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May 29, 2015
Commentary
Aviation Week & Space Technology

Podcast: Looking Ahead to the Paris Air Show 2015

Although the industry is in good financial shape, both commercial and military aviation are challenged with steep production ramp ups....More
May 28, 2015
Video
Aviation Week & Space Technology

F-35B Operational Test Trials

As senior Pentagon editor, there are perks to being a scribe. May 26, I had the opportunity to witness aviation history with a small group of reporters invited to the USS Wasp amphibious ship to witness a few hours of the first-ever F-35B Operational Test (OT-1) trials off the coast of North Carolina. I'm posting some of the many videos I collected to give our readers a sense of what we saw on the boat. This is a long video -- 8 plus minutes. But, if you stick with it, here's what you'll see. And, a word of caution. Turn down your speakers or headphones, or grab a cranial. It's very loud. 1:19: Notice when the lift fan doors open and nozzle angles down (the scorch marks are from repeated take offs at this 400 ft. position)....More
May 28, 2015
Video
Aviation Week & Space Technology

F-35B Operational Test Trials, Part 2

Here is a rare glimpse (at least until the F-35B IOCs in July) of a SeaHawk taking off followed by an F-35 launch onboard the USS Wasp May 26 during OT-1. The helicopter is a requirement for search and rescue in the event of a problem. I captured the rescue SeaHawk taking off and a glimpse of Lee Hudson, managing editor of Inside the Navy. It's rare to see this combination of takeoffs...so I thought I'd share with our readers. ...More
May 22, 2015
Video
Aviation Week & Space Technology

Sikorsky’s S-97 Raider First Flight 2

Sikorsky’s S-97 Raider high-speed helicopter made an hour-long first flight on May 22 at the company’s development flight center in West Palm Beach, Florida. The rigid coaxial-rotor Raider hovered and maneuvered at low speed, with its pusher propulsor disconnected (but turning due to friction). The flight begins a year-long, roughly 100-flight-hour test program to expand to Raider’s flight envelope to meet Sikorsky’s key targets of 220-kt. cruise speed carrying weapons, hover at 6,000 ft. on a 95F day, and 3g maneuverability at speed....More
May 22, 2015
Commentary
Aviation Week & Space Technology

Podcast: Top Performing Airlines of 2015

Who are the top performing airlines of 2015? Based on our study, it may not be the size of the company, but how well the business is run....More
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