Category Archives: Opinon

My commentary on issues and topics

TEXTRON’S NEW TOYS

Bell’s V-280 Valor mockup is ready for the “petting zoo.” Good luck against Sikorsky’s rear pusher & coaxial rotor concept guys. I think Congress has had enough of the tiltrotor after literally half a century of development. Also, it must … Read the rest of this entry

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LOCKHEED SKUNKWORKS MAKES A PITCH FOR THE SR-72?!?!

Aviation Week’s Guy Norris dropped a pretty huge story Friday about a follow-on of sorts, but not really, to the legendary SR-71 Blackbird.  Lamely named the SR-72 for marketing’s sake, this machine will be unmanned, capable of mach 6 speeds, have about … Read the rest of this entry

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JUST A REALLY COOL PICTURE: 144th FIGHTER WING F-15 FINALLY WEARS A CALIFORNIA ANG TAIL!

I have been waiting to see the California ANG’s iconic tail art on an F-15 and today was that day!                 California’s 144th Fighter Wing has received the last of the Montana Air National Guard’s … Read the rest of this entry

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RUTAN’S ARES EMERGES FROM PAUL ALLEN’S HANGAR AT KBFI?

A good contact of mine spotted the innovative, and arguably more relevant than ever, Scaled Composites Agile Responsive Effective Support (ARES) demonstrator taxing out of Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen’s “Vulcan Air” Hangar at Boeing Field last week. There is not doubt that … Read the rest of this entry

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RUSSIAN ROULETTE DoD STYLE: RETIRE ANYTHING TO PROTECT THE F-35 “PROGRAM”

I have gotten a ton of email with various articles attached talking about how plans are in the works to retire a whole slew of “legacy” (ie front line) aircraft types in a desperate attempt to protect the most flawed … Read the rest of this entry

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THE AMERICAN SPIRIT IS ALIVE AND WELL TWELVE YEARS AFTER THE FIRST PLANE HIT THE WTC

Hey guys, I wanted to post this earlier but the site was migrating to a new server and I could not log on. I think this video is great, it really proves what makes this place special. Sure there are ignorant fools in any community, … Read the rest of this entry

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SEC. KERRY: ARAB STATES WILL PAY FOR AN INVASION OF SYRIA

              Is this the biggest bounty of all time?!?! My goodness, some serious, serious money resides on the Arabian Peninsula. Of course we already knew that, but still, the offer below is just mind melting. Iraq cost over a … Read the rest of this entry

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BLUE ANGELS & THUNDERBIRDS GROUNDED MEANWHILE CHINA DEBUTS J-10 DEMO TEAM!

Another sign of the times. The Red Dragon rises while Uncle Sam feeds his shopping addiction and applies for more credit cards. Sad.

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OSPREY DRAGS THE BASKET

                                The folks over at team Osprey are working on proving more roles for the V-22 and tanker is one of them. They are testing the … Read the rest of this entry

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A SIMPLE QUESTION TO THOSE WHO SUPPORT THE F-35 PROGRAM…

If we are not willing to risk manned assets, even the F-22 and B-2 which are supposedly “survivable,” especially with jamming support, intense ELINT surveillance, and even strikes on fixed radar and select SAM sites, for a strike on Syria, a … Read the rest of this entry

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PERILOUS PUZZLE: ATTACKING SYRIA, WHAT IS TO GAIN? WHAT ARE THE RISKS & HOW SHOULD IT BE DONE?

I have received a ton of email asking me to address the current situation in Syria. I was one of the very first to drive home the dire realities surrounding Syria’s Chemical Weapons, Russia’s unique strategic interests in the country and I adamantly called for a … Read the rest of this entry

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BOEING’S “ADVANCED SUPER HORNET” BUZZES INTO THE AIR FOR THE FIRST TIME

                                                                                … Read the rest of this entry

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AFTER 35 YEARS THE A-10 IS GETTING CLEARED TO FLY INTO COMBAT WITH AN EXTERNAL FUEL TANK

http://www.eglin.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123360322 So after almost forty years of service and near constant combat over the last decade, just now Air Combat Command got the bright idea to clear the A-10 for combat operations with an external fuel tank. The A-10 often ferries itself around with … Read the rest of this entry

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LAS SAGA: RIGHT WHEN YOU THOUGHT IT WAS FINALLY ON THE RIGHT TRACK…

The Senate has cut funding for 20 Light Air Support aircraft meant to backfill the precision fire support role for the Afghan Army once we have pulled the vast majority of manned airpower out of the Afghan theater. This is a passionate topic for me. … Read the rest of this entry

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WE PUT A MAN ON THE MOON IN LESS TIME THAN…

…it has taken for the DoD to field a precision light air support aircraft for Afghanistan’s fledgling Air Force! I have been pounding this for years, long before it was “a story.” This is a total disgrace for America and … Read the rest of this entry

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