Aviation Week's Dec. 10 cover story featured a pilot report and a program review on Boeing's 787 by Senior Editors Fred George and Guy Norris, respectively. Norris also shot the video of the flight and has posted several pre-/during/post-flight photos on our Things With Wings blog. In the photo below, Fred George is in the left seat, 787 Assistant Chief Pilot Mike Bryan is in the right.
In Senior Defense Editor Amy Butler's recent post on the Ares blog about Canada's possible F-35 defection, she notes: “While this is big news in Canada, and in the international realm, I do question what it means in the big picture for the F-35 program.” This thought-provoking piece elicited much give-and-take among our readers, including:
How do you maneuver an unmanned aircraft around the carrier deck without a pilot onboard? By using a wireless hand-controller strapped to your arm. That's what the U.S. Navy is doing during testing of the Northrop Grumman X-47B unmanned combat air system demonstrator at NAS Patuxent River in Maryland. See the video on the Ares defense blog.
Los Angeles Bureau Chief Guy Norris writes on the Ares defense blog that “with temperatures hovering around zero, few witnesses were around Mojave, Calif., to see a new two-seat production derivative of Northrop Grumman's secretly developed Firebird make its first flight.
Congressional Editor Jen DiMascio examines Mitt Romney's off-again, on-again position on the F-22 Raptor, noting it's not the first time during the presidential race that a defense message has been reversed. In July, President Barack Obama contradicted his own fiscal 2013 budget request regarding base closings. See “Up In The Air” on the Ares defense blog, and add to the discussion.
I was hired to design a helicopter for power-line patrolling and agricultural use such as spraying and seeding. That is what I did, and China was the place that needed it. This helo has no hardened components for military use; you can knock it out of the sky with a rock.
In the On Space blog, Senior Editor Guy Norris writes that though Neil Armstrong remained a deeply private man, one of the few arenas in which he seemed happy to speak was the Society of Experimental Test Pilots. In a talk at SETP's annual symposium in 2007, he covered the development and testing of the lunar landing research/training vehicle.
Congressional Editor Jen DiMascio notes on the Ares defense blog the critique of sequestration made by former U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Adm. (ret.) Michael Mullen at a recent seminar held by the Center for Strategic & International Studies.
We'd be in a lot less trouble aircraft-wise if Gates had continued F-22 production and development while reducing F-35 spending until the production configurations of the Joint Strike Fighter were more finalized.
Senior Editor Graham Warwick writes about the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency awarding SAIC a contract to develop an antisubmarine-warfare continuous trail unmanned vessel (Actuv) that can shadow a submerged submarine throughout its patrol. Specifics about this “submarine stalker,” can be found on the Ares defense blog.
Web Editor Sean Meade asks Ares defense blog readers: “What do you make of the looming threat of sequestration in the U.S.—automatic budget cuts, half from defense—set to kick in at the end of the year if Congress doesn't intentionally cut from elsewhere?” Meade notes that “obviously, sequestration is a major political football, especially since we're gearing up for a nasty presidential election.” Many readers weighed in, including:
Rupa Haria, one of our London-based corespondents, provides some post-Farnborough, beat-the-summer-doldrums fun—Airbus's instructions for making a paper model of the A380—on the Things with Wings blog.
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Slow newsweek in London, except for Olympics-obsessed readers.