Bill Sweetman

Senior International Defense Editor, Aviation Week & Space Technology

Posts by Bill Sweetman

in From The Archives Aug 13, 2015

Aviation Week And The Bomb

Aviation News did not predict how nuclear weapons would change the world. But neither did anyone else....More
in Ares Jul 06, 2015

Behind That F-35 Air Combat Report

The leaked report criticizing the F-35's energy maneuverability is news in itself. But it points to a continuing, 30-year-old debate about the future....More
in From The Archives May 06, 2015

Stealth. 80,000ft. $375 Million A Copy. Did We Say This Was In 1970?

Aviation Week's 1970 story on the then-secret Compass Arrow unmanned air vehicle only scratched the surface of one of the era's most interesting....More
in From The Archives Apr 08, 2015

How To Build a Zero (1945)

Read our 1945 ultra-detailed four-part dissection of Japan's "workhorse fighter", the Mitsubishi A6M Zero, with detail that would put some homebuilt-....More
in From The Archives Mar 04, 2015

1957: Broken Arrow

The most capable interceptor of the 1960s might not have been American or Russian, or even British, French or Swedish....More
in From The Archives Jan 20, 2015

The Case Of The Missing F-117 Parts (2001)

How AW&ST found out what had happened to the remains of a shot-down F-117....More
in From The Archives Jan 13, 2015

Rafale - Then (1986) And Now

The first flight of the Rafale was the start of one of the world's most ambitious weapon programs....More
in From The Archives Jan 07, 2015

Cuba: Bob Hotz Goes Nuclear On Pentagon Flack (1962)

Aviation Week's editor was not the only one with a low opinion of Robert McNamara's PR man....More
in Ares Dec 04, 2014

Marines Shift F-35 Deployment Plans

New Marine Conops for F-35 force solves some operational problems but raises a few challenges -- along with some Cold War echoes....More
in Ares Oct 30, 2014

You Say You Want A Revolution

This may be the first time you've heard of Third Offset, but it won't be the last....More
From The Archives

Aviation Week is approaching its 100th anniversary in 2016. In a series of blogs, our editors highlight editorial content from the magazine's long and rich history.

 

Aug 27, 2015
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Aviation Week Lifts Veil On Boeing B-52 Bomber (1952) 12

In 1952, Aviation Week provided the first details on the new Boeing B-52 bomber....More
Aug 14, 2015
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Bonanza Travel Pays 3

The legendary Beechcraft Bonanza has an impressive production record, so perhaps the marketers back in 1949 were onto something when they coined the phrase "Bonanza travel pays."...More
Aug 14, 2015
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Venerable Boeing 727 Prototype To Fly Again 28

The most famous 727, the prototype aircraft which would join United as N7001U, was delivered to the airline in October 1964 having served its time as a Boeing test aircraft....More
Aug 13, 2015
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Aviation Week And The Bomb

Aviation News did not predict how nuclear weapons would change the world. But neither did anyone else....More
Aug 13, 2015
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Collins Radar Takes The Ups And Downs Out Of Flying

Turbulence? Rockwell Collins had a solution for those bumpy rides in the early 80s with its WXR-700 Doppler Weather Radar....More
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