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  • Tornado: The Fighter Leaving Service After 40 Years

    01/11/2019 6:27:09 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 16 replies
    Forces Network, UK ^ | January 11, 2019
    The Tornado has launched hundreds of airstrikes on so-called Islamic State in the Middle East (Picture: MOD). Built more than 40 years ago to fight a nuclear war, the RAF's primary ground attack platform is due to be retired from service by March 2019. The Tornado can also conduct intelligence gathering missions and is armed with a variety of Paveway bombs, Brimstone air-to-air missiles and Storm Shadow cruise missiles. The aircraft also possesses an Advanced Short Range Air-to-Air Missile (ASRAAM) for defensive purposes. When deployed in an armed reconnaissance or close air support role, it would usually be armed with...
  • XP-82 Twin Mustang flies again

    01/11/2019 5:02:58 AM PST · by stickandrudder · 54 replies
    Twin Mustang Restoration ^ | Monday, January 7, 2019 | Tom Reilly
    On 31 December 2018, our XP-82 Twin Mustang flew for the first time since 14 December 1949. Although it wasn’t supposed to fly yesterday, all that was planned to do was the last FAA required runway high-speed taxi test, lift off for a second or two and then back down, deploy full flaps and brake to a stop. It accelerated so fast after the planned lift off that Ray, our test pilot, realized that getting it back down and stopping it in the remaining runway would be marginal. So he pushed the power back up and flew for about five...
  • USAF Finally Accepts Its First KC-46A Tanker, But The Design Still Needs Years Worth Of Fixes

    01/10/2019 1:10:01 PM PST · by Yo-Yo · 16 replies
    The War Zone ^ | JANUARY 10, 2019 | JOSEPH TREVITHICK
    The U.S. Air Force has accepted the first Boeing KC-46A Pegasus tanker, an important milestone for the troubled program. However, the initial batch of aircraft will still have serious problems with their remote vision and refueling boom systems, meaning that the planes remain years away from reaching their full operational potential. Foreign Policy was the first to report on the agreement between the Air Force and Boeing to proceed with the deliveries of the aircraft, citing anonymous sources, on Jan. 10, 2019. Defense News then reported that the Chicago-headquartered planemaker had agreed to fix the remaining deficiencies and that...
  • ANALYSIS: How Gripen became prize Thai fighter

    01/10/2019 4:46:16 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    Last year brought twin milestones for the Royal Thai Air Force’s fleet of Saab Gripen C/Ds, with the service having marked a decade since ordering the Swedish-built fighter, and completed its first 10,000 flying hours with the single-engined type. In late November, FlightGlobal was among a select group of media invited to make a first-of-its-kind visit to Thailand’s Surat Thani air base since the nation introduced its latest combat additions over seven years earlier. Located a flying distance of approximately 530km (980nm) south of Bangkok, the city of Surat Thani is usually a stopping point on the tourist trail heading...
  • Israeli canopy mishap rekindles memory of IAF pilot's heroic feat

    01/09/2019 12:38:37 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    Cockpit voice recordings of a January 2 incident of the crew of an Israeli F-15 fighter jet who managed to save the aircraft after it lost its canopy in flight have gone viral in recent days. Interestingly, an Indian Air Force pilot won the Vayu Sena Medal for Gallantry after he managed to land his Russian-built MiG-29 fighter after a near-identical accident in 2016. In addition to risk of direct physical injury, the loss of a canopy also exposes pilots to severe cold temperatures and wind speeds at high altitudes, impairing their physiological and cognitive responses. In June 2016, squadron...
  • Project 401 - Smaller, Stealthy Son of A-10 Warthog..?

    01/07/2019 8:27:46 AM PST · by gaijin · 40 replies
    Project 401, "Son of Ares" Some speculate this testbed aircraft might be a more modern, low-cost, stealthy option for a ground-attack platform similar to the A-10. No one knows the reason for the extreme dihedral of the wings, a feature not made clear by the photo at left, maybe some freepers can do some meaningful speculation. The video at link shows this feature in quite some detail. .. Sometimes called "Son of Ares", this aircraft is built around the GAU-12 25 x 137 mm (see photo at right), so this round is not nearly the monster carried by the Warthog....
  • USAF's Next Budget Request Will Include New F-15X Advanced Eagle Fighter Jets: Report

    12/22/2018 12:04:54 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 26 replies
    The Drive ^ | December 21, 2018 | Tyler Rogoway
    Last July, I broke a story about the existence of Boeing's F-15X Advanced Eagle concept, one that the plane-maker had been in discussions with the USAF about for many months. That aircraft would be procured to replace America's existing F-15C/D aircraft, the vast majority of which are operated by the Air National Guard. Since my expose, the USAF has officially remained somewhat flippant about the F-15X and its talks with Boeing, which isn't surprising, but according to a Bloomberg report, that is about to change dramatically very soon. The F-15X airframe would be single seat, but it would incorporate decades...
  • China, Pakistan have secret plan to build new fighter jets: Report

    12/19/2018 9:30:48 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    The Week, India ^ | December 20, 2018
    In a development that is expected to cause diplomatic ripples, the New York Times reported on Wednesday China and Pakistan have a “confidential plan” to jointly build a new generation of fighter aircraft and other weapons as part of Beijing's Belt and Road Initiative. The report by Maria Abi-Habib in the New York Times is significant as it challenges China's frequent assertions that the Belt and Road Initiative (also known as One Belt, One Road) is a purely commercial venture with peaceful purposes. Pakistan plays a key role in the Belt and Road Initiative, having received nearly $62 billion in...
  • Israeli radar means Tejas aircraft won't have world-class Meteor missile

    12/19/2018 6:03:22 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 14 replies
    Business Standard, India ^ | December 10, 2018 | Ajai Shukla
    Equipping the Tejas Mark 1A with Elta’s ELM-2052 radar will ensure the fighter never carries the world-beating Meteor ‘beyond visual range’ air-to-air missile. MBDA, the European consortium that builds the Meteor, has repeatedly told the IAF that it would only fit that missile onto a fighter with a European airborne radar, reports Ajai Shukla On October 26, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) and the Indian Air Force (IAF) watched from the sidelines as Hindustan Aeronautics (HAL) signed two contracts with Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), which will condemn the Tejas Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) to a marginal presence in the IAF’s...
  • Richard Branson’s Space-Tourism Company Rockets Out of Atmosphere for First Time

    12/13/2018 9:23:12 AM PST · by billorites · 35 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | December 13, 2018 | Andy Pasztor
    Virgin Galactic LLC, Richard Branson’s space-tourism venture, reached the edge of space in a test flight Thursday, four years after a fatal accident set back the project, forced a reassessment of safety issues and roiled the growing commercial-space industry. Virgin Galactic launched the spaceplane called SpaceShip Two and its two pilots from a carrier aircraft cruising miles above Southern California’s Mojave desert. For around $200,000 a seat, the closely held company seeks to offer thrill rides featuring majestic views of the earth capped by a few minutes of weightlessness. The launch also could provide momentum for nascent private efforts to...
  • If Air France No Longer Wants The Airbus A380, Will Anyone?

    11/28/2018 5:23:46 PM PST · by EveningStar · 68 replies
    Forbes ^ | November 27, 2018 | Michael Goldstein
    “I can’t get no respect,” moaned the late and overweight comedian Rodney Dangerfield. The Airbus A380, largest and heaviest airliner in operation today, could say that too after Air France reportedly will dump half of its A380 fleet—aircraft built and tested at the “hometown” Airbus factory in Toulouse. Like the quashing of a recent rumor that Lufthansa was on the verge of ordering another 15 A380s, this is another black eye for the world’s largest passenger plane. After all, if France and Germany, the countries that build the A380, don’t want it, who will?
  • China confirms work on 'new-generation' aircraft carrier

    11/26/2018 2:08:33 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies
    Press Trust of India ^ | November 26, 2018
    China on Monday officially confirmed that it is building its third aircraft carrier which is stated to be "bigger and mightier" than the other two warships, a move by Beijing to bolster its blue-water navy capability to operate far from its shores. A late entrant into aircraft carrier-led naval battleship formations, China launched its first aircraft carrier, Liaoning, in 2012, which was a refit of the former Soviet vessel bought from Ukraine. Though Liaoning was operationalised and led trial expeditions into the Taiwan Straits, it was widely regarded as an experimental vessel used for mastering technologies, especially to operate the...
  • MIT researchers create plane that flies without any moving parts

    11/22/2018 10:42:16 AM PST · by DUMBGRUNT · 59 replies
    The Verge ^ | 22 N0v 2018 | Jon Porter
    Say hello to electroaerodynamic propulsion The feat was achieved using electroaerodynamic propulsion, which uses a pair of electrodes to push around ions and create ionic wind. The phenomenon has been known about since the 1960s (in fact, Apple even considered using it to cool its laptops back in 2012), but this is the first time it’s been used to propel a plane.
  • In the Colombian Jungle the (Israeli) Lion never sleeps

    11/20/2018 2:27:24 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 16/11/18 | Yissachar Ruas
    As The State of Israel celebrates its 70th year of independence, some key elements of its history lives on in various and exotic parts of the World. Israel, well known for its technological prowess is considered an innovative high tech superpower. One of Israel’s most famous developments of the 1970s was its “Kfir” fighter jet. The Kfir was based on plans designed by the IAF for the French company Dassault and then stolen from the French when they imposed an arms embargo on Israel following the 6 Day War. Israel Aircraft Industries in conjunction with the IAF developed and produced...
  • Lion Air: Some are looking where to place the blame, others wonder if their pilot can fly...

    11/18/2018 1:19:55 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 49 replies
    CNN ^ | November 18, 2018 | Kara Fox,
    One of the Max 8's new features is an anti-stalling device, the maneuvering characteristics augmentation system (MCAS). If the MCAS detects that the plane is flying too slowly or steeply, and at risk of stalling, it can automatically lower the airplane's nose. It's meant to be a safety mechanism. But the problem, according to Lion Air and a growing chorus of international pilots, was that no one knew about that system. … Investigators are currently examining whether an angle of attack (AOA) sensor on the outside of the Lion Air plane transmitted incorrect data that could have triggered the MCAS...
  • These U.S. Marine Corps VMAQ-2 EA-6B Jets Have Just Completed The Prowler’s Final Deployment...

    11/16/2018 7:06:06 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 40 replies
    The Aviationist ^ | Nov 15 2018 | David Cenciotti
    The final operational chapter of the Prowler career has just been written by the U.S. Marine Corps “Death Jesters” and their six EA-6Bs jets. Marine Corps Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron-2 (VMAQ-2) “Death Jesters”, the last of four Marine Prowler squadrons, has just completed its final deployment in Qatar, with the last six EA-6B in the U.S. military inventory. Four aircraft, using radio callsign “Trend 01-04” landed at Lajes, Azores, on their way back to Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, North Carolina, from Al Udeid, Qatar, on Nov. 12, 2018. The remaining two aircraft would follow in a couple of...
  • Air Force to Retire Classic B-1 Bombers as Stealthy New B-21s Arrive

    11/14/2018 5:57:47 AM PST · by Cheerio · 44 replies
    Warrior Maven ^ | 11/13/18 | Kris Osborn
    The Air Force is mapping a two-fold future path for its B-1 bomber which includes plans to upgrade the bomber Warrior Maven Video Report: How long will the B-1 Bomber remain in service? Will it retire when the B-21 arrives? The Air Force is mapping a two-fold future path for its B-1 bomber which includes plans to upgrade the bomber while simultaneously preparing the aircraft for eventual retirement as the service's new stealth bomber arrives in coming years. These two trajectories, which appear as somewhat of a paradox or contradiction, are actually interwoven efforts designed to both maximize the bomber’s...
  • Pilots Say Boeing Didn't Tell Them About a Safety Feature Tied to a Deadly Crash

    11/13/2018 1:42:33 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 35 replies
    Boeing and the Federal Aviation Administration issued directives last week telling flight crews about the system, which is designed to provide extra protection against pilots losing control. That prompted aviators, unions and training departments to realize that none of the documentation for the Max aircraft included an explanation of the system, the union leaders said. “We don’t like that we weren’t notified,” Few details have been released about the underlying causes of the Lion Air crash Oct. 29 in the sea near Jakarta, but Indonesian investigators say that an erroneous sensor prompted the plane’s computers to push the aircraft into...
  • Boeing issues warning on potential instrument malfunction after Indonesia crash

    11/07/2018 9:31:34 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 12 replies
    Washington Post ^ | November 7 at 8:17 AM | Timothy McLaughlin and Stanley Widianto
    Airplane manufacturer Boeing said Wednesday that it has issued a bulletin to airlines worldwide warning of erroneous readings from flight-control software on its planes, after an almost-new Lion Air jetliner crashed into the sea soon after takeoff, killing the 189 people on board. Boeing, which is assisting in an investigation into what went wrong in the Oct. 29 crash of one of its new 737 Max 8 jets, said in a statement that it issued the bulletin Tuesday as “part of its usual process.” The bulletin informed airline operators of what to do if they receive false readings from flight-control...
  • China's New Upgrade Makes Its Fighter Jets Crazy-Maneuverable

    11/07/2018 6:42:01 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 28 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | Nov 7, 2018 | Kyle Mizokami
    China's J-10 fighter is now equipped with thrust vectoring controls that allow the jet to perform seemingly impossible aerial maneuvers. This long-rumored upgrade to a well-known jet fighter made its debut at the Zhuhai Air Show. The Chengdu J-10 “Vigorous Dragon” is a single-engine fighter developed for China’s People’s Liberation Army Air Force (the Chinese Air Force). The J-10 falls in the same general category as the American F-16, and the two planes even share the same DNA, as the Chinese jet was built with Israeli assistance from Israel’s F-16-based Lavi fighter. However, in some technological respects, the China's plane...