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  • 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 · 42 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...
  • Lion Air Crash: Jet’s Airspeed Indicator Malfunctioned on Previous 4 Flights

    11/05/2018 6:45:54 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 24 replies
    Indonesian investigators, the plane’s manufacturer, Boeing, and the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board are formulating a more specific inspection for Boeing 737 MAX 8 planes related to the airspeed problem, Tjahjono said. “If there are urgent findings to be delivered, we will convey them to the operators and to the manufacturer,” he said. Lion Air has said a technical problem with the jet was fixed after problems with the Bali to Jakarta flight. Investigator Nurcahyo Utomo said investigators need to review maintenance records, including what problems were reported, what repairs were done including whether components were replaced, and how the...
  • A powerful new battery could give us electric planes that don’t pollute

    11/03/2018 12:15:15 PM PDT · by Zhang Fei · 109 replies
    MIT Technology Review ^ | October 30, 2018 | James Temple
    Brightly colored molecular models line two walls of Yet-Ming Chiang’s office at MIT. Chiang, a materials science professor and serial battery entrepreneur, has spent much of his career studying how slightly different arrangements of those sticks and spheres add up to radically different outcomes in energy storage. But he and his colleague, Venkat Viswanathan, are taking a different approach to reach their next goal, altering not the composition of the batteries but the alignment of the compounds within them. By applying magnetic forces to straighten the tortuous path that lithium ions navigate through the electrodes, the scientists believe, they could...
  • Totally new jetliner unveiled for US fliers

    11/02/2018 11:42:34 PM PDT · by ProtectOurFreedom · 55 replies
    CNN ^ | 11/2/18 | Thom Patterson
    ...the first newly designed large single-aisle airliner in nearly three decades. Delta Air Lines unveiled its new Airbus A220-100 Monday at its headquarters at Atlanta International Airport....employees lined up to tour Ship 8101, the first of 75 A220s that Delta is expected to bring into its fleet over the next two to three years. SWISS, Korean Air and airBaltic already fly these jets, but Delta will be the first carrier in the US. Taking the stage at the celebration, Delta CEO Ed Bastian welcomed the A220 as "a beautiful new member of the family." This $81-million jet has racked up...
  • Faults are found on TWO Boeing 737 Max 8 jets (TR)

    11/02/2018 9:55:17 AM PDT · by DFG · 45 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 11/02/2018 | AFP and Chris Pleasance
    Inspectors have found faults on two other Boeing 737 MAX jets including one which mirrors a problem reported on board the Lion Air plane which crashed on Monday. Indonesian ministers ordered inspections on all MAX jets after the nearly-new Boeing, which is also used by the likes of United, Norwegian and Ryanair, came down killing all 189 people on board. The transport ministry said on Monday that it had looked at over half a dozen jets so far and discovered that one had a problem linked to its cockpit display while another had a glitch in a jet stabilisation system....
  • Lion Air crash: Boeing 737 plane crashes in sea off Jakarta

    10/29/2018 6:18:36 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 32 replies
    BBC ^ | Monday, October 29, 2018 | unattributed
    An Indonesian airliner has crashed into the sea with 189 people on board. The Boeing 737, owned by the low-cost airline Lion Air, went down after taking off from the capital Jakarta. Flight JT 610 was headed for the western city of Pangkal Pinang. Rescuers have recovered some bodies and personal items, including baby shoes. There is no sign of survivors. The cause of the crash, which involved a plane that had been in operation since August, remains unclear. The incident is reported to be the first major accident involving a Boeing 737 Max - an updated version of the...
  • Boeing predicts $60 billion return on costly bid for military contracts

    10/29/2018 1:51:55 PM PDT · by McQ444 · 12 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 2018-10-29 21:00 | James Langford
    Boeing Co. views the low-ball bids that helped it win contracts for a Navy drone and an Air Force training jet as spending money to make money.
  • Mock German fighter plane crashes on California freeway

    10/24/2018 11:49:23 AM PDT · by C19fan · 34 replies
    AP ^ | October 23, 2018 | Staff
    A pilot escaped injury after his vintage single-engine plane crashed and burst into flames on a southern California freeway on Tuesday, authorities said. The North American AT-6 was painted with second-world-war-era German air force markings, said Chris Rushing, president of Condor Squadron. The plane belonged to the group, which performs mock dogfights for air shows and flies in formation over parades, memorial services and events commemorating veterans, Rushing said. The plane struck the center divider of US 101 and the pilot, the only occupant, was safely removed before flames consumed much of the aircraft, the Los Angeles county fire department...
  • Driverless Hover-Taxis to Take Off in Singapore

    10/24/2018 1:38:00 AM PDT · by piasa · 6 replies
    Phys.org ^ | October 24, 2018
    Test flights of a driverless hover-taxi will take place in Singapore next year, a German aviation firm said, the latest innovation to offer an escape from Asia's monster traffic jams. Millions of commuters in the region's cities have to contend with chronic gridlock every day, sparking a race to develop new ways to avoid the snarl-ups. While the developed city-state of Singapore does not suffer major congestion, it is seen as a perfect test-bed for new technologies due to its compact size and openness to innovation. German firm Volocopter said Tuesday it will conduct the test flights in Singapore in...
  • Mysterious space object that landed on California ranch identified

    10/19/2018 12:10:35 PM PDT · by ETL · 64 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | Oct 19, 2018 | Jennifer Earl | Fox News
    California residents were stunned to watch a fireball of space junk shoot across the sky and fall onto a nearby ranch last week. Videos of the bizarre sight quickly spread across social media — with many wondering what the debris was and where exactly it came from. The owner of the ranch near Hanford spotted the big chunk of metal in his walnut orchard on Oct. 13 and alerted local authorities. ..." After nearly a week of searching for clues, officials finally got an answer. The Vandenberg Air Force Base told Kings County Sheriff's deputies the object was most likely a...
  • Space Force to be the Topic of Next National Space Council Meeting

    10/19/2018 1:58:08 PM PDT · by ETL · 20 replies
    Space.com ^ | Oct 19, 2018 | Jeff Foust, SpaceNews Writer
    WASHINGTON — The status of proposals to create a separate branch of the U.S. military devoted to space will be the subject of the next meeting of the National Space Council on Oct. 23. Vice President Mike Pence, in an Oct. 12 tweet, said that the interagency group will discuss "progress made and next steps" on the formation of a Space Force, a plan formally announced by President Trump  at the council's last meeting in June. The president "has rightly called for the creation of a 6th branch of the Armed Forces to advance US dominance in space," Pence wrote. "#SpaceForce is...
  • Ukrainian Su-27UB Flanker Crashes, Reportedly Killing Ukrainian and U.S. Pilots Onboard (Updated)

    10/16/2018 7:58:57 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    The Drive ^ | OCTOBER 16, 2018 | TYLER ROGOWAY AND JOSEPH TREVITHICK
    Details about the mishap are still limited, but a Su-27UB Flanker combat jet from Ukraine's Air Force has crashed in that country, killing its Ukrainian pilot, as well as reportedly a member of the U.S. Air National Guard. The jet had been flying a training sortie as part of Exercise Clear Sky 2018, which began on Oct. 8, 2018. The accident occurred at around 5:00 PM local time on Oct. 16, 2018, near the village of Ulaniv, which is situated approximately 185 miles southwest of the Ukranian capital Kiev. Ukraine's military immediately launched a search and rescue operation that unfortunately...
  • Hurricane Michael Mangled at Least 17 F-22 Raptors That Failed to Flee Their Base

    10/16/2018 2:01:55 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 129 replies
    Yahoo.com ^ | 10/15/2018 | Kyle Mizokami
    The U.S. Air Force is assessing what damage more than a dozen F-22 Raptor fighters suffered when Tyndall Air Force Base sustained a direct hit from Hurricane Michael. Up to $2 billion in fighter jets were trapped on the ground because of maintenance issues and forced to ride out the Category 4 hurricane. Photographs show the hangars where F-22s were parked suffered severe damage. First, the good news: Although Tyndall Air Force Base took a hard hit from the hurricane, all 3,600 military personnel and their families living on the base were successfully evacuated beforehand. The 93 Air Force personnel...
  • China Reportedly Plans To Unveil H-20 Stealth Bomber At Air Force Anniversary Parade In 2019

    10/15/2018 7:24:26 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies
    The Drive ^ | OCTOBER 15, 2018 | JOSEPH TREVITHICK
    Less than a week after Chinese state media said the H-20 stealth bomber program was making “great progress,” there are now reports that the People’s Liberation Army Air Force, or PLAAF, might be planning to publicly reveal the plane during celebrations the mark the 70th anniversary of its founding in 2019. It has also emerged that the PLAAF showed off a logo featuring the silhouette of a flying wing-style aircraft at a recent official gala promoting plans to establish a “first-class strategic bomber division,” which may also be a nod to the up-coming H-20. Defence Blog was among the first...
  • British pilot makes history to become the first to perform 'rolling landing'... (F-35B)

    10/15/2018 7:10:41 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 20 replies
    MAILONLINE ^ | October 15, 2018 | LEIGH MCMANUS
    A British test pilot has made history by performing a ‘rolling landing’ with an F-35 stealth fighter onto the deck of an aircraft carrier Peter 'Wizzer Wilson', a BAE Systems test pilot, put the £120m aircraft down on HMS Queen Elizabeth without using its vertical landing system or a ‘tailhook’. Despite blustery conditions, he performed a more conventional short landing in a world first. The new landing technique means that the cutting-edge jet will now not have to jettison fuel or expensive weapons into the sea before it touches down on the aircraft carrier after a mission. The Royal Navy...
  • Japan eyes purchasing more F-35As to counter China

    10/15/2018 12:12:47 AM PDT · by robowombat · 10 replies
    JAPAN NEWS - YOMIURI ^ | October 13, 2018
    Japan eyes purchasing more F-35As to counter China By JAPAN NEWS-YOMIURI TOKYO — The government is considering procuring about 20 additional F-35A stealth fighter jets for the Air Self-Defense Force, starting from as early as fiscal 2020, in a bid to counter China's rapidly expanding air power, The Yomiuri Shimbun has learned. The procurement plan will be stated in the next Medium Term Defense Program for fiscal 2019-23, which is slated to be compiled by the end of this year, according to sources close to the government. The newly acquired aircraft will be added to the F-35As to be deployed...