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Archived Since:April 2, 2008

Blog Post Archive

F-35C refuels from KC-135

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.

F-35B twilight operations aboard USS Wasp

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.

AT-6 ceremonial first flight

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 […]

VIDEO: F-35B night vertical landing onboard USS Wasp

Earlier I posted a blurb about the Lockheed Martin F-35B’s first night vertical landing onboard the USS Wasp. Anyways, at long last, here is a video of the same event. Anyways, the DEW Line has been quiet lately. We’ve had a number of folks including myself covering things like AUVSI or the EAA air show […]

F-35B makes night vertical landing on-board USS Wasp

A spectacular shot of the Lockheed Martin F-35B Joint Strike Fighter as it lands aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1) during the jet’s second set of sea trials for the type. This photo was taken on August 14 by Lockheed Martin photographer Andy Wolfe (excellent work!). The F-35B sea-trials will run 18 […]

USAF releases F-22 Raptor accident report

The USAF has released the accident report for the Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor that crashed at Tyndall AFB, Florida, last November. Basically, the $149.6 million aircraft was lost due to chafed wiring—this leaves the USAF with 184 production jets remaining plus two test aircraft. Tail 4013, which used to be assigned to Nellis AFB, Nevada, […]

Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornet flies with CFTs and weapons pod

Boeing has released this photo of a US Navy F/A-18F Super Hornet in the air equipped with conformal fuel tanks and a weapons pod near Saint Louis, Missouri. The hardware is not functional, but is designed to test the aerodynamic qualities of the tanks and pod.  Some advanced low-observables treatments are also expected to be […]

Crunch time for Rafale production rate?

In its proposed defence planning law for the six-year period spanning 2014 to 2019, the French defence ministry has proposed slashing its number of received Dassault Rafales to just 26 aircraft. With the company currently delivering in the region of eleven Rafales to the nation’s air force and navy per year (that’s “one per month” in […]

An Italian view on the F-35

In the middle of last month, Italy opened its final assembly and check-out (FACO) line for the F-35, amid a backdrop of rising political disquiet about the nation’s commitment to the Joint Strike Fighter programme. If you missed it at the time, please see Luca Peruzzi’s article on the topic, which also details Rome’s expected €14.3 [...]

Russia to take delivery of PAK-FA in Q3, Japan launches new carrier

The Russian Air Force will receive its first Sukhoi T-50 PAK-FA fifth-generation stealth fighter in the third quarter of 2013, according to RIA Novosti. The report, which cites Russian air force commander Lt Gen Viktor Bondarev, states that government flight tests will start in the fourth quarter of the year. Earlier in April, Russian president [...]

Saudi Typhoon deliveries, and a Tranche 3 spotter’s guide

In its interim results announcement made on 1 August, BAE Systems confirmed that it will be delivering a further six Eurofighter Typhoons to Saudi Arabia this year, pushing the nation’s fleet of the type to 34 aircraft, against a current order for 72. Just before the Paris air show, I got the chance to have [...]

The USAF Weapons School in the age of sequestration

Back in April the US Air Force was forced to take draconian actions due to budget cuts imposed by the Congressional sequestration law. Nine fighter and four bomber squadrons stopped flying while others operated at a greatly diminished capacity. But perhaps the most damaging of all was that the service was forced to shut down [...]

Military UAV flights in the UK – the numbers

The DEW Line and Flightglobal bring you a lot of coverage about what are variously referred to as UAVs, UASs, RPAs, RPASs, or even – and I’m including this word just for the opponents – “drones”. A goldmine of information, the UK parliament’s Hansard information service has provided details on the number of military UAV [...]

USAF F-22 Raptors participate in Trident Warrior 2013

The US Air Force and Navy units recently participated in an exercise called Trident Warrior 2013 from July 8 to July 19 at Langley AFB, Virginia. According to a USAF release, the goal of the exercise was to integrate fourth and fifth-generation fighters using an experimental version of the Joint Tactical Information Distribution System (JTIDS)—which [...]

100th F-35 enters final assembly

The 100th Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter has entered the last stage of final assembly, the company says. AF-41 will be the first F-35 to be based at the USAF’s second training site for the jet at Luke AFB, Arizona.  The jet is one of 126 F-35s in various stages of production around the [...]

New look for The DEW Line

Apologies that we’ve been a bit quiet with posting to The DEW Line over the last week; this was while we were waiting on the site to receive a crisp new look along with all of the other Flightglobal-produced blogs, as we moved to a new blogging platform (WordPress, if you’re at all interested in that [...]

Ready for RIAT?

It’s Royal International Air Tattoo time, folks, and for once the weather forecast is showing that we’re in for a scorcher for the duration of the show. That’s good news for those of us who got a soaking at RAF Fairford in 2012, and probably every year before it in living memory.   The effects [...]

A Super Hornet’s first flight

Before any of the Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornets rolling-off the production line in Saint Louis, Mo., can be delivered to the US Navy, the aircraft have to be vetted by company and Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA) pilots before formally being handed over to the government  with the signing of Form DD-250. One company pilot [...]

How the Sidewinder works (for dummies)

Ever wanted to know exactly how a Raytheon AIM-9 Sidewinder works but didn’t have the engineering acumen to grasp those concepts? Well, your problems are over–this video explains just that in a simple and concise way that even a five-year old could understand. Enjoy.

PICTURE: A400M flies in Bastille Day rehearsal; but which one?

We wrote a lot around the time of the Paris air show about how France’s Bastille Day flypast (which will take place over Paris on 14 July) was a target for the nation to have accepted its first A400M tactical transport. I wasn’t so sure at the time whether the apparent urgency of this aspiration [...]

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