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USAF Weather Satellite Explodes After Thermal Spike Commented on: 12 hours ago (March 3, 2015)

I notice that there is no mention of the ground track of the spacecraft. What part of the globe was it over when the thermal spike occurred?

There is a growing body of evidence that the...

Late Software Not Expected To Jeopardize U.S. Marine Corps F-35 IOC Commented on: 1 day ago (March 2, 2015)

O&S on the existing F-35B's test fleet is stressing the entire maintenance and support structure of the USMC assigned to work on the JSF.

These costs will continue to multiply even...

Opinion: Looking For Answers To The Navy’s Uclass Mystery Commented on: 2 days ago (March 1, 2015)

After all the serious engineering and programmatic issues with that unnamed strike fighter (wink, wink, say no more) the term "joint" may be may referring to what military leadership and the...

5th-to-4th Fighter Comms Pod Schedule Questioned Commented on: 1 week ago (February 24, 2015)

Yup, looking back to the beginning of the JSF Program who would have ever expected the
F-35 to be rebaselined so many times??

Opinion: Dassault's First Rafale Export Order Underscores France’s Patience Commented on: 1 week ago (February 23, 2015)

This deal is all about Al Sisi wanting to break Egyptian dependence on US weapons systems and aircraft for all the reasons already discussed in this thread.

The Rafale has developed into a...

FAA Urged To Act Fast On Final Small-UAS Rule Commented on: 2 weeks ago (February 16, 2015)

Good grief. I'm not confused at all. ;-)

Well we are dealing with the Federal Government after all! :-)

Usually when you have conflicting standards governing issues around life...

The Tale Of The Unclaimed T-X Aggressor Commented on: 2 weeks ago (February 16, 2015)

Buy a few Saab Gripen JAS-39's and call it good. They're small and difficult to detect, can fly with just about every missile currently in use by NATO, and they've proven to be a lethal in DACT...

ACC Chief Open To A-10 Follow-On Platform Commented on: 2 weeks ago (February 15, 2015)


Thank you for the great comments. Well stated, logical, and accurate as usual!

U.K. ‘Lightning Force’ Stands Up F-35B Operations At Edwards AFB Commented on: 2 weeks ago (February 14, 2015)

Maintenance of the USMC F-35B's in 2014 required more than expected manpower assets. Will the UK maintenance staff experience the same high maintenance hours as their US counterparts in 2015?...

ACC Chief: Stealth ‘Incredibly Important’ For Next USAF Fighter Commented on: 2 weeks ago (February 13, 2015)

Fast forward a few years when two squadrons of J-20's are deployed at Hainan Island and all of the South China Sea region is threatened when supercruising Chinese stealth fighters start making...

Mar 2, 2015

1969: The Concorde's Hopeful First Flight 2

On March 2, 1969, Aviation Week’s Donald Fink was on hand to witness the first flight of the supersonic Anglo-French Concorde in Toulouse, France....More
Mar 1, 2015

U.S. Spacewalkers Complete Space Station Docking Port Antenna Installations, Cable Extensions 3

"That was an amazing effort," said NASA spacewalker Terry Virts....More
Feb 27, 2015

NavWeek: Running With the Pac

The general feeling among many of China’s naval neighbors and in U.S. military circles is that China has been turning into a bit of a bully in (re)staking territorial claims in the seas off its coasts....More
Feb 27, 2015

A400M Faces Production Challenges in 2015

Initially, Airbus was supposed to deliver 22 aircraft to at least four customers this year....More
Feb 27, 2015

Pilot Report: Flying The Embraer 170 (2003)

Former Editor-in-Chief Dave North wrote pilot reports on more than 120 aircraft during his career at Aviation Week. His visits to Embraer began in 1978, long before the Brazilian company’s privatization and emergence as a powerhouse in regional jets. Here, he recalls his Embraer experiences, culminating in a test flight of the E170....More
Feb 26, 2015

France's Defense Procurement Agency Saved By Rafale Sale

French exports were up in 2014, but the year ahead brings uncertainty....More
Feb 25, 2015

Inside The Roc's Lair 18

A rare glimpse of the world's largest aircraft under assembly in Mojave, California...More
Feb 25, 2015

Pilot Report: Aviation Week Flies The Lockheed Martin U-2 (1999)

In 1999 Aviation Week's former Editor-in-Chief reached the highest altitude he had ever flown, in a U-2. Read his pilot report....More

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