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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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YOUR TAX DOLLARS AT WORK: THIS IS HOW ATTORNEY GENERAL ERIC HOLDER FLIES AROUND THE US!

                That’s right folks, apparently it is evil for corporations that actually have to compete in the marketplace to own and operate private jets, and thus support living wage aerospace jobs, but for … Read the rest of this entry

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NEWS ROUNDUP MARCH 4th, 2012!

THE UK PREPARES FOR THE F-35C, YET MAY OPT FOR THE F-35B ONCE AGAIN The BBC takes us inside the UK’s F-35 simulator where RAF pilots and industry folks are becoming re-familiarized with “cat & trap” naval aviation. This simulator … Read the rest of this entry

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USAF BEING PRESSED HARD TO JUSTIFY JETTISONING BRAND NEW C-27J SPARTANS

Question: If the USAF says it will try to do the C-27’s mission with it’s existing, yet dwindling, fleet of C-130s, and the Army has wanted the C-27J program for so long, why not ask the Army if they want … Read the rest of this entry

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DON’T SEND PREMATURELY RETIRED A-10 WARTHOGS TO THE BONEYARD, GIVE THEM AWAY!

We are retiring good airframes at such an alarming rate now that stories like the one linked below have been popping up left and right. Literally business is booming at AMARG in Tucson, and they are about to get a … Read the rest of this entry

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NEWS ROUNDUP January 30th, 2011!

AS PREDICTED BY AVIATIONINTEL: 5 A-10 SQUADRONS, 2 F-16 GUARD SQUADRONS, & THE 65th AGRS Right on the money with this one, its sad to see these squadrons go. The A-10 has always been the bastard child of the USAF … Read the rest of this entry

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HERE COME THE CUTS: DoD BUDGET BLOODLETTING DETAILS EMERGE

Well today was somewhat of a grim day over at the Pentagon. The heydays of printing dollars in exchange for niche capabilities are over ladies and gentleman. So far we have been briefed on the overall concept, yet many exact … Read the rest of this entry

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US ARMY BURROWS FROM KIOWA WARRIOR TO PAY FOR ARMED AERIAL SCOUT

http://defense.aol.com/2012/01/19/army-eyes-kiowa-coffers-to-fund-replacement/ The Army cannot make up its mind on scout helicopters. It’s almost comical. From the cancelled ARH-66 Comanche, to the Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter competition, to the doomed ARH-70 Arapaho, to upgrading the Kiowa fleet and implementing a Service Life … Read the rest of this entry

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NEXT GENERATION BOMBER GETS ELEVATED BY OBAMA HIMSELF UNDER DEFENSE RESTRUCTURING PLAN

This is great news for the incredibly relevant 2018 / Next Generation / B-3 Bomber. Under a President Obama and SecDef Panetta future defense plan, a lighter and smarter military will set it’s gaze toward the Pacific. This is an … Read the rest of this entry

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USAF BRASS: Needing To Cut A Lot But Vowing To Protect Everything?

So in reality, what is on the table? Massive in service airframe fleet reductions? Strap in folks this is going to be a bumpy ride… http://www.aviationweek.com/aw/generic/story_generic.jsp?channel=aerospacedaily&id=news/asd/2011/11/21/01.xml&headline=Donley Vows To Protect F-35, KC-46, Bomber

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Osprey Gets By Buget Cuts Intact So Far…

Amazing the 9 lives of this program! http://www.aviationweek.com/aw/generic/story_channel.jsp?channel=defense&id=news/asd/2011/10/31/02.xml&headline=Marine Corps Continues To Support Ospreys

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Marines On The PR Offensive For More MV-22s

http://defense.aol.com/2011/10/26/gen-amos-pumps-the-v-22-as-hill-weighs-multiyear/ The USMC wants to complete their original planned buy of Ospreys in the worst way. The aircraft it performing better than ever before, but at what cost per flight hour and how over saturated is the supply chain? Regardless, the V-22 … Read the rest of this entry

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MV-22 Procurement Reductions On The Horizon: Just Buy A Medium Lift Helcopter Instead

http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/mv-22-faces-budget-cuts-says-usmc-aviation-chief-362749/ No matter how capable an aircraft is, it can only be in one place at one time. As budgets shrink and operational demand grows something will have to give. In the Osprey’s case the USMC already has enough airframes … Read the rest of this entry

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CANCELLING THE GE-F136 JSF ALTERNATIVE ENGINE: AN EXERCISE IN STUPIDITY

WHY ON EARTH should the JSF alternative engine be cancelled? We are putting all our eggs in one very fragile basket with the F-35, and now they want to make that basket have one less handle. This is so stupid. Even though the … Read the rest of this entry

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Time To End Production Of The MV-22 Concentrate On Cost Effective Platforms And Heavy Lift

I have waited a long time to express my views on the V-22 program. I really cannot remember a more controversial defense program than this one. Now that we are at the verge of another multiyear production deal for the … Read the rest of this entry

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