Aircraft

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TANKER SCANDAL: START HERE

Maybe it was out of sheer laziness. Maybe it was because so many others have been covering the subject so thoroughly. But I haven’t been…


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NASA PREPS MACH 10 FLIGHT

“NASA will attempt to break the aircraft speed record next week by flying a jet plane at 7,000 mph, or nearly 10 times the speed…


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NEAR-SPACE BALLOON ON IRAQ FAST-TRACK

Regular readers know that we’ve got blimps and balloons on the brain here at Defense Tech HQ. But this is a pretty interesting development, even…


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F-16 VS. GRAMMAR SCHOOL

File this under WTF: “Warplane Strafes a School in New Jersey,” the Times says. It sounded like somebody running across the roof of the elementary…


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CRUNCH TIME FOR COPTERS IN IRAQ

It wasn’t too long ago that some wags were calling on the U.S. Army to mothball its attack helicopter corps — or go through a…


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PENTAGON HEARTS NASCAR

U.S. military chiefs want their crews to get quicker and better at maintaining weapons systems. So they’re turning to NASCAR for ideas, National Defense magazine…


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DARPA: PLANES = PLANTS?

The Pentagon wants planes to start acting more like plants. That’s the ultimate goal of a research project, funded by Darpa, the Defense Department’s mad…


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TILT-CRAFT STILL NOT READY TO FLY

After nearly twenty years of development — and $19 billion — it’s still unclear whether a controversial, ultra-pricey, tilt-rotor aircraft “can perform all the maneuvers…


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“SELF-HEALING” PLANES — MAYBE, SOME DAY

The same material that makes golf balls tough may soon make bullet holes vanish in ‘self-healing’ aircraft fuel tanks,” says New Scientist. Recently, US [Navy]…


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BLIMPBALL IN NAVY TESTS

They may look a litle silly — like giant volleyballs, kinda. But the Navy thinks that big, round blimps may just be the key to…


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USAF BRASS: WE LOST, NOW PAY UP

It’s happening. Already, the U.S. Air Force brass is trying to spin their pilots’ defeats against Indian fighters into cash for two new controversial, budget-busting…


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GIANT BLIMP GOES PFFFT

A giant, V-shaped blimp, designed for the edge of space, has flunked its first big flight test. Defense Tech pal Alan Boyle has the details…


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INDIA 1, USAF 0

The whole world knows that if you mess with U.S. Air Force pilots, you’re going down. Hard. Except, someone forgot to send the memo to…


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GIANT BLIMP SET FOR TAKEOFF

“Next month, a V-shaped airship bigger than a baseball diamond is due to rise from the West Texas desert to an altitude of 100,000 feet,…


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STEALTH FIGHTER TESTS OK’D

After weeks of indecision, the Pentagon has decided to go forward with a key round of tests on the troubled F/A-22 stealth fighter, Reuters reports….



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STEALTH FIGHTER IN CONGRESS’ SIGHTS

Good government groups and military analysts have been taking aim at the F/A-22 stealth fighter plane program for years. The jets cost too much, they…


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COMANCHE GROUNDED

The Army has decided to pull the plug on the troubled Comanche helicopter program. “With about $8 billion already invested in the program,” the Associated…


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MAG: COMANCHE = TURKEY

The Army’s helicopter of the future, the RAH-66 Comanche, is a turkey, according to Aviation Week. “In its initial inccarnation, it will be unable to…