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  • 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...
  • Pilot ejects from F-35B after $100 million fighter jet crashes for the first time in South Carolina

    09/28/2018 1:19:02 PM PDT · by DFG · 81 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 09/28/2018 | AFP, HANNAH PARRY, MICHAEL P. HUGHES
    A US F-35 pilot was forced to eject midair after the $100million fighter jet crashed in South Carolina. The aircraft was completely destroyed in the crash during a training exercise Friday, officials said. The crash appears to be the first of its kind for the troubled F-35 program, marking an unfortunate moment for the most expensive plane in history. Speaking on condition of anonymity ahead of an official announcement, a defense official told AFP that the Marine Corps F-35 had crashed outside Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort in South Carolina.
  • China rising: Beijing’s navy may deploy four aircraft carriers by 2022

    09/12/2018 7:43:23 AM PDT · by SleeperCatcher · 36 replies
    Great Power War ^ | 9/12/18 | USA Features
    The Chinese are rapidly building a world-class navy that, by 2022, could include as many as four aircraft carriers, according to current estimates. Already, the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) has fielded a pair of carriers: The Liaoning, a Soviet-era vessel that the Chinese spent many years refurbishing and which now serves primarily as a training ship; and the Type 002, which is currently undergoing sea trials and has yet to be named. There is a third carrier, the Type 003, under construction at the Jiangnan Shipyard in Shanghai, and there are “credible reports of a fourth ship of the...
  • Boeing awarded $805 million contract for MQ-25 refueling drone.

    09/04/2018 12:23:33 PM PDT · by MCF · 37 replies
    KMOV.com ^ | Sept. 4, 2018 | Rachel Sudduth
    “The US Navy awarded Boeing on Thursday an $850 million contract to design and build the MQ-25A Stingray, the Navy's first carrier-based unmanned refueling aircraft.”
  • U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels to receive newer and larger F/A-18E/F Super Hornet

    08/14/2018 12:52:28 PM PDT · by PROCON · 9 replies
    defence-blog.com ^ | Aug. 14, 2018
    Photos by Petty Officer 2nd Class Timothy SchumakerBoeing has received a $17 million contract for convert nine F/A-18E/F Super Hornet aircraft for Blue Angels flight demonstration team, said in the statement of the U.S. Department of Defense on 13 August. The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) has contracted Boeing for the retrofit documentation and kits to convert nine F/A-18E (single-seat) and two F/A-18F (tandem-seat) aircraft into a Blue Angel configuration in accordance with engineering change proposal 6480. According to the DoD, work will be performed in St. Louis, Missouri, and is expected to be completed in December 2021. The Blue...
  • South Korea picks Boeing P-8 for $1.7 billion maritime patrol aircraft contract

    06/25/2018 3:10:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | June 25, 2018 | Staff
    SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea’s military has picked Boeing Co (BA.N) to supply the country’s maritime patrol aircraft in a contract worth around 1.9 trillion won ($1.71 billion), a senior company executive said on Monday. The South Korean procurement agency Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) said separately that it had decided to buy the P-8 Poseidon aircraft through the U.S. government foreign military sales program. Kang Hwan-seok, a DAPA spokesman, told a media briefing the decision was made after a comprehensive review of legal aspects, cost, schedule and performance. Saab (SAABb.ST) and Airbus (AIR.PA) had also shown interest in meeting...
  • USNI News Video: U.S. Navy, French Aviators Train for Middle East Deployments

    06/03/2018 9:15:56 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    USNI News ^ | June 3, 2018 | Ben Werner
    U.S. and French fighter pilots have spent nearly two months training alongside each other, exchanging tactics and comparing notes on what their Dassault Rafale and Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet jets can accomplish. During training at Naval Air Station Oceana and aboard USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77), the most note-worthing finding is how similar the two navies’ flight operations procedures aboard the carrier are, said both French and U.S. pilots. Still, each airframe comes with unique attributes, which made for some interesting mission training exercises. USNI News Graphic “The Rafale is a rocket,” Lt. Brandon Rodgers from the Golden Warriors of...
  • Blue Angels Getting C-130J From Royal Air Force To Replace KC-130T Fat Albert Transport

    03/26/2018 9:51:15 AM PDT · by Yo-Yo · 7 replies
    The War Zone ^ | 3/23/18 | Tyler Rogoway
    Eight months after the most deadly crash for the USMC in nearly a decade and half, the Navy and Marine Corps' fleet of KC-130T tanker-transport aircraft remain grounded. As a result the Blue Angels have been without their beloved 'Fat Albert' airlift support plane, leaving a gaping hole in the team's on-demand logistical needs and a favorite part of their air show act. Now it seems the Pentagon has sourced a replacement—from the Royal Air Force. The federal government's contracting site FBO.gov posted a single-source contract announcement on March 23rd, 2018 for an urgent replacement transport aircraft for the...
  • French Rafale Fighters Will Deploy Aboard An American Supercarrier This April

    01/12/2018 8:32:33 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 24 replies
    The Drive ^ | January 12, 2018 | By Tyler Rogoway
    Petty Officer 2nd Class Jon Dasb—U.S. Navy A number of Marine Nationale Rafale-M multi-role fighter jets and E-2C Hawkeye airborne early warning and control aircraft, along with 350 support personnel and aircrew, will deploy aboard the USS George H.W. Bush this Spring. Not only will the multi-national operation work to give Rafale-M aircrews much needed carrier qualifications—France's only carrier has been undergoing a mid-life refit—but it also aims to expand the two countries' abilities to operate fighter aircraft cooperatively from the sea for prolonged periods of time. Captain Jean-Emmanuel Roux de Luze, the French Naval Attaché to the U.S. Navy,...
  • Graphic: Navy admits to being involved in obscene sky drawings spotted in Okanogan Co (WA)

    11/17/2017 12:46:05 AM PST · by llevrok · 48 replies
    KREM TV2 (Spokane) ^ | 11/16/2017 | Kaitlin Riordan
    OKANOGAN COUNTY, Wash. – Officials with the Naval Air Station Whidbey Island said one of their aircraft was involved in the obscene skywritings spotted in Okanogan County. Photos sent to KREM 2 by multiple sources show skydrawings of what some people are saying is male genitalia. Some sources have even tweeted pictures of what they saw. A mother who lives in Okanogan who took pictures of the drawings reached out to KREM 2 to complain about the images, saying she was upset she might have to explain to her young children what the drawings were. In a statement to KREM...
  • What will the Navy's future aircraft carriers look like? They could be much smaller.

    10/23/2017 10:58:53 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 52 replies
    The Virginian-Pilot ^ | October 22, 2017 | Brock Vergakis
    NORFOLK Congress told the Navy to develop concepts for less expensive aircraft carriers than those being built at Newport News Shipbuilding after the USS Gerald R. Ford, which was commissioned in July as the first of a new class of warships, suffered repeated cost overruns and delays. The federally funded Rand Corp. came up with four alternatives , released this week in an unclassified report. Two designs call for nuclear-powered carriers, while two call for much smaller, conventionally powered ships that could only launch aircraft capable of taking off and landing vertically. The Navy sent copies of Rand’s report to...
  • Top British pilot hoping to be the first to fly off HMS Queen Elizabeth says he is 'exhilarated ...

    10/14/2017 8:24:48 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 25 replies
    MAILONLINE ^ | 14 October 2017 | Charlie Moore
    This proud RAF pilot is hoping to be the first to fly an F-35 fighter jet off HMS Queen Elizabeth, Britain's brand new aircraft carrier. Squadron Leader Andy Edgell, one of Britain's top airmen, is currently testing our 11 new F-35s in the United States ahead of their sea trials on the warship next year. In an exclusive interview with MailOnline, the 37-year-old father of three said he is 'exhilarated by every flight' in the 1,200mph attack planes equipped with bombs and heat-seeking missiles. 'She's marvellous,' Edgell said of the F-35 from the air base in Maryland where the testing...
  • F18s compatible with Indian naval carrier fleet: Boeing

    08/28/2017 5:22:38 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 17 replies
    IANS ^ | August 28, 2017
    Global defence equipment major Boeing on Monday said that its F/A-18 Super Hornet fighter aircraft is compatible with India's current naval carrier platforms and that they can be produced in the country under the government's "Make in India" initiative. "Analytical and (computer) simulations have shown that the F/A-18 is compatible with the current carrier fleet of the Indian Navy. The results of the test have been submitted in response to a global RFI issued by the Navy," said Pratyush Kumar, President, Boeing India. Presently, the Indian Navy's aircraft carriers' utilise "ski-jump ramps" for fighter aircraft to take-off. Kumar spoke to...
  • Failure to Launch (The Indian Navy’s Hunt for a New Carrier Fighter Hits Rough Seas)

    08/24/2017 9:10:51 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    StratPost ^ | August 23, 2017 | Angad Singh
    The Naval Light Combat Aircraft (N-LCA) | Photo: Angad Singh At the annual Navy Day press conference, held on December 02, 2016, Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Sunil Lanba told media that the Indian Navy had elected not to field the naval variant of the Light Combat Aircraft (LCA), and would look abroad for new fighters. For the less well informed, this was a stunning volte-face from the Service that has unstintingly backed domestic procurement programmes and has contributed considerable funding to the development of an indigenous carrier fighter. To the slightly more clued in, however, the announcement had been...
  • China's making major progress with its aircraft carrier tech

    08/20/2017 6:59:42 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    POPULAR SCIENCE ^ | August 16, 2017 | Jeffrey Lin and P.W. Singer
    TYPE 002 CARRIER This fan-made computer-generated image of the Type 002 by artist Nishikasaizoukan shows the craft's key features like catapults, J-15B fighters, and fixed-wing airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft. Xigexi Though China launched its much-ballyhooed Type 001A aircraft carrier just a few months ago, the People's Liberation Army Navy is hardly resting on its laurels, instead making steady progress on technology for its second home-built carrier, the Type 002. The Type 002 carrier, development for which is slated to wrap in 2020 or 2021, will be a 70,000-ton aircraft carrier with catapults designed to launch heavier aircraft....
  • Two Supercarriers Meet at Sea — One’s Missing Airplanes

    08/11/2017 4:42:36 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 52 replies
    War is Boring ^ | August 8, 2017 | David Axe
    The Royal Navy’s new supercarrier HMS Queen Elizabeth and her battle group met the U.S. Navy’s carrier USS George H.W. Bush in the North Atlantic for an exercise beginning on Aug. 1, 2017. The 10-day exercise Saxon Warrior 2017 “allows both U.S. and U.K. naval forces a chance to hone our interoperability skills,” said Rear Adm. Kenneth Whitesell, commander of Bush‘s Carrier Strike Group 2. “Particularly important is the alignment of U.S. carrier strike groups and the U.K. carrier strike group.” Both navies — and one NATO ally — sent ships and crews to the exercise. But one key component...
  • Up close with a US super carrier and the pilots fresh from combat operations

    07/30/2017 8:08:41 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 14 replies
    Save the Royal Navy ^ | JULY 29, 2017
    The arrival of the USS George HW Bush in British waters to participate in exercise Saxon Warrior with the Royal Navy provided a useful opportunity to meet US naval aviators who have recently completed combat missions against ISIS in the Middle East. Although they are very different, inevitable comparisons will also be made between the Nimitz class CVN and the Queen Elizabeth class CVF, which deserve to be put in perspective. The US Navy’s Carrier Strike Group 2 have been in action in the Middle East for almost 7 months and there was a high tempo of operations with 99...
  • EMALS Catapult Fixed But Won’t Reach Ford Until 2019

    07/27/2017 6:24:46 AM PDT · by ImJustAnotherOkie · 13 replies
    DOD Buzz ^ | JULY 27, 2017 | POSTED BY: HOPE HODGE SECK
    A new electromagnetic launch system for aircraft carriers that has faltered when attempting to launch heavier planes is now sound thanks to a software fix, Navy officials announced this week. However, it won’t reach the Navy’s new carrier for more than a year. The Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System, or EMALS, is one of several brand-new technologies installed aboard the first-of-class supercarrier Gerald R. Ford, which was commissioned July 22. The system has drawn the ire of President Donald Trump, who said in a memorable May 11 interview with Time Magazine that he wanted the Navy to return to “goddamned steam”...
  • Cockpit View of Blue Angels Superbowl 50 Flyover

    07/20/2017 8:29:16 AM PDT · by Trumpnation · 4 replies
    YouTube ^ | 7-20-17 | JR
    There are no words. What an amazing experience.
  • The F-35 Critics vs. the Facts

    07/04/2017 9:19:38 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 63 replies
    American Thinker.com ^ | July 4, 2017 | Chet Richards
    The people working on various aspects of the F-35 fighter program must be very frustrated. The program is still highly classified, so that much that is taking place within the program is simply not available for discussion. And yet, the F-35’s critics are baying and howling and often deliberately misrepresenting the program and its products. The F-35 program is not one program. It is several. Its products are three different aircraft and several brand-new, and highly innovative, technologies. It provides quantum leaps in aviation technology in many different areas. Simultaneously achieving all these technical breakthroughs has obviously proved difficult. But...