above, the itinerary includes stops in Turin, near Milan, Rome and Naples. Your humble correspondent gratefully accepted the invitation. (It’s, um, a difficult assignment — cough-cough — but I’m a professional journalist and blogger; I’ll do my best to make it […]

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Start saying good-bye to the T-38C Talon

Has it been 50 years already?The US Air Force revealed yesterday it wants to replace the venerable Northrop T-38C Talon by 2017 with a new “family” of jet and simulator systems that can do five things: sustained high-g maneuvers, air-to-air intercepts, data-link operations, night vision imaging and air refueling. The USAF listed its performance requirements […]

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Name the M346 and win a free flight!!

AleniaAermacchi needs a nickname for the M346 advanced jet trainer, and it has opened it to public contest. The lucky winner gets a free ride on the M346 over the Italian countryside. Check out the contest web site, but here are the rules: the proposed name must be coherent with the characteristics ofthe aircraft, whether […]

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