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TOTAL CRAP: THE F-35 “NEWS BROCHURE” ON 60 MINUTES

What the hell has happened to 60 Minutes? The name of the story was “Is The F-35 Worth It,” yet I really heard no debate in regards to that question whatsoever. What I did hear and see was an ill-informed reporter getting a look into the military’s … Read the rest of this entry

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RUTAN’S ARES EMERGES FROM PAUL ALLEN’S HANGAR AT KBFI?

A good contact of mine spotted the innovative, and arguably more relevant than ever, Scaled Composites Agile Responsive Effective Support (ARES) demonstrator taxing out of Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen’s “Vulcan Air” Hangar at Boeing Field last week. There is not doubt that … Read the rest of this entry

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EXCLUSIVE PHOTO: LARGE FLYING WING DRONE SPOTTED AT PLANT 42

This picture was taken from a pilot passing through Palmdale about a 16 months ago. What appears is a large flying wing type unmanned aircraft with a dorsal intake. The wingspan appears to be right around seventy feet. The aircraft … Read the rest of this entry

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SCI-FI REALITY!: NAWS CHINA LAKE’S MISSILE ENGAGEMENT SIMULATION ARENA (MESA)

Sometimes I am just amazed with how much infrastructure surrounds the US defense research and development apparatus. All the bases, all the test and evaluation units, all the ranges and state of the art facilities. Still, the Missile Engagement Simulation Arena (MESA), one … Read the rest of this entry

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AFTER 35 YEARS THE A-10 IS GETTING CLEARED TO FLY INTO COMBAT WITH AN EXTERNAL FUEL TANK

http://www.eglin.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123360322 So after almost forty years of service and near constant combat over the last decade, just now Air Combat Command got the bright idea to clear the A-10 for combat operations with an external fuel tank. The A-10 often ferries itself around with … Read the rest of this entry

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VIDEO UPDATE FROM A POPULAR PAST ARTICLE: THE DC-X “DELTA CLIPPER” LIVES ON WITH SPACEX’s GRASSHOPPER

ORIGINAL PIECE: http://aviationintel.com/2012/05/07/blast-from-the-past-blue-origins-vtol-rocket-a-cousin-of-the-mcdonald-douglas-dc-x-delta-clipper/ “NASA Inc.” is doing what NASA abandoned years ago. Why? Because it makes dollars and sense…

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J-20 MISSILE RAIL PHOTO UPDATE

Pictures show a dummy PL-10, or an early derivative of this missile, mounted on the J-20’s unique rail system. The PL-10 is somewhat analogous to the ASRAAM, so we are in the short/intermediate range here (2000ft-20+miles very roughly speaking depending on … Read the rest of this entry

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CHINESE AIR COMBAT UPDATE: J-20’S WACKY RAILS & TERMINATOR FLANKERS

A couple things here I want to approach. First off, as predicted here months ago (with the help of my readers) the J-20’s is going through weapons bay trials, which will inevitably lead up to some type of test launch. … Read the rest of this entry

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MY MESSAGE TO THE WEST CONCERNING IRAN’S F-313 “FIGHTER:” ARROGANCE CAN GET YOU KILLED

I know people are waiting for me to post a big picture by picture analysis of Iran’s unveiled “F-313” not-so-fighter fighter. I don’t think this is necessary, obviously the aircraft is questionable for many, many reasons. None-the-less I still want … Read the rest of this entry

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CHINESE MILITARY AVIATION DEVELOPMENTS

JH-7 JAM SESSION: It looks like the “Flying Leopard” is taking on a new role as escort jammer. It is well-known that China has taken note of other nations who have used electronic warfare to even the playing field against … Read the rest of this entry

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LOCKHEED’S “WINCHESTER MYSTERY PLANE”: DROOPING EXPECTATIONS, BALLOONING COST, AND QUESTIONABLE TIMELINES

Full Report: http://timemilitary.files.wordpress.com/2013/01/f-35-jsf-dote-fy12-annual-report.pdf Also, make sure not to miss this little gem: http://nation.time.com/2013/01/11/hot-stuff-the-f-35-just-became-25-more-vulnerable/ You know what guys? I am not going to go through this report with a fine tooth comb, I think you should read it. I am really sick of … Read the rest of this entry

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THE ULTIMATE SHORT FIELD TRANSPORT: THE YMC-130 & ITS SPECTACULAR DEMISE

The crash scene at the end is just wild.

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GO ASK ALIS!: THE F-35 IS ABOUT TO GO “FICTIONALLY OPERATIONAL” WOEFULLY UNPREPARED

The USMC is fielding its first “operational” squadron of F-35Bs at MCAS Yuma as I am writing this, although in reality the truth is very far from the headlines. Testing has not even reached the half-way point on the JSF … Read the rest of this entry

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F-16 VIPER LOW LEVEL TEST MISSION OUT OF EDWARDS AFB

We see the Hornet guys do it all the time, now it’s time to give the Viper guys some love. This footage was shot during testing of an automatic ground collision avoidance system, so needless to say things get very … Read the rest of this entry

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THE “COMEBACK COMRADE”: INDIAN MiG-29K SEA TRIALS SUCCESSFULLY COME TO AN END

In many ways the MiG-29 is the ultimate comeback kid. The earliest version of it first flew in 1988, and after the fall of the Soviet Union there were no funds available to field two carrier fighters for what was … Read the rest of this entry

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