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  • Russian 'bear' bombers intercepted near Alaska for second time in two days

    05/22/2019 3:48:21 AM PDT · by ETL · 45 replies ^ | May 22, 2019 | Lukas Mikelionis | Fox News
    Russian “Bear” bombers flew near Alaska under fighter escort for the second time in two days. The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) said that it had to scramble two pair of U.S. F-22 fighter jets to intercept the Russian formation on Tuesday. “The Russian aircraft remained in international airspace and at no time entered U.S. or Canadian sovereign airspace,” NORAD said in a statement posted on social media. The incident occurred just a day after four nuclear-capable Russian bombers and two Russian fighter jets were intercepted off the west coast of Alaska by U.S. aircraft.NORAD said Monday that its...
  • Marine Corps AV-8B Harrier Crashes Outside MCAS Cherry Point; Pilot Safely Ejected

    05/21/2019 12:16:24 PM PDT · by robowombat · 5 replies
    USNI News ^ | May 20, 2019 8:49 PM | Megan Eckstein
    Marine Corps AV-8B Harrier Crashes Outside MCAS Cherry Point; Pilot Safely Ejected By: Megan Eckstein May 20, 2019 8:49 PM A U.S. Marine Corps AV-8B Harrier conducts an aerial refuel during exercise Bayou Thunder off the coast of Louisiana, Jan. 29, 2019. The purpose of the exercise is to enhance Marine attack Squadron (VMA) 231’s air-to-air and air-to-ground capabilities while also strengthening service interoperability with joint services. The aircraft is assigned to VMA-231, Marine Aircraft Group 14, 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing. US Marine Corps photo. A Marine Corps AV-8B Harrier crashed in North Carolina, and the pilot is being treated...
  • Pilots Confront Boeing: 737 Max Crashes Were NOT Pilot Error

    05/20/2019 1:24:03 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 75 replies
    Money Maven ^ | May 2019 | Mike Shedlock
    Bjorn Fehrm, a Swedish pilot and aerospace engineer who is an analyst for Bainbridge Island-based, said the report assumes the accidents could have been avoided by “a really proficient pilot … on a good day.” But he said Boeing and Airbus cannot rely on the roughly 300,000 pilots flying worldwide having a good day and being perfectly trained for every emergency. The veteran U.S. airline captain said that the American aviation community needs to avoid getting “too cocky about U.S. pilots being immune from mistakes.” He said he’s spent a lot of time flying with local pilots in western...
  • ANALYSIS: Australia takes its Tigers to sea

    05/17/2019 8:03:18 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    The Australian Army has entered a new era with the deployment of four Airbus Helicopters Tiger armed reconnaissance helicopters (ARH) aboard the navy's HMAS Canberra as part of the vessel’s voyage through Southeast Asia. While the deployment marks the third time that the combat rotorcraft has been operated from the Canberra, it is the first occasion that an operational unit has done so. With 80 army personnel – of whom 12 are flight crew – the army and navy are focused on developing a seaborne attack helicopter capability. FlightGlobal toured the Canberra recently as it visited Singapore as part of...
  • Lockheed Martin adds SPICE to its Weapons

    05/17/2019 7:33:21 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies
    Defense Update ^ | May 16, 2019 | Tamir Eshel
    Lockheed Martin and RAFAEL have signed a cooperation agreement to jointly develop, manufacture, market and support RAFAEL’s Smart, Precise Impact and Cost-Effective (SPICE) missile guidance kits to Lockheed Martin’s platforms. RAFAEL already subcontracts about 80 percent of SPICE subassemblies to US manufacturers in eight states. The agreement will enable Israel to buy SPICE kits from the USA, using US military support funds. The agreement follows a market assessment evaluation done by the two partners in the past year. “Access to GPS is becoming increasingly limited in contested environments,” said Mr. Yuval Miller, executive vice president, and general manager of Rafael’s...
  • Military F-16 Fighter Jet Crashes At March Air Reserve Base; Pilot OK After Ejecting

    05/16/2019 5:16:13 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 44 replies
    cbs2la ^ | 05/16/2019
    A fighter jet has crashed into a warehouse at March Air Reserve Base in the Moreno Valley area, authorities said Thursday. Riverside County firefighters requested a full hazardous materials response because the aircraft was loaded with ordnance...
  • USMC's CH-53K King Stallion's Woes Have Put It In A Duel With The CH-47 Chinook

    05/08/2019 9:04:40 AM PDT · by Yo-Yo · 11 replies
    The War Zone ^ | May 7, 2019 | JOSEPH TREVITHICK
    Congress has demanded that the Pentagon conduct a detailed assessment of the U.S. Marine Corps’ troubled CH-53K King Stallion program and examine potential alternatives, such as the CH-47 Chinook. Any decision to cut back CH-53K purchases, or abandon them altogether, would be a major blow to the manufacturer Sikorsky, now a part of Lockheed Martin, as well as a boon to Boeing, which makes the Chinook. Changes in the King Stallion program could also further delay Marines from getting a critically needed replacement for their aging CH-53E Super Stallions. Bloomberg was first to report the existence of the Congressionally...
  • Boeing knew about problems with the 737 Max the year before Lion Air crash and did nothing about...

    05/05/2019 7:27:23 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 48 replies
    Constipated News Network ^ | 9:17 PM ET, Sun May 5, 2019 | Patricia DiCarlo, Emanuella Grinberg and Ross Levitt
    FULL TITLE: Boeing knew about problems with the 737 Max the year before Lion Air crash and did nothing about them (CNN)A new statement from Boeing indicates that the aerospace manufacturer knew about a problem with the 737 Max aircraft well before the deadly October 2018 Lion Air crash, but decided not to do anything about it. Boeing previously acknowledged that an alert system that was supposed to be a standard feature in the fleet "was not operable on all airplanes." But a statement released Sunday describes a troubling timeline that shows how long some at the company were aware...
  • 'It's a miracle': Plane crashes into Florida river, but no deaths VIDEO

    05/04/2019 5:20:04 AM PDT · by · 24 replies
    AP ^ | 5-4-2019 | DAVID FISCHER
    <p>A charter plane carrying 143 people and traveling from Cuba to north Florida ended up in a river at the end of a runway Friday night, though no critical injuries or deaths were reported, officials said.</p> <p>A Boeing 737 arriving at Naval Air Station Jacksonville from Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, with 136 passengers and seven aircrew slid off the runway into the St. Johns River, a NAS Jacksonville news release said.</p>
  • SpaceX launch

    05/03/2019 11:39:50 PM PDT · by Monty22002 · 14 replies
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  • Why the F-14 Tomcat Is Such a Badass Plane

    05/03/2019 8:44:56 AM PDT · by C19fan · 75 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | May 3, 2019 | Alex Hollings
    August 1981 opened with a massive show of American force in the Mediterranean Sea, just north of Libya. Two of America’s super-carriers, the USS Forrestal and the class’ namesake, USS Nimitz, had entered into what Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi had illegally declared his nation’s territorial waters. America’s carriers were there to oppose that declaration, and for days, fighters from both countries danced in an airborne extension of diplomatic tensions until two U.S. fighters entered into a deadly dogfight. "The left side of the lead Libyan aircraft lit up with a big flame as the missile motor ignited," recounted Lieutenant Larry...
  • Boeing’s Own Test Pilots Lacked Key Details of 737 MAX Flight-Control System

    05/03/2019 8:50:09 AM PDT · by billorites · 98 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | May 3, 2019 | Andrew Tangel and Andy Pasztor
    Boeing limited the role of its own pilots in the final stages of developing the 737 MAX flight-control system implicated in two fatal crashes, departing from a longstanding practice of seeking their detailed input, people familiar with the matter said. As a result, Boeing test pilots and senior pilots involved in the MAX’s development didn’t receive detailed briefings about how fast or steeply the automated system known as MCAS could push down a plane’s nose, these people said. Nor were they informed that the system relied on a single sensor—rather than two—to verify the accuracy of incoming data about the...
  • SpaceX still doesn’t know why its spacecraft exploded last month

    05/02/2019 4:54:41 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 24 replies
    The Verge ^ | May 2, 2019, 4:55pm EDT | Mary Beth Griggs
    Before the explosion, the test was proceeding according to plan, Hans Koenigsmann, SpaceX’s vice president of Mission Assurance, said at a press conference about SpaceX’s upcoming resupply mission to the ISS. The capsule was tethered in place for the test, which was designed to make sure that the system’s thrusters were working properly. Koenigsmann said that the capsule powered up “as expected” and then sets of smaller thrusters on either side of the vehicle called Dracos fired for five seconds each. Those tests “went very well” said Koenigsmann. Then it was time to test the SuperDracos, the thrusters designed to...
  • Nikki Haley joins Boeing board

    05/02/2019 10:11:48 AM PDT · by C19fan · 39 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 1, 2019 | Rachel Frazin
    Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley has officially joined Boeing's board of directors. Haley was voted in at a shareholder meeting on Monday, company spokesman Chaz Bickers told The Hill in a statement.
  • WSJ: Boeing Turned Off Malfunction Alerts On 737 Max — And Didn’t Tell Airlines Or FAA

    04/29/2019 8:09:06 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 62 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/29/2019 | Ed Morrissey
    Just when did the airlines know that they had to pay extra for a key warning system on the Boeing 737 Max? The Wall Street Journal reported last night that it wasn’t at the point of sale. Until a crash in Ethiopia last October, Southwest Airlines thought the system came standard with the platform — so much so that their operating manuals included them.Somehow, the news that the safety feature was an upgrade didn’t get mentioned to the FAA, either: Boeing Co. didn’t tell Southwest Airlines Co. and other carriers when they began flying its 737 MAX jets that...
  • Boeing prepares St. Louis plant for likely Air Force F-15 orders

    04/23/2019 12:26:14 PM PDT · by Mariner · 27 replies
    Air Force Times via Yahoo ^ | April 23rd, 2019 | Unattributed
    ST. LOUIS — Boeing is preparing to build F-15 fighter planes for the U.S. Air Force at its St. Louis County plant even though the military branch hasn’t bought the jet in over a decade. The Chicago-based company began ramping up its F-15 production line near St. Louis after the Air Force submitted a nearly $8 billion budget request last month that included eight F-15s next year and 72 in the following four years. The request came as a surprise to many since the U.S. military has moved toward stealth fighters, such as Lockheed Martin's F-35, in recent years. Prat...
  • Plane Crashes in Prison Yard of Facility in Norco, CA (Flying Wing!)

    04/22/2019 2:20:18 PM PDT · by hattend · 69 replies
    KTLA channel 5 Los Angeles ^ | 22 April 2019 | KTLA 5 Los Angeles
    Authorities are responding to a plane crash in the prison yard of a facility in Riverside County, according to preliminary information from the Federal Aviation Administration. About 12:10 p.m., the Riverside County Sheriff's Department received reports of an "air emergency" along the 1900 block of 4th Street in Norco. Only the pilot was in the Northrop N9M when it crashed, the FAA said in an email to KTLA, citing local authorities. No injuries were reported on the ground, but the aircraft "sustained substantial damage," the FAA said. Aerial video from Sky5 showed charred ground where the plane appears to have...
  • Blue Angels switching to bigger planes in 2021

    04/22/2019 4:33:54 AM PDT · by DFG · 72 replies
    WFAA ^ | 04/22/2019 | Travis Pittman
    Get a good look at the U.S. Navy Blue Angels while you have a chance. They will be changing to a new plane in a couple of years. The Pensacola News Journal reports the team plans to switch from the F/A-18 Hornet to the F/A-18E Super Hornet in 2021 to mark the team's 75th anniversary. "The jet is more powerful, especially at lower altitudes, so we believe that our maneuvering will be more visible to the crowd and more impressive overall," Cmdr. Frank Weisser, a former Blue Angel pilot, told the Journal.
  • Boeing Employees Claim Shoddy 787 Dreamliner Jet Production: Report

    04/21/2019 3:52:31 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 24 replies
    NDTV ^ | Apr 2019
    Former and current employees at a Boeing plant in the United States' South Carolina that produces the company's 787 Dreamliner jet have claimed that the factory has been plagued by shoddy production and weak oversight that have threatened to compromise safety. The New York Times report is a result of of hundreds of pages of internal emails, corporate documents and federal records, as well as interviews with more than a dozen current and former employees of the North Charleston plant. It comes as the company is dealing with the aftermath of two deadly crashes of its 737 Max aircraft which...
  • A Communications Satellite Just Died in Orbit. It's Potentially Dangerous Space Junk Now

    04/21/2019 12:39:18 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 20 replies ^ | 04/21/2019 | Leonard David
    Luxembourg-based Intelsat reports that its Intelsat 29E satellite (IS-29E) is now a total loss, after having reported earlier that the spacecraft suffered an anomaly. Late on April 7, the Intelsat 29e propulsion system experienced damage that caused a leak of the propellant on board the satellite, resulting in a service disruption to customers.. That event caused a service outage on the Intelsat 29e satellite that affected maritime, aeronautical and wireless-operator customers in the Latin America, Caribbean and North Atlantic regions. While working to recover the satellite, a second anomaly occurred, after which all efforts to recover the satellite were unsuccessful,...