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Russia RUSSIA'S 'F-16' IS DANGEROUS: WATCH THIS FIGHTER JET CRUSH SOME 'ARMOR'

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Apr 24, 2019

The MiG-29’s new purpose was on full display at a recent combat exercise at the Ashuluk training grounds near the Astrakhan region in southwestern Russia. In a rarity for publicized, high-profile Russian aircraft drills, a squad of upgraded MiG-29SMT’s was deployed for the explicit purpo...

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Japan JAPAN'S NEW STEALTH FIGHTER: A HYBRID MIX OF THE F-22 AND F-35?

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Apr 24, 2019

he Japanese government wants to develop a new, radar-evading warplane by combining elements of the U.S. F-22 and F-35 stealth fighters. And now U.S. authorities are signalling they’ll release to Japan the secret technology that would make the hybrid fighter possible. Japan has been here before...

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Check Out This Picture: You Are Looking at the Greatest Aircraft Carrier Ever CHECK OUT THIS PICTURE: YOU ARE LOOKING AT THE GREATEST AIRCRAFT CARRIER EVER

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Apr 24, 2019

Shortly before USS Enterprise went to the breakers, a new ship bearing the name was laid down; CVN-65, the world’s first nuclear aircraft carrier. The latter USS Enterprise served for fifty years, before decommissioning in 2012. Another USS Enterprise, CVN-80, is scheduled for completion by 20...

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Here HERE'S WHY YOU DON'T MIX LSD AND NUCLEAR-POWERED AIRCRAFT CARRIERS

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Apr 24, 2019

In a copy of a plea deal obtained by Navy Times, Machinist's Mate (Nuclear Power) 3rd Class Philip S. Colegrove said he "wrongfully" brought the powerful hallucinogen aboard the Reagan while docked at various ports across Japan, as though there's a right way to bring acid into the ...

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All Hail the ALL HAIL THE 'NEW' STEALTH F-35 (RUSSIA AND CHINA WILL HATE IT)

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Apr 24, 2019

key part of the Small Diameter Bomb II is a technology called a “tri-mode” seeker  a guidance system which can direct the weapon using millimeter wave radar, uncooled imaging infrared guidance and semi-active laser technology. The Air Force has begun early testing, software developm...

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The Story of How F-35s Are Getting Ready for a War Against Russia THE STORY OF HOW F-35S ARE GETTING READY FOR A WAR AGAINST RUSSIA'S MIGHTY S-400

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Apr 23, 2019

The Air Force F-35 is using “open air” ranges and computer simulation to practice combat missions against the best Chinese and Russian-made air-defense technologies   as a way to prepare to enemy threats anticipated in the mid-2020s and beyond.The testing is aimed at addressing...

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Be Afraid, F-35: Is the New F-15X a Threat or Not? BE AFRAID, F-35: IS THE NEW F-15X A THREAT OR NOT?

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Apr 23, 2019

Bloomberg Government reports that the Pentagon plans on asking lawmakers for $1.2 billion to procure 12 Boeing’s F-15X fighters as part of its fiscal year 2020 budget request. The request, if approved, would be the Air Force’s first F-15 purchase since 2001, when it snatched up a handful...

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The Real Top Gun: Could China THE REAL TOP GUN: COULD CHINA'S J-20 FIGHTER BEAT AN F-35 OR F-22 IN A DOGFIGHT?

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Apr 23, 2019

As radar-guided missiles from fighters and ground-based launchers threaten aircraft from dozens, or even hundreds of miles away, stealth capabilities are increasingly perceived as necessary for keeping fighter pilots alive on the modern battlefield. But just how good is the J-20? And what is its int...

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Stealth on Steroids: How the B-2 Bomber and F-35 Will Get Even Deadlier STEALTH ON STEROIDS: HOW THE B-2 BOMBER AND F-35 WILL GET EVEN DEADLIER

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Apr 23, 2019

Additional computer-based B-2 upgrades include the now-in-development Defensive Management System, an emerging sensor system engineered to identify the location of enemy air defenses. This system, called DMS, uses computer empowered sensor technology to inform B-2 crews about where air defenses are....

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Report: Poland Will be Getting the F-35. Here REPORT: POLAND WILL BE GETTING THE F-35. HERE'S WHY THAT'S BIG NEWS.

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Apr 23, 2019

The F-22 is no longer manufactured and acquiring the Su-57, even though Russia recently suggested that it would be offering it to foreign customers, is simply a ridiculous scenario no one even dares to consider, especially within the current geopolitical context,” Siminski pointed out. Błaszcz...

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Coins and clapping: 8 aviation rituals, from the strange to the dangerous COINS AND CLAPPING: 8 AVIATION RITUALS, FROM THE STRANGE TO THE DANGEROUS

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Apr 23, 2019

It's happened again. A superstitious passenger in China delayed a flight to Bangkok for more than an hour on Saturday after throwing coins at the plane's engine for good luck.This was the fifth incident of its kind so far this year, according to the South China Morning Post. Passengers were ...

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Coming Soon: More complex air-launched unmanned aircraft demos COMING SOON: MORE COMPLEX AIR-LAUNCHED UNMANNED AIRCRAFT DEMOS

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Apr 23, 2019

The Army will rapidly develop and refine concepts for air-launched unmanned aircraft through a series of demonstrations over the next several years with plans to integrate whatever works into formations quickly, the head of the Army’s Combat Capabilities Development Command’s Aviation an...

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Check Out the XQ-58A (America CHECK OUT THE XQ-58A (AMERICA'S NEXT STEALTH SUPER WEAPON?)

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Apr 23, 2019

Boeing's Australian subsidiary on Feb. 27, 2019 unveiled its so-called "Airpower Teaming System," a 38-foot-long, jet-powered drone that Boeing said could carry weapons and sensors and fly as far as 2,000 miles—all while being more affordable than a $100-million manned jet. Boein...

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Stealth B-21 Raider: Here STEALTH B-21 RAIDER: HERE'S ALL OF THE NAMES THE AIR FORCE PASSED ON

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Apr 23, 2019

In May, the Air Force said it had whittled these down to a short list of 15 choices. Cole made the much awaited Raider announcement at the Air Force Association’s annual Air, Space and Cyber Conference in Maryland. War Is Boring submitted a Freedom of Information Act request for the rest of th...

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How One Submarine Killed a U.S. Navy Aircraft Carrier in a Simulation HOW ONE SUBMARINE KILLED A U.S. NAVY AIRCRAFT CARRIER IN A SIMULATION

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Apr 23, 2019

This outcome was replicated time and time again over two years of war games, with opposing destroyers and nuclear attack submarines succumbing to the stealthy Swedish sub. Naval analyst Norman Polmar said the Gotland “ran rings” around the American carrier task force. Another source clai...

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The U.S. Navy THE U.S. NAVY'S LATEST AIRCRAFT CARRIER WILL BE DELAYED IN DELIVERY

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Apr 22, 2019

The Navy can't afford many more delays with Ford. The sailing branch has proposed to decommission the 21-year-old Nimitz-class carrier USS Harry S. Truman in the early 2020s, just halfway through her planned service life, in order to free up billions of dollars for newer ships including Ford-cla...

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Think An F-22 Raptor is Unstoppable? In 2009, France Shot It Down in a Simulation. THINK AN F-22 RAPTOR IS UNSTOPPABLE? IN 2009, FRANCE SHOT IT DOWN IN A SIMULATION.

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Apr 22, 2019

Eight times during a two-week war game in Alaska, individual German Typhoons flew against single F-22s in basic fighter maneuvers meant to simulate close-range dogfights. “We were evenly matched,” German Maj. Marc Gruene told Combat Aircraft.Past evidence seems to confirm that a French f...

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F-15EX Eagle Fighter Jet vs. Lockheed F-15EX EAGLE FIGHTER JET VS. LOCKHEED'S F-35: LET THE SHOWDOWN BEGIN

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Apr 22, 2019

The debate continues over the Pentagon’s proposal to buy new F-15EX Eagle fighters from Boeing to complement Lockheed Martin-made F-35 stealth fighters.As lawmakers weigh the military’s request, Air Force magazine has published an infographic comparing the two fighters.Both fighters cost...

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Check Out the Navy CHECK OUT THE NAVY'S NEW 'LIGHT' AIRCRAFT CARRIERS (THANKS TO THE F-35B)

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Apr 22, 2019

The U.S. Navy is beginning to deploy its nine amphibious assault ships with large numbers of fixed-wing F-35B Lightning II stealth fighters, in essence transforming the 40,000-ton-displacement vessels into light aircraft carriers.Cheaper and easier to build and maintain than 100,000-ton supercarrier...

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The Secret Is Out: A MiG Pilot THE SECRET IS OUT: A MIG PILOT'S DARING ESCAPE FROM SOVIET RUSSIA

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Apr 22, 2019

How far would you go for freedom? Would you betray your own countrymen? Risk life and limb? Bake a cake?Although it’s going to be hard to believe, a Soviet fighter pilot checked “all of the above” on his list of things to do before defecting to the United States- and the tale is so...

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Iran IRAN'S NEW FIGHTER ISN'T SO SCARY

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Apr 22, 2019

Amidst policy woes with the United States, Iran showcased its new fighter during the Thursday National Army Day Parade in Tehran, hoping to strike fear into the West with the country’s first indigenous fighter aircraft.There’s just one problem- not only is it not particularly terrifying,...

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The New F-15X: This Could Be a Poor Man THE NEW F-15X: THIS COULD BE A POOR MAN'S F-35 (BUT IS IT A GOOD IDEA?)

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Apr 22, 2019

While this “poor man’s F-35” may serve a niche of being more capable than 4th generation fighters but not quite as stealthy, the Pentagon should be wary of swooning at the courting rituals that captured its heart (and wallet) with the F-35. Very specific targets on timelines, costs...

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Nuclear Death Wish? Why Did These B-52 Bombers Fly at Wave-Top Heights? NUCLEAR DEATH WISH? WHY DID THESE B-52 BOMBERS FLY AT WAVE-TOP HEIGHTS?

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Apr 22, 2019

This deception was successful. The crews made contact with the U.S. Navy and were vectored to the Soviet fleet. On their first pass, the Soviet crew were on deck waving, at first assuming the aircraft were their Bear bombers. On the second pass, not one member of the Soviet navy was to be seen.160 f...

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Get Ready, U.S. Navy: China Might Soon Be An Aircraft Carrier GET READY, U.S. NAVY: CHINA MIGHT SOON BE AN AIRCRAFT CARRIER 'SUPERPOWER'

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Apr 22, 2019

Meanwhile, the PLAN is looking forward a next-generation carrier aircraft. The PLAN has twenty-four J-15 multirole fighters, with at least two aircraft lost and two damaged during accidents attributed to the J-15 itself. That’s not enough aircraft to equip two carriers, land-based training uni...

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This Would Be Huge: Would the Air Force Give the U.S. Navy the B-1 Bomber? THIS WOULD BE HUGE: WOULD THE AIR FORCE GIVE THE U.S. NAVY THE B-1 BOMBER?

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Apr 19, 2019

The Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments (CSBA) released a study suggesting the USAF spends more than it should in order to ensure American remains ‘king of the skies.’ It was also suggested that the B-1 Lancer be retired.Once again I feel that I must differ with a group of wel...

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Recent Study Finds the U.S. Air Force Is In Serious Trouble. Here RECENT STUDY FINDS THE U.S. AIR FORCE IS IN SERIOUS TROUBLE. HERE'S WHY.

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Apr 19, 2019

When aircraft availability goals are not met, training and operational missions may not be fulfilled as timely as needed," GAO notes. "For example, F-22 squadron officials explained that the lack of available aircraft creates a shortage of trained pilots. F-22 pilots need extensive trainin...

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We Know Why China Wants Aircraft Carriers WE KNOW WHY CHINA WANTS AIRCRAFT CARRIERS

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Apr 19, 2019

China’s recent release of its first strategic white paper signals its official emergence as a maritime and therefore globalpower. Little in the document should surprise those who have monitored China’s rise, though it remains to be seen whether China watchers will discern nuance and insc...

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China CHINA'S NIGHTMARE: HOW THE U.S. NAVY COULD SINK ITS PRIZED AIRCRAFT CARRIERS

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Apr 19, 2019

That’s a rough analogy to today. Fortress China is festooned with airfields and mobile antiship weaponry able to strike hundreds of miles out to sea. Yes, the U.S. Navy remains stronger than the PLA Navy in open-sea battle. A fleet-on-fleet engagement isolated from shore-based reinforcements w...

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Aircraft Carrier Alliance: Will Britain Build India a New Queen Elizabeth-Class Carrier? AIRCRAFT CARRIER ALLIANCE: WILL BRITAIN BUILD INDIA A NEW QUEEN ELIZABETH-CLASS CARRIER?

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Apr 19, 2019

India currently operates one aircraft carrier, the 45,000-ton Vikramaditya, which is actually the former Soviet carrier Admiral Gorshkov. That ship has been plagued by engine problems as well as reliability issues with its MiG-29K fighters.Under construction is India’s first indigenous carrier...

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This Really Boring Looking Plane Won World War II (Really) THIS REALLY BORING LOOKING PLANE WON WORLD WAR II (REALLY)

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Apr 19, 2019

Even though, technically at least, it was not a combat airplane, the performance of the Douglas C-47 transport led General of the Army Dwight Eisenhower to label it as one of the most important weapons of World War II. It carried no armament and was not designed to drop bombs, but the C-47 and other...

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Did a Russian Made S-200 Missile Strike an Israeli F-35 Back in 2017? DID A RUSSIAN MADE S-200 MISSILE STRIKE AN ISRAELI F-35 BACK IN 2017?

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Apr 18, 2019

Back in 2017, Southfront.org, a website that covers the Russian military and its intervention in the Syrian Civil War, declared: “According to the available information, the Syrian Defense Forces used a S-200 missile against the Israeli warplane,” Southfront claimed. The story begins on ...

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Know This: The F-15X’s Weapons Loadout Would Make It a Beast KNOW THIS: THE F-15X’S WEAPONS LOADOUT WOULD MAKE IT A BEAST

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Apr 18, 2019

The U.S. Air Force has been secretly organizing a plan to replace its F-15 C/D fleet with brand spanking new F-15X Eagle air superiority fighters, the Drive reported on Wednesday. This move could take the heat off of the service’s handful of F-22 Raptors or make up for F-35 shortcomings and cu...

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Not Dead Yet: U.S. Navy Aircraft Carrier USS Harry S. Truman Won NOT DEAD YET: U.S. NAVY AIRCRAFT CARRIER USS HARRY S. TRUMAN WON'T BECOME SCRAP (YET)

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Apr 18, 2019

Lawmakers are lining up to reject the U.S. Navy's proposal to prematurely decommission, as a cost-saving measure, the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman. The Navy likely anticipated the widespread opposition, observers pointed out, underscoring that the sailing branch apparentl...

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Check Out the D-21: A Mach 3 Drone the U.S. Used to Spy on China CHECK OUT THE D-21: A MACH 3 DRONE THE U.S. USED TO SPY ON CHINA'S NUCLEAR WEAPONS

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Apr 18, 2019

Made of titanium and weighing 12 tons, the 19-feet-wingspan D-21 in its early forms launched from atop a special variant of the A-12, the CIA's version of the Mach-3 SR-71. The A-12 in essence was the booster for the drone, climbing to 80,000 feet of altitude and accelerating to Mach 3.3 before ...

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Take a Look at the Two Planes That Almost Replaced the F-22 and F-35 Stealth Fighters TAKE A LOOK AT THE TWO PLANES THAT ALMOST REPLACED THE F-22 AND F-35 STEALTH FIGHTERS

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Apr 18, 2019

The Department of Defense (DoD) didn’t have to opt for the F-35. In the 1990s, both Boeing and Lockheed Martin bid for the next big fighter contract, a plane that would serve in each of the Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps, as well as grace the air forces of many US allies. Boeing served up t...

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Meet the F-82—America MEET THE F-82—AMERICA'S FORGOTTEN LONG-RANGE FIGHTER

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Apr 18, 2019

The Twin ‘Stangs were a case of something needed to fill a specific need at a specific time. First flying in 1945, the aircraft were soon deemed unneeded after the U.S. P-51s encountered German jet aircraft. Slated to disappear into obscurity, the F-82 was given a second chance in 1947, when a...

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Why Just About Everyone Fears the F-16 Fighting Falcon WHY JUST ABOUT EVERYONE FEARS THE F-16 FIGHTING FALCON

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Apr 18, 2019

The F-16 has more than earned its current popular nickname among pilot as “the Viper,” and will continue to occupy a prominent role in military aviation across the globe for decades to come. The F-16 Fighting Falcon bears an unusual distinctions: it is one of the only top jet fighters in...

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America Needs to Think Outside the Box When It Comes to Great Power Conflict AMERICA NEEDS TO THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX WHEN IT COMES TO GREAT POWER CONFLICT

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Apr 18, 2019

The 2018 National Defense Strategy (NDS) and the Congressionally mandated 2018 NDS Commission refocused U.S. defense planning on the need to compete with, and potentially fight, China and Russia.  Although the latter stressed the urgent need for additional resources for defense, it also acknowl...

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Phillips 66 Joins Effort to Commemorate D-Day, Fly Vintage Warbird Alongside D-Day Squadron PHILLIPS 66 JOINS EFFORT TO COMMEMORATE D-DAY, FLY VINTAGE WARBIRD ALONGSIDE D-DAY SQUADRON

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Apr 18, 2019

In celebration of the 75th anniversary of D-Day on June 6, Phillips 66® Aviation and Phillips 66® Lubricants are proud to support the “Miss Montana to Normandy” mission to fly a historic C-47 warbird in Daks Over Normandy, a flyover of more than 30 international aircraft to comme...

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QUICKSTEP REPORTS STRONG SALES ON DEFENCE, AVIATION COMPOSITES QUICKSTEP REPORTS STRONG SALES ON DEFENCE, AVIATION COMPOSITES

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Apr 18, 2019

Sydney based composites manufacturer, Quickstep Holdings (ASX: QHL) has reported another strong quarter of growth, with year to date sales now up 19 per cent on the same period last year. The manufacturer of aerospace and aviation composites reported third quarter sales up 13 per cent to $16.5 milli...

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First Stealth: Could the Legendary F-117 Still Go To War for America FIRST STEALTH: COULD THE LEGENDARY F-117 STILL GO TO WAR FOR AMERICA'S AIR FORCE?

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Apr 17, 2019

The answer is that against most mid-range threats like Iran, absolutely. But against higher-end threats like Russia or China, not so much. Technology has advanced since engineers first dreamed up the F-117 “stealth fighter” concept.Developed in the 1970s and declared operational in compl...

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Armored Aircraft Carriers: Great Britain ARMORED AIRCRAFT CARRIERS: GREAT BRITAIN'S SECRET WORLD WAR II WONDER WEAPON?

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Apr 17, 2019

No doubt, due at least in part to their armored flight decks, all six of the carriers survived the war. There can be little doubt that the armored decks saved Illustrious from destruction and that they similarly protected Formidable. The armor under the decks allowed the British carriers to continue...

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Why You Need to Respect the McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II Fighter WHY YOU NEED TO RESPECT THE MCDONNELL DOUGLAS F-4 PHANTOM II FIGHTER

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Apr 17, 2019

But are souped-up F-4s really equal to fourth-generation fighters None of these 21st century Phantoms have flown in air-to-air combat  but F-4s Phantoms have engaged in non-lethal dogfights with Greek F-16s on several occasions. The McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II is a legendary aircraft  an icon o...

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F-35 or Not: This Country Needs 88 New Fighter Jets Before Its Air Force Falls Apart F-35 OR NOT: THIS COUNTRY NEEDS 88 NEW FIGHTER JETS BEFORE ITS AIR FORCE FALLS APART

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Apr 17, 2019

Canada for the third time in a decade is trying to replace its aging F/A-18A/B Hornet fighter jets. With every year the acquisition effort drags on, the condition of the Royal Canadian Air Force’s fast-jet fleet grows direr. The politically-charged competition to replace Canada's aging fle...

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The Army THE ARMY'S APACHE HELICOPTERS HAVE A BIG PROBLEM

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Apr 17, 2019

More than a year after the Army ordered the inspection of a critical safety part in every AH-64 Apache aircraft in the service's fleet, soldiers have spent the equivalent of nine months in extra man-hours retrofitting the airframe so far, a task that has "crash landed" back on combat r...

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Could the Army COULD THE ARMY'S NEW SCOUT HELICOPTER HAVE WINGS?

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Apr 17, 2019

When the U.S. Army retired their fleets of OH-58 Kiowa scout helicopters, they ran into a rather sticky predicament as a result of their short-sighted haste: they had no adequate replacement for the venerable scout.In the aftermath of the 2017 retirement of the Kiowa Warrior series, AH-64 Apache hel...

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Bad News for China: J-20 Stealth Fighters Can BAD NEWS FOR CHINA: J-20 STEALTH FIGHTERS CAN'T TOUCH AN F-22S OR F-35

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Apr 17, 2019

As Dave Majumdar previously covered, China recently declared that its J-20 fighter jet had attained initial operational capability. “China's latest J-20 stealth fighter has been commissioned into the air force's combat service,” China’s Defense Ministry said on February 9. ...

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No F-14 Tomcats Here: China NO F-14 TOMCATS HERE: CHINA'S NAVY RELEASED THEIR VERY OWN VERSION OF TOP GUN (KIND OF)

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Apr 17, 2019

Not that the Chinese video is for entertainment: it's strictly propaganda (though the same could be said for the original Top Gun, to which the Navy happily contributed F-14s for the ultimate recruiting tool and budget-justifier).The Chinese video was filmed during People's Liberation Army N...

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Imagine This: The Navy Decides To Pass on the F-14 Tomcat IMAGINE THIS: THE NAVY DECIDES TO PASS ON THE F-14 TOMCAT

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Apr 17, 2019

The Navy eventually worked out the problems with the F-14, and the Tomcat became a superlative air defense fighter. Eventually, it even gained a ground-attack mission. The temperamental nature of the design, the collapse of the Soviet Union, and the success of the Super Hornet made the Tomcat superf...

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Air War: How the Navy’s 1st Fighter Jet Battled MiGs over North Korea AIR WAR: HOW THE NAVY’S 1ST FIGHTER JET BATTLED MIGS OVER NORTH KOREA

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Apr 17, 2019

The Navy still saw further potential in the Panther, so Grumman built a swept-wing version called the F9F-6 Cougar. The Cougar was a bit faster and could fly significantly higher, but had shorter range due to added weight. Though it did not see action in the Korean War, it replaced the Panther soon ...

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Don DON'T BELIEVE THE HYPE: 5 MOST OVERRATED MILITARY WEAPONS EVER CREATED

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Apr 16, 2019

The five weapons of war listed below are “overrated” in the sense that they occupy a larger space in the defense-security conversation than they really deserve.  Some of them are fantastic, effective systems, while others are not. All of them take up more ink than they should, and (...

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Why China Loves Russia WHY CHINA LOVES RUSSIA'S FIGHTER JETS (AS IN STEALING ALL OF THEIR TECHNOLOGY)

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Apr 16, 2019

Despite these advances, China continues to acquire Russian jets, though this is largely in order to acquire technologies in the latest versions of the Flanker, the Su-35. China acquired these aircraft in December 2015. Supposedly, the primary item of interest is the improved engines in these aircraf...

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Idahoans Don IDAHOANS DON'T WANT THEIR CITIES USED AS TARGET PRACTICE BY THE AIR FORCE

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Apr 16, 2019

In a complaint filed earlier this month in the U.S. District Court of Idaho, a group of Boise residents allege that the Air Force's Urban Close Air Support Air and Ground Training Project  proposed by the 366th Fighter Wing at Mountain Home Air Force Base in January  endangers the safe...

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Air Force Pilots Revealed To Us Why You Can AIR FORCE PILOTS REVEALED TO US WHY YOU CAN'T KILL THE A-10 WARTHOG

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Apr 15, 2019

Known for an ability to keep flying after taking multiple rounds of enemy machine gun fire, land and operate in rugged terrain, destroy groups of enemy fighters with a 30mm cannon and unleash a wide arsenal of attack weapons, the A-10 is described by pilots as a “flying tank” in the sky ...

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The Real Problem with China THE REAL PROBLEM WITH CHINA'S AIRCRAFT CARRIERS

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Apr 15, 2019

At the end of the day, the Chinese reverse engineered the J-15 design from an incomplete prototype of the Sukhoi Su-33 that it acquired from Ukraine. While Chinese engineers might have gained considerable insight into the Flanker design from the T-10K-3 and other Su-27 derivatives in Beijing’s...

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First ever civilian helicopter-plane hybrid is coming next year FIRST EVER CIVILIAN HELICOPTER-PLANE HYBRID IS COMING NEXT YEAR

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Apr 15, 2019

They're called tilt-rotor aircraft.They hover like helicopters but they fly faster and farther  like airplanes. The military has flown them for years. Now for the first time  a production model is on track to be approved for civilian roles such as emergency medivac flights, search-and-...

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World WORLD'S BIGGEST PLANE TAKES FLIGHT

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Apr 15, 2019

A giant six-engine aircraft with the world's longest wingspan completed what company officials called a superb initial flight over California's Mojave Desert, bringing to life a dream held by the late Microsoft co-founder Paul G. Allen. Stratolaunch Systems Corp. chief executive Jean Floyd s...

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AVX Aircraft, L3 Technologies unveils innovative attack reconnaissance helicopter design AVX AIRCRAFT, L3 TECHNOLOGIES UNVEILS INNOVATIVE ATTACK RECONNAISSANCE HELICOPTER DESIGN

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Apr 15, 2019

On 15 April, L3 Technologies-led team unveiled first images of innovative attack reconnaissance helicopter design. L3 Technologies and AVX Aircraft team developing a new version of a high-speed helicopter for competing for Phase 1 of the U.S. Army Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA)-Competi...

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Stratolaunch Aircraft Completes Maiden Flight; Jean Floyd Quoted STRATOLAUNCH AIRCRAFT COMPLETES MAIDEN FLIGHT; JEAN FLOYD QUOTED

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Apr 15, 2019

Jean Floyd, CEO of Stratolaunch, said the initial flight demonstrates "our mission to provide a flexible alternative to ground launched systems.The company noted its platform has a wingspan that is bigger than the average length of a football field in the U.S. and is built to accommodate multip...

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Future proofing: Next generation aircraft engine testing FUTURE PROOFING: NEXT GENERATION AIRCRAFT ENGINE TESTING

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Apr 15, 2019

One of the emotions most apparent in Scott Herber when talks is the pride he takes in his work. Herber is the evaluation and test engineering manager at GE Aviation at its Evendale headquarters in Ohio. Evendale celebrates its 70th anniversary this year and is the center of GE Aviation’s testi...

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Taiwan: Chinese aircraft flew around the island TAIWAN: CHINESE AIRCRAFT FLEW AROUND THE ISLAND

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Apr 15, 2019

Defense officials in Taiwan say Chinese military aircraft flew around the island on Monday. The officials said Chinese bombers and intelligence-gathering aircraft passed through the Bashi Channel between Taiwan and the Philippines to conduct drills in the west Pacific. They said the bombers then fle...

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King of Aircraft Carriers: Meet the U.S. Navy KING OF AIRCRAFT CARRIERS: MEET THE U.S. NAVY'S NIMITZ-CLASS (OR FLOATING AIRBASE)

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Apr 15, 2019

Today’s average sixty-four-jet air wing is significantly smaller than its predecessors, with three squadron of Super Hornets, a half-size squadron of Growlers, and two squadrons of older FA-18C/D Hornet jets which are transitioning to new F-35C Lightning stealth jets. These last enable penetra...

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Two Ghanaian brothers need support to fly their manufactured aircraft TWO GHANAIAN BROTHERS NEED SUPPORT TO FLY THEIR MANUFACTURED AIRCRAFT

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Apr 15, 2019

The Wright brothers changed the world with the invention of the aeroplane which opened the world for aviation to begin and advance. Inspired by this feat, two brothers in Ghana, Isaac Otoo and Jacob Larbi, have built a light aircraft using local materials. The brothers want the world to know it is p...

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How drones are changing aviation law HOW DRONES ARE CHANGING AVIATION LAW

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Apr 15, 2019

The Federal Aviation Administration calls them small unmanned aircraft systems. More than 1 million hobbyists and commercial operators call them drones.Attorneys who practice aviation law call them the source of the most substantial change in that area of law since 1929 when the U.S. Air Commerce Ac...

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The Drone Market 2019-2024: 5 Things You Need to Know THE DRONE MARKET 2019-2024: 5 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW

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Apr 15, 2019

The big picture, the most important figure to take away, is certainly 43 billion USD. That’s how big the drone market will grow to be in 2024. Having generated 14.1 billion USD in 2018 it will grow at a CAGR (Compound Annual Growth Rate) of 20.5% to almost triple that in 2024. As seen in our g...

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ANAFI THERMAL: The thermal ultra-compact and lightweight drone solution dedicated to all professionals ANAFI THERMAL: THE THERMAL ULTRA-COMPACT AND LIGHTWEIGHT DRONE SOLUTION DEDICATED TO ALL PROFESSIONALS

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Apr 15, 2019

Parrot, the leading European drone group, has announced ANAFI Thermal: the all-in-one, drone-based solution that provides easy to use, sophisticated and high-quality thermography (drone + sensor + software), with proven reliability and outstanding performance.Parrot has evolved its existing ANAFI pl...

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Fifth Annual Drone Focus Conference to be Held in Fargo FIFTH ANNUAL DRONE FOCUS CONFERENCE TO BE HELD IN FARGO

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Apr 15, 2019

This year the conference will dive deeper into what it takes to build an autonomous nation, and examine some of the core components of the unmanned systems industry including infrastructure, software, policy and more.During the event, attendees will hear from speakers representing companies ranging ...

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Great Britain GREAT BRITAIN'S PLAN FOR A SUPER MILITARY: F-35S, NEW AIRCRAFT CARRIERS AND MUCH MORE

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Apr 12, 2019

After almost three decades of relative international stability, the world has now re-entered a period of persistent and intense state competition," the U.K. Defense Ministry stated in its December 2018 review "Mobilizing, Modernizing & Transforming Defense. To deter and defeat potentia...

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Check Out Russia CHECK OUT RUSSIA'S SU-35 FIGHTER: THE PLANE THE U.S. AIR FORCE FEARS MOST?

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Apr 12, 2019

The Sukhoi Su-35 Flanker-E is the top Russian air-superiority fighter in service today, and represents the pinnacle of fourth-generation jet fighter design. It will remain so until Russia succeeds in bringing its fifth-generation PAK-FA stealth fighter into production. Distinguished by its unrivaled...

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The Crazy Story of How China Finally Got an Aircraft Carrier THE CRAZY STORY OF HOW CHINA FINALLY GOT AN AIRCRAFT CARRIER

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Apr 12, 2019

The People's Liberation Army Navy first became interested in acquiring an aircraft carrier in 1970, when China was still on bad terms with both the Soviet Union and the United States. However few concrete steps were taken, because the cost and complexity of such an endeavor far exceeded the PLAN...

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How the Navy HOW THE NAVY'S THE S-3 VIKING HUNTED RUSSIAN SUBMARINES (AND MUCH MORE)

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Apr 12, 2019

The S-3 Viking was first conceived in 1960s to serve as a next-generation submarine hunter. In the event of a war between NATO and the Warsaw Pact, the U.S. Navy’s most important mission would have been combating the Soviet Union’s large submarine fleet. If the war went nuclear, Soviet b...

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What is the Magic Formula Telling Investors on Korea Aerospace Industries, Ltd. (KOSE:A047810), Parkland Fuel Corporation (TSX:PKI)? WHAT IS THE MAGIC FORMULA TELLING INVESTORS ON KOREA AEROSPACE INDUSTRIES, LTD. (KOSE:A047810), PARKLAND FUEL CORPORATION (TSX:PKI)?

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Apr 12, 2019

Korea Aerospace Industries, Ltd. (KOSE:A047810) has a current MF Rank of 8828. Developed by hedge fund manager Joel Greenblatt, the intention of the formula is to spot high quality companies that are trading at an attractive price. The formula uses ROIC and earnings yield ratios to find quality, und...

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Leading Aerospace Component Supplier Optimizes Production with… LEADING AEROSPACE COMPONENT SUPPLIER OPTIMIZES PRODUCTION WITH…

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Apr 12, 2019

The company, a major supplier for commercial programs, aspired to upgrade its systems thanks to significant, continuous growth. The Plataine solution enabled the supplier to meet its manufacturing objectives and delivered significant material savings. Additionally, its fast and smooth implementation...

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Your Next Flight Is Brought to You by 3D Printing YOUR NEXT FLIGHT IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY 3D PRINTING

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Apr 12, 2019

Like the cotton gin and the modern assembly line, 3D printing is the kind of breakthrough advancement that holds the promise to revolutionize manufacturing. The technology lets companies input designs into a printer the size of a small garden shed and have it spit out fully formed, usable products o...

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Thailand Courts Georgia Aviation, Manufacturing Investors With Incentives THAILAND COURTS GEORGIA AVIATION, MANUFACTURING INVESTORS WITH INCENTIVES

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Apr 12, 2019

Georgia’s business relationship with Thailand operates with little fanfare, with only a few Thai-owned companies working here and little public knowledge of how locally based multinationals are tapping into the Southeast Asian economy of 70 million people. But the Thailand Board of Investment ...

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Qatar Airways says Air Italy stake compliant with 2018 U.S.-Qatar aviation agreement QATAR AIRWAYS SAYS AIR ITALY STAKE COMPLIANT WITH 2018 U.S.-QATAR AVIATION AGREEMENT

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Apr 12, 2019

State-owned Qatar Airways on Thursday dismissed concerns its 49 percent stake in Air Italy breaches a 2018 aviation agreement between the United States and Qatar, designed to address U.S. concerns that Gulf airlines had an unfair competitive advantage. The U.S is "looking very closely" at ...

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Jet Airways to fly 6-7 aircraft on both days this weekend domestically: Aviation Secy JET AIRWAYS TO FLY 6-7 AIRCRAFT ON BOTH DAYS THIS WEEKEND DOMESTICALLY: AVIATION SECY

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Apr 12, 2019

Jet had a meeting with bankers. It has put forth demand of funds. It is currently flying 11 aircraft and will fly six to seven aircraft domestically on both days this weekend. We have asked it to take into consideration issues of passengers," the aviation secretary said.  Currently, Jet Ai...

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Analysis - Aviation Industry ANALYSIS - AVIATION INDUSTRY'S CONTRIBUTION IN POLLUTION AND HOW TO REDUCE AIRPLANE EMISSIONS?

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Apr 12, 2019

Aviation has boomed in the past decades, with low-cost airlines helping make travel affordable to more people, but the industry faces a major challenge to play its part in cutting emissions responsible for global warming. While vehicular pollution is a major contributor in air pollution, airplanes a...

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Terra Drone Indonesia teams with Japan’s leading power industry research institute to monitor transmission lines for PLN TERRA DRONE INDONESIA TEAMS WITH JAPAN’S LEADING POWER INDUSTRY RESEARCH INSTITUTE TO MONITOR TRANSMISSION LINES FOR PLN

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Apr 11, 2019

Terra Drone Indonesia and Central Research Institute of Electric Power Industry (CRIEPI) (Headquarter: Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, President: Masanori Matsuura, hereinafter called CRIEPI) have successfully demonstrated how unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) can be used to monitor electricity transmission lines ...

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Meet the F-4 Phantom: The Old American Fighter Jet That Won MEET THE F-4 PHANTOM: THE OLD AMERICAN FIGHTER JET THAT WON'T GO AWAY

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Apr 11, 2019

BPhantom is beloved not just because it was successful, but because it wasn’t supposed to be. Of all mankind’s works of destruction, jet fighters tend to be the most aesthetically elegant, whether the compact grace of an F-16 or the slender symmetry of a French Mirage 5. The Phantom was ...

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The F-4 Phantom: The F-35 of the 1960s and 1970s? THE F-4 PHANTOM: THE F-35 OF THE 1960S AND 1970S?

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Apr 11, 2019

Under these circumstances, an F-35 patrolling, say, a no-fly zone might have to approach closer to a hostile aircraft and expose itself to detection and sacrifice its stealth advantage. A faster and more maneuverable fourth-generation jet like an F-15 or Rafale would seem preferable in such a scenar...

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Mini Superpower: 5 Reasons You Can MINI SUPERPOWER: 5 REASONS YOU CAN'T BEAT ISRAEL IN A WAR

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Apr 11, 2019

The IDF has developed systems of recruitment, training, and retention that allow it to field some of the most competent, capable soldiers in the world. None of the technologies above work unless they have smart, dedicated, well-trained operators to make them function at their fullest potential. Sinc...

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China Should Fear This Killer Combo: The U.S. Marines and F-35s CHINA SHOULD FEAR THIS KILLER COMBO: THE U.S. MARINES AND F-35S

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Apr 11, 2019

There's a name for the practice of deploying a rocket launcher via aircraft, promptly firing then redeploying. The U.S. Army, which pioneered the method, calls it "HIMARS Rapid Infiltration" or HIRAIN. Combined with other new tactics and new rockets, HIRAIN could allow U.S. force to qu...

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Coming Soon: Stealth U.S. Air Force F-35s Armed with Laser Weapons? COMING SOON: STEALTH U.S. AIR FORCE F-35S ARMED WITH LASER WEAPONS?

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Apr 11, 2019

The US Air Force is preparing to fire a fighter-jet configured laser pod from the ground as a key step toward achieving its goal of firing lasers from jets on combat missions in the air As a part of its preparation, the service is refining its combat strategy, tactics and concepts of operation to ac...

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Target Practice, Russian Style: Watch Su-25 and Su-34s Blasting Away with Missiles TARGET PRACTICE, RUSSIAN STYLE: WATCH SU-25 AND SU-34S BLASTING AWAY WITH MISSILES

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Apr 11, 2019

Aviadarts, inaugurated in 2013, has grown into a sprawling logistical operation. Last year, the Defense Ministry boasted that "the competition involves more than 250 pilots of tactical, long-range, military transport and army aviation units of the Aerospace Force and military districts. For the...

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B-21 Bombers, Stealth and Much More: This Is the Future of America B-21 BOMBERS, STEALTH AND MUCH MORE: THIS IS THE FUTURE OF AMERICA'S BOMBER FORCE

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Apr 11, 2019

The new Air Force bomber fleet plan, released in conjunction with the service’s 2019 Budget request, also seeks a larger bomber fleet and maps a modernization and production trajectory for the introduction of the emerging B-21 Raider in the mid-2020s. The Air Force’s Bomber Vector establ...

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Imagine This: China Building New Aircraft Carriers for Russia IMAGINE THIS: CHINA BUILDING NEW AIRCRAFT CARRIERS FOR RUSSIA

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Apr 11, 2019

The only downside for China would be that a Russian carrier would take up space and industrial capacity in Chinese yards, but this is a small price to pay. The downsides for Russia are more palpable; an aircraft carrier purchased from China still costs money, and still requires a long-term investmen...

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Wanted: companies to build spacecraft, sensor payloads, and on-board data processing for small satellites WANTED: COMPANIES TO BUILD SPACECRAFT, SENSOR PAYLOADS, AND ON-BOARD DATA PROCESSING FOR SMALL SATELLITES

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Apr 11, 2019

Officials of the U.S. Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Agency say in its request for information it is looking for industry to identify candidate smallsats technologies with game-changing potential, and validate these technologies in space or in a laboratory space simulation. Technologies mus...

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Bye Aerospace Rebrands Electric Airplane as eFlyer BYE AEROSPACE REBRANDS ELECTRIC AIRPLANE AS EFLYER

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Apr 11, 2019

George E. Bye, Founder and CEO of Bye Aerospace, said eFlyer more accurately represents the aircraft’s high-tech all-electric propulsion system. “We originally thought solar cells would be standard on the airplane’s wings,” Bye said. “However, with eFlyer’s primar...

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History Horrors: How Hitler HISTORY HORRORS: HOW HITLER'S NAZI GERMANY COULD HAVE WON WORLD WAR II

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Apr 10, 2019

This declaration did not simply apply to U.S. territorial waters. The United States would escort convoys filled with military equipment to Europe with surface ships and anti-submarine craft, firing at will against any German submarines, ships or planes that they encountered. What if Germany had neve...

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Study highlights sustainable role for VTOL aircraft STUDY HIGHLIGHTS SUSTAINABLE ROLE FOR VTOL AIRCRAFT

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Apr 10, 2019

Compiled by researchers at the University of Michigan in partnership with Ford Motor Company, the study looked at the primary energy use and greenhouse gas emissions during the five phases of VTOL flight: takeoff, climb, cruise, descent and landing. As VTOLs use the bulk of their energy during takeo...

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Midlands Aerospace Alliance joins Make UK MIDLANDS AEROSPACE ALLIANCE JOINS MAKE UK

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Apr 10, 2019

Make UK CEO Stephen Phipson spoke at the Midland’s Aerospace Alliance Conference in Birmingham, forging closer links between our two member organisations. Dr Andrew Mair, chief executive, Midlands Aerospace Alliance said: “We are pleased to announce this partnership as it brings with it ...

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Top 25: 5 Best Battleships, Aircraft Carriers, Submarines, Bombers and Fighter Jets TOP 25: 5 BEST BATTLESHIPS, AIRCRAFT CARRIERS, SUBMARINES, BOMBERS AND FIGHTER JETS

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Apr 10, 2019

Ranking the greatest battleships of all time is a tad easier than ranking naval battles. Both involve comparing apples with oranges. But at least taking the measure of individual men-of-war involves comparing one apple with one orange. That's a compact endeavor relative to sorting through histor...

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The U.S. Navy Let Me Aboard Their Most Powerful Aircraft Carrier Ever THE U.S. NAVY LET ME ABOARD THEIR MOST POWERFUL AIRCRAFT CARRIER EVER

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Apr 10, 2019

Ford seems to be delivering on the promise of a more efficient carrier that will take naval aviation into the future. Fordwhich is based on the Nimitz-class hull form—restores weight and stability margins by reconfiguring the ship’s interior, though she displaces roughly 100,000-tons jus...

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Navy Dream Come True: F-35s and Nimitz-Class Aircraft Carriers Together In Battle NAVY DREAM COME TRUE: F-35S AND NIMITZ-CLASS AIRCRAFT CARRIERS TOGETHER IN BATTLE

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Apr 10, 2019

The start of formal operational testing is a milestone more than 18 years in the making,” Vice Adm. Mat Winter, F-35 Program Executive Officer, said in a written statement.  "While aircraft are in operational test, the F-35 Joint Program Office will continue to support the delivery o...

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Take It From a B-2 Stealth Bomber Pilot: No Aircraft On the Planet Can Match It TAKE IT FROM A B-2 STEALTH BOMBER PILOT: NO AIRCRAFT ON THE PLANET CAN MATCH IT

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Apr 10, 2019

The Air Force plans to operate the B-2 alongside its new, now-in-development bomber Air Force pilots of the 1980s-era stealthy B-2 Spirit bomber plan to arm the B-2 with new weapons and upgrade the aircraft to fly the aircraft on attack missions against enemy air defenses well into the 2050s, servic...

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The F-22 Raptor Is the World THE F-22 RAPTOR IS THE WORLD'S BEST STEALTH FIGHTER (AND IT'S GOING TO GET EVEN BETTER)

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Apr 10, 2019

Funding for an F-22 sensor upgrade will only come later in the 2020s and is likely to include an electro-optical module similar to the F-35’s EOTS and DAS systems to operate in heavy jamming environments. Such an upgrade would mirror the F-15X, which recently received a similar system.While mu...

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Invincible: Put the F-35 and F-15EX Together and Nothing Can Stop Them INVINCIBLE: PUT THE F-35 AND F-15EX TOGETHER AND NOTHING CAN STOP THEM

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Apr 10, 2019

The exercise is considered by many to be “as close to real air-to-air combat” as possible and is instrumental in the development of air-to-air tactics and skills for USAF aviators. Several units equipped with the F-35A fighter jet participated. Notably, this year’s Red Flag feature...

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Floating Ship Wrecks: These Aircraft Carriers Might Be the Worst Ever Built FLOATING SHIP WRECKS: THESE AIRCRAFT CARRIERS MIGHT BE THE WORST EVER BUILT

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Apr 10, 2019

Commissioned into French service in 1963, the 33,000-ton, non-nuclear Foch carried 40 fighters and helicopters. Unlike Russian flattops, Foch had a steam catapult, allowing her to boost heavily-laden planes off her deck. Imposing, flexible, able to sail fast and launch devastating air strikes at lon...

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Introducing U.S. Operations Plan 5015 (Or the Plan To Crush North Korea In a War) INTRODUCING U.S. OPERATIONS PLAN 5015 (OR THE PLAN TO CRUSH NORTH KOREA IN A WAR)

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Apr 09, 2019

North Korea’s unpredictable leader Kim Jong-un has many ways of making war upon his neighbors. He can unleash commandos, or cyberweapons, or threaten to utilize weapons of mass destruction unless the world complies with his wishes.He might be assassinated by U.S. and South Korean special force...

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One of Japan ONE OF JAPAN'S F-35S HAS GONE MISSING

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Apr 09, 2019

n F-35A fighter with Japan's Air Self Defense Force has gone missing while flying over the Pacific Ocean roughly 84 miles from the Japanese mainland. The single-seat aircraft dropped off radar on Tuesday at about 7:27 p.m. local time, officials told Reuters. A search and rescue operation is appa...

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Russia Claims It Will Build a Very Special Type of Aircraft Carrier RUSSIA CLAIMS IT WILL BUILD A VERY SPECIAL TYPE OF AIRCRAFT CARRIER

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Apr 09, 2019

Russia's light aircraft carrier will feature a semi-catamaran hull, a representative of the Krylov Scientific Center told Russian news agency TASS (see the translation and a model of the design here). "The project is distinguished by the underwater part of a semi-catamaran form," he sa...

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This Photo Means An Aircraft Carrier Just Went to The Bottom (In a Training Battle) THIS PHOTO MEANS AN AIRCRAFT CARRIER JUST WENT TO THE BOTTOM (IN A TRAINING BATTLE)

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Apr 09, 2019

In 2012 Liaoning was finally ready to set sail from the Dalian shipyard. As Beijing’s only carrier facing a fleet of 10 American flattops, Liaoning was widely expected to stage from China’s most modern naval base on Hainan Island in the south, near Taiwan and Vietnam. A photo depicting a...

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Revolutionary: Meet the F-117 Nighthawk, America’s Original Stealth Plane REVOLUTIONARY: MEET THE F-117 NIGHTHAWK, AMERICA’S ORIGINAL STEALTH PLANE

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Apr 09, 2019

For several decades, the F-117 offered the United States military a unique ability to slip through enemy air defenses and takeout high value targets with its precision guided bombs. However, the Nighthawk’s first-generation stealth technology limited the roles it could fulfill, and decades of ...

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Southwest Airlines Is Chasing Growth in Hawaii -- Here SOUTHWEST AIRLINES IS CHASING GROWTH IN HAWAII -- HERE'S WHY

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Apr 08, 2019

Rumors had been flying around for years that Southwest Airlines (NYSE:LUV) might start flying to Hawaii. The airline finally confirmed this speculation in late 2017, and a route between Oakland and Honolulu began just a few weeks ago. Several more routes to Hawaii will start up in the next two month...

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The Russian Navy THE RUSSIAN NAVY'S FUTURE: A NEW AIRCRAFT CARRIER AND DEADLY FIGHTER JETS?

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Apr 08, 2019

The Russian newspaper Izvestia (see translation here) featured statements by two Russian officials that suggested vertical takeoff and landing, or VTOL, aircraft carriers and aircraft will be joining the Russian Navy. Denis Manturov, the head of the Russian Ministry for Trade and Industry, said Russ...

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Andersen Air Force Base Used a Pesticide to Sanitize Their Drinking Water ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE USED A PESTICIDE TO SANITIZE THEIR DRINKING WATER

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Apr 08, 2019

Personnel at Andersen Air Force Base in Guam had been consuming drinking water that had been sanitized with chlorination tablets typically used in swimming pools, an Air Force spokesman confirmed Stars and Stripes. The Guam Environmental Protection Agency issued a fine in early January after discove...

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The A-12 Avenger: The Navy THE A-12 AVENGER: THE NAVY'S PLAN TO LAUNCH STEALTH BOMBERS FROM AIRCRAFT CARRIERS

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Apr 08, 2019

Modern materials, sensor and propulsion technologyparticularly advanced adaptive-cycle engines that are currently in development—would solve most of the technical challenges that stymied the A-12 program During the closing stages of the Cold War, the United States Navy was developing a new lon...

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Video: These 2 Russian Tu-22M3 VIDEO: THESE 2 RUSSIAN TU-22M3 'BACKFIRE' BOMBERS ARE ARMED TO THE TEETH

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Apr 08, 2019

The official reclassification of the Tu-22’s updated models from tactical bombers to heavy, nuclear-capable strategic bomber could lead to a new round of accusations concerning Russia’s potential non-compliance. In what is the latest sighting of Russia’s most prolific strategic bom...

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Why the C-130 Might Fly for 80 Years WHY THE C-130 MIGHT FLY FOR 80 YEARS

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Apr 08, 2019

The Air Force plans to fly its war-tested 1950s-era C-130 aircraft well into the 2030s and beyond through a sweeping, multi-pronged technical overhaul, designed to enable the propeller-flown aircraft to perform its high-risk troop transport and combat support missions for decades to come. While ther...

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The F-35 Trap: How the Air Force Can Avoid Trouble Before Building a New Fighter Jet THE F-35 TRAP: HOW THE AIR FORCE CAN AVOID TROUBLE BEFORE BUILDING A NEW FIGHTER JET

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Apr 08, 2019

As reported by Stephen Trimble in Aviation Week, Will Roper, the assistant Air Force secretary for acquisition, technology and logistics, has argued that the United States needs to stop and rethink its acquisition policies before embarking on the Next Generation Fighter project. The idea is this: In...

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Meet the F-21 Fighter (Think and F-16 on Steroids Thanks to F-22 and F-35 DNA) MEET THE F-21 FIGHTER (THINK AND F-16 ON STEROIDS THANKS TO F-22 AND F-35 DNA)

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Apr 08, 2019

The MiG-21s, in particular, are accident-prone. Since the first of 874 MiG-21s entered Indian service in 1963, around 490 have crashed, killing around 200 pilots. New Delhi wants to spend around $18 billion building 115 new fighters to replace the old MiGs. The new planes would fly alongside Europea...

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These 5 Fighter Planes Are the Best to Ever Fly Off an Aircraft Carrier THESE 5 FIGHTER PLANES ARE THE BEST TO EVER FLY OFF AN AIRCRAFT CARRIER

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Apr 06, 2019

Designing an airplane that can fly at high speeds lugging heavy weapons loads, and yet still takeoff and land on a short flight deck a few hundred meters long has always posed a formidable engineering challenge. Sea-based fighters typically feature folding wings for easier stowage, ruggedized landin...

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SR Technics Engineering completes major galley overhaul on the Boeing 777 SR TECHNICS ENGINEERING COMPLETES MAJOR GALLEY OVERHAUL ON THE BOEING 777

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Apr 04, 2019

The SR Technics Engineering team’s innovative proposal to modify the galleys on five Boeing 777-300ERs convinced AerCap to upgrade to the popular ATLAS standard. After a design and certification process, the first installation was completed at the beginning of 2018 and led to the delivery of a...

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ADIFO Is A Flying Saucer That Will Dominate The Airspace Soon ADIFO IS A FLYING SAUCER THAT WILL DOMINATE THE AIRSPACE SOON

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Apr 04, 2019

According to the inventor and engineer Razvan Sabie, the ADIFO has been designed ‘to change the actual paradigm of flight’. Sabie worked in collaboration with the famous aerodynamicist Iosif Taposu (Senior Scientist at Romani’s National Institute for Aerospatial Research, and forme...

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How Drones Are Changing the Shipping Industry HOW DRONES ARE CHANGING THE SHIPPING INDUSTRY

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Apr 04, 2019

Companies are always looking for ways to streamline their operations. For many of them, that means seeing how drones might help. Airbus chose Singapore as its testing ground for a pilot that involves depending on drones to deliver goods to ships anchored offshore. The parcels have a maximum weight o...

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Drone Registration Figures Confirm senseFly eBee as United States’ Most Popular Commercial Fixed-Wing DRONE REGISTRATION FIGURES CONFIRM SENSEFLY EBEE AS UNITED STATES’ MOST POPULAR COMMERCIAL FIXED-WING

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Apr 03, 2019

According to official FAA Part 107 commercial drone registration data, received by senseFly following an FOIA request with the FAA, senseFly small Unmanned Aerial Systems (sUAS or drones) account for almost half of all new commercial fixed-wing drone registrations, at 45%. The FAA’s figures, s...

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U.S. Air Force awards Northrop Grumman with contract for T-38 and F-5 sustaining engineering U.S. AIR FORCE AWARDS NORTHROP GRUMMAN WITH CONTRACT FOR T-38 AND F-5 SUSTAINING ENGINEERING

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Apr 03, 2019

The U.S. Air Force on 2 April awarded Northrop Grumman contract for T-38 and F-5 sustaining engineering, according to a U.S. Department of Defense statement. The contract, from U.S. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center and announced on Tuesday, is valued at more than $22 million and provides for s...

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Is there another grounding on the way for Boeing? IS THERE ANOTHER GROUNDING ON THE WAY FOR BOEING?

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Apr 03, 2019

The airline says that “premature blade deterioration was found on some engines” of the latest additions to its fleet, the Boeing 787-10. This unexpectedly early deterioration was found at recent routine maintenance inspections according to the airline, who instantly took the decision to ...

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Ten deadliest airplane crashes TEN DEADLIEST AIRPLANE CRASHES

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Apr 02, 2019

Recently, the media turned its focus to aviation safety. Even the planes being safe enough, the aircraft crashes are rare but bloody incidents. And although many people have lost their lives in a plane crash, they are not as lethal as we imagine.

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A Report Claims the Air Force Needs an Insane Amount of B-21 Raiders A REPORT CLAIMS THE AIR FORCE NEEDS AN INSANE AMOUNT OF B-21 RAIDERS

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Apr 02, 2019

A new report from the Center for a New American Security (CNAS) suggests that the United States Air Force should build a minimum of 164 Northrop Grumman B-21 Raider stealth bombers. Senior Air Force officials who are currently reviewing the number of bombers the service will need have testified befo...

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This U.S. Nuclear Submarine Is Feared Like No Other: Meet the THIS U.S. NUCLEAR SUBMARINE IS FEARED LIKE NO OTHER: MEET THE 'F-22' OF SUBS

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Apr 02, 2019

The Seawolf-class submarines were envisioned as the best submarines ever built. Designed to succeed the Los Angeles–class attack submarines and maintain America’s edge in the underwater domain, the class suffered from cost overruns and the collapse of the Soviet Union. While still some o...

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The Largest Aircraft Ever Built: Meet the H-4 Hercules (Or the Spruce Goose) THE LARGEST AIRCRAFT EVER BUILT: MEET THE H-4 HERCULES (OR THE SPRUCE GOOSE)

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Apr 02, 2019

The Time magazine article was titled “It Flies!” It was a note of triumph and vindication, but also an epitaph, of an aircraft that was five years in the making the “Spruce Goose,” a plane that should not have existed. Many things were against it, even, to a certain degree, i...

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Welcome to the House of Stealth: This Is Where the F-35 Is Born WELCOME TO THE HOUSE OF STEALTH: THIS IS WHERE THE F-35 IS BORN

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Apr 02, 2019

Flynn explained that the stealth engineering contributing to the F-35 has some origins as far back as the Gulf War-era F-117 NightHawk. “With the F-117, we learned how to embed antennas in the leading edge of the airplane. This concept went right into the F-22,” Flynn added.

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5 Reasons the F-35 Keeps Getting Better (And Russia and China Should Worry) 5 REASONS THE F-35 KEEPS GETTING BETTER (AND RUSSIA AND CHINA SHOULD WORRY)

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Apr 01, 2019

This week's performance by the F-35 fighter at the Paris Air Show is a turning point for the world's most advanced multi-role fighter, demonstrating that even when fully loaded with combat gear, it can out-perform the tactical aircraft of every other country. Although prime contractor Lockhe...

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Enterprise: The Aircraft Carrier That Stands Above All the Rest ENTERPRISE: THE AIRCRAFT CARRIER THAT STANDS ABOVE ALL THE REST

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Apr 01, 2019

Enterprise won twenty battle stars in the Pacific, more than any other U.S. ship. There was widespread recognition of its service, and several efforts to preserve it as a monument. Despite the advocacy of retired Navy personnel, however, these efforts failed, and it was sold for scrap in 1958.

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Mini Stealth F-35?: Don MINI STEALTH F-35?: DON'T GO CRAZY OVER THE XQ-58A VALKYRIE (AT LEAST NOT YET)

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Apr 01, 2019

All of which means that a UCAV will only be as good as its AI. Yet the Achilles heel of autonomous robots is that they have difficulty coping with unexpected situations, which is pretty much the definition of warfare.

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Another Reason Israel ANOTHER REASON ISRAEL'S AIR FORCE DOMINATES: STEALTH F-35S

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Mar 31, 2019

Something changed in the region back in December 2017, when Israel declared its first squadron of F-35s operational. Numerically, the change seemed minor. The Israeli Air Force's (IAF) 140 ("Golden Eagle") Squadron has just nine F-35I Adir aircraft, scheduled to grow to fifty over the ...

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Light Aircraft Carriers: The U.S. Marines Might Have More F-35s Fighting from the Sea LIGHT AIRCRAFT CARRIERS: THE U.S. MARINES MIGHT HAVE MORE F-35S FIGHTING FROM THE SEA

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Mar 31, 2019

The U.S. Navy amphibious assault ship USS Wasp in March 2019 deployed to the Indo-Pacific region with no fewer than 10 F-35B Lightning II stealth fighters on board. An assault ship usually embarks just six F-35s or older AV-8B Harrier jump jets.

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Safe Stealth: The Air Force Has a Trick Up Its Sleeve To Make the F-35 Even Better SAFE STEALTH: THE AIR FORCE HAS A TRICK UP ITS SLEEVE TO MAKE THE F-35 EVEN BETTER

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Mar 31, 2019

The system is also engineered to identify and divert aircraft that are non-cooperative, meaning not from the US Air Force, AFRL developers said; sensors are designed to work quickly to detect a flight path or approaching trajectory with the hope of thwarting a possible collision.

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J-20 Stealth Fighter: The Best J-20 STEALTH FIGHTER: THE BEST 'DOGFIGHTER' ON THE PLANET?

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Mar 31, 2019

A 2011 analysis by Australian aviation expert Carlo Kopp concluded that J-20 probably had strong stealth from a frontal aspect, but a larger radar cross section (RCS) when scanned from the side or rear a limitation also found in the Russian Su-57 stealth fighter.

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Undefeated: Does the F-15 Eagle Have a Perfect UNDEFEATED: DOES THE F-15 EAGLE HAVE A PERFECT 'BATTLE' RECORD?

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Mar 31, 2019

According to official releases from Boeing and the U.S. Air Force, the F-15 Eagle has a clear-cut win-to-loss ratio of 104 to zero. But in fact, opposing air forces have claimed, in nearly a dozen cases, to have shot down the iconic, twin-engine fighter.

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Light Aircraft Carriers: The U.S. Marines Might Have More F-35s Fighting from the Sea LIGHT AIRCRAFT CARRIERS: THE U.S. MARINES MIGHT HAVE MORE F-35S FIGHTING FROM THE SEA

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Mar 31, 2019

The U.S. Navy amphibious assault ship USS Wasp in March 2019 deployed to the Indo-Pacific region with no fewer than 10 F-35B Lightning II stealth fighters on board.

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Recent Improvements To Drone Range RECENT IMPROVEMENTS TO DRONE RANGE

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Mar 31, 2019

The new age drones are as popular in film making and photography, as in mission-critical or rescue operations. Photography enthusiasts, explorers, and documentary makers are thrilled with the technology that lets them fly without themselves being airborne, all with a drone controller in their hands....

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The Harrier: The U.S. Marine Corps Loves This Plane For 1 Big Reason THE HARRIER: THE U.S. MARINE CORPS LOVES THIS PLANE FOR 1 BIG REASON

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Mar 29, 2019

Harriers have also participated in less-visible operations in Yemen by bombing al-Qaeda in the country again emphasizing its flexibility and adaptability to a wide range of operations in diverse environments and levels of warfare.

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Dead F-22: Back in 2009, a Stealth F-22 Raptor Was DEAD F-22: BACK IN 2009, A STEALTH F-22 RAPTOR WAS 'SHOT DOWN' (BY FRANCE)

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Mar 29, 2019

The key, Gruene said, was to get as close as possible to the powerful F-22  and stay there. They didn’t expect us to turn so aggressively.Past evidence seems to confirms that a French fighter pilot once “killed” an American F-22 Raptor stealth fighter in mock combat. Although ...

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Study This Plane: It Could Be Japan STUDY THIS PLANE: IT COULD BE JAPAN'S NEW STEALTH FIGHTER

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Mar 29, 2019

In 2018, Tokyo’s inquiries to potential partners in its F-3 stealth fighter program reportedly received an enthusiastic response from Northrop-Grumman. While Northrop might seek to revive the YF-23, more likely that it would offer unique aspects of the airframe and engine design which might th...

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Bring the BRING THE 'BEAST MODE': VIDEO SHOWS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU FIGHT AN F-35

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Mar 29, 2019

The F-35's beast mode boasts a whopping maximum of fourteen AIM-120 missiles and two smaller AIM-9X missiles for air missions, or six GBU-31’s along with four AIM-120’s/9X’s for ground missions.

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Fighter Death Match: The F-35 vs. F-15X Showdown Is Heating Up Fast FIGHTER DEATH MATCH: THE F-35 VS. F-15X SHOWDOWN IS HEATING UP FAST

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Mar 29, 2019

Congress could intervene to increase the number of F-35s in the budget. It also could block the request for F-15Xs, as some pro-Lockheed lawmakers have threatened to do. The fighter debate continues as the budget process grinds on.

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The Stealthy SR-71 Is The Fastest Plane on the Planet (But It Had A Big Problem) THE STEALTHY SR-71 IS THE FASTEST PLANE ON THE PLANET (BUT IT HAD A BIG PROBLEM)

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Mar 28, 2019

There are few secret projects like U.S. Air Force black projects, and that was certainly the case for the famed SR-71 Blackbird. The SR-71 was no ordinary aircraft but a big, beautiful and state-of-the-art spy plane designed in the 1950s and early 1960s to fly quickly at high altitudes over the Sovi...

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This Plane Will Make Fighter Jets Like the F-22, F-35 and F-15 Even Better THIS PLANE WILL MAKE FIGHTER JETS LIKE THE F-22, F-35 AND F-15 EVEN BETTER

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Mar 28, 2019

The first new, high-tech next-generation KC-46A aerial refueling tanker will be delivered to the service later this year, marking the beginning of a long-sought after effort to replace the current aging fleet and better enable attack and ISR missions around the globe, service officials say.

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The F-15 Eagle: The Undisputed King of Fighter Combat (As In It Never Lost?) THE F-15 EAGLE: THE UNDISPUTED KING OF FIGHTER COMBAT (AS IN IT NEVER LOST?)

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Mar 28, 2019

According to official releases from Boeing and the U.S. Air Force, the F-15 Eagle has a clear-cut win-to-loss ratio of 104 to zero. But in fact, opposing air forces have claimed, in nearly a dozen cases, to have shot down the iconic, twin-engine fighter.

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Russia RUSSIA'S VERY OWN 'F-15 EAGLE': MEET THE DEADLY SU-27 FLANKER

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Mar 28, 2019

The transfer of Su-27s to China caused a surprising amount of friction between Moscow and Beijing. China purchased some Flankers off the shelf, agreed to coproduce another batch, and acquired a license for production of additional aircraft.

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It IT'S LIKE FIGHTING MR. INVISIBLE: I FOUGHT AGAINST A STEALTH F-22 (AND LOST)

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Mar 28, 2019

Flying back to Langley, the experience was an eye-opener. I have been covering the Raptor and the F-35 since beginning of both programs. It is one thing to intellectually grasp the power of stealth, but seeing it in action makes one a believer our flight had no idea, no warning from the AWACS or GCI...

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America AMERICA'S GOT A NEW, LIGHTNING-FAST HELICOPTER

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Mar 27, 2019

A new helicopter will give the U.S. Army a cutting edge on the battlefield- and put the quick in Quick Reaction Force. The Sikorsky-Boeing SB-1 Defiant took its first official flight on March 21, creating quite a spectacle as it effortlessly took to the air.

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New Biofuel in Aviation NEW BIOFUEL IN AVIATION

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Mar 27, 2019

Climate change is being tackled in different ways all over the world, transport being one of the major hurdles to overcome when it comes to greenhouse gasses. Now experts are looking to the skies to tackle climate change and have come up with a solution to the problem of planes releasing toxic chemi...

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HYPER-X SCRAMJET RECORD HYPER-X SCRAMJET RECORD

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Mar 27, 2019

Fifteen years ago today, the NASA X-43A scramjet-powered flight research vehicle reached a record speed of over 4,600 mph (Mach 6.83). The historic test marked the first time in the annals of aviation that a flight-scale scramjet accelerated an aircraft in the hypersonic Mach number regime.

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This Plane Was Meant to Make Aircraft Carriers Obsolete (It Failed) THIS PLANE WAS MEANT TO MAKE AIRCRAFT CARRIERS OBSOLETE (IT FAILED)

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Mar 27, 2019

The first few years after World War II were challenging ones for the U.S. Navy. Massive demobilization of personnel and rapid scrapping or retirement of ships created internal disruptions.

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Bomber Dream: Could the B-1 Lancer Be Transformed Into a Gunship? BOMBER DREAM: COULD THE B-1 LANCER BE TRANSFORMED INTO A GUNSHIP?

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Mar 27, 2019

Much like the MC-27J Gunship, this is hopefully a paper tiger that will never see a operational squadron. One day flying over Afghanistan, sometime in mid-2010, ground troops who were getting shot at requested ISR support (intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance). Unfortunately when they requeste...

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Apocalypse Now: Why Israel Would Start a Nuclear War APOCALYPSE NOW: WHY ISRAEL WOULD START A NUCLEAR WAR

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Mar 27, 2019

How might that happen? We can imagine a few scenarios, most of which involve an increase in hostility between Israel and its more tolerant neighbors. Another revolution in Egypt could easily rewrite the security equation on Israel’s southern border; while the friendship of Saudi Arabia seems s...

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The F-35s New Mission: A Navy Killer? THE F-35S NEW MISSION: A NAVY KILLER?

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Mar 27, 2019

The NSM has also been adapted into the joint strike missile (JSM), an air-launched cruise missile system designed to fit inside the internal weapons bay of the F-35. The NSM’s chassis is slightly reconfigured for this purpose, but the seeker and engine largely remain the same. While the NSM ha...

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Watch Russia WATCH RUSSIA'S SU-34 FIGHTER DO SOMETHING QUITE DARING IN EXTREME CONDITIONS

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Mar 27, 2019

As prolifically manufactured and deployed as the Su-34 continues to be, the Fullback has had its share of unflattering headlines. Russia's Su-34 fighter-bomber aircraft is again in the headlines after successfully completing an aerial refueling exercise under “extreme” conditions

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Fighting Words: Russia FIGHTING WORDS: RUSSIA'S 6TH GENERATION FIGHTER WILL BURN OUT ‘THE EYES’ OF MISSILES

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Mar 27, 2019

I think the important takeaway is that Russia defense industry recognizes some of the key trends in military science and weapons technology, Kofman said. The Russian defense industry is starting to look at concepts for a sixth-generation fighter that would eventually replace the Sukhoi Su-57 PAK-FA....

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Russia Is Sending S-400 Air Defense Systems to the Arctic (And That RUSSIA IS SENDING S-400 AIR DEFENSE SYSTEMS TO THE ARCTIC (AND THAT'S JUST FOR STARTERS)

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Mar 26, 2019

Russia is intensifying its efforts to exert economic and military control over the rapidly warming Arctic region. But it's not alone. The United States is staking its own claim on the far north.

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The SR-71 Spy Plane Was So Fast, It Outran Every Missile Fired at It THE SR-71 SPY PLANE WAS SO FAST, IT OUTRAN EVERY MISSILE FIRED AT IT

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Mar 26, 2019

Until Lockheed Martin finally builds the SR-72 Mach-6 spy plane it announced in November 2013  and which reportedly appeared in plain view for the first time in July 2017 the iconic SR-71 Blackbird, capable of flying three times the speed of sound, remains the fastest warplane ever flown operat...

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F-35 Rules: Why the Air Force Needs to Move on from the F-15 Fantasy F-35 RULES: WHY THE AIR FORCE NEEDS TO MOVE ON FROM THE F-15 FANTASY

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Mar 25, 2019

Rather than clinging to Cold War era platforms that are quickly being outpaced by the enemy, the USAF must stay the course to prioritize the acquisition and modernization of the 5th generation F-35 fleet, focus on operational readiness and invest in next-generation air dominance technology— we...

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Top 5 Best Places In The World To Work As A Pilot TOP 5 BEST PLACES IN THE WORLD TO WORK AS A PILOT

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Mar 25, 2019

Everybody knows that to become a pilot you need to have a quite hefty sum of money in your pocket. Flight schools, hour building programs are an expensive commodity. So making back the money is an important aspect when choosing the right Pilot career path.

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Scary Stuff: Watch a Russian Su-27 Fighter and U.S. F-15 Get A Little Close SCARY STUFF: WATCH A RUSSIAN SU-27 FIGHTER AND U.S. F-15 GET A LITTLE CLOSE

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Mar 24, 2019

The Russian account is not implausible, given that Kremlin officials frequently fly to and from Kaliningrad a Russian enclave in Europe nestled between several NATO countries over Baltic airspace. For instance, a similar altercation between an Su-27 and F-16 occured in June 2017 while Russian Defens...

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Meet the P-39 Airacobra “Peashooter”: The Most Underappreciated Fighter of World War II? MEET THE P-39 AIRACOBRA “PEASHOOTER”: THE MOST UNDERAPPRECIATED FIGHTER OF WORLD WAR II?

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Mar 24, 2019

If there is an American combat airplane that has achieved an ill-deserved reputation, no doubt it would be the much-maligned Bell P-39 Airacobra, a tricycle landing gear single-engine fighter whose reputation was greatly overshadowed by the more famous, and of more recent design, Lockheed P-38 Light...

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Big Secret No More: America Purchased 21 Lethal Russian MiG-29 Fighters BIG SECRET NO MORE: AMERICA PURCHASED 21 LETHAL RUSSIAN MIG-29 FIGHTERS

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Mar 24, 2019

One test pilot concluded that the Fulcrum’s abilities equals and sometimes even exceeds those of the F-15 and F-16 jets. The aircraft is highly maneuverable, and its engines provide higher weight to thrust ratio. Our pilots must be careful with this aircraft in air combat. Flown by a well trai...

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Why is your flight ticket so expensive? WHY IS YOUR FLIGHT TICKET SO EXPENSIVE?

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Mar 22, 2019

You’re planning your next holiday and you’re looking for the best deals possible. A flight ticket, hotels, car rentals are all important factors for you and your fellow travelers, as your budgets differ. You plan your trip to Barcelona in the summer and your flight tickets are way too ex...

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More shocking facts about the Boeing 737 MAX crashes MORE SHOCKING FACTS ABOUT THE BOEING 737 MAX CRASHES

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Mar 20, 2019

Recent reports have added more confusion, anger and disbelief about the two deadly Boeing 737 MAX accidents over the past 6 months. The Federal Aviation Authority and Boeing has come under a lot of scrutiny for their training and certification procedures. Pilots from various unions around the United...

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Here Comes the Mustang: Why Nothing Beat the P-51 During World War II HERE COMES THE MUSTANG: WHY NOTHING BEAT THE P-51 DURING WORLD WAR II

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Mar 19, 2019

As the first customer for the Mustang, the British Royal Air Force continued to use the type in a variety of roles throughout the war. After their initial use as reconnaissance aircraft, RAF Mustangs served as escort fighters and ground attack aircraft in Asia as well as Europe and the Mediterranean...

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Raptor Reborn: The Stealth F-22 Could Have Become a Bomber RAPTOR REBORN: THE STEALTH F-22 COULD HAVE BECOME A BOMBER

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Mar 19, 2019

The United States has had cause to regret the cancelation of the F-22 at 187 aircraft. Whether the USAF will regret the loss of the FB-22 is another question entirely. Medium bombers have historically sat at an uneasy juncture in airpower doctrine, fitting comfortably into neither the fighter nor th...

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Stealth History: How the F-35 Lightning Took To the Sky STEALTH HISTORY: HOW THE F-35 LIGHTNING TOOK TO THE SKY

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Mar 19, 2019

Love it or hate it—and certainly, its torturous development offers many lessons on practices best avoided—the F-35 is here to stay. Thus, the low-observable jet’s success, or lack thereof, in fulfilling the Pentagon’s new paradigm of air warfare will remain closely scrutinize...

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SUPERSONIC AIRCRAFT ARE NOT COMING BACK. SUPERSONIC AIRCRAFT ARE NOT COMING BACK.

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Mar 18, 2019

A few weeks ago, on March 2nd, we celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Concorde first taking flight. The whole world was excited about the arrival of commercial supersonic transport. The newest jet promised to reduce flying times between various destinations more than double. Additionally, top of ...

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F-15X: Why the Air Force Needs this Deadly Fighter Jet F-15X: WHY THE AIR FORCE NEEDS THIS DEADLY FIGHTER JET

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Mar 18, 2019

Adding the F-15X to the current 4 th and 5 th gen fighter mix is a reasonable and affordable way to ensure the viability and strength of the future fighter force. Many will argue we cannot afford to add another fighter to our current inventory. However, adding the F-15X is really about adding needed...

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Elite Eagle: The Air Force Could Arm New F-15X Fighters with Hypersonic Missiles ELITE EAGLE: THE AIR FORCE COULD ARM NEW F-15X FIGHTERS WITH HYPERSONIC MISSILES

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Mar 18, 2019

The U.S. Air Force could arm new F-15 Eagles with a hypersonic missile. That is, assuming Congress lets the flying branch buy the upgraded fighters.New Eagles could be launch platforms for "stand-off weapons, hypersonics," Air Force major general David Krumm, the service's director of ...

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F-35 and F-15X: The Air Force Combo That Might Be Unstoppable F-35 AND F-15X: THE AIR FORCE COMBO THAT MIGHT BE UNSTOPPABLE

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Mar 18, 2019

In a future air fight, it’s possible that the more stealthy F-35A could get closer to enemies, spot them, then relay targeting data back to F-15Xs, which could launch the missiles at threats from a safe distance. The US military has embraced this kind of networked warfare as a whole, and the s...

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Here Comes the Stealth: Is Russia HERE COMES THE STEALTH: IS RUSSIA'S SU-57 ALMOST HERE?

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Mar 18, 2019

Even in the optimistic view that the Russian military has the necessary funds to produce all of its fifteen Su-57’s on schedule, a major investor like India can prove vital to the financial solvency of the Su-57 platform for decades to come. Building a few showpiece Su-57’s is relatively...

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Raptor Forever: How the Stealth F-22 Will Kill America RAPTOR FOREVER: HOW THE STEALTH F-22 WILL KILL AMERICA'S ENEMIES FOR DECADES

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Mar 18, 2019

The upgrades also add new crypto technology to the F-22, a critical upgrade given how the F-22 is expected to work in hostile electronic warfare environments. This is paired with a “transmit” module for the Link-16 datalink, which would allow the F-22 to share as well as receive radar an...

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Dropping Bombs: The Air Force Considers This the "World DROPPING BOMBS: THE AIR FORCE CONSIDERS THIS THE "WORLD'S LARGEST SNIPER"

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Mar 18, 2019

Hasse explained that the BLU-129 brings additional elements of attack flexibility,because instead of traveling with both very large, heavier bombs, a pilot can simply drop four BLU-129s on a target to increase blast effect.

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Stealth on Steroids: Meet Israel’s F-35I Adir (An F-35 Like No Other) STEALTH ON STEROIDS: MEET ISRAEL’S F-35I ADIR (AN F-35 LIKE NO OTHER)

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Mar 17, 2019

Israel is also developing two different sets of external fuel tanks to extend the F-35’s range. The first will be non-stealthy 425-gallon underwing tanks developed by a subsidiary of Elbit these could be dropped when approaching enemy airspace (the pylons holding the drop tanks would reportedl...

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The Raptor Isn THE RAPTOR ISN'T 'READY': AMERICA'S F-22 STEALTH FIGHTERS HAVE A PROBLEM

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Mar 17, 2019

The U.S. Air Force's small force of F-22 Raptor stealth fighters is unlikely to meet the readiness goal that then-defense secretary James Mattis set in 2018.The shortfall underscores just how few of the 187 F-22s actually are available for combat.

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Another Reason America Needs the F-35: Russia Would Crush the A-10 in a Fight ANOTHER REASON AMERICA NEEDS THE F-35: RUSSIA WOULD CRUSH THE A-10 IN A FIGHT

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Mar 17, 2019

The United States Air Force could revisit the idea of buying several wings of F-35B aircraft modified for its specific needs to replace some number of A-10 squadrons in order to provide close air support capability in a high-end fight in the European theatre.

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How the Air Force Could Avoid the HOW THE AIR FORCE COULD AVOID THE 'F-35' TRAP

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Mar 16, 2019

Could a rethink of U.S. acquisition policies bring back the heady days of the “Century Series,” a time in which the Air Force could pick and choose between a variety of different fighters specialized in certain tasks? Could such an approach free the Pentagon from the specter of another g...

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Fog of War: U.S. FOG OF WAR: U.S. 'FRIENDLY FIRE' AIR STRIKE WIPES OUT AFGHAN MILITARY CHECKPOINT

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Mar 16, 2019

U.S. military aircraft effectively wiped out an Afghan military checkpoint in Tarin Kot on Wednesday after soldiers there mistakenly fired on a joint patrol of Afghan and American troops, according to The New York Times. The friendly fire incident occurred after Afghan and U.S. forces "came und...

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The B-29 Bomber: The Story of a Plane That Took Down an Empire THE B-29 BOMBER: THE STORY OF A PLANE THAT TOOK DOWN AN EMPIRE

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Mar 16, 2019

When Maj. Gen. Curtis Lemay, the hard-driving commander of the Twentieth U.S. Air Force based in Guam, decided to change tactics in early 1945 to boost the effectiveness of the B-29 Superfortress, it was the Bell Aircraft plant in Marietta, Georgia, that ultimately provided him with the stripped-dow...

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It Has F-22 and F-35 IT HAS F-22 AND F-35 'DNA': INTRODUCING LOCKHEED MARTIN'S NEW F-21 FIGHTER

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Mar 16, 2019

Only it doesn't look like a new fighter at all. The F-21 looks like an F-16. In fact, the F-21 is an F-16 that Lockheed has upgraded with new cockpit displays, conformal fuel tanks, a larger airframe spine that can accommodate additional electronics, fittings for towed radar decoys, a new infrar...

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Death by Stealth: How the F-35 Is Destroying Enemy Fighter Jets in War Simulations DEATH BY STEALTH: HOW THE F-35 IS DESTROYING ENEMY FIGHTER JETS IN WAR SIMULATIONS

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Mar 16, 2019

As enemy fighters closed in on a US Air Force 4th Generation fighter aircraft, blinding the jet with electronic warfare attacks, an experienced pilot faced unseen life-threatening attackers closing in -- during an air-combat Red Flag exercise closely replicating actual warfare scenarios.

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Taiwan Wants New U.S. Fighter Jets: F-15s, F-16Vs and Even F-35s are "Options" TAIWAN WANTS NEW U.S. FIGHTER JETS: F-15S, F-16VS AND EVEN F-35S ARE "OPTIONS"

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Mar 16, 2019

The island nation of Taiwan has requested a new batch of fighters from the USA- and the United States gets to advise on the type and number of aircraft they believe could best serve Taiwan.

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The What-If YF-23 Stealth Fighter Debate: We Are All Missing a Bigger Point THE WHAT-IF YF-23 STEALTH FIGHTER DEBATE: WE ARE ALL MISSING A BIGGER POINT

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Mar 15, 2019

A stealth fighter demonstrator that last flew in 1994 has enjoyed a cultural resurgence in recent years. But the YF-23's renaissance reflects a pernicious kind of magical thinking that actually undermines America's national defense. The YF-23 was Northrop Grumman's entry in the U.S. Air ...

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THE TOP 10 BEST AIRLINES OF 2019 LIST THE TOP 10 BEST AIRLINES OF 2019 LIST

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Mar 15, 2019

Just recently we discussed the best airlines of 2018. These carriers provided the best customer experience last year. From the moment the passengers bought their tickets, stepped inside the airport, to the whole time they were in the sky – the best airline was Singapore Airlines in 2018. The S...

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No Doubt: U.S. F-35s Would Crush Chinese Stealth Fighters in a Dogfight NO DOUBT: U.S. F-35S WOULD CRUSH CHINESE STEALTH FIGHTERS IN A DOGFIGHT

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Mar 15, 2019

One area that the Chinese are almost certainly lacking is what Air Combat Command commander Gen. Herbert “Hawk” Carlisle once described to me as “spike management.” Fifth-generation aircraft such as the F-22 and F-35 have cockpit displays that indicate to the pilot the variou...

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The F-14 Tomcat Is One of Iran THE F-14 TOMCAT IS ONE OF IRAN'S FAVORITE FIGHTER JETS (AS IN THEY FLY IN THEIR AIR FORCE)

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Mar 15, 2019

Tomcats have led the effort to intercept these drones. In the early 2000s, the Iranian air force stationed an F-14 squadron in Bushehr, the site of Iran’s first nuclear reactor. That squadron eventually disbanded as its Tomcats fell into disrepair, but other F-14 squadrons maintained vigil ove...

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Meet the First MEET THE FIRST 'STEALTH' FIGHTER (CREATED BY NAZI GERMANY)

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Mar 15, 2019

In 2008, Northrop Grumman teamed up with the National Geographic channel to reconstruct a mockup of the Ho 229, which they tested for radar reflection, and then pitted against a simulation of the British Chain Home radar network. Their findings were less than overwhelming—the flying wings woul...

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The B-52 Bomber: Getting Ready to Carry Nuclear-Armed Cruise Missiles? THE B-52 BOMBER: GETTING READY TO CARRY NUCLEAR-ARMED CRUISE MISSILES?

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Mar 15, 2019

The Air Force is now arming its fleet of B-52 Bombers with prototype nuclear-armed cruise missiles to prepare the aircraft for the possibility of launching the Long Range Stand Off (LRSO) weapon. Through a $250 million deal, the Air Force will work with B-52 manufacturer Boeing to build missile carr...

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A Waste of Time?: Why Does the Air Force Need A WASTE OF TIME?: WHY DOES THE AIR FORCE NEED 'NEW' F-15XS WHEN IT HAS THE F-35?

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Mar 15, 2019

In short: the Pentagon appears to be twisting the Air Force's arm to funnel attention and resources to an aging fighter it doesn't even want . After more than a decade and billions spent developing the consistently troubled F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, the Air Force is eyeing a new variant of ...

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NATO vs. Russia: Watch This Deadly Su-27 Fighter Intercept a U.S. Reconnaissance Plane NATO VS. RUSSIA: WATCH THIS DEADLY SU-27 FIGHTER INTERCEPT A U.S. RECONNAISSANCE PLANE

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Mar 15, 2019

In what is becoming a monthly occurrence, the Russian Ministry of Defense has released cockpit footage of a Su-27 fighter intercepting yet another western aircraft over the Baltic Sea.

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Can CAN'T TOUCH THIS: NEW AIRCRAFT CARRIERS ARMED WITH F-35S WILL DOMINATE ANYONE

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Mar 15, 2019

The arrival of the F-35C is, by all estimations, expected to change the paradigm for carrier-air attack.The Navy is making lethality enhancing “modifications” to its next two new Ford-class aircraft carriers, to include weapons-oriented ship-adjustments intended to further increase overa...

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The U.S. Military Doesn THE U.S. MILITARY DOESN'T KNOW HOW MANY TROOPS, SHIPS OR WHICH FIGHTER JETS IT NEEDS

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Mar 15, 2019

The Pentagon lacks a reliable process for deciding how many troops and weapons it needs. The analytical gap is getting worse as Chinese and Russian forces grow increasingly sophisticated and challenge the U.S. Defense Department's assumptions.

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F-22s, Nuclear Submarines and Spy Planes: 5 Best Stealth Weapons of All Time F-22S, NUCLEAR SUBMARINES AND SPY PLANES: 5 BEST STEALTH WEAPONS OF ALL TIME

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Mar 14, 2019

A popular possibly apocryphal legend about the Ohio class holds that they were never detected by rival Soviet submarines and submarine detection systems. Stealth, or the idea of reducing the ability of the enemy to detect a weapon, has been around since the first caveman sewed a pocket into his clot...

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Drone Damage: Why Trump DRONE DAMAGE: WHY TRUMP'S TERROR TACTICS COULD BE COSTLY

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Mar 14, 2019

The Trump administration has discontinued an annual report, which President Barack Obama had instituted by executive order, that made public the number of counter-terrorist strikes by manned or unmanned U.S. aircraft outside declared war zones, along with an estimated number of civilian casualties f...

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F-22s Armed with Lasers: How the Next War Could be a Laser War F-22S ARMED WITH LASERS: HOW THE NEXT WAR COULD BE A LASER WAR

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Mar 14, 2019

Although laser weapons may see some offensive applications, it appears their primary function will remain defensive: countering the growing threat posed by long-range missiles and drones, as well as reducing the mayhem caused by old-fashioned mortars and rocket artillery.

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Opening the Gates of Hell: See What Happens When Someone Strikes a Navy Aircraft Carrier OPENING THE GATES OF HELL: SEE WHAT HAPPENS WHEN SOMEONE STRIKES A NAVY AIRCRAFT CARRIER

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Mar 14, 2019

Damaging or sinking a carrier could result in a much stronger U.S. commitment to the conflict, as well as a U.S. decision to escalate either vertically (by using additional weapon systems) or horizontally (by widening the geographic scope of the fight). Sinking a carrier would be a great way to turn...

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America Wants More Stealth F-35s, New F-15X Fighters (And This Really Old Jet) AMERICA WANTS MORE STEALTH F-35S, NEW F-15X FIGHTERS (AND THIS REALLY OLD JET)

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Mar 14, 2019

The U.S. Defense Department's $718-billion budget proposal for 2020 asks Congress to pay for hundreds of the latest warplanes, including F-35 stealth fighters, F-15X air-superiority fighters, CV-22 supply tiltrotors and MQ-25 tanker drones.

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America Is an Aircraft Carrier Superpower. Why Isn AMERICA IS AN AIRCRAFT CARRIER SUPERPOWER. WHY ISN'T RUSSIA?

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Mar 14, 2019

The Russian navy took great pains to get Kuznetsov into position to support operations in Syria, and despite the embarrassment associated with that, has nowpushed the carrier into a major refit . If the Kremlin determines that it needs a carrier to keep pace with France, Britain, China and India, it...

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The Coolest Airplane In The World? THE COOLEST AIRPLANE IN THE WORLD?

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Mar 13, 2019

What do you get when you put a turbine engine on one of the most versatile of all bush planes? A pretty epic race-winning STOL aircraft, and this year’s winner of the 2018 High Sierra STOL Drag competition. Brainchild of self-taught engineer and successful entrepreneur Mike Patey, Draco is the...

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Trump Says FAA Will Ground Boeing Model That Crashed in Ethiopia TRUMP SAYS FAA WILL GROUND BOEING MODEL THAT CRASHED IN ETHIOPIA

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Mar 13, 2019

President Donald Trump said Wednesday the U.S. government will ground the Boeing 737 Max aircraft, days after an Ethiopian Airiness plane crashed and killed all 157 people aboard. Trump will issue an "emergency order to ground all 737 Max 8 and the 737 Max 9, and planes associated with that lin...

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Thoughts on the Boeing 737-MAX 8 By A Captain Who Flies One THOUGHTS ON THE BOEING 737-MAX 8 BY A CAPTAIN WHO FLIES ONE

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Mar 13, 2019

This past Sunday, an Ethiopian Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft crashed shortly after takeoff from Addis Ababa to Nairobi with 157 passengers and crew. There were no survivors. This is the second crash of a Max 8 variant of the 737 in five months after the crash of a Lion Air Max 8 last October.

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Rapid Raptor : The Air Force Can Attack Anywhere with a Stealth F-22 in 24 Hours RAPID RAPTOR : THE AIR FORCE CAN ATTACK ANYWHERE WITH A STEALTH F-22 IN 24 HOURS

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Mar 13, 2019

The Air Force is strengthening its “Rapid Raptor” program designed to fast-track four F-22s to war - anywhere in the world - within 24 hours, on a moments notice, should there be an immediate need for attacks in today’s pressured, fast-moving global threat environment.

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Insanity Personified: America INSANITY PERSONIFIED: AMERICA'S CRAZY PLAN TO SURVIVE A RUSSIAN NUCLEAR ATTACK

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Mar 13, 2019

Congress also tried to enhance Americans’ confidence in their ability to survive a nuclear war. Most notably, in 1956 it began holding a series of hearings called the Holifield Committee, named after the Democratic Congress member, Chet Holifield, who was an especially strong proponent of civi...

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Dead Aircraft Carrier: How Enemy Commandos Sank a U.S. Carrier DEAD AIRCRAFT CARRIER: HOW ENEMY COMMANDOS SANK A U.S. CARRIER

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Mar 13, 2019

Five Navy divers investigated damage to Card. One said he found the remains of a U.S.-made demolitions pack evidence that the Viet Cong might have used stolen American military munitions. It was shortly after midnight when two Viet Cong commandos emerged from a sewer tunnel that emptied into Saigon ...

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Kings of the (Imaginary) Sky: 10 Super Warplanes That Never Made It Into Battle KINGS OF THE (IMAGINARY) SKY: 10 SUPER WARPLANES THAT NEVER MADE IT INTO BATTLE

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Mar 13, 2019

In the 1960s the U.S. Army was growing sick of its long dependence on inappropriate U.S. Air Force planes for close-support missions. Aircraft such as the Republic F-105 were simply too fast and too vulnerable to support troops on the ground effectively.

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Flying FLYING 'AIRCRAFT CARRIERS': HOW THE U.S. MILITARY COULD SOON HAVE THE ULTIMATE WEAPON

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Mar 13, 2019

One can only guess what potential future applications DARPA has in mind for air-launched drone systems (an active seeker anti-air drone, perhaps?), but for now the Gremlin system will focus on providing extra intel on the cheap. The Gremlin will make its first flight sometime in 2019 and will most l...

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Is Boeing Canceling the Boeing 737 MAX? IS BOEING CANCELING THE BOEING 737 MAX?

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Mar 13, 2019

After the Ethiopian Flight ET302 crashed on Sunday, the whole world is still grieving the 157 victims of the disaster. However, this is the second deadly Boeing 737 MAX 8 crash in the span of fewer than 6 months. Back in October, a Lion Air MAX 8 plunged into the sea on flight JT 610. The two accide...

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Why the F-15X Is More Than A Good Idea WHY THE F-15X IS MORE THAN A GOOD IDEA

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Mar 13, 2019

The F-15 is a heavy and large aircraft compared to the F-16 and the newer F-35.  It can fly farther, carry a bigger load and despite its size it is a good dog fighting aircraft. As everyone knows by now, the Achilles heal of the somewhat stealthy F-35 (it has pretty good stealth frontally, but ...

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Triple Threat: The New F-15X Super Eagle Could Help the F-22 and F-35 Dominate the Skies TRIPLE THREAT: THE NEW F-15X SUPER EAGLE COULD HELP THE F-22 AND F-35 DOMINATE THE SKIES

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Mar 12, 2019

Boeing’s new incarnation of the venerable F-15 will be padding the ranks of high-dollar aircraft such as the F-35 Lightning II and F-22 Raptor- and they won’t cost the US Air Force and arm and a leg to do so.New reports reveal that the new Boeing F-15X will come in two variants and are n...

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Quarterback in the Sky: Why This is the Year the F-35 Stealth Fighter Will Be Unleashed QUARTERBACK IN THE SKY: WHY THIS IS THE YEAR THE F-35 STEALTH FIGHTER WILL BE UNLEASHED

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Mar 12, 2019

As previously discussed by The National Interest , the newly formed F-35A demonstration team has an ambitious performance lineup planned for 2019. The team’s first public outing is slated for later this month, at the Melbourne Air and Space Show at Orlando Melbourne International Airport, but ...

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How The Air Force Wants to Crush Russia HOW THE AIR FORCE WANTS TO CRUSH RUSSIA'S SU-57 STEALTH FIGHTERS AND DEADLY S-400S

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Mar 12, 2019

The Air Force is massively speeding up a new networked surveillance system intended to collect, organize and disseminate pressing attack information in extremely high-risk environments including enemy stealth fighters, advanced air defenses and armed drones.

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China CHINA'S F-35 NIGHTMARE IS COMING TRUE: ANOTHER NATION IN ASIA IS GOING STEALTH

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Mar 12, 2019

Ultimately, the elephant in the Southeast Asian jungle is China, whose claims over the waters and islands of the South China Sea have alarmed its neighbors. This includes Singapore, the gate to the one of the world’s busiest shipping lanes. Possession of a cutting-edge stealth fighter would en...

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The Navy THE NAVY'S DREAM COME TRUE?: THE F-14 TOMCAT WILL MAKE A COMEBACK

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Mar 12, 2019

While the plot is still relatively unclear, we know Tom Cruise will reprise his role as Naval aviator Pete "Maverick" Mitchell, and he'll be joined by a recognizable costar: The iconic F-14 Tomcat. In Rogoway's initial Feb. 14 article,  and a follow-up story , he explains that...

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1 Thing Might Make the Air Force’s New Stealthy ‘Wingman’ XQ-58 Valkyrie Drone Revolutionary 1 THING MIGHT MAKE THE AIR FORCE’S NEW STEALTHY ‘WINGMAN’ XQ-58 VALKYRIE DRONE REVOLUTIONARY

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Mar 12, 2019

The U.S. Air Force's new "wingman" drone could evolve to become fully autonomous, the company developing the drone revealed to The National Interest .According to California drone-maker Kratos, the XQ-58 Valkyrie's capability "ranges from the low side of semi-autonomous (opera...

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ETHIOPIAN AIRLINES FLIGHT ET302 CRASH. INFORMATION SO FAR ETHIOPIAN AIRLINES FLIGHT ET302 CRASH. INFORMATION SO FAR

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Mar 12, 2019

A truly disheartening event happened over the weekend. An Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 MAX 8 has crashed shortly after taking off from the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa. The aircraft was en route to Nairobi, Kenya. Considering this is the second fatal Boeing 737 MAX 8 crash in the span of 6 mont...

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Hitler HITLER'S CRAZY 'FLAMING COFFIN' BOMBER WAS A TOTAL DISASTER: THE STORY OF THE HE-177

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Mar 11, 2019

The negative consequences of the He 177 reached beyond bombs to more radical and experimental planes. The Messerschmitt Me 262, the world’s first operational jet fighter, came too late in the war to make a major impact  and it would’ve been unlikely to change Germany’s fortunes had...

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Aircraft Carrier Chaos: How the U.S. Navy Lost One of Its Most Deadly Warships AIRCRAFT CARRIER CHAOS: HOW THE U.S. NAVY LOST ONE OF ITS MOST DEADLY WARSHIPS

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Mar 11, 2019

This is a story worth telling and retelling. It supplies insight into material matters, along with examples of grit and fortitude. It also supplies a case study in how not to lead. Let’s detoxify the sea service.

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This Is the Story of the Fallen Thunderbird Pilot Who Helped THIS IS THE STORY OF THE FALLEN THUNDERBIRD PILOT WHO HELPED 'CAPTAIN MARVEL' SOAR

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Mar 11, 2019

Captain Marvel  blasted across movie screens around the world with a  blockbuster opening weekend , and the film's directors say they owe a debt of gratitude not just to the Air Force, but to a fallen Thunderbird pilot. Thunderbirds pilot Maj. Stephen "Cajun" Del Bagno, one o...

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Mother Ship Strikes and F-35s: How the Navy and Marine Corps Might Transform Amphibious Attack MOTHER SHIP STRIKES AND F-35S: HOW THE NAVY AND MARINE CORPS MIGHT TRANSFORM AMPHIBIOUS ATTACK

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Mar 11, 2019

While this emerging Navy strategy is, of course, intended to implement a far more effective attack strategy, it is also, by design, intended to save more lives when launching dangerous assaults into heavily-defended enemy areas.

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Russian DNA: Does the F-35 Owe Some of Its Inspiration from This Mysterious Jet?n RUSSIAN DNA: DOES THE F-35 OWE SOME OF ITS INSPIRATION FROM THIS MYSTERIOUS JET?N

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Mar 11, 2019

The Yak-141 Freestyle may not technically count as a predecessor to the F-35, but the JSF does seem to have at least some Russian DNA floating around its engine design and as the F-35 came to fruition in the United States, the Yak-141 Freestyle died a quiet death in Russia. However, if a resurgent R...

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The F-35 Stealth THE F-35 STEALTH 'ATOMIC' FIGHTER?: NOW ABLE TO STRIKE WITH A NUCLEAR WEAPON?

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Mar 11, 2019

The forthcoming ability of a frontline F-35s to penetrate hostile airspace with little warning, and potentially deliver a tactical nuclear weapon will surely become a factor in any adversary’s military calculations, for better or worse. After years of expensive development, the first fully com...

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Shocker: For 1 Japanese Solider World War II Didn SHOCKER: FOR 1 JAPANESE SOLIDER WORLD WAR II DIDN'T END UNTIL 1974

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Mar 11, 2019

In 1996, Onoda returned to Lubang to revisit his old haunts, apologize to islanders (he and his fellow holdouts had killed some of the locals over the years), and donate a scholarship of $10,000 to island children. He would never be able to reconcile himself to modern Japan.

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HondaJet Elite: HA-420 Gets a Luxury Makeover HONDAJET ELITE: HA-420 GETS A LUXURY MAKEOVER

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Mar 11, 2019

The vast majority of people would consider the HondaJet HA-420 in its own right. Since being released in 2015 the company has shipped 85 of these private jets to customers around the globe. It’s a hit. But, if you’re looking for a little extra – a few tweaks to really take it over ...

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Stealth Sniper: The F-22 Raptor STEALTH SNIPER: THE F-22 RAPTOR'S NEW MISSION?

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Mar 10, 2019

Years ago, four F-22 Raptors taking part in the second-wave of the U.S.-led coalition’s opening airstrikes on Islamic State in Syria dropped their bombs. It was the first time the stealthy fifth-generation fighters had ever engaged in combat. The coalition’s war planners also used the F-...

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The Pentagon’s Plan: Use Drones to Feed Hurricane Victims THE PENTAGON’S PLAN: USE DRONES TO FEED HURRICANE VICTIMS

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Mar 10, 2019

The next time a hurricane strikes Florida or Texas, relief may come from robots in the sky.The Pentagon wants drones to transport supplies for disaster relief. And not for overseas disasters, but when bad things happen on American soil. The Defense Logistics Agency recently put out a Request for Inf...

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We Went to the House of Stealth: This Is What It Takes to Build an F-35 WE WENT TO THE HOUSE OF STEALTH: THIS IS WHAT IT TAKES TO BUILD AN F-35

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Mar 10, 2019

Filled with stacks of fuselage panels, engine components and a wide assortment of pipes, electronics and avionics, the sprawling F-35 construction facility in Ft. Worth, Texas, resembles a small city filled with engineers, mechanics, electricians and airplanes at various stages of construction.

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THE FIRST LICENSED WOMAN PILOT THE FIRST LICENSED WOMAN PILOT

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Mar 08, 2019

Today, on March 8th we celebrate the International Woman’s Day, celebrating the strength, resilience and beauty of every single woman around the world. However, coincidentally, 109 years ago one woman defied all odds and became the first licensed pilot ever. Her name – Raymonde de Laroch...

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Dream Match: Imagine if an F-23 Stealth Fighter Battled an F-22 Raptor DREAM MATCH: IMAGINE IF AN F-23 STEALTH FIGHTER BATTLED AN F-22 RAPTOR

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Mar 08, 2019

The final operational version of the F-23 would have offered much better range than the Raptor especially at supersonic speeds especially if powered by the YF120. That would have come in handy over the Pacific. It would also have been stealthier and it would have been almost as maneuverable as the R...

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How to Make a Middle East Superpower: Arm Israel with F-22s and B-21 Bombers HOW TO MAKE A MIDDLE EAST SUPERPOWER: ARM ISRAEL WITH F-22S AND B-21 BOMBERS

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Mar 08, 2019

This is not to say that Israel needs, or could use, something analogous to the Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine. However, a more modest boat with a smaller number of missiles of limited range could indeed prove very useful to Israel’s efforts to create a robust second-strike capability. ...

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Aircraft Carriers are the Ultimate Weapon for 1 Reason: They Are Really Hard to Sink AIRCRAFT CARRIERS ARE THE ULTIMATE WEAPON FOR 1 REASON: THEY ARE REALLY HARD TO SINK

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Mar 08, 2019

Initiatives like the Naval Integrated Fire Control - Counter Air program link together every available combat system in a seamless, fast-reacting defensive screen that few adversaries can penetrate.  Numerous other advances are being introduced, from the penetrating recon capabilities of stealt...

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Super Eagle: Why Boeing SUPER EAGLE: WHY BOEING'S F-15X SHOULD MAKE F-35 FANS REALLY NERVOUS

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Mar 08, 2019

Bloomberg Government  reports that the Pentagon plans on asking lawmakers for $1.2 billion to procure 12 Boeing’s F-15X fighters as part of its fiscal year 2020 budget request. The request, if approved, would be the Air Force’s first F-15 purchase since 2001, when it  snatched ...

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China CHINA'S J-20 STEALTH FIGHTER: THE ULTIMATE DOG FIGHTER?

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Mar 08, 2019

Thus, certain more aggressive projections of J-20 performance, such as a top speed of Mach 2.5, may be premised on engines that have yet to be fully developed.In January 2011, the maiden flight of a large, dagger-like grey jet announced that China had developed its first stealth aircraft—the C...

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5 Years On: Disappearance of Beijing-Bound MH370 Remains a Mystery 5 YEARS ON: DISAPPEARANCE OF BEIJING-BOUND MH370 REMAINS A MYSTERY

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Mar 07, 2019

Throwback Thursday takes a look back into Beijing's past, using our 11-year-strong blog archives to glance at the news of yesteryear. Five years ago tomorrow, Mar 8, Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 left Kuala Lumpur airport, scheduled to arrive in Beijing International Capital Airport 6 hours 30 ...

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The Air Force THE AIR FORCE'S LETHAL FUTURE: EVEN DEADLIER F-22S, B-52S AND HYPERSONIC WEAPONS

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Mar 07, 2019

The Air Force is implementing a new weapons strategy to fast-track a number of high-priority systems to war, including satellite sensors, hypersonic weapons, B-52 engines, nuclear missiles and combat sensors. We want to accelerate buying things earlier and bend metal immediately to learn, instead of...

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Stealth Surprise: The F-22 Raptor Has Left the Middle East STEALTH SURPRISE: THE F-22 RAPTOR HAS LEFT THE MIDDLE EAST

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Mar 07, 2019

After five years of continuous operations, U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptors stealth fighters have left the Middle East. Older F-15C fighters have taken their place. The Air Force had little choice but to withdraw the radar-evading Raptors. The flying branch is struggling to rebuild the tiny and stressed ...

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The Pentagon Wants More Aircraft Carriers and Destroyers to Deter Russia in Europe THE PENTAGON WANTS MORE AIRCRAFT CARRIERS AND DESTROYERS TO DETER RUSSIA IN EUROPE

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Mar 07, 2019

The Pentagon's regional command for Europe wants more destroyers and aircraft carriers in order to deter Russian aggression on the continent.But there's a problem. The U.S. Navy is struggling to add ships, and has even proposed to cut a carrier from the fleet.U.S. Army general Curtis Scaparr...

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Why Atlanta’s airport is facing a state takeover bid WHY ATLANTA’S AIRPORT IS FACING A STATE TAKEOVER BID

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Mar 07, 2019

The Georgia Senate is set to vote Thursday on a measure that would give the state control of Atlanta’s airport, a move that Atlanta’s mayor said is tantamount to declaring war on the city. The bill’s Republican supporters say the switch is needed to protect the state’s econom...

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Citi, Barclays Rolling Out Big Changes to American Airlines Cards CITI, BARCLAYS ROLLING OUT BIG CHANGES TO AMERICAN AIRLINES CARDS

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Mar 07, 2019

Among the biggest shifts: As of May 1, 2019, these cards will all discontinue the benefit that allows you to receive 10% of your miles back, up to 10,000 miles per calendar year, when you redeem them. (Existing Barclays cardholders may have as long as November 2019 to take advantage of this benefit,...

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PILOTING THE LUNAR MODULE PILOTING THE LUNAR MODULE

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Mar 07, 2019

Fifty years ago this month, the Apollo Lunar Module (LM) was flown by an astronaut crew in space for the first time during the Apollo 9 earth-orbital mission. This technological achievement was critical to the success of the first lunar landing mission which occurred a little over 4 months later. Th...

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Adding A Helicopter Rating: The Good And Bad Of Airplane Muscle Memory ADDING A HELICOPTER RATING: THE GOOD AND BAD OF AIRPLANE MUSCLE MEMORY

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Mar 06, 2019

There is a subtle yet profound difference between the learning of something and the knowing of that thing. You can learn by reading, but you don’t begin to know until you begin to try to do.

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Opinion: The Problem of Aviation in Media OPINION: THE PROBLEM OF AVIATION IN MEDIA

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Mar 06, 2019

Often times the mainstream media is criticized when it comes to coverage of the aviation industry. More often than not, coverage is incomplete, inaccurate, or sensationalized. The aviation industry is often too complex and time consuming for mainstream media to properly report in their news cycle. H...

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A NEW WORLD RECORD OF THE LONGEST BUSINESS FLIGHT A NEW WORLD RECORD OF THE LONGEST BUSINESS FLIGHT

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Mar 06, 2019

Recently the aviation industry witnessed a new world record. A Bombardier Global 7500 flew from Singapore Changi Airport to Tucson International Airport in Arizona, United States. The flight had a distance of 8.152 nautical miles (14.260 kilometers), flying from Singapore to Tucson with no stops bet...

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The billion $ lift for Flexport THE BILLION $ LIFT FOR FLEXPORT

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Mar 06, 2019

One of the things that made Flexport what it is today is that they were not dogmatic around being a software company. They are attempting to write a very hard set of rules that are universally applicable to deal with the complexities of the global freight industry. And Flexport just got what it was ...

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Boeing BOEING'S F-15X VS. LOCKHEED MARTIN'S STEALTH F-35: LET THE SHOWDOWN BEGIN

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Mar 06, 2019

The Pentagon reportedly will request around $8 billion to buy just 78 F-35 stealth fighters in its 2020 budget proposal. That's six fewer than the military projected.The U.S. Air Force would get all 48 F-35As it expected to buy. But even that quantity is far smaller than the 72 new fighters per ...

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The Air Force THE AIR FORCE'S B-52 BOMBER: DROPPING BOMBS FOR 100 YEARS?

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Mar 06, 2019

The Air Force tapped Boeing to integrate the new motors. Pratt & Whitney, General Electric and Rolls-Royce all have proposed engine types for the B-52 effort. The Air Force in 2017 stated it would test new engines on two B-52s as early as 2022, select a contractor before 2026 and complete the re...

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Stealth Surprise: How the F-35 and 6th Generation Fighters Could Join Forces STEALTH SURPRISE: HOW THE F-35 AND 6TH GENERATION FIGHTERS COULD JOIN FORCES

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Mar 06, 2019

The current analysis follows a now-completed Initial Capabilities Document detailing some of the sought-after requirements for the new aircraft, or “family of aircraft,” Chatmas explained. The Navy is currently analyzing air frames, targeting systems, AI-enabled sensors, new weapons and ...

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Could the F-15X Spell Doom for the F-35 Stealth Fighter? COULD THE F-15X SPELL DOOM FOR THE F-35 STEALTH FIGHTER?

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Mar 06, 2019

Thus, F-15Xs could offer a cost-efficient means to sustain aircraft inventory numbers and free stealth aircraft from routine missions so they can concentrate on those which require their expensive capabilities. On December 21, Bloomberg Government reported that the Pentagon was planning to set aside...

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The Problem of Aviation in Media THE PROBLEM OF AVIATION IN MEDIA

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Mar 06, 2019

Often times the mainstream media is criticized when it comes to coverage of the aviation industry. More often than not, coverage is incomplete, inaccurate, or sensationalized. The aviation industry is often too complex and time consuming for mainstream media to properly report in their news cycle. H...

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THE SUPERMARINE SPITFIRE TOOK FLIGHT 83 YEARS AGO THE SUPERMARINE SPITFIRE TOOK FLIGHT 83 YEARS AGO

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Mar 05, 2019

On this day in 1936, one of the most iconic fighters of all time took to the skies. The Supermarine Spitfire came to life. A fighter which completely changed the outlook of the RAF (Royal Air Force) with its unique and innovative design and helped Britain achieving victory in the Battle Of Britain.S...

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A Nearly Unstoppable Combo: Adding F-35s to an Aircraft Carrier A NEARLY UNSTOPPABLE COMBO: ADDING F-35S TO AN AIRCRAFT CARRIER

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Mar 05, 2019

If other navies' experiences are any indication, the Izumos could embark a dozen or more F-35s plus supporting helicopters. It's worth noting that the Japanese army is buying V-22 tiltrotor transports that also could operate from the navy's carriers .

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Almost Nuclear Disaster: In 1985, a Navy Aircraft Carrier Almost Sank Off California ALMOST NUCLEAR DISASTER: IN 1985, A NAVY AIRCRAFT CARRIER ALMOST SANK OFF CALIFORNIA

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Mar 05, 2019

Other U.S. Navy ships have not been so lucky in such encounters. In 2005, the attack submarine USS San Francisco (SSN-711) ran into an uncharted seamount in Micronesia, and nearly sank. A mine sweeper wrecked itself on a reef in the South China Sea not long ago.

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Why Did India Send Old MiG-21s To Take on Pakistan WHY DID INDIA SEND OLD MIG-21S TO TAKE ON PAKISTAN'S F-16S?

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Mar 05, 2019

The Indian air force defended its decision to send old MiG-21 fighters up against much more modern Pakistani F-16s during recent aerial skirmishes . Several days of aerial fighting followed the bombing raid. On Feb. 27, 2019, Pakistani F-16s and other planes crossed the line of control to attack Ind...

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Meet the F-82 Fighter: The Strange Looking Jet That Went to War in Korea MEET THE F-82 FIGHTER: THE STRANGE LOOKING JET THAT WENT TO WAR IN KOREA

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Mar 03, 2019

At some point during the tail end of World War II, a creative engineer at North American Aviation looked at the P-51 Mustang and wrote a memo to his boss stating that if one Mustang was amazing, then two Mustangs merged together by steel and rivets would be possibly the greatest thing to fly, ever. ...

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One Man’s Career: Fighters To Airliners To Drones ONE MAN’S CAREER: FIGHTERS TO AIRLINERS TO DRONES

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Mar 03, 2019

When I was a young man, I desperately wanted to fly. I wanted to fly fighter jets and nothing short of that goal would satisfy me. I was exposed to aviation early in life as my father was an Air Force F-86 Sabre Jet pilot. He went on to fly for Mohawk Airlines and finished his airline career as a Bo...

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CONCORDE’S FIRST FLIGHT – FIFTY YEARS AGO CONCORDE’S FIRST FLIGHT – FIFTY YEARS AGO

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Mar 02, 2019

The flight was supposed to take place on March 1, 1969, but was postponed due to thick fog. March 2, a Sunday, didn’t look much better, but the Mirage jet fighter chase plane was dispatched and reported conditions above the clouds looked promising and sure enough, the sun burned away the mist ...

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FLYING THE BRITISH/SINGAPORE AIR CONCORDE IN 1980 FLYING THE BRITISH/SINGAPORE AIR CONCORDE IN 1980

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Mar 02, 2019

The story actually began when I read that New York’s Mayor Ed Koch had upgraded his first class ticket on Concorde from JFK to London for $300. Wow, I thought, $300, I can do that. I was working for the Hay Group, a major worldwide management consulting firm. I had consulting assignments a few...

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BRITISH AIRWAYS GETS A BIRTHDAY GIFT OF 42 BOEING 777XS BRITISH AIRWAYS GETS A BIRTHDAY GIFT OF 42 BOEING 777XS

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Feb 28, 2019

Seems like the birthday cake dedicated to celebrating British Airways 100th anniversary just got one more cherry on top. IAG, the parent company of the airline just ordered 42 Boeing 777X jets from the aircraft manufacturer. Efficiency seems to be the newest buzzword of the aviation industry. Indeed...

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How the Fyre Festival Burned Swift Air HOW THE FYRE FESTIVAL BURNED SWIFT AIR

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Feb 28, 2019

For those unfamiliar with the Fyre Festival, the event was created by Billy McFarland and rapper Ja Rule to promote a startup called Fyre Media. The idea was to create an exotic beach vacation and music festival similar to Coachella that would bring fans and their favorite celebrities together. Fyre...

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Faceoff: Watch a Russian Su-27 Come Close to an American F-15C Fighter FACEOFF: WATCH A RUSSIAN SU-27 COME CLOSE TO AN AMERICAN F-15C FIGHTER

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Feb 28, 2019

Whatever the details may be, this incident reveals an unsettling truth about the ease with which the Russia-NATO military buildup in the Baltic can lead to direct military confrontation.In the most recent illustration of ongoing Russia-NATO military tensions over Baltic airspace, newly released foot...

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The U.S. Navy THE U.S. NAVY'S WORST NIGHTMARE: AN AIRCRAFT CARRIER SHORTAGE?

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Feb 28, 2019

The U.S. Navy reportedly is considering cutting an aircraft carrier, dropping the number of flattops to 10 in the short term and potentially just eight in the longer term, despite a legal requirement for the service to operate at least 11 carriers. The Navy's own force-structure assessment calls...

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Who Knew A Crop Duster Could Do This! WHO KNEW A CROP DUSTER COULD DO THIS!

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Feb 28, 2019

Here’s the scoop: The Fire Boss, a revamped Air Tractor AT-802, stores its water load in about 15 seconds by skimming the surface of lakes and rivers. The extra weight – all 6,640 pounds – is delivered via aftermarket amphibious floats fitted along with other frame modifications, i...

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CHAMPIONS OF AVIATION: INSPIRING THE NEXT GENERATION TO FLY CHAMPIONS OF AVIATION: INSPIRING THE NEXT GENERATION TO FLY

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Feb 27, 2019

Derek Rowe is a retired British military helicopter pilot who teaches the AOPA Aviation Curriculum at McGavock High School in Nashville, Tennessee. I was introduced to him through Cindy Hasselbring, senior director of AOPA’s High School Aviation Initiative, who is responsible for AOPA’s ...

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The F-35s Next Mission: Killing North Korea THE F-35S NEXT MISSION: KILLING NORTH KOREA'S NUCLEAR-TIPPED ICBMS?

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Feb 27, 2019

The Defense Department is weighing a plan to deploy F-35 fighters to hover on the outskirts of North Korea airspace and neutralize intercontinental ballistic missiles shortly after launch, Reuters  reports. The Pentagon has been toying with novel missile defense strategies for years now: In Jan...

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It Could Fly for 100 Years: Meet the MiG-21 Fighter IT COULD FLY FOR 100 YEARS: MEET THE MIG-21 FIGHTER

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Feb 27, 2019

The MiG-21 will easily reach sixty, however, and probably seventy without breaking a sweat. It remains one of the iconic fighters of the supersonic age. Military aircraft can have notoriously short lifespans, especially during periods of technological ferment. The most elite aircraft of World War I ...

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The Story of the F-52 Stealth Fighter: The Deadliest (Fictional) Jet Ever Dreamed Up? THE STORY OF THE F-52 STEALTH FIGHTER: THE DEADLIEST (FICTIONAL) JET EVER DREAMED UP?

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Feb 27, 2019

The jet that never was. President Donald Trump back in 2018 told reporters that the United States had delivered the F-52 to Norway. The statement was obviously a mistake; there is no such thing as an F-52 yet. The aircraft only exists in the context of a video game called “Call of Duty: Advanc...

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India INDIA'S AIR FORCE MIGHT HAVE A FATAL FLAW

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Feb 27, 2019

In its decades-long quest to complete two tasks within one project, the Indian government has accomplished neither aim, only short-changing its medium-term fighter capacity. But there is always hope in Delhi that the third time will prove the charm.To observers of India's defense environment, th...

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What Happens if China Sinks Two U.S. Navy Aircraft Carriers? WHAT HAPPENS IF CHINA SINKS TWO U.S. NAVY AIRCRAFT CARRIERS?

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Feb 27, 2019

Sinking an American carrier would be an act of war, period. If Chinese like Admiral Lou are right, then America is finished as a major power. If 10,000 dead American sailors aren’t worth fighting over, then neither will the U.S. defend Taiwan, or Japan, or Israel, or Western Europe .

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Locked and Loaded: How the F-35 Will Dominate the Skies Until 2070 LOCKED AND LOADED: HOW THE F-35 WILL DOMINATE THE SKIES UNTIL 2070

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Feb 27, 2019

The Block 4 initiative is part of a long range trajectory planned for the F-35 described by Pentagon developers as C2D2 - Continuous Capability Development and Delivery. The idea, officials say, is to position the multi-role fighter such that it can consistently accommodate new weapons, stealth mate...

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Russia RUSSIA'S MESSAGE TO THE AMERICA'S F-35: "REMEMBER VIETNAM"

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Feb 27, 2019

In a move that would raise eyebrows even by Cold War standards of political saber-rattling, the Russian Embassy in Washington seemed to threaten America’s F-35 fighter with Vietnam-era propaganda footage.

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You Can YOU CAN'T STOP STEALTH: WHY F-22S, F-35S AND B-2 BOMBERS ARE NEARLY UNSTOPPABLE

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Feb 27, 2019

Stealth technology works by engineering an aircraft with external contours and heat signatures designed to elude detection from enemy radar systems. The absence of defined edges, noticeable heat emissions, weapons hanging on pylons or other easily detectable aircraft features, means that radar "...

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Here Comes the Revolution: Why 6th Generation Fighters Could Change Everything HERE COMES THE REVOLUTION: WHY 6TH GENERATION FIGHTERS COULD CHANGE EVERYTHING

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Feb 27, 2019

Sixth-generation avionic systems not only must be designed for resilience versus electronic and cyber warfare—but may be capable of launching such attacks on adversaries. For example, the Air Force has successfully tested the ability to invade networks and insert data packets (such as viruses)...

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Women Airforce Service Pilot (WASP) in World War II WOMEN AIRFORCE SERVICE PILOT (WASP) IN WORLD WAR II

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Feb 27, 2019

The Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP), called "Women's Army Service Pilots" by some sources, was a paramilitary aviation organization. The WASP's predecessors, the Women's Flying Training Detachment (WFTD) and the Women's Auxiliary Ferrying Squadron (WAFS) organized sepa...

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China Is Studying Russia CHINA IS STUDYING RUSSIA'S DEADLY SU-57 STEALTH FIGHTER: HERE'S WHY THEY THINK

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Feb 26, 2019

Wang's assessment inadvertently highlights an important disparity between the American, Russian and Chinese stealth fighters. While it might be true that the Su-57's design assumes the type will close to visual range in order to engage the F-22 and F-35, it's worth noting that both Ameri...

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VIDEO SHOWS BRITISH AIRWAYS FLIGHT BA 492 IN EXTREME WIND VIDEO SHOWS BRITISH AIRWAYS FLIGHT BA 492 IN EXTREME WIND

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Feb 26, 2019

On February 25th, passengers on the British Airways flight BA 492 experienced very extreme winds. Pilots were attempting a landing in Gibraltar, however strong winds have prevented them from doing so.Dangerous weather conditions forced the flight crew to divert the aircraft to Málaga–Co...

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HANDS-OFF LANDING HANDS-OFF LANDING

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Feb 26, 2019

Forty-nine years ago this month, a USAF F-106A Delta Dart (S/N 58-0787) out of Malmstrom AFB, Montana made a wheels-up landing in a farmer’s field despite the fact that there was no pilot onboard.  The pilot, Lieutenant Gary Foust, had ejected earlier when he was unable to recover the air...

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Boeing Shakes Things Up with Aerion Partnership BOEING SHAKES THINGS UP WITH AERION PARTNERSHIP

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Feb 25, 2019

There are few companies in aviation with as much influence as Boeing. The iconic name behind classics like the Boeing 707 has a huge amount of financial and industry impact. So, when they recently announced a new partnership with Aerion, it certainly turned a few heads.

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10th Anniversary of the ‘Miracle on the Hudson’: USDA Research Reduces Wildlife Hazards at Airports 10TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE ‘MIRACLE ON THE HUDSON’: USDA RESEARCH REDUCES WILDLIFE HAZARDS AT AIRPORTS

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Feb 25, 2019

On January 15, 2009, just six minutes after takeoff, air traffic controllers in Westbury, New York, received the following message from Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger of U.S. Airways Flight 1549: “Mayday mayday mayday…this is Cactus 1549…Hit birds…We&rsqu...

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Stealth F-22s and J-20s Are Old: 6th Generation Fighters May Come with Lasers and Mor STEALTH F-22S AND J-20S ARE OLD: 6TH GENERATION FIGHTERS MAY COME WITH LASERS AND MOR

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Feb 25, 2019

Fighter-jet launched laser weapons, expected to be operational by the mid 2020s, are of course part of the planning for 6th-Generation fighters.Drone fighter jets, hypersonic attack planes, artificial intelligence, lasers, electronic warfare and sensors woven into the fuselage of an aircraft - are a...

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Stealth Strike: The Marines STEALTH STRIKE: THE MARINES' VERSION OF THE F-35 FLEW MORE THAN 100 COMBAT SORTIES

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Feb 25, 2019

As it returns from its first combat deployment, the Marines' version of the F-35 is no longer a baby-faced boot. F-35Bs flew more than 100 combat sorties against the Taliban and ISIS while deployed aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Essex, said Lt. Col. Kyle Shoop, commander of Marine Fighte...

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Stealth F-35s and Lasers: How America Could Destroy a Nuclear Missile STEALTH F-35S AND LASERS: HOW AMERICA COULD DESTROY A NUCLEAR MISSILE

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Feb 25, 2019

Destroying ICBMs is something quite different than tracking or intercepting a short or medium range ballistic missile. The F-35 is already developed in this capacity; the F-35 has been tested as an aerial node for the Navy’s Naval Integrated Fire Control - Counter Air system.

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France FRANCE'S ONLY AIRCRAFT CARRIER IS BACK IN ACTION

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Feb 25, 2019

The French navy's only aircraft carrier is back in action following an 18-month, $1.5-billion overhaul that compelled French aviators to practice aboard an American flattop.

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Meet the T-Rex: The F-22 Raptor Transforms Into a Bomber MEET THE T-REX: THE F-22 RAPTOR TRANSFORMS INTO A BOMBER

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Feb 24, 2019

China is working on a medium-range stealth bomber, a bridge between the J-20 stealth fighter and the larger strategic bomber the People’s Liberation Army Air Force has long sought. News of this project has rekindled interest in the story of America’s own abortive stealth medium-bomber, i...

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AIRBUS A380: THE NOT-SO-POPULAR GAME CHANGER AIRBUS A380: THE NOT-SO-POPULAR GAME CHANGER

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Feb 24, 2019

Airbus recently announced production of the A380 – the world’s largest passenger aircraft – would end in 2021, and despite this expected, but unfortunate decision, it’s important that we acknowledge what the aircraft has done to the aviation industry. In the very late 1980s, ...

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The Crazy Story of How the Stealth F-35 Fighter Was Born THE CRAZY STORY OF HOW THE STEALTH F-35 FIGHTER WAS BORN

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Feb 24, 2019

In 2019, the first fully-combat capable of F-35 Lightning stealth fighters with Block IIIF software will finally enter service twenty-seven years after it was first conceived, and after over 350 aircraft have already been delivered. Just how did the F-35 go from being a glimmer in the eye of Pentago...

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Meet the Helicopter-Cruiser: The Half Aircraft Carrier MEET THE HELICOPTER-CRUISER: THE HALF AIRCRAFT CARRIER

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Feb 23, 2019

Starting in the 1960s, the world’s leading navies experimented with a new kind of warship. Heavily-armed and sporting huge flight decks for helicopters, the vessels were hybrids—not quite cruisers, not quite aircraft carriers. Ungainly and in many cases conceptually flawed, the helicopte...

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Russia RUSSIA'S STEALTH SU-57 FIGHTER: NEARLY READY FOR WAR?

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Feb 23, 2019

Is Russia’s fifth-generation stealth fighter on the verge of deployment readiness? The manufacturer seems to think so.In a recent interview with one of Russia’s leading state news agencies, United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) President Yuri Slyusar announced that the first, serially produc...

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Montreal MONTREAL'S TRUDEAU AIRPORT HAS 30 THERAPY DOGS TO KEEP YOU CALM WHILE YOU WAIT FOR YOUR FLIGHT

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Feb 22, 2019

What few people realise is that Montreal's Trudeau Airport already has this service: It announced in November last year that it would be introducing a "pet squad" of 30 therapy dogs to soothe passengers before a flight.

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Is Airbus A380 Demise A Lesson For Young Socialists? IS AIRBUS A380 DEMISE A LESSON FOR YOUNG SOCIALISTS?

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Feb 21, 2019

In an editorial on Tuesday, the Wall Street Journal asked the (presumably rhetorical) question, is the Airbus A380’s demise an object lesson for socialists? The piece by WSJ’s editorial board member Holman W. Jenkins, Jr. is entitled, “Airbus’s Lesson for Young Socialists, It...

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The F-35 Is Crushing Enemy Fighter Jets in Air War Simulations THE F-35 IS CRUSHING ENEMY FIGHTER JETS IN AIR WAR SIMULATIONS

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Feb 21, 2019

As enemy fighters closed in on a US Air Force 4th Generation fighter aircraft, blinding the jet with electronic warfare attacks, an experienced pilot faced unseen life-threatening attackers closing in -- during an air-combat Red Flag exercise closely replicating actual warfare scenarios.

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Automation In Aircraft Can Kill, When It’s Not Saving Your Life, That Is AUTOMATION IN AIRCRAFT CAN KILL, WHEN IT’S NOT SAVING YOUR LIFE, THAT IS

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Feb 21, 2019

In the aftermath of the crash in Indonesia of Lion Air Flight 610, pilots have been rightly concerned about what role a new and previously little-understood automated safety system might have played in the tragedy. The plane that crashed in late October was a brand-new Boeing 737 Max, and in prelimi...

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Picture This: China PICTURE THIS: CHINA'S AIR FORCE HAVING 2 DEADLY STEALTH BOMBERS

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Feb 20, 2019

If the JH-XX is truly under active development, then additional rumors and photos may eventually surface. Until then, the supersonic stealth-bomber’s development status must come with an asterisk, even if that won’t dissuade model-makers and defense writers alike from speculation. The PL...

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A PILOT WITHOUT ARMS – THE STORY OF JESSICA COX A PILOT WITHOUT ARMS – THE STORY OF JESSICA COX

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Feb 20, 2019

Sometimes we feel down because something did not work out successfully. We might have failed to achieve something that we set out as a goal a long time ago. Or we might blame the circumstances that currently surround us. Nevertheless, we constantly hear the inspirational stories that tell us the tal...

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BREXIT CLAIMS ANOTHER AIRLINE – FLYBMI CEASES OPERATIONS BREXIT CLAIMS ANOTHER AIRLINE – FLYBMI CEASES OPERATIONS

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Feb 18, 2019

As one of the coldest winters in aviation comes to a close, unfortunately, another airline declared bankruptcy. This time, the winter of bankruptcies absorbed Flybmi. The regional carrier was based in the United Kingdom, Germany, Sweden and Belgium. Over the weekend the airline declared that it coul...

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The Company That Makes the AK-47 Is Now Building Suicide Drones THE COMPANY THAT MAKES THE AK-47 IS NOW BUILDING SUICIDE DRONES

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Feb 18, 2019

A Russian company is developing a propeller-driven "suicide drone" that could target enemy air defenses.Kalashnikov Group, the same family of companies that produces Russia's iconic assault rifles, revealed the KUB-BLA drone at the IDEX-2019 trade show in Abu Dhabi in February 2019.It&...

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How the "Wolverine" Made U.S. Aircraft Carriers Deadly During World War II HOW THE "WOLVERINE" MADE U.S. AIRCRAFT CARRIERS DEADLY DURING WORLD WAR II

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Feb 16, 2019

In August 1942, the U.S. Navy acquired the 1913 USS Seeandbee (using the initials of its parent company, the Cleveland and Buffalo Transit Company), the world’s largest side-wheel passenger steamer, and began converting it into a training carrier. Her name was changed to USS Wolverine (IX-64),...

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WHAT AVIATION SHOWS AND EVENTS YOU MUST ATTEND IN 2019? WHAT AVIATION SHOWS AND EVENTS YOU MUST ATTEND IN 2019?

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Feb 15, 2019

Whether you’re looking for entertainment or you attend airshows for business matters, choosing the right event to attend is key. With a lot of airshows happening each year, sometimes there are just too many options to choose from.

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AIRBUS CANCELS THE AIRBUS A380 PROGRAM AIRBUS CANCELS THE AIRBUS A380 PROGRAM

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Feb 14, 2019

Once the pride of the European aviation industry, Airbus is canceling the Super Jumbo program. Citing the lack of orders and the largest operator of the  A380 reducing their backlog, Airbus had no other choice. The program was just not sustainable anymore. Effective 2021, Airbus won’t pro...

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Forget the Stealth F-22 or J-20: China Has Some Serious Plans for a 6th Generation Fighter FORGET THE STEALTH F-22 OR J-20: CHINA HAS SOME SERIOUS PLANS FOR A 6TH GENERATION FIGHTER

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Feb 14, 2019

With China’s flagship fifth-generation fighter fresh off the production line, is Beijing already looking beyond the J-20?A recent Global Times report sheds light on the People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) research and development strategy over the coming decades.China will not fal...

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Drones in our Airspace DRONES IN OUR AIRSPACE

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Feb 13, 2019

When was the last time you buckled yourself into the cockpit of your plane, tuned in the ATIS, prepared to taxi and thought, “I wonder if I’m going to hit a drone when I take off today?” The answer is probably never, and that may be appropriate for 2018. The chance of a collision w...

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TOP 10 BEST SPECIAL AIRCRAFT LIVERIES OF ALL TIME TOP 10 BEST SPECIAL AIRCRAFT LIVERIES OF ALL TIME

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Feb 13, 2019

As just recently we have discussed the most beautiful regular aircraft liveries, this time we are taking it up a notch. We are going to reveal what we think are the most beautiful special aircraft liveries that airlines have used ever since the beginning of aviation. Airlines paint an aircraft in a ...

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LACK OF TEA AND COFFEE FORCES AN EMERGENCY LANDING LACK OF TEA AND COFFEE FORCES AN EMERGENCY LANDING

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Feb 12, 2019

Just recently the passengers on a Jet2 flight LS155 experienced a very stressful journey. Pilots flying the aircraft had to perform an emergency landing.The people onboard the flight had to go through extreme anxiety, because… The planedid not have enough water for Coffee and Tea. Yep. The Je...

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HOW FLIGHT 3407 COMPLETELY CHANGED AVIATION SAFETY HOW FLIGHT 3407 COMPLETELY CHANGED AVIATION SAFETY

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Feb 12, 2019

On February 12, 2009 something happened that would reshape the safety standards in the United States completely. While the day started off normal for everyone around the world, for some it ended in grief. Yet that grief sparked a movement to redefine the safety in the United States and change how ev...

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AIRCRAFT THAT BROUGHT THE FUTURE – DE HAVILLAND COMET AIRCRAFT THAT BROUGHT THE FUTURE – DE HAVILLAND COMET

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Feb 11, 2019

Firstly, the last Comets flew in the air for commercial airlines in 1980 for Dan Air. The airline is also defunct as of 1992. Secondly, airlines did not operate a lot of Comets. The previously mentioned Dan-Air was the biggest Comet operator in the world, with 49 aircraft in their fleet. However, th...

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The F-35s New Best Friend: The Navy THE F-35S NEW BEST FRIEND: THE NAVY'S 6TH GENERATION FIGHTER COULD BE ALL SORTS OF AMAZING

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Feb 11, 2019

There is widespread consensus that applications of AI appear to provide the framework for the most defining expected technological progress. The Navy is currently analyzing air frames, targeting systems, AI-enabled sensors, new weapons and engine technologies to engineer a new 6th-Generation fighter...

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How the Deadly (But Really Old) B-52 Bomber Could Wage War for Nearly 100 Years HOW THE DEADLY (BUT REALLY OLD) B-52 BOMBER COULD WAGE WAR FOR NEARLY 100 YEARS

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Feb 11, 2019

Sixty-seven years after the U.S. Air Force received its last B-52 from Boeing, the flying branch finally has firmed up plans to fit the heavy bomber with new engines. "If Air Force plans hold up, the B-52 will be approaching nearly a century of service by 2050, reporter John Tirpak wrote.To kee...

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Beyond A-10s and F-35s: Let’s Have an Informed Debate About Air Power BEYOND A-10S AND F-35S: LET’S HAVE AN INFORMED DEBATE ABOUT AIR POWER

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Feb 10, 2019

Students and practitioners of air power desperately need a theorist with the stature of a Carl von Clausewitz, Julian S. Corbett, or Mao Zedong—masters of ground, sea, and irregular warfare, respectively. Aviators need a common vocabulary and understanding of the wild blue to debate how best t...

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This Helicopter Is More Expensive Than the F-35 THIS HELICOPTER IS MORE EXPENSIVE THAN THE F-35

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Feb 09, 2019

If the aircraft ever gets off the ground, it may just be worth it: As Task & Purpose previously reported, the Sikorsky designed the CH-53K to haul up to 27,000 pounds, three times the cargo of the Pentagon's current heavy-lift workhorse, without any significant changes in the airframe dimens...

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BOEING REVEALED THE QUEEN OF THE SKIES 50 YEARS AGO BOEING REVEALED THE QUEEN OF THE SKIES 50 YEARS AGO

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Feb 08, 2019

We’ve been blabbering about the most iconic jet aircraft for quite some time now. From the story of Concorde, the Soviets put up the middle finger to the West with its Tu-104, to the Boeing “If It ain’t Boeing, I ain’t going” 707, these are the aircraft that truly helpe...

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FIRST FLIGHT OF THE BOEING 747: FIFTY YEARS AGO TODAY FIRST FLIGHT OF THE BOEING 747: FIFTY YEARS AGO TODAY

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Feb 08, 2019

Today, February 9, 2019, is the fiftieth anniversary of the first flight of the Boeing 747, aptly nicknamed the Jumbo Jet (after an enormous nineteenth century Sudanese bush elephant in PT Barnum’s circus). Like Jumbo, the 747 was unique for its size, doubling the passenger count, cargo payloa...

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The Russian Air Force THE RUSSIAN AIR FORCE'S BIGGEST PROBLEM

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Feb 08, 2019

That good is buying lots of sophisticated combat aircraft if there aren’t enough aerial tankers to refuel them?With the growing activity of long-range aviation, as well as the deployment of Russian aviation units in the North and the Far East with their enormous distances, the need for tankers...

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BOMB THREAT ON A NORWEGIAN FLIGHT DY4321 TO NICE BOMB THREAT ON A NORWEGIAN FLIGHT DY4321 TO NICE

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Feb 07, 2019

In the early hours of the afternoon in Sweden, a bomb threat has forced the Norwegian flight DY4321 to turn around and land in Arlanda airport. As the aircraft took off, somebody made a threat against the flight. Due to the safety of the passengers, Norwegian decided to turn the plane around and it ...

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AIR INDIA SERVES A COCKROACH ON A FLIGHT TO MUMBAI AIR INDIA SERVES A COCKROACH ON A FLIGHT TO MUMBAI

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Feb 07, 2019

It’s one of the most commonly known aviation facts, that food tastes different while you’re 35.000 feet in the air. To sum up, lower temperatures in an aircraft and a pressurized cabin affect your senses. As a consequence, food is not as tasty as on the ground. On the other hand, when we...

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TOP 10 AIRLINE ADVERTISEMENT POSTERS OF ALL TIME TOP 10 AIRLINE ADVERTISEMENT POSTERS OF ALL TIME

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Feb 07, 2019

As times change, various technologies and ways to announce yourself to the world also change. The internet and social media, in particular, has completely shifted the way marketing teams have to work today. Because of the current pace of the world, marketing professionals have to have lightning fast...

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The Story Of Chevrolet Airplane Engines THE STORY OF CHEVROLET AIRPLANE ENGINES

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Feb 07, 2019

The role of Louis Chevrolet as a co-founder of the Chevrolet Motor Car Company is well-documented. Much less known, however, is Louis’ role in flight – and that there was such a thing as a Chevrolet airplane engine. In the 1920s, Louis began to develop an increased interest in aviation. ...

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RIP Russia RIP RUSSIA'S STEALTH FIGHTER: WHY THE SU-57 IS IN SERIOUS TROUBLE

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Feb 06, 2019

Combined with the dramatic collapse of the Russian economy in the wake of Western economic sanctions following the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the inflexibility of UAC made the Su-57 impossible to realize.

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The U.S. Air Force Flew Dozens of Captured Russian Fighter Jets THE U.S. AIR FORCE FLEW DOZENS OF CAPTURED RUSSIAN FIGHTER JETS

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Feb 06, 2019

From 1978 to 1988, a secret U.S. Air Force unit flew captured Russian MiG fighters in a dangerous effort to teach American pilots how to defeat the planes in combat. The 4477th Test & Evaluation Squadron, also known by its code name "Constant Peg," flew 15,000 sorties and trained 6,000...

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Why Deadly Southern California Cessna 414 Crash Is An Anomaly WHY DEADLY SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA CESSNA 414 CRASH IS AN ANOMALY

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Feb 05, 2019

The fiery crash of a Cessna 414 cabin class piston twin into a neighborhood in Orange County, California, on Sunday is horrifying. It was especially so to me, as I spent my college years and then some living right under the short path of the fated plane’s flight. The plane took off from Fuller...

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ULTIMATE LIVERY CHALLENGE: THE ANSWERS – HOW DID YOU DO? ULTIMATE LIVERY CHALLENGE: THE ANSWERS – HOW DID YOU DO?

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Feb 05, 2019

Remember a few weeks ago when I posted the photos above and asked for you to guess the airline and aircraft type? Well, it is time for the answers. If you haven’t guessed already, feel free to head back to the original story and do your best, and then when you are ready, keep reading and I hav...

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Who Cares About Stealth Fighters: This Is the Plane America Must Truly Fear WHO CARES ABOUT STEALTH FIGHTERS: THIS IS THE PLANE AMERICA MUST TRULY FEAR

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Feb 05, 2019

If Beijing wanted to, it could probably develop a carrier-based equivalent to the J-16D. The J-15 Flying Shark fighters on China’s two Type 001 carriers also share common heritage in the Flanker family of aircraft, and pursuing a similar upgrade of the two-seat J-15SD seems plausible. However,...

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The Only Reason Japan THE ONLY REASON JAPAN'S NAVY DOESN'T HAVE AIRCRAFT CARRIERS

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Feb 04, 2019

To repeat: the only serious obstacles to Japan’s construction of fleet carriers are political. But political obstacles are still obstacles, and the appearance of Shokaku and Zuikaku would have significant repercussions at home and abroad. Indeed, the existence of such obstacles would seem to d...

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The U.S. Navy Tried to Sink This Aircraft Carrier for Weeks (And Failed) THE U.S. NAVY TRIED TO SINK THIS AIRCRAFT CARRIER FOR WEEKS (AND FAILED)

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Feb 04, 2019

To even try to sink an American flattop, you first must hit it. That's not easy, either. No carrier sails without an air wing with as many as 50 fighter aircraft plus several escorting destroyers, cruisers and submarines. A virtual wall of defensive weaponry surrounds the flattop out to a distan...

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Now France Wants Hypersonic Missiles by 2021 NOW FRANCE WANTS HYPERSONIC MISSILES BY 2021

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Feb 04, 2019

A few nations have fielded or are developing hypersonic weapons, notably the U.S., Russia and China. Russia’s Avangard nuclear-armed glider, boosted atop an ICBM high into the upper atmosphere, reportedly zooms down on its target at Mach 27, leading Russian President Vladimir Putin to declare ...

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SHOULD AND WOULD YOU TIP FLIGHT ATTENDANTS? SHOULD AND WOULD YOU TIP FLIGHT ATTENDANTS?

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Feb 04, 2019

Just over a month ago a controversial article emerged. At the forefront of it was Frontier Airlines, an ultra-low-cost carrier based in Denver, Colorado. The American airline recently was critiqued by various aviation industry experts on their policy of encouraging passengers to tip flight attendant...

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Will governments disappoint again on carbon accounting at upcoming aviation meetings? WILL GOVERNMENTS DISAPPOINT AGAIN ON CARBON ACCOUNTING AT UPCOMING AVIATION MEETINGS?

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Feb 04, 2019

Some major companies, including airlines, took the lead last December in Katowice, Poland in rejecting the use of dubious carbon credits toward their climate efforts. Despite this drumbeat against bad rules for cooperative approaches under Article 6 of the Paris agreement, experienced government neg...

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How America Crafted the Plan To Avenge Pearl Harbor HOW AMERICA CRAFTED THE PLAN TO AVENGE PEARL HARBOR

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Feb 03, 2019

President Franklin D. Roosevelt sat in his White House study, an aging leader suddenly appearing older and wearier. Only moments before, the Secretary of the Navy, Frank Knox, had informed him that much of the Pacific Fleet stationed in Hawaii now rested on Pearl Harbor’s bottom. Carrier aircr...

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HOW WILL BREXIT AFFECT AVIATION AND TRAVEL? HOW WILL BREXIT AFFECT AVIATION AND TRAVEL?

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Feb 01, 2019

One of the most talked about topic in the past few years is Brexit. A very bizarre decision is turning out to be diving people all around the British Isles, damaging the British economy and affecting business decisions all around the globe. As the uncertainty of Brexit is still hanging above the ski...

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Aviation Nation AVIATION NATION

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Feb 01, 2019

Textron Aviation's Cessna Citation X+ is the world’s fastest business jet. It has power and efficiency that competing jets just can’t reach. At least that's what the company's website says! It also asks this question, "When was the last time you hit Mach 0.935?" Wit...

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DELTA AIRLINES FLIGHT 47 CANCELED OVER DRUNK CO-PILOT DELTA AIRLINES FLIGHT 47 CANCELED OVER DRUNK CO-PILOT

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Jan 31, 2019

It seems like we almost had another Denzel Washington story come to life. The Dutch authorities have stopped Delta Airlines Flight 47 from taking off from Amsterdam Schiphol airport. The Boeing 767-400 was supposed to take off at 9:15 AM and land in New York at 10:00 AM.However, at first, Dutch auth...

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Should the Air Force Buy More Stealth F-35s? SHOULD THE AIR FORCE BUY MORE STEALTH F-35S?

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Jan 31, 2019

While senior Air Force leaders are calling for a “fast” pursuit toward production and delivery of its stated F-35 objectives, there are some voices now raising the question as to whether the rates should be sped up even more -- potentially even increasing the overall numbers for the prog...

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This Fighter Jet Landed on a Navy Aircraft Carrier THIS FIGHTER JET LANDED ON A NAVY AIRCRAFT CARRIER

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Jan 30, 2019

The Finnish air force operates some 62 Hornets, 62 F/A-18Cs and seven F/A-18Ds the latter a two-seat variant  for a total of three squadrons. That is the same type of fighter Jarvinen flew when he touched down onto the Abraham Lincoln.On March 17, 2017 in the Atlantic, a fighter jet landed onto...

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WHICH FIGHTER JET IS THE FASTEST IN 2019? WHICH FIGHTER JET IS THE FASTEST IN 2019?

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Jan 30, 2019

In commercial aviation, speed is one of the most crucial factors. A lot of the profit airlines make depends on their ability to transfer passengers quickly. Especially low-cost airlines, which rely on making multiple flights per day to profit off their cheap ticket prices. Meanwhile, fighter jets ha...

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The F-15 Eagle: Why Russia, China or North Korea Fear This THE F-15 EAGLE: WHY RUSSIA, CHINA OR NORTH KOREA FEAR THIS 'OLD' FIGHTER

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Jan 29, 2019

For nearly three decades, the F-15 Eagle fighter was considered the undisputed king of the skies. Until the debut of its replacement, the F-22 Raptor, the F-15 was the U.S. Air Force’s frontline air superiority fighter. Even today, a modernized Eagle is still considered a formidable opponent, ...

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How to Save the Aircraft Carrier from Becoming Obsolete HOW TO SAVE THE AIRCRAFT CARRIER FROM BECOMING OBSOLETE

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Jan 29, 2019

One of the great conceits of admirals in the interwar years was their dogmatic embrace of the nostrum that battleships won naval wars. Officers such as those of the Imperial Japanese navy proved particularly susceptible to this dogma, a thought process that found itself manifested in so called super...

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TOP 10 TIPS WHEN FLYING WITH YOUR PETS TOP 10 TIPS WHEN FLYING WITH YOUR PETS

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Jan 29, 2019

I remember the multiple times in my childhood when I kept asking my mom for a dog or a cat. Who will walk the dog? Who will clip its nails? Who will clean out the litter box? And many other questions that I would always respond with an enthusiastic “YES!“, as I wanted a pet badly. As I g...

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AIRBUS A330NEO RECEIVES GREATER ETOPS CAPABILITY AIRBUS A330NEO RECEIVES GREATER ETOPS CAPABILITY

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Jan 28, 2019

The Airbus A330neo has received greater capability with the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) approving ETOPS (Extended-range Twin-engine aircraft Operations) ‘beyond 180 minutes’ for the aircraft. Recently entering service with TAP Air Portugal with ETOPS 180 minutes capability, th...

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Boeing’s autonomous passenger air vehicle makes maiden flight BOEING’S AUTONOMOUS PASSENGER AIR VEHICLE MAKES MAIDEN FLIGHT

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Jan 28, 2019

Designed by Boeing subsidiary Aurora Flight Sciences, the electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft measures 9.14 metres long and 8.53 metres wide. It is designed for fully autonomous flight from takeoff to landing and has an expected range of around 80km.

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IF IT AIN’T BOEING – I AIN’T GOING. THE ICONIC BOEING 707 STORY IF IT AIN’T BOEING – I AIN’T GOING. THE ICONIC BOEING 707 STORY

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Jan 28, 2019

If it ain’t Boeing – I ain’t going is quite a bold statement. However, consider the context at the time. This was the beginning of the jet age – with the de Havilland Comet becoming a synonym for “mid-air explosion”, the Boeing 707 came at the right time. Douglas ...

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FRIGHTENING LANDING ATTEMPTS AT MANCHESTER AIRPORT FRIGHTENING LANDING ATTEMPTS AT MANCHESTER AIRPORT

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Jan 28, 2019

Aviation relies heavily not only on the people that work in the industry but also on the weather. As extreme weather conditions, such as snowstorms or volcano eruptionsforce airlines to cancel, delay or divert flights. Heavy wind is a huge factor as well. But even with heavy crosswinds, carriers are...

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2 Studies Show Why the U.S. Air Force Is In Serious Trouble 2 STUDIES SHOW WHY THE U.S. AIR FORCE IS IN SERIOUS TROUBLE

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Jan 28, 2019

The estimates are dismaying: in a peacekeeping/no-fly zone scenario, the Air Force could only meet 29 percent of C3ISR requirements, 32 percent of tanker demand, 40 percent of special operations missions, and 46 percent of bomber missions. Like a trucking company with too few trucks and too many del...

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Why Canada Buying Old Australian F-18s Is A Bad Idea WHY CANADA BUYING OLD AUSTRALIAN F-18S IS A BAD IDEA

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Jan 28, 2019

With its own CF-18s the Canadian version of the U.S. F/A-18 Hornet becoming too old to fly, and mired for years in a politically-charged search for a new fighter jet, Canada has turned to the aviation second-hand store. It is buying twenty-five used Royal Australian Air Force F/A-18s, of which eight...

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Understanding Boeing’s Entry Into Urban Mobility UNDERSTANDING BOEING’S ENTRY INTO URBAN MOBILITY

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Jan 28, 2019

When Boeing announced last week that it had made the first flight of an autonomous quadcopter and had teamed with other urban aerial mobility players, the takeaway was obvious. Boeing was all in on the urban air taxi game. Or was it? First, about the craft. The craft is named the Boeing Autonomous P...

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THE DAY THAT 4 AMERICAN LEGACY CARRIERS WENT BANKRUPT THE DAY THAT 4 AMERICAN LEGACY CARRIERS WENT BANKRUPT

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Jan 25, 2019

September 14th, 2005 was truly a unique day for the United States’ aviation industry. That day Delta and moments later Northwest filed for bankruptcy in court. This put the air space above America in an exceptional position – 4 airlines were flying under Bankruptcy protections. Delta, No...

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Circle to Land Life-Saving Tips CIRCLE TO LAND LIFE-SAVING TIPS

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Jan 24, 2019

Circle-to-land approaches get a bad rap. Granted, they earned it by breaking a bunch of aircraft, and they can lure the unprepared out of bounds in an eye-blink. Yet to say, “I never circle-to-land ...” can be just as dangerous as going cavalier because circling approaches aren’t o...

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Meet China MEET CHINA'S J-20 'HEAVY' STEALTH FIGHTER

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Jan 24, 2019

Song concluded the ideal stealth fighter would incorporate canards (a second, small set of wings close to the nose of the plane), leading-edge root extensions (or “strakes,” a thin surface extending where the wing emerges from the fuselages), and S-shaped belly intakes, in order to balan...

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Circle-to-Land Life-Saving Tips CIRCLE-TO-LAND LIFE-SAVING TIPS

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Jan 24, 2019

Circle-to-land approaches get a bad rap. Granted, they earned it by breaking a bunch of aircraft, and they can lure the unprepared out of bounds in an eye-blink. Yet to say, “I never circle-to-land ...” can be just as dangerous as going cavalier because circling approaches aren’t o...

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WHEN SOVIETS ALMOST BEAT THE WEST: THE TUPOLEV TU-104 WHEN SOVIETS ALMOST BEAT THE WEST: THE TUPOLEV TU-104

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Jan 23, 2019

Okay, to clarify – we’re talking about commercial aviation here. I know the Soviets were the first to put a person in outer space, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves too much. The Tupolev Tu-104 was a commercial passenger jet that was powered by two Mikulin AM-3 turbojet engines....

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In pictures: Awe-inspiring aerial engineering from the Aerospace Museum of California IN PICTURES: AWE-INSPIRING AERIAL ENGINEERING FROM THE AEROSPACE MUSEUM OF CALIFORNIA

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Jan 23, 2019

The military is always ahead of the civilian world when it comes to new technologies, and it's staggering to look back and see just how advanced aviation was as early as the 1950s and 60s, with supersonic jets, long-range remote-control helicopters, and all sorts of other innovations that feel w...

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We Fly The Cirrus Vision Jet Generation 2 WE FLY THE CIRRUS VISION JET GENERATION 2

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Jan 22, 2019

I’ve flown a number of jets with autothrottles, Gulfstreams, Embraers, Falcons and Citations, and even though I didn’t fully understand the appeal of the technology before I flew with it 15 years ago now, I developed a deep appreciation of the safety benefits autothrottles bring to flyin...

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TARGET DRONE MARKET : GLOBAL RISING TRENDS, ANALYSIS AND DEMANDS 2019 TO 2025 TARGET DRONE MARKET : GLOBAL RISING TRENDS, ANALYSIS AND DEMANDS 2019 TO 2025

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Jan 22, 2019

This is the latest offering from Fior Markets with the title Global Target Drone Market Research Report 2019 which gives us a high to bottom analysis of the industry according to the demand, production, top manufacturers, key regions, report product type, end-use applications forecasting 2018-2025. ...

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TOP 10 MOST BEAUTIFUL AIRLINE LIVERIES OF ALL TIME TOP 10 MOST BEAUTIFUL AIRLINE LIVERIES OF ALL TIME

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Jan 21, 2019

Sometimes it seems like the current liveries in the air are quite bland. A white fuselage with a colored tail and engine covers and winglets is the magic formula for airlines. And while there is a good reason why this is done, as paint can add quite a few pounds to the aircraft, we would wish there ...

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Fly EVA Air Hello Kitty Jet to Taipei from S$369! FLY EVA AIR HELLO KITTY JET TO TAIPEI FROM S$369!

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Jan 19, 2019

VA Air - a SKYTRAX 5 Star Airline is offering round-trip Economy Class fares to Taipei for just S$369!
Be glad to know that this is an ALL-IN price! his amazing 2019 Taipei Spring Promotion runs from 16 January to 15 February 2019, with travel period from 13 February to 31 March 2019.

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TOP 10 MOST PUNCTUAL AIRLINES OF 2018 TOP 10 MOST PUNCTUAL AIRLINES OF 2018

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Jan 18, 2019

We have all been there. We plan our journeys to the second and hope nothing gets delayed. But when we arrive at the airport, we can see the dreadful sight on the departure board – your flight has been delayed. And just like that, your travel plans fall apart. Not the best feeling in the world,...

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4 Reasons to Start Collecting American Airlines AAdvantage Miles 4 REASONS TO START COLLECTING AMERICAN AIRLINES AADVANTAGE MILES

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Jan 18, 2019

When comparing frequent flyer programs, NerdWallet’s research shows American Airlines AAdvantage points have an average value of 2.6 cents per mile earned, making them the most valuable among all U.S.-based carriers. But is this loyalty program right for you? Here are four reasons you might wa...

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NEW LIVERY FOR THE IRISH FLAG CARRIER, AER LINGUS NEW LIVERY FOR THE IRISH FLAG CARRIER, AER LINGUS

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Jan 17, 2019

Recently, airlines such as Lufthansa changed their livery. Or introduced special design concepts, such as the All Nippon Airways turtle livery on it‘s new Airbus A380. Aer Lingus has also decided to freshen up its paint scheme. Today the airline announced a completely new livery concept at a p...

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Five Trends that will Shape the Aerospace and Defense Industry in 2019 FIVE TRENDS THAT WILL SHAPE THE AEROSPACE AND DEFENSE INDUSTRY IN 2019

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Jan 17, 2019

The global aerospace and defense (A&D) business landscape is undergoing significant disruption driven by a keen focus on innovation and digital transformation, and geopolitical situations such as the unknown implications of Brexit. Despite some future uncertainty, demand for commercial aerospace...

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TOP 10 GYMS AND SPA IN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORTS TOP 10 GYMS AND SPA IN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORTS

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Jan 16, 2019

Who doesn’t love a relaxing getaway weekend at a Spa? Or a gym session to let your emotions run wild while lifting some weights? Let’s be real – we all love either both or one of the two! However, sometimes our schedules are chaotic and we have to travel a lot to attend important m...

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Hartsfield-Jackson manager: After 2-hour security waits Monday, more crowds coming HARTSFIELD-JACKSON MANAGER: AFTER 2-HOUR SECURITY WAITS MONDAY, MORE CROWDS COMING

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Jan 16, 2019

Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport general manager John Selden said some passengers waited in security lines for two hours Monday, and more crowds are coming this weekend for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday period.

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Boeing BOEING'S F-15X COULD BE A KILLER IN THE SKY

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Jan 15, 2019

Purchasing such a non-stealthy fighter would be a huge departure for the U.S. Air Force. Since 2002, the USAF has only bought fifth-generation fighters. This has made some observers skeptical of the idea that the U.S. Air Force is interested in such a plane.

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France orders 28 Rafale aircraft for $2.3 billion FRANCE ORDERS 28 RAFALE AIRCRAFT FOR $2.3 BILLION

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Jan 15, 2019

The French government signed a $2,3 billion (2 billion euro) contract with Dassault Aviation for 28 upgraded Rafale aircraft and gave the go-ahead for development of the aircraft’s F4 standard which should be validated by 2024, according to Scramble Magazine. The 28 aircraft will include some ...

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Orlando International Airport sponsoring donation drive for government employees during partial shutdown ORLANDO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT SPONSORING DONATION DRIVE FOR GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES DURING PARTIAL SHUTDOWN

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Jan 15, 2019

The Orlando International Airport Management Council is sponsoring a donation drive to assist employees of the Transportation Security Administration, Customs and Border Protection, and the Federal Aviation Administration during the partial government shutdown.

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PATH OF HATE – STUNNING ANIMATION OF A DOGFIGHT PATH OF HATE – STUNNING ANIMATION OF A DOGFIGHT

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Jan 15, 2019

When World War 1 broke out in 1914, military aircraft were first used as spotters. Gathering intelligence of enemy trenches or any potential offensive maneuvers. Pilots encountered enemies in the air, but not much could be done. Admittedly, technology was not ready at the time – first pilots u...

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How United CEO Oscar Munoz Plans on Focusing His Efforts This Year HOW UNITED CEO OSCAR MUNOZ PLANS ON FOCUSING HIS EFFORTS THIS YEAR

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Jan 15, 2019

United opened its newest Polaris lounge at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) last week, so I headed on up the road to go check it out. While I was there, I was given some time to talk with CEO Oscar Munoz. We discussed a variety of things including future plans for an LAX Terminal 9 (just talk...

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TOP TIPS FOR FIRST TIME FLYERS TOP TIPS FOR FIRST TIME FLYERS

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Jan 15, 2019

Are you a first-time flyer?  Flying for the first time can be daunting and exciting at the same time, to help your flight go as smoothly as possible we have put together a handy guide for all you first-timers. Most airports will have guides for first time flyers written specifically for their f...

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