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Straight from the “now that’s something you don’t see every day” files, here’s an image showing US Air Force chief of staff Gen Mark Welsh sitting in the cockpit of a Chinese combat aircraft. Before any red phones start ringing hot, no, he hasn’t defected as a result of sequestration cuts or the government shutdown […]
Just over two weeks ago, I was lucky enough to be able to hitch a ride on the last ever operational sortie flown by the RAF’s veteran Vickers VC10s; a type which had first entered use with the service in 1966. My report on the farewell outing for the UK’s self-styled “Queen of the Skies” […]
Recently-posted images which show salvage activities performed after a landing mishap involving a US Air Force C-130J tactical transport in Afghanistan sent me searching YouTube for footage of a slightly different approach once taken by the UK military with one of its combat-damaged examples. In the case of the USAF aircraft, a recovery team was able […]
I’m at Airbus Military’s San Pablo site in Seville, Spain today, for the long-awaited formal handover of the first production A400M. Of course, it’s not as simple as that, as MSN7 was actually delivered to the French air force on 1 August, and is already at the service’s Orleans air base. So, today’s event – […]
The first Boeing QF-16 has flown at Tyndall without a pilot. Up next, live fire trials at Holloman AFB, New Mexico–where probably some F-22s or possibly even some operational F-16 will have a field day blowing them out of the sky. The format is jacked-up as usual, but still better to have a video than […]
Another Lockheed Martin F-35B video based on the second set of sea-trials on the USS Wasp. It’s been a very busy week, DEW Line will return to a more normal tempo
We’re having to cope with something of an autumnal show spike here on The DEW Line, with Dave Majumdar currently at the AFA event in Washington DC and myself having covered the DSEi exhibition in London last week; hence the recent productivity drop on the blog. As expected, the US Air Force’s long-anticipated T-X trainer […]
Lockheed Martin released this video earlier today about the F-35B’s recent sea-trials onboard the USS Wasp. “Just flying F-35 is the highlight of my career, so being able to come to the USS Wasp and fly F-35 from an LHD class Marine ship is staggering,” says Royal Air Force Sqdn Ldr Jim Schofield. “I’m very […]
The 378 aircraft strong Eurofighter Typhoon fleet recently hit the 200,000 flying hours mark. The Typhoon is in service with the UK, Germany, Italy, Spain, and Austria. The aircraft is also being delivered to Saudi Arabia and has been ordered by Oman.
I stumbled on a Rex Features image yesterday showing a Yak-130 flying at the MAKS air show in a cracking new red colour scheme, and it reminded me of a recent return to the air for its blood brother: Alenia Aermacchi’s M-346. It’s interesting to look at the two aircraft together, bearing in mind that […]
With the situation around Syria and the potential for Western military intervention there keeping things more than a bit tense, Israel and the USA could perhaps have done a little bit more to flag up the fact that they were planning to fire a couple of air-launched targets over the Mediterranean Sea earlier today. Designed […]
The European branch of The DEW Line has been silent for the last few weeks, due to an extended spell of much-needed holiday leave, and also as a result of a reporting gig for me at the AUVSI convention in Washington DC, where I got the chance to work alongside my fellow blog contributor Dave […]
A video to accompany last post…
This past Tuesday I visited Boeing’s facilities in St Louis where they were showing off an F/A-18F Super Hornet equipped with prototype conformal fuel tanks and an enclosed weapons pod. It also has some enhanced radar cross-section treatments. Here are some photos. Anyway, I’ve also attached the Boeing media brief to this post–however, the blog […]
This past Wednesday, I was onboard the USS Wasp to observe the Lockheed Martin F-35B conduct its second set of sea trials. Overall, the tests are going quite well and should be ending today—though the US Marine Corps did suffer a bit of a setback since aircraft BF-1 was unable to fly during our visit […]
This outstanding story by my buddy Sam LaGrone at the United States Naval institute is a must read. A few weeks ago, I reported that the requirements for the US Navy’s Unmanned Carrier Launched Surveillance and Strike (UCLASS) aircraft are not matching up with what the service’s leaders had originally envisioned when the program was […]
This here is the Sukhoi Su-30SM Flanker performing at the MAKS 2013 air show in Moscow this week–courtesy of our friends in Russia. The Su-30SM is making its public debut at the show. This magnificent aircraft is the Russian Air Force version of the Indian Su-30MKI Flanker-H. The Su-30SM is very similar to the MKI […]
On 20 August a Lockheed Martin F-35C carrier model aircraft refueled from a US Air Force KC-135 for the first time. The jet, CF-1, was flown by Lt Col Patrick Moran. Meanwhile at Eglin AFB, Florida, the US Navy recently started operating the F-35C with VFA-101, which is the service’s training squadron for the type.
Lockheed Martin released this video last night of the F-35B conducting flight operations at dusk onboard the USS Wasp. The jet is currently undergoing its second set of sea trials onboard the amphibious assault ship somewhere off the Virginia coast.
Yesterday, I visited Beechcraft’s factory in Wichita, Kansas, to see the ceremonial first flight of the company’s AT-6 counter-insurgency aircraft. The company has not sold any of the aircraft just yet, having lost the US Air Force’s Light Air Support tender to supply the Afghans with 20 such machines. But Bill Boisture, Beechcraft’s CEO, says […]