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  • Air Force Seeks Neuroweapons To Enhance US Airmen's Minds and Confuse Foes

    11/03/2010 9:30:21 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 15 replies
    Popular Science ^ | 11/3/2010 | Rebecca Boyle
    Intelligent advanced aircraft is one thing, but if the Air Force wants to be in prime warfighting condition, its pilots had better come with advanced weaponry, too. That’s why the Air Force wants neuroweapons that can enhance airmen’s performance, while degrading the mental states of their foes. The Air Force Research Laboratory’s 711th Human Performance Wing just updated a call for proposals that examine “Advances in Bioscience for Airmen Performance,” according to Wired's Danger Room. The initial announcement came out last November, but no one has yet come up with new stimulants that help airmen focus, or models that fuse...
  • Wounded Soldiers Stuck in Middle of Aircraft Battle

    10/31/2010 12:27:45 PM PDT · by huldah1776 · 5 replies
    AOLNews ^ | October 30, 2010 | Sharon Weinberger
    "More than two dozen injured U.S. troops, including six critical-care patients, have been loaded onto the C-17 transport aircraft destined for Andrews Air Force Base, Md. Then everyone aboard gets the bad news: There's a fuel leak, and the aircraft may not be able to fly today." ... "The Air Force has ordered 213 C-17s to date, but further orders depend on a battle between Congress, which has pushed to extend the production line, and Defense Secretary Robert Gates, who wants to halt further purchases."
  • Sinking fast: French aircraft carrier set to defend Britain breaks down

    10/31/2010 11:00:28 AM PDT · by Nachum · 51 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 10/31/10 | Staff
    The French aircraft carrier which is set to play a key role in defending Britain over the next decade has broken down. As President Nicolas Sarkozy prepares to use a London summit this week to announce that RAF jets will fly from the carrier Charles de Gaulle, his naval chiefs have told him that she is no longer seaworthy. She is meant to be heading to Afghanistan but is instead in her home port with a faulty propulsion system, said a French Navy source.
  • When Ejection Seats Fail

    10/26/2010 2:22:22 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 3 replies
    The Strategy page ^ | 10/26/2010 | The Strategy Page
    Three years ago, a navigator in the rear seat of a British Tornado jet fighter died when he fell out of the aircraft. Details of the accident are only now being made public. At the time, the aircraft had just undergone some updates and was undergoing a flight check. Some of the maintenance work involved the ejection seats. But the work on the rear ejection seat left a small (5 cm/two inch) metal part installed incorrectly. This allowed the ejection seat to come lose when the aircraft was momentarily upside down. Part of the ejection system worked, and the canopy...
  • FAA Halts All Private Los Angeles Air Traffic To Make Space For Obama

    10/22/2010 1:16:21 PM PDT · by Beaten Valve · 41 replies
    LA Weekly ^ | October 22, 2010 | Simone Wilson
    Los Angeles drivers aren't the only ones being screwed over by President Obama this Friday afternoon. The president's journey to the USC campus will also be cushioned by a blockade of air traffic within eight miles of LAX and downtown Los Angeles -- and within 10 miles of Burbank Airport -- from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Federal Aviation Association told the Wrap that it has placed a Temporary Flight Restriction on all Los Angeles airspace, and that "only law enforcement aircraft and air ambulance aircraft" will be permitted through at certain times. However, LAX spokesperson Albert Rodriguez clarifies...
  • Meet the Kenyan Who Built an Airplane in His Backyard

    10/15/2010 1:01:14 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 22 replies
    Gawker ^ | 10/15/2010 | Max Read
    How are you spending you weekends? Gabriel Nderitu, an I.T. specialist in Kenya, has been spending his building an airplane, from scratch, in his backyard. The only question is: Will it fly? Nderitu's plane should be taking its first test run sometime in the next few days, according to this news story from Kenya Citizen TV. If it's successful, he'll be the first person in Kenya to build an airplane. He spent the last year working on weekends with the help of a few men he employed as welders. It's spent most of that time in the backyard of his...
  • A Tiger Bites Its Tail

    09/29/2010 11:06:01 PM PDT · by Neil E. Wright · 24 replies
    On Sep 21, 1956 Grumman test pilot Tom Attridge shot himself down in a graphic demonstration of two objects occupying the wrong place at the same timeone being a Grumman F11F-1 Tiger [138260], the other a gaggle of its own bullets.. It happened on the second run of test-firing four 20mm cannon at Mach 1.0 speeds. At 20,000' Attridge entered a shallow dive of 20, accelerating in afterburner, and at 13,000' pulled the trigger for a four-second burst, then another to empty the belts. During the firing run the F11F continued its descent, and upon arriving at 7,000', the...
  • EN OF AN ERA [History Passing By]

    09/28/2010 10:54:02 AM PDT · by SandRat · 33 replies · 2+ views
    A Plant II Reminisce ^ | bert A. Bogash
    Early Saturday morning in a rainy Seattle. 0300 hrs local time. The location: Boeing's historic Plant II - about to be torn down after three quarters of a century producing thousands of the most significant and historic airplanes ever built. In preparation for demolition, three airplanes that have been undergoing Museum of Flight restoration in the factory's assembly bays will have to be moved. Just as in days past, with lights and images reflecting off the wet pavement, the last three airplanes are rolled out. The giant hangar doors are raised, the tugs and towbars are hooked up, and with...
  • Plane that manoeuvres without flaps developed

    09/27/2010 10:46:46 AM PDT · by managusta · 48 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 27 Sep 2010 | A.N.Other
    The DEMON uses output from the jets to control airflow over the plane, manipulating lift and drag without using traditional mechanisms to steer. Its developers believe the technology could revolutionize the stealth capabilities of military aircraft by reducing edges and gaps that can be picked up on radar. The technology could also reduce fuel and maintenance costs for commercial airliners. Professor John Fielding, chief engineer and lead for the DEMON demonstrator team from Cranfield University, said: ''To make an aircraft fly and maneuver safely without the use of conventional control surfaces is an achievement in itself. The DEMON was developed...
  • 2 held in alleged nuke bomb making for Venezuela

    09/17/2010 12:04:48 PM PDT · by Nachum · 19 replies
    msnbc ^ | 9/17/10 | staff
    WASHINGTON A scientist and his wife were arrested and indicted on charges of trying to help make a nuclear bomb for Venezuela, the Justice Department announced Friday. Pedro Leonardo Mascheroni, 75, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Argentina, and Marjorie Roxby Mascheroni, 67, a U.S. citizen, were indicted on Thursday by a federal grand jury. Both had worked as contractors at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico, the Justice Department said in a statement. If convicted of all 22 charges in the indictment, the defendants face a potential sentence of life in prison, the department said. The U.S....
  • Malware Blamed For Disastrous Plane Crash

    08/22/2010 12:52:55 PM PDT · by James C. Bennett · 82 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | 20 August, 2010 | Gizmodo
      154 lives were lost when Spanair Flight 5022 crashed moments after taking off from Madrid-Barajas International Airport in 2008. Now documents from an investigation into the incident are showing that a malware infection may have been to blame.According to the investigation, the computer system used to monitor technical problems on the plane was infected with a trojan. As a result, there were no alerts or warnings for three technical issues which "if detected, may have prevented the plane from taking off."The investigation is still not complete and authorities are trying to determine just how the malware got onto the...
  • Sukhoi scores sales success as aviation rebounds from crisis

    08/19/2010 5:59:35 PM PDT · by GWConservative · 2 replies
    BSR Russia ^ | 07 / 25 / 2010 | John Bonar
    Aviation has rebounded from the economic crisis and the proof is in the US$ 47bn of orders signed at last week's biannual Farnborough International Airshow. While the 2008 Farnborough air show held before the start of the global economic recession saw a total of $89 billion worth of deals signed, aviation and aerospace executives were pleased with the resounding rebound. Of the total sales at the 2010 show over 20% - about US$ 10bn were inked by Russian companies and the biggest smiles were around the Sukhoi stand as its Civil Aircraft division proved the international appeal of the Sukhoi...
  • New Stealth Nano-Paint Turns Any Aircraft Into a Radar-Evading Stealth Plane

    Some innovations in flight are huge; for instance, this week we've already seen concepts for a flying car and caught wind of the first fully-autonomous helicopter flight. But other aviation innovations are as simple as a fresh coat of paint. An Israeli nanotech company is claiming that it has created a special paint that makes planes, missiles, drones, and other aircraft invisible to radar. The company, called Nanoflight, says it has completed an initial test run and found that missiles painted with its proprietary nano-paint are very difficult to detect with radar. The paint doesn't make aircraft disappear completely from...
  • Dita Von Teese immortalized on side of plane (with pic)

    06/16/2010 2:16:42 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 14 replies · 1,048+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | June 16, 2010 | WENN Newsdesk
    Dita Von Teese has been immortalized on the side of a Virgin Atlantic plane to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the airline's direct flights between London and Las Vegas. Virgin boss Richard Branson posed with the burlesque star on the wing of the aircraft on June 15 at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas as they unveiled a large picture of Von Teese emblazoned across the plane. (Von Teese via "Headed out to Las Vegas today.....Sir Richard is in charge, so I'm sure it's going to be fun. Stay tuned!" "I've never actually walked on the wing of an...
  • America's Atomic Bomber (480p Video)

    06/13/2010 4:56:18 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 6 replies · 675+ views
    Youtube ^ | 6/13/2010 | Youtube
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  • ISAF Helps Afghans Search for Missing Passenger Aircraft

    05/17/2010 5:58:50 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 165+ views
    KABUL, Afghanistan, May 17, 2010 The International Security Assistance Force is helping Afghan authorities in their search for a civilian passenger aircraft that was reported missing today. According to news reports, 44 people were aboard the missing aircraft. An ISAF fixed-wing aircraft has been dispatched to the last known position of the missing plane, officials said, but poor weather conditions in the area are hampering the aerial search. Two ISAF helicopters are en route to the area. Other ISAF helicopters are on standby at Bagram Airfield and Kabul International Airport to assist in any rescue effort, officials said.
  • Boeing conducts cold-weather tests in Florida

    05/01/2010 7:15:01 AM PDT · by GWConservative · 10 replies · 602+ views
    Fairbanks Daily News ^ | 4/27/2010 | Dermot Cole
    Boeing took one of its new 787 Dreamliners to Florida for cold weather tests. In an environment designed to mimic January conditions in Fairbanks, Boeing is seeing how all parts of the plane respond to a cold soak at 45 below. When the engineers work inside the giant freezer at Eglin Air Force Base, pens dont work, so they have to use pencils. On a spring day in Florida, the parka-clad workers look as if they could be outdoors in Fairbanks on a cold winter day. There is a touch of ice fog in the air that builds up as...
  • Russian Mega-Jet Lands In Stockton Plane To Move Chinook Choppers

    04/30/2010 12:55:06 PM PDT · by Selene · 42 replies · 2,210+ views
    KCRA Sacramento ^ | 04/30/2010
    STOCKTON, Calif. -- A giant Russian cargo plane landed Friday morning in Stockton. The AN-124 jet, one of the largest aircraft in the world and one of only two currently in operation, arrived shortly after 6:30 a.m. at Stockton Metropolitan Airport. The jet, which was making its first visit to Stockton, will take two CH-47 Chinook helicopters to Alaska. ...Harvey said an Alaska unit was training in California and part of its pre-mobilization requirement calls for moving aircraft. "In this particular case, in this training event, the Russians have volunteered to assist us," Harvey said.
  • Anybody need parts for their F-111 or F-15?

    04/26/2010 11:35:16 AM PDT · by WVKayaker · 35 replies · 946+ views
    Government Liquidations ^ | 4/26/2010 | Unnamed
    11 F-15 Eagle Aircraft for parts reclamation from tail #'s: 760099, 770059, 760071, 760106, 770141, 770129, 770145, 770140, 760044, 760097 and 770160. Only parts with a demil code of A or Q will be released to buyer. Mutilation not required. ...
  • Air Force Launches Hypersonic Glider Over Pacific

    04/23/2010 11:31:34 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 14 replies · 813+ views
    WLBT ^ | Apr 23, 2010
    The Air Force has launched an experimental hypersonic glider able to travel more than 4,000 miles in 30 minutes over the Pacific Ocean. The 30th Space Wing at Vandenberg Air Force Base says a Minotaur 4 rocket carrying the glider blasted off Thursday afternoon from the central California coast. The Air Force statement does not reveal the result of the test involving the Falcon Hypersonic Technology Vehicle 2. A fact sheet from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency says the vehicle was to be accelerated into the upper atmosphere, separate from its booster and glide across the Pacific at 13,000...
  • World Airways Jet Grounded In Europe, Possible Engine Damage From Ash

    04/21/2010 10:36:57 AM PDT · by blam · 29 replies · 1,212+ views
    The Business Insider ^ | 4-21-2010 | Dan Frommer
    <p>A World Airways cargo jet was grounded in Belgium today and its engines are currently being inspected.</p> <p>Obviously, if volcanic ash is found, or any damage from ash, that could send ripples through the aviation industry.</p> <p>The plane was not diverted: "It landed normally at Ostende, its intended destination," World Airways spokesman Steve Forsyth tells us by email.</p>
  • Chocks away for world's biggest model aircraft ... shame 8,000 B-50 bomber can only fly for 8min

    04/21/2010 9:41:57 AM PDT · by Stoat · 29 replies · 1,455+ views
    The Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | April 21, 2010
    (edit) The Boeing B-50 bomber is so big it holds the title as the world's largest electric model aircraft, It is classified as a light aircraft and is licensed by the Civil Aviation Authority.Built by Tony Nijhuis in his garage the aircraft is a scale version of the US bomber and has a 20ft wingspan and weighs just over seven stones.It took Mr Nijhuis, from Hastings, East Sussex, two years to make the radio-controlled plane that he calls the 'jolly green giant' and cost him 8,000. (edit) t has 96 batteries that power four electric motors which drive...
  • Why aircraft are unable to fly in ash clouds

    04/19/2010 4:12:48 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 35 replies · 1,343+ views
    Volvo Aero ^ | 4/19/2010 | Volvo Aero
    Air traffic in Sweden and Europe is currently paralyzed due to a volcanic eruption in Iceland. How could a local event in the furthest reaches of Northern Europe paralyze an entire continent? The reason is that the ash that fills the air following a volcanic eruption has a much denser content than a normal dust or ash cloud. The ash affects air-traffic safety in a number of ways. The ash comprises minerals, which are extremely small and hard rock particles. They are so hard that they can have a blasting effect on the aircrafts cockpit windowpanes when an aircraft meets...
  • Russia's MiG gets air under its wings again

    04/16/2010 9:57:18 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 7 replies · 490+ views
    Gulf News ^ | 4/17/2010 | Arno Maierbrugger
    Russia's aircraft manufacturer MiG is on the way to recovery from the financial crisis, a Russian defence expert said. The company, once the flagship of Russia's fighter plane industry, was on the brink of bankruptcy in 2008 after orders declined due to quality problems. But according to Konstantin Makiyenko, deputy director of the Russian Centre for Analysis of Strategies and Technologies, MiG is now ready for lift-off after the Russian government injected 750 million euros (Dh348.9 million) into it over the last years and merged MiG with Ilyushin, Irkut, Sukhoi, Tupolev and Yakovlev to a new company named United Aircraft...
  • Successful First Flight for Solar-Powered Electric Airplane

    04/14/2010 1:46:43 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 19 replies · 658+ views ^ | 11 April 2010 | Staff
    The Solar Impulse HB-SIA prototype electric aircraft made its first flight on 7 April. The goal of the Solar Impulse Project is to develop a solar airplane that can take off and fly, day and night, powered by solar energy alone around the world. In the flight, the Solar Impulse HB-SIA prototype climbed up to 1,200 meters, then flew for 87 minutes with test pilot Markus Scherdel at the controls. A total of 11,628 monocrystalline silicon cells (10,748 on the upper wing surface, 880 on the horizontal stabilizer), each 150 microns thick, run four 7.5 kW (10 hp) electric motors...
  • Airman's vigilance prevents aircraft mishap

    03/22/2010 6:02:08 PM PDT · by SandRat · 6 replies · 1,210+ views
    Air Force News ^ | Staff Sgt. Richard Williams, USAF
    3/22/2010 - BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan (AFNS) -- Airmen from the 455th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron aborted an F-15E Strike Eagle mission minutes before takeoff March 12 here when a crew chief noticed an oddity with the flight controls of an aircraft. Staff Sgt. Justin Wilson, a 494th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Unit crew chief, was watching two taxiing F-15Es at about 11:30 p.m. local time and saw something peculiar as the second aircraft proceeded to the end of runway area to complete preflight preparations. "We were watching them taxi and I noticed when the second jet made its turn the left...
  • Aircraft Underwater [Interesting underwater ejection]

    03/22/2010 3:56:57 AM PDT · by James C. Bennett · 7 replies · 937+ views
    Bharat Rakskak ^ | Friday, 06 October 2006 | Bharat Rakshak
    "Brakes, Brakes, Brakes," ordered an urgent voice over the aircraft radio. Unfortunately, Commander Peter Debrass was to recollect this only as, "Some crackling sound which I could not distinguish," and wondered who was conveying a message and to whom. This crackle at noon on 04 March 1976, began the opening chapter of two fateful minutes in the life of this experienced naval aviator. Peter completed his basic flying training at the IAF stations at Jodhpur and Secundrabad. He then came back to the Navy for his operational flying training on the Vampires, soon converting onto the Sea Hawks, the carrier...
  • Plane kills jogger in SC beach emergency landing

    03/16/2010 10:04:18 AM PDT · by PilotDave · 34 replies · 1,037+ views
    The Sun News/AP ^ | 16 Mar 2010 | RUSS BYNUM
    HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. -- A 38-year-old father of two was jogging and listening to his iPod when he was hit from behind and killed by a small plane making an emergency landing on the beach, officials said Tuesday. Robert Gary Jones of Woodstock, Ga., died instantly Monday evening when he was hit by the single-engine plane, which had lost its propeller, said Beaufort County Coroner Ed Allen. The pilot's vision was blocked by oil on the windshield. Jones apparently did not see or hear the plane, which was "basically gliding," the coroner said. FAA records show the Experimental Lancair...
  • Air Force to Test New Hypersonic Aircraft

    03/09/2010 10:16:28 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 37 replies · 1,643+ views
    The U.S. Air Force is gearing up for the first of four planned test flights of a hypersonic aircraft designed to operate for much longer durations and cover far greater distances than previous platforms of its type. The maiden flight of the X-51 Waverider aircraft the first U.S. hypersonic vehicle to fly in six years is scheduled to take place later in March. Boeing Defense, Space & Security Systems of St. Louis has been developing the aircraft since 2003 on behalf of the Air Force Research Laboratory and Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. The missile-shaped X-51 will be...
  • Bagram Airmen respond to aircraft emergency

    03/08/2010 5:10:58 PM PST · by SandRat · 6 replies · 76+ views
    Air Force News | Staff Sgt. Richard Williams, USAF
    3/8/2010 - BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan (AFNS) -- Airmen assigned to the 455th Expeditionary Maintenance Group here were some of the first responders on the scene after an Airbus A300 crew performed an emergency landing March 1 here. The aircraft, contracted to DHL International, was carrying mail and cargo when an unsafe gear indicator alerted the crew to a problem. The crew touched down after a visual inspection by tower members to ensure the landing gear was extended. Upon landing, the main landing gear collapsed and the aircraft slid to a stop between the runway and a taxi area. "We were...
  • It's 2010 - finally my jet pack is here!

    03/08/2010 1:58:07 PM PST · by Reaganesque · 29 replies · 315+ views ^ | 3/7/10 | Tannith Cattermole
    It's been a long time coming. While Arthur C. Clarke's satellites have taken to space, and James Bond's futuristic mobile technology has become common place, still the dream of sustained personal flight has eluded us. But the future is here! Finally we can all take flight as Martin Aircraft in New Zealand releases the first commercially-available jet pack! A bit of history... Like many science fiction concepts, the jetpack design has become firmly entrenched in the collective psyche: ask anyone to draw you a jetpack and they will give you a man with two fiery pods strapped to his back...
  • The Last Four Minutes of Air France Flight 447

    03/03/2010 7:58:07 AM PST · by SloopJohnB · 105 replies · 3,968+ views
    Der Spiegel (Germany) ^ | February 25, 2010 | Gerald Traufetter
    The crash of Air France flight 447 from Rio to Paris last year is one of the most mysterious accidents in the history of aviation. After months of investigation, a clear picture has emerged of what went wrong. The reconstruction of the horrific final four minutes reveal continuing safety problems in civil aviation.
  • U.S. Air Force Set To Begin X-51 Hypersonic Flight Tests

    02/26/2010 8:46:52 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 15 replies · 1,062+ views
    Space News ^ | 2/26/2010 | Turner Brinton
    The U.S. Air Force is gearing up for the first of four planned test flights of a hypersonic aircraft designed to operate for much longer durations and cover far greater distances than previous platforms of its type. The maiden flight of the X-51 Waverider aircraft the first U.S. hypersonic vehicle to fly in six years is scheduled to take place later in March. Boeing Defense, Space & Security Systems of St. Louis has been developing the aircraft since 2003 on behalf of the Air Force Research Laboratory and Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. The missile-shaped X-51 will be...

    02/22/2010 5:51:21 PM PST · by Cindy · 8 replies · 280+ views
    INTERNET ^ | February 22, 2010 | n/a
    22 February 2010 "JIHADIS REFLECT ON THE AUSTIN, TX ATTACK*" SNIPPET: "They seem to have confused the IRS and the CIA - nevertheless, you may be sure they learned the important lesson, namely that even a small aircraft loaded with fuel can destroy a reasonably large building."
  • Plane Pilot in Austin Tx Leaves Suicide Note on Website

    02/18/2010 11:00:14 AM PST · by trapman · 25 replies · 1,073+ views
    The Bovine Scatologist ^ | 02/18/2010 | Tbot
    If youre reading this, youre no doubt asking yourself, Why did this have to happen? The simple truth is that it is complicated and has been coming for a long time. The writing process, started many months ago, was intended to be therapy in the face of the looming realization that there isnt enough therapy in the world that can fix what is really broken. Needless to say, this rant could fill volumes with example after example if I would let it. I find the process of writing it frustrating, tedious, and probably pointless especially given my gross inability to...
  • ABL Shoots Down Target, Engages Second

    02/13/2010 12:45:09 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 5 replies · 380+ views
    Aviation Week and Space Technology ^ | 1/12/2010 | Amy Butler
    The U.S. Missile Defense Agencys (MDA) Airborne Laser (ABL) has successfully engaged its first ballistic missile with its powerful chemical laser, shooting it down and demonstrating the concept of using high-powered lasers to destroy such threats in their boost phase of flight. A series of flight tests included engagement of a single liquid-fueled ballistic missile and two solid-fueled Terrier Black Brant sounding rockets. Though not ballistic missiles, the rockets closely mimic a solid-fueled ballistic missile in the boost phase, the period in which ABL is expected to engage. And they offer a lower-cost alternative to launching actual short-range ballistic missile...
  • In test, US airborne laser shoots down missile: Pentagon

    02/12/2010 3:29:37 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 25 replies · 722+ views
    AFP ^ | 1/12/2010 | AFP
    A high-energy laser mounted on a US military aircraft has shot down a ballistic missile in the first successful test of the weapon, the US Missile Defense Agency said on Friday. The experiment -- evoking a scene out of a science fiction film -- was carried out off the central California coast at Point Mugu Naval Air Warfare Center at 8:44 pm Thursday Pacific time (0444 GMT), the agency said in a statement. "The Missile Defense Agency demonstrated the potential use of directed energy to defend against ballistic missiles when the Airborne Laser Testbed (ALTB) successfully destroyed a boosting ballistic...

    02/12/2010 8:35:59 AM PST · by Edisto Joe · 10 replies · 436+ views
    The Edisto Joe Outlook ^ | 02/12/2010 | EJO
    Iran's military has launched two production lines to build unmanned aircraft with surveillance and attack capabilities, their defense minister said Monday. The drones would be used for "surveillance, detection and even assaults with high precision," according to a report quoted by the London Daily Telegraph. This is just the latest in a list of technological advances and military achievements announced by the country.
  • Lasers Creates New Forms of Metal and Enhances Aircraft Performance

    02/09/2010 12:19:31 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 7 replies · 483+ views
    Space War ^ | 02/09/2010 | Maria Callier/AFNS
    Dr. Chunlei Guo and his team of Air Force Research Laboratory-funded researchers from the University of Rochester are using laser light technology that will help the military create new forms of metal that may guide, attract, and repel liquids and cool small electronic devices. The researchers discovered a way to transform a shiny piece of metal into one that is pitch black, not by paint, but by using incredibly intense bursts of laser light. Dr. Guo and his team have been working on creating technology that may enable the Air Force to create an additional kind of metal. The black...
  • Brazil To Buy 36 Dassault Rafale Aircraft For $6.2 Billion - Report

    02/07/2010 11:13:34 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 17 replies · 773+ views
    Morningstar ^ | 2/4/2010 | Morningstar
    The Brazilian government has decided to acquire 36 Rafale fighter aircraft made by France's Dassault Aviation SA for $6.2 billion, local newspaper Folha de S. Paulo reported Thursday. The report cited an unnamed source close to the government as saying that the acquisition was decided by Brazil's President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and Defense Minister Nelson Jobim. Officials at the presidential palace and defense ministry couldn't be immediately reached for comment by Dow Jones Newswires. Earlier this year, the Brazilian Air Force concluded a technical report that evaluated proposals from Dassault, Sweden's Saab AB and Boeing Co.
  • U.K. Firm Pleads Guilty to Illegally Exporting Boeing 747 Aircraft to IranFirm...

    02/05/2010 4:43:26 PM PST · by Cindy · 8 replies · 578+ views
    Note: The following text is a quote: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Friday, February 5, 2010 U.K. Firm Pleads Guilty to Illegally Exporting Boeing 747 Aircraft to Iran Firm Agrees to Pay $15 Million in Fines Balli Aviation Ltd., a subsidiary of the United Kingdom-based Balli Group PLC, pleaded guilty today in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to a two-count criminal information in connection with its illegal export of commercial Boeing 747 aircraft from the United States to Iran, announced David Kris, Assistant Attorney General for National Security; Channing D. Phillips, U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia;...
  • Batstrike!

    01/31/2010 6:11:45 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 11 replies · 1,120+ views
    Smithsonian Air and Space Museum ^ | 12/14/2009 | Randy Gordon
    It was my first T-38A night solo out of Laughlin Air Force Base in the remote west Texas desert. Since night flying as a pilot training student is already an emergency procedure by default, the instructors make the flight as basic as possible. The weather has to be almost crystal clear and the winds nearly at a dead calm. Students receive a tremendous amount of preparation training for the flight and are drilled on the game plan so thoroughly that I still remember it to this day: An instructor would take off with the solo students following him at regular...
  • The Flying Ambulance: UAV, which assists in medical operations, is currently being tested

    01/31/2010 5:59:47 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies · 651+ views
    Rescue without human touch: The Air-Mule UAV which assists in medical evacuation has recently passed its initial flight tests. The new UAV, which weighs a ton, will be able to carry equipment and fly into complicated places, such as in urban areas and crevices. In addition to that, the Air-Mule takes off vertically, similar to a helicopter, and its stability will be guaranteed by a unique flight supervision system. Urban Aeronautics, the company producing the UAV, is one of the world's leading companies in the development of propellers which are installed inside the aircraft instead of outside. The advantage of...
  • The Big Money Behind Europe's U.S. Warplane Trash-Talk

    01/29/2010 10:41:06 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 16 replies · 974+ views
    Popular Mechanics ^ | 1/25/2010 | Joe Pappalardo
    When there is more than $10 billion in weapons sales at stake, marketing can trump diplomacy during NATO air combat training. NATO pilots routinely participate in war games with its members, during which flights of "red team" airplanes play the opposition and square off against NATO pilots in realistic encounters. Recently, a squadron of pilots of the Spanish air force flew Eurofighter Typhoons, a multirole airplane with good dogfighting abilities, in mock combat against U.S. Air Force F-15s in the skies around Gando Air Base, Gran Canaria. The engagements, judging by a press release issued by Eurofighter, did not go...
  • Classified Bomber Under Consideration

    01/25/2010 7:29:47 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 5 replies · 722+ views
    Aviation Week ans Space Technolgy ^ | 1/22/2009 | Bill Sweetman
    The $2-billion question in development of a new bomber is whether a major black-world demonstration program is already underway, with Northrop Grumman as the contractor. This hypothesis makes sense of a series of clues that have appeared since 2005. In that year, Scott Winship, program manager for Northrop Grummans X-47 unmanned combat aircraft system (UCAS), mentioned that the companyresponding to a U.S. Air Force interest in a bigger version of the then-ongoing Joint UCAS projecthad proposed an X-47C with very long endurance, a 10,000-lb.-plus weapon load and a 172-ft. wingspan, the same as a B-2. The idea was to match...

    01/02/2010 4:32:29 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 10 replies · 1,203+ views
    Remains of the first airplane ever taken to Antarctica, in 1912, have been found by Australian researchers, the team announced Saturday. The Mawson's Huts Foundation had been searching for the plane for three summers before stumbling upon metal pieces of it on New Year's Day. "The biggest news of the day is that we've found the air tractor, or at least parts of it!" team member Tony Stewart wrote on the team's blog from Cape Denison in Antarctica's Commonwealth Bay. Australian polar explorer and geologist Douglas Mawson led two expeditions to Antarctica in the early 1900s, on the first one...
  • Malaysia's stolen jet engines traced to Argentina: police

    12/26/2009 8:34:21 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 12 replies · 821+ views
    Space War ^ | 12/24/2009 | Kuala Lumpur
    Two missing US-made fighter jet engines, worth 29 million dollars and stolen from a Malaysian military airbase, have been traced to Argentina, police said Thursday. Police chief Musa Hasan said officers were checking with their counterparts in Buenos Aires to confirm if the missing engines are still in the country. "The stolen engines have been taken to Argentina," the police chief told AFP. "We have to check if the engines are still in that country." Musa told the Star newspaper that several top airforce officers, including generals, are expected to be questioned in connection with the theft. Four people, including...
  • Nigerian National Charged with Attempting to Destroy Northwest Airlines Aircraft (FBI Press)

    12/26/2009 2:48:22 PM PST · by TornadoAlley3 · 21 replies · 972+ views ^ | 12-26-09 | fbi
    WASHINGTONA 23-year-old Nigerian man was charged in a federal criminal complaint today with attempting to destroy a Northwest Airlines aircraft on its final approach to Detroit Metropolitan Airport on Christmas Day and with placing a destructive device on the aircraft. According to an affidavit filed in support of the criminal complaint, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, 23, a Nigerian national, boarded Northwest Flight 253 in Amsterdam, Netherlands on December 24, 2009 and had a device attached to his body. As the flight was approaching Detroit Metropolitan Airport, Abdulmutallab set off the device, which resulted in a fire and what appears to have...
  • Jet fliers tackle bomber: Al Qaeda plot foiled in skies over Mich.

    12/26/2009 2:36:04 AM PST · by Scanian · 31 replies · 1,863+ views
    NY Post ^ | December 26, 2009 | NY Post
    An al Qaeda terrorist tried to blow up a plane packed with Christmas travelers yesterday as it was about to land in Detroit -- but was thwarted by heroic passengers who tackled the madman, authorities said. The 23-year-old Nigerian suffered serious burns, and at least two other passengers were injured in the terrifying violence aboard the Northwest Airlines flight from Amsterdam. "This could have been catastrophic," Rep. Peter King (R-LI) told Fox News. "We were lucky." President Obama, on vacation in Hawaii, ordered his national security team to ensure that "all appropriate measures be taken to increase security for air...
  • Bees Always Have a Safe Landing... how their technique could help engineers to design new aircraft

    12/23/2009 7:54:12 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 13 replies · 854+ views
    Discovery ^ | 12/23/09 | Emily Sohn
    Find out why bees never crash land, and how their technique could help engineers to design new aircraft.Whether landing on a picnic table, underneath a flower petal, or on a wall of a hive, bees always manage to touch down without crashing or tumbling. Now, for the first time, scientists have figured out how these insects maneuver themselves onto all sorts of surfaces, from right side up to upside-down. The bees' technique, which depends mostly on eyesight, may help engineers design a new generation of automated aircraft that would be undetectable to radar or sonar systems and would make...