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airplanePassenger planes doubling by 2036 and a key plane will be the Boeing 797

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The number of passenger and cargo planes will nearly double over the next 20 years. One of the key planes will be the new Boeing 797. The Boeing 797 is expected to be a new airplane releasing from 2024-2027. Boeing …

airplaneSome details on China hypersonic engine factory

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Fan Xuejun, head of Institute of Mechanics’ “scramjet” division – focused on using high vehicle speed to compress incoming air forcefully before combustion – was lead scientist for the hypersonic project. Fan told the South China Morning Post that …

airplaneSouthwest flight diverts and makes emergency landing due to cracked window

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Southwest flight WN957 diverts and makes emergency landing in CLE due to busted window. This is two weeks after a woman was nearly sucked out a Southwest flight when an engine exploded midair, causing shrapnel to shatter the plane’s window. …

afghanistanDefense Secretary Gates messed up F-22 stealth fighter and other military procurement

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Retired Air Force Chief of Staff General Norton Schwartz has stated in his new memoir that F-22 production was axed after building less than half the required number so that the flying force could get then-Secretary of Defense Robert Gates …

airplaneChina claims it has designs for a mass production hypersonic engine

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China has designs for a mass production hypersonic engine for low-cost planes or spacecraft capable of traveling five times faster than the speed of sound. The plant that would be built in Hefei, in China’s eastern Anhui province, could give …

air forceF-35 stealth fighters still have problems but production will nearly double to lock in the money

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The F-35 program is ramping up production despite continuing operational problems and bugs. Within the next couple of years, between 12 and 15 F-35 jets will be built each month, doubling the current monthly manufacturing average of between 7 to …

airplaneNASA Selects Lockheed Martin Skunk Works to make quiet supersonic plane

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Supersonic commercial travel is on the horizon. NASA awarded Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) Skunk Works® a contract to design, build and flight test the Low-Boom Flight Demonstrator, an X-plane designed to make supersonic passenger air travel a reality. Lockheed Martin …

airplaneVirgin Galactic has first test flight three years after accident

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Virgin Galactic had a supersonic (mach 1.87 test flight). VSS Unity has completed our program’s longest rocket burn duration of 30 seconds, fastest speed of Mach 1.87 and highest altitude of 84,271 feet. VSS Unity completed her first supersonic, rocket-powered …

afghanistanCessna’s with Hellfire missiles dominates the skies of Iraq and Afghanistan

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A turboprop Cessna with Hellfire missiles is appropriate technology for air superiority and close air support in Afghanistan. The Cessna 208 Caravan is an American single-engined turboprop, fixed-tricycle landing gear, short-haul regional airliner and utility aircraft that is built by …

air forceUS military targets reducing time to overhaul ships, planes, tanks by 25%

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One-third of the US Navy’s destroyers, cruisers, and amphibious ships are under significant repair. Maintenance issues have grounded two-thirds of the US Navy’s strike fighters. The military will use a new, computer-based database to manage logistics, maintenance and the supply …