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DEAR USMC: YOU ARE GETTING YOUR F-35B, NOW GET THE VERY MOST OUT OF IT

After my recent piece about the Navy’s new LHA “America” class of amphibious assault ship’s inadequate thermal protection built into its flight deck, I think it is time for the Marine Corps, and the “Gator Navy,” to get serious about getting the most out of … Read the rest of this entry

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OSPREY DRAGS THE BASKET

                                The folks over at team Osprey are working on proving more roles for the V-22 and tanker is one of them. They are testing the … Read the rest of this entry

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AWACS ALMOST BUSTS THE BOOM & POSSIBLY MUCH MORE…

This video, first posted over at Military.com, is quite possibly the scariest aerial refueling video I have ever seen. Apparently the E-3 crew sustained some injuries, and their aircraft some damage, due to the abrupt negative G dive. The boomer … Read the rest of this entry

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WHERE THERE’S SMOKE THERE’S FIRE: USFS NEEDS TO COME CLEAN ON WHY THEY WILL NOT EMPLOY EVERGREEN’S 747 SUPERTANKER

Another year goes by and while much of the American West is on fire once again, the most potent fire bomber ever created sits idle in the Arizona desert. Evergreen’s mammoth 747 Supertanker, developed at a cost approaching $50,000,000, can … Read the rest of this entry

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THE BAe-146, PART OF THE LEANER, SMARTER ROYAL AIR FORCE

The stout, quad-engined BAe-146 is now flying for the mainline Royal Air Force. The aircraft were procured under an urgent request to field a short takeoff and landing light-medium transport for operations in Afghanistan’s austere environment. With the retirement of … Read the rest of this entry

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HEAVIES NEED LOVE TOO!

Fantastic must watch series of videos here showcasing the USAF’s majestic and humble beasts… *A huge thanks to Adam Wright for shooting me a heads up about these!

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AEI STUDY SAYS TOO FEW STEALTH ASSETS IN US ARSENAL TO FIGHT PACIFIC WARS, MISSES BIG PICTURE

http://www.airforcetimes.com/news/2012/03/air-force-lacks-stealth-aircraft-to-fight-china-study-says-032812w/ From the American Enterprise Institute’s report: “If a wing of seventy-two F-22 fighters was based at a distance of 1,500 nautical miles from the combat zone — roughly the distance between Anderson Air Force Base on Guam to the … Read the rest of this entry

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America Needs A Heavy Stealth Revolution

It’s a shame that all of our fighter aircraft that have been designed as “stealth” or low observable have very limited range. Take the F-22 for example, it has about a 550 mile combat radius when supercruising (flying +1 mach without … Read the rest of this entry

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When It Comes To A Conflict With China Its All About The Tankers & Every Airframe Would Count

Apparently the Japanese recognize this as well… http://defense.aol.com/2011/10/06/airborne-refueling-pact-paves-way-for-regional-push-against-chin/

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THE KC-390 IS INNOVATIVE AND AFFORDABLE

I am a big fan of Embraer products. It’s amazing how the Brazilian firm has grown in the last decade. Their crown jewel military development project, the KC-390 offers true multirole capability in a small, modern package. This may be the affordable utilitarian … Read the rest of this entry

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BOEING BOUGHT THE KC-X CONTRACT

                Great report on this over at aviationweek posted below. What I think about this for what it is worth: BOEING WINS AND AMERICA WINS. They get market share, a rescued production line, the possibility of … Read the rest of this entry

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HERE WE GO AGAIN GANG…

We are not even out of the gate with this program yet and there are already cost overruns? Why is it so hard to hang a refueling boom on a commercial airliner that has been in production for decades? How … Read the rest of this entry

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Here We Go Again Folks…

Just when you though the never ending tanker war was over: http://www.flightglobal.com/articles/2011/04/20/355766/eads-boeings-dumbed-down-kc-767-increases-kc-y-prospects.html This one is to replace the KC-10. They can all go to hell as none of the new tankers has a “boomers station” with wrap around windows to … Read the rest of this entry

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