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First QF-16 target drone flies without pilot

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 […]

Crew Interviews from F-35B Ship Trials

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 

Could Gripen spawn USAF trainer?

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 […]

UK pilots’ take on F-35B sea-trials onboard USS Wasp

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 […]

Typhoon hits 200,000 flight hours

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.

Friday fun: spot the difference

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 […]

Israeli Sparrow targets trigger ballistic panic

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 […]

Winging it back to The DEW Line

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 […]

Boeing’s Advanced Super Hornet

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 […]

F-35B sea-trials aboard the USS Wasp

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 […]

Why the JROC neutered the Navy’s UCLASS program

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 […]

Su-30SM makes public debut at MAKS 2013

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 […]

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 […]

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