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Discussion in 'Commercial & General Aviation' started by Jet News, Jan 19, 2013.

  1. Jet News

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    Turns out that Sikorsky has started construction on a new high-speed compound helicopter they are calling the 'S-97 Raider'. They hope to see the bird being flight-tested in 2014. The coaxial-rotor machine that also features an aft 'pusher-prop' is based on the company's revolutionary and award-winning X-2 design. That machine won the Collier Trophy in 2010.

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    Sooo, these rotors lock up in high speed flight?
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    lol Kelly i have no idea, its a new project so I am now learning about it. I don't know if we have any rotorheads here. I know Carl is one, not sure if he can lend insight. CARL where are you?
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    UK's Future Strategic Tanker Aircraft, FSTA, now has the first A330 for AIR TANKER. AirTanker already has performed its first flights as an approved airline utilizing a civilian-registered Airbus A330 Voyager to transport British military personnel to Cyprus on 5 January. The registry is G-VYGG and it will not be the last A330 either, Airtanker hopes to take delivery of 13 more for a total of 14 under the FSTA program. They will be used for air transport and tanker duties.

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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e0iUsbByyAQ
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    India's first C-17 transport begins flight testing

    You may remember that back in mid 2012 India put in a firm order for 10 of these C-17 airlift transport aircraft from Boeing. Now the first one is being flight-tested ahead of delivery. The aircraft bears reg number CB-8001. "Boeing is on track to deliver four more C-17s to the Indian air force this year and five in 2014," the company says.

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    China's Y-20 Transporter takes to the sky

    China's Y-20 Transport plane makes its first flight. It is a four-engined large body aircraft. "We are developing large transport aircraft on our own to improve the capability of air transport," China's defence ministry said. "The advanced long-range carrier is being developed to serve the military modernisation drive, as well as to meet demands in disaster relief work and humanitarian aid in emergency situations."

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    B-29 WW2 warplane flies again

    A B-29 warplane nick-named 'FiFi' flies again but just barely. The aircraft was grounded because one of its radial engines had to be repaired at a cost of 100,000 dollars. Commemorative Air Force (CAF) planned to raise 200,000 dollars to keep for maintianence and repairs of the aircraft especially to the engines but when one engine went out half that had to be allocated to the repair. Repairs done, the aircraft is in the air again. However, what happens if and when another engine problem occurs? Remember this aircraft wasn't built this decade! By-the-way, this is the only flying B-29 in existence.

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    The reduced performance on the F-35 aircraft in the F-35 program is causing some concern for top-level USAF pilots. The Pentagon decided to lower the performance bar on the F-35 simply because the aircraft wasn't meeting the initial projections in certain and critical areas. For example, the turn performance was reduced in terms of the number of G's that could be sustained. The acceleration from MACH 0.8 to 1.2 has been extended as well among other things.
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    Iran has apparently unveiled a new stealth-fighter dubbed the F313. The below video gives you an idea what it looks like even if you can't understand what is being said in the video.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IPUqSmrNhIc
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    is it real or is memorex

    just a thought travler
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    Spain offering Eurofighters to Peru

    Spain is offering to sell some used Eurofighter combat aircraft to the Latin American country Peru. The Pervian defense ministry apparently requested them and Spain is willing to sell 18 of them. The aircraft is valued at some 61-million dollars so work the math. It is said that most of the aircraft have flown some 600 hours on average.
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    Does SAAB know about this? Kinda odd that the markings are in english?
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    Kelly, now the 'pointing-finger' and 'truth' or 'lies' game

    Israel is suggesting that the 'new' 'stealth fighter' that Iran has so proudly unveiled to the world is nothing more than an elaborate model or in their words, "very sleek plastic model". Of course you know that Iran is refuting that claim. Israeli experts are also saying the plane in thevideo could well be a RC aircraft, they fail to show it taking off or landing or show any sense of scale.
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    Defense projects like the F-35 are under threat if the fiscal agreement cannot be reached before March 1. If the Congress and the Obama Administration are unable to reach a fiscal agreement before 1 March, US defense outlays will be automatically cut by 10% across the board. "Without substantial reprogramming flexibility, a year-long CR [continuing resolution] and sequestration disrupts modernization programs & delays capability to warfighter and increases cost," the USAF memo says. F-35 quantities would be reduced, the KC-46 contract would be restructured, and the MQ-9 Block 5 would be delayed. All of these projects will have major restructuring, cut-backs and out-falls.
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    I will play devil's advocate: Prior to running into them in combat back in WWII, nobody thought the Japanese Zero was anywhere near so effective as it turned out to be. In any event, airframes no longer count. Best long range air-to-air missile wins. Game over. So long as Iran can buy / smuggle effective missiles from somebody, and can also hide the aircraft on the ground well enough to keep a few alive, vee (or Israel) could have a problem.
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    True, you make sense.
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    Kelly

    you could be very right

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    F-22 crash report raises eye-brows

    The crash report that was done to investigate the cicumstances surrounding the 2010 F-22 crash that killed Captain Jeff Haney has been called into question. Inspector General of the Department of Defense blasts the findings of the investigation saying that they were not supported by the facts. According to the Inspector General of the 109 references listed by the Air Force some 60 of them were either wrong or totally unrelated to the referenced materials. The Airforce of course countered and said, -although the findings- "could have been written more clearly," the findings remain valid.

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