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FAST HISTORY: THE WESTLAND 30

              The Westland 30 is one of those aircraft that made it to production but probably shouldn’t have. On the outside the aircraft looked like a flying barn, short and squat, and that is … Read the rest of this entry

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BRIEFING ON SUPER HORNET ADVANCED

Here is the unclassified manufacturer brief on the┬áSuper Hornet Advanced. It gives a clear idea of what type of operational capability enhancements come with the conformal tanks, weapons pods and so on. Good info for better understanding on the program … Read the rest of this entry

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CHINA BUYS TU-22 BACKFIRES?: NOT JUST THE PLANES, THE ENTIRE PRODUCTION LINE…

Our good friend David Cenciotti over at the Aviationist.com reports that China has purchased at the least a significant batch of Cold War era Tu-22 backfires from Russia, although it appears that this could actually be a deal for the … Read the rest of this entry

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EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS!: STEVE WYNN’S BRAND NEW G650 GETS DELIVERED AND SHE IS THE VERY FIRST OF HER KIND…

A fellow aviation photographer here in Portland, who is a master at knowing what civilian traffic is where at any given time, raced to Hillsboro Airport (about 15 miles west of Downtown Portland, where Nike has its hangar) to capture … Read the rest of this entry

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FAST HISTORY: A HANDFUL OF USAF & CIA U-2s WERE CAPABLE OF AERIAL REFUELING

Lockheed modified less than a dozen U-2s with aerial refueling capability. By doing so the Dragon Lady, as it is now fondly called, doubled its operational range from about 4,000 miles to 8,000 miles, and could stay aloft for over … Read the rest of this entry

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LOCKHEED’S MINION: THE SECRET REUSABLE STEALTH CRUISE MISSILE

Regarding my recent editorial feature, Tyler’s 10 Thoughts On The Future Of Drone Warfare, I decided to write the list before doing any direct research beyond the general research I have done passively on the topic for years. By doing … Read the rest of this entry

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NAVY SUPER HORNETS & F-35C ARE NO MATCH FOR “FORTRESS CHINA”: BRING ON THE X-47B UCAV!

http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/boeing-super-hornet-faces-emerging-anti-access-challenges-372393/ As I have been pounding away at for years now, the Super Hornet fleet is not survivable if a war were to break out with China or a bad actor who possess a modern integrated air defense system. Further, … Read the rest of this entry

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THE US NAVY IS SOLICITING INFORMATION FOR A SUPER HORNET REPLACEMENT KNOWN AS “F/A-XX”

http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/us-navy-issues-fa-xx-rfi-370806/             Things are slowly warming up on the next generation fighter front for both the US Navy and the USAF. All the while both services are struggling to field their current next generation fighter … Read the rest of this entry

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Good Things Come In Small Packages: SDB II Testing Moves Ahead

The second generation of the Small Diameter Bomb that is currently in testing is a game changing force multiplier. The SDB’s modular concept allows for a full menu of warhead and fusing combinations that can be used┬áto take out a … Read the rest of this entry

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