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NEWS UPDATE: FEBRUARY 27th, 2014

First of all, I will be posting a BIG announcement this weekend that will effect Aviationintel going forward in a positive way. Stay tuned for more information. Now onto the good stuff: PENTAGON ASKS PERMISSION TO RIDE ITS MOST TRUSTY STEEDS … Read the rest of this entry

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F-35 FLOUNDERS ON WHILE ESSENTIAL F-16 UPGRADE PROGRAM MAY GET AXED

More of the same from the DoD and USAF regarding borrowing from their existing fighter fleet’s capability to pay for their Death Star of boondoggles, the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. There is a new information out highlighting the continuing “teething … 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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HOW TO DOWN THE MOST ADVANCED AIR FORCE IN THE WORLD WITHOUT FIRING A SHOT…

…by literally turning the budget that makes that air force fly into a smoking hole in the ground. ABSOLUTELY READ THIS HISTORIC ANNOUNCEMENT: http://www.airforcetimes.com/article/20130408/NEWS/304080035/Reduced-flying-hours-forces-grounding-17-USAF-combat-air-squadrons We are our own worst enemy. Our fiscal policy will get us long before the big bad Russian … Read the rest of this entry

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SEQUESTRATION’S SHADOW SEES CUTS IN FLIGHT HOURS, DEPLOYMENTS, FLIGHT DEMONSTRATION TEAMS

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/feb/5/navy-clip-blue-angels-wings-if-sequester-hits/ http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/02/07/usa-budget-pentagon-idUSL1N0B6ME520130207 My blood is boiling over this. Am I pissed at our broken Congress and executive leadership about how they set up this perfect failure years ago? YES. But I am more upset at the Pentagon. Am I living … Read the rest of this entry

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MORE AGEING HARDWARE GETS AXED DUE TO ONGOING BUDGETARY TURMOIL

The last four years have been littered with orphaned capabilities and weapon systems that were thought of as irreplaceable less than a half decade ago. Much of the time the oldest hardware gets the boot, although these systems are still … Read the rest of this entry

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COMMERCIAL CREW: STRANGELY THE POLITICIANS GET IT, BUT NASA ADMINISTRATOR BOLDEN DOESN’T

During a hearing on Capitol Hill concerning NASA’s budget and general direction, or misdirection as it may be, both Senators Shelby (R-AL), and Hutchinson (R-TX) echoed almost the exact stance and need for clarity that I have been arguing for … Read the rest of this entry

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A SOLUTION FOR THE USAF’S HELICOPTER WOES

http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/usaf-to-reallocate-funds-from-axed-cvlsp-contest-370079/ Combat Search And Rescue (CSAR) is an incredibly demanding mission set. The Pavehawk was never really well suited for the job. Much of it’s interior is consumed by a massive auxiliary fuel tank and the aircraft have literally been … Read the rest of this entry

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NEWS ROUNDUP: MARCH 20th, 2012!

PERSONAL MESSAGE TO AVIATIONINTEL READERS: I’m back! Thank you for your patience while I was fulfilling some photo obligations around the US. Long days of shooting suck it out of you and I told myself from day one that if … 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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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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BAD NEWS: F-35B HAS 235lbs OF MARGIN LEFT FOR GROWTH AND FIXES

With 70% of the of the Short Take-Off & Vertical Landing (STOVL) capable F-35b’s flight sciences testing still in front of, the jet only has around 235 pounds of “give” left before it’s operations margins will be exhausted. Considering the … Read the rest of this entry

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MARINES GET THE OSPREYS THEY WANT, THE TAX PAYER AND IN SOME WAYS THE USMC LOSE

http://www.businessweek.com/news/2012-01-15/v-22-osprey-aircraft-s-reliability-improves-in-pentagon-testing.html The Pentagon is proceeding to buy the MV-22 for the Marines, in a large block order of 122 airframes. The cost per aircraft, including R&D costs, will be $116M per copy, the “flyaway” cost without all the development costs … Read the rest of this entry

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F-35 Is Cracking All Over And Fatigue Testing Has Only Just Begun!

A MUST READ ARTICLE: http://defense.aol.com/2011/12/01/jsf-build-and-test-was-miscalculation-production-must-slow-v/ *Note, this is going to be a very informal, scathing and personally honest blog post, bordering on a tiraid, so if you want hard news, just skip this post or shoot over to aviontionweek for headlines. … Read the rest of this entry

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