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Camp Bastion attack shocks ISAF

Apologies for us having gone a bit quiet on The DEW line so far this week – Dave Majumdar is on the road covering the Africa Aerospace & Defence show in South Africa, with limited comms, while I’ve been maxed out with Flight International print deadlines following my return from the ILA Berlin air show. […]

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US Marine Corps is FY10 budget survivor

Being ignored is not so bad sometimes. The US Marine Corps probably won’t complain about being mostly left out of Fiscal 2010 budget roll-out today. True, the USMC lost the VH-71 presidential helicopter. But other services lost the weapon systems most vital to their identity. The US Army lost every ground vehicle in Future Combat […]

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VIDEO: USMC pilot likes his “bad-ass” F-35

Meet Major Joseph T. Bachmann, a developmental test pilot for the F-35 Lightning II. Since yesterday, he also happens to be the first US Marine Corps pilot to fly the jet. Not surprisingly, he enjoyed the experience, especially its “wickedly sharp roll-rate” and “bad-ass” maneuvering. Watch the full interview with the DOD news crew below.And […]

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Marine Corps Aviation’s hard, ambitious road ahead

The excellent Worldwide War Pigs blog today forecasts the challenges awaiting the US Marine Corps’ scheduled entry-into-service for the F-35B in 2012, or up to two years before Lockheed Martin has finished testing it. With such an early IOC and SDD still in progress, this means that therewill be a lot of “mistake jets”. Where […]

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