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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...