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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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INCREDIBLE TIME-LAPSE OF SPACE SHUTTLE ENDEAVOUR’S TRIP THROUGH THE STREETS OF LA

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MISGUIDED INVESTMENTS

                The Shuttle, as beloved and charismatic as it is, was the wrong vehicle at the wrong time. It kept America’s manned space exploration vision locked in low earth orbit and was so … Read the rest of this entry

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WHY IS THE STEALTHY F-117 NIGHTHAWK STILL FLYING?

I am trying to catch up with reader requests and one common strain of emails pertains to questions surrounding why the F-117 Nighthawk, America’s first stealth attack aircraft, is still flying around the Nellis Range Complex years after it’s official … Read the rest of this entry

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DISCOVERY’S FINAL VOYAGE MARKS A SAD DAY FOR AMERICA

It has made world-wide news, and rightfully so, as NASA’s oldest Orbiter gets stuck into the petting zoo at the Smithsonian’s Udvar Hazy facility located at Dulles International Airport. I have gone into detail about my views, many of them … Read the rest of this entry

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INSIDE THE NIGHTHAWK’S TOMB

I found these shots on the net, I have no clue who took them, but they clearly show the retired F-117 Nighthawks, wings detached, and packed inside their final resting place at their operational birthplace: Tonopah Test Range Airport, Nevada. … 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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NASA SHOULD BE ASHAMED: ANOTHER SOYUZ ROCKET FAILS, SPACE STATION’S ABILITY TO STAY MANNED ONCE AGAIN IN JEOPARDY

Naysayers sniped at me for writing scathing reviews about NASA regarding the pre-mature retirement of the Space Shuttle and America’s future reliance on Russia’s rapidly ageing Soyuz rocket system. I begged the question “what do we do when a Soyuz … Read the rest of this entry

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TOTAL WASTE: More US Federal Rocket Development Contracts!

http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/air-force-awards-reusable-booster-contracts-365835/ Now the USAF wants a vertical launch, horizontal landing vehicle to replace the Delta V and Atlas V launch systems currently in use. There needs to be a Joint Space Command to integrate the schizophrenic needs of NASA and the … Read the rest of this entry

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Eye Opening Look Inside The RAF’s Sentinel R1 Radar Surveillance Aircraft

The RAF’s Sentinel R1 is an indispensable capability that drastically increases situational awareness across the battlefield and assists in shortening the kill chain dramatically. The Royal Air Force would be nuts to throw away such a fantastic weapon system just to save … Read the rest of this entry

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Burying The Pig… This Will Bring A Tear To Your Eye.

The F-111 was ahead of its time, we could use a modernized (and much lower maintenance) version of the medium bomber concept these days, a concept is ideal for the ever more relevant Pacific theatre. The Super Hornet was only able to fulfill … Read the rest of this entry

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CONSTELLATION LITE?

After reading about the “new” heavy lift SLS, ATK’s “Liberty” solid rocket booster derived rocket and the Orion capsule that is still in development it would seem that Constellation is actually alive but in a less advanced, diffused, zombie like state. The only difference between what we have … Read the rest of this entry

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THE COMMERCIAL MANNED SPACE BUBBLE GETS BIGGER: ATK To Develop SRB Based Man Rated LEO Rocket

ATK is working on a rocket that seems very similar to the Constellation program’s Ares 1 rocket. So there are how many companies now vying for a tiny contract to fly astronauts to the ISS a few times a year? This is a … Read the rest of this entry

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Nobody Buys That The Shuttle’s Retirement Without A Robust Replacement Was A Good Idea…

Even Shuttle Commander Chris Ferguson has a tough time towing the Agency’s line on the reasoning behind the Shuttle’s retirement… I think Dave’s questions really represent what the common sense American is thinking about all this as well. A great … Read the rest of this entry

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Petreaus Gives Strong Warning Upon Exiting His Military Career…

In many ways Petraeus will make a fantastic CIA Director, but his abilities will be sorely missed in the field. What a fantastic career this man has had, we are indebted to him for his service and especially for pulling our … Read the rest of this entry

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