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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: AMERICA’S SPY UP HIGH IN THE SKY & THE “INNERSPACEMEN” WHO FLY IT

The Dragon Lady is one intimidating beast from this angle. The U-2 is such an amazing aircraft, really she is an American Icon and a history maker in her own right. Who knew that in 2013, over 50 years after … Read the rest of this entry

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SKYNET COMING TO A CITY NEAR YOU?: WIDE AREA AIRBORNE SURVEILLANCE WILL BE A GAME CHANGER OVER THE WAR ZONE & THE HOME FRONT

I have talked about Wide Area Aerial Surveillance (WAAS) before here on Aviationintel, but after being asked about it in multiple interviews, readers’ emails and consulting engagements I think it is time to really explain why this technology matters and … Read the rest of this entry

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TYLER’S 10 THOUGHTS ON THE FUTURE OF DRONE WARFARE

1.) Drones will grow up to become droids- That’s right, autonomy is not only on the way, in many ways it exists today. Over the last decade or two, drones have been like infant children, requiring hand holding and constant … Read the rest of this entry

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THE QUESTION OF THE DAY: WHY DON’T USMC F/A-18D(AW)s GET SENT TO THE BOAT?

Why don’t the Marines’ F/A-18D all-weather squadrons, otherwise known as VMFA(AW)s, deploy on aircraft carriers? America’s “legacy” F/A-18 Hornet fleet is tired and needs to be replaced. Many of the seagoing jets are “trapped out,” literally they have landed on … Read the rest of this entry

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SYRIA SPLASHES A TURKISH RF-4E PHANTOM OVER ITS BEACHES: DOES IT ALL ADD UP?

It has been all over the news, a Syrian air defense unit literally “gunned down” an RF-4 Phantom right along the edge of that country’s northern coastline. I am going to save you the minutia surrounding the event or dare … Read the rest of this entry

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ARE SPECIAL FORCES REGULARLY SENT INTO NORTH KOREA ON RECON MISSIONS?

In a piece penned by well-known military reporter David Axe for The Diplomat it is claimed that American special forces and their South Korean counterparts regularly send reconnaissance teams into North Korea to monitor underground installations, such as airbases built … Read the rest of this entry

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ATLANTIC COUNCIL: GIVE MOTHBALLED BLOCK 30 GLOBAL HAWKS TO NATO

Jorge Benitez over at the Atlantic Council highlights a fantastic concept that would see at least a portion of the USAF’s soon to be stored Global Hawk Block 30 fleet given to NATO. It is widely known that NATO has … Read the rest of this entry

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HOW THE RQ-170 SENTINEL DRONE COULD HAVE FALLEN 50,000+ FEET AND SURVIVED RELATIVELY INTACT

http://youtu.be/byS2UcA1QKk Although long or medium endurance and higher altitude cruising unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are not high performance in the sense of an F-22 or SU-30, they are in fact extremely high performance when it comes to maximizing their design’s potential for … Read the rest of this entry

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RQ-170 Sentinel Drone Downed In Iran Critical Updates!

I am working hard at fusing all the information I can, from many sources, on the RQ-170 loss ordeal so that my readers don’t have to fumble around trying to put all the relevant pieces together. There is a LOT of junk out there, written … Read the rest of this entry

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drones, Drones, DRONES!

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2011/09/20/wapo/main20109195.shtml

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TAMING THE “DRAGON LADY..” On Carriers Too!!

 

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Good News From Global Hawk

You have to be a bit weary of these positive reports, as similar systems that were just being deployed under operational auspices usually had priority for parts and people from the contractor and the service they belong to in an attempt to … Read the rest of this entry

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The Old Sea King Still Reigns!

http://www.thalesgroup.com/Press_Releases/Countries/United_Kingdom/2011/110701_Sea_King_radar_at_the_heart_of_anti-insurgent_operations_PR/?pid=16282

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Global Hawk Has A 27% Mission Capable Rate?

The Global Hawk has been in flight testing for well over a decade and it seems to be totally unreliable. I have always wondered about the mission for this program, it’s intended to replace the iconic U-2 Dragonlady, but like the U-2 it’s not stealthily really, so what … Read the rest of this entry

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