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KC-X: Does Lichte still want a “more” tanker?

When the US Air Force announced on February 29, 2008 that Northrop Grumman/EADS North America beat Boeing for the KC-X contract, a reporter asked the chief of Air Mobility Command — Gen Arthur Lichte — why. Here’s that exchange: Q: And just to follow, did size matter in this issue? I mean, the KC-30 istwice as […]

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Boeing: KC-777 ‘so much better’ than KC-30

Addison Schonland of the IAG blog has a great podcast interview today with Boeing tanker spokesman Bill Barksdale. If you wondered if Boeing is really interested in a 777-based tanker, Barksdale’s new interview should dispel any doubts. Yes, Bill says, Boeing may still offer a 767-based tanker if US Air Force wants something smaller and […]

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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: Boeing KC-X tanker update

[YouTube may still be processing the video. Please check back in a few minutes if the video is not available.] Boeing’s top tanker executive, Dave Bowman, briefed the news media today about his company’s plans to compete for the KC-X tanker contract. Bowman’s presentation was actually a preview of Boeing’s tanker update next Tuesday for […]

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PHOTO: KC-135 refuels A330 MRTT

Photo by Airbus Military A French Air Force KC-135 refuels a Royal Australian Air Force A330 multi-role tanker transport (MRTT) off the coast of France. Airbus Military says today that the flight validates the A330 MRTT’s receiver flight control laws with the KC-135 tanker. The A330 remains a potential competitor for the initial US Air […]

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VIDEO: Murtha calls for “dual buy” on KC-X

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KC-767J damaged in emergency landing

The first of two KC-767Js delivered by Boeing to Japan sustained damaged in an emergency landing on Friday. A very bad Google translation of the Japan military’s statement on the incident reads like this: Now KC-767 aerial refueling aircraft for anemergency landing  Problemsoccurred in mid-air refueling KC-767 transport plane No. 602, went down today,16 remain […]

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Are Airbus’ ethics now in question?

Airbus’ now-public intelligence brief about the 787 must raise some questions about the company’s code of ethics. Of course, collecting intelligence on a competitor is not unethical — it’s smart, and all companies do it. But there are lines and standards. As a competitor, Airbus’ practice of re-publishing Boeing’s clearly-marked proprietary data — even internally […]

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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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Boeing layoff hits Wichita

Mass layoffs had become scarce in the defense industry, but we’ve now had three in the last three months. First, BAE Systems axed 200 employees in Alabama. Bell Helicopter then shed 500 workers, including 20% of its executive corps, in Texas. (Read more.) Now, Boeing is cutting 800 jobs in Kansas.Guess which program Boeing is […]

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