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by texl1649
Thu Nov 15, 2018 9:09 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Lockheed to pitch hybrid "F-22/F-35" design for export to Japan
Replies: 89
Views: 7973

Re: Lockheed to pitch hybrid "F-22/F-35" design for export to Japan

I'd just like to thank the last three posters, esp. RJMAZ and ozair, for a very interesting discussion. I'd not considered many of these points at all, and find the engine/drag/supercruise/interceptor discussion very good to read through.

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by texl1649
Tue Nov 13, 2018 7:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B787-10 future prospects?
Replies: 210
Views: 23497

Re: B787-10 future prospects?

At this time, due to the much higher fuel burn per passenger of the A380, excluding EK, I do not think the A380 has any impact on 777X pricing. The 777X should have the lowest cost per passenger for *long* (over 4500nm, still air) flights. I think it will sell well. About half what the 777-300ER so...

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by texl1649
Tue Nov 13, 2018 5:30 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: U.S. Air Force Begins Drafting Specs For Next Air Refueler, Airlifter
Replies: 65
Views: 2854

Re: U.S. Air Force Begins Drafting Specs For Next Air Refueler, Airlifter

Agreed, but the definition of these “light” tanks has spiraled to 50 tons.

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by texl1649
Tue Nov 13, 2018 2:31 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Lockheed to pitch hybrid "F-22/F-35" design for export to Japan
Replies: 89
Views: 7973

Re: Lockheed to pitch hybrid "F-22/F-35" design for export to Japan

Thx Ozair and RJMAZ. Couple questions: Wouldn't adding internal fuel, and pushing the wings back (fuse extension behind cockpit) wind up making it less maneuverable overall at transonic/subsonic speeds? Why retain the stub wings from the A model at the end, vs. going to 43 ft span but deleting the f...

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by texl1649
Tue Nov 13, 2018 1:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B787-10 future prospects?
Replies: 210
Views: 23497

Re: B787-10 future prospects?

No widebodies have been selling well the past few years, as Aboulafia noted recently. I think Boeing sees some pricing power /unique market fit too on the 787-10, so I don't think they've been willing to discount it too much. The exceptions for the current firm orders were part of large campaigns (i...

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by texl1649
Mon Nov 12, 2018 7:49 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Boeing 2707-100 Droop Nose Question
Replies: 6
Views: 839

Re: Boeing 2707-100 Droop Nose Question

It was to have been much larger than the Concorde/others. That's the main reason; to allow the pilot to visually locate the runway meant moving a lot more "nose" out of his way/field of view.

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by texl1649
Mon Nov 12, 2018 6:31 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: U.S. Air Force Begins Drafting Specs For Next Air Refueler, Airlifter
Replies: 65
Views: 2854

Re: U.S. Air Force Begins Drafting Specs For Next Air Refueler, Airlifter

I'm going to go out on a wing and say the last KC-10 will be the last Douglas Jet ever flown. The USAF had said they'd phase it out with KC-46's by 2019, but I'm dubious on the 1987 vintage trijets getting parked in the next 10 years.

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by texl1649
Mon Nov 12, 2018 4:23 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Lockheed to pitch hybrid "F-22/F-35" design for export to Japan
Replies: 89
Views: 7973

Re: Lockheed to pitch hybrid "F-22/F-35" design for export to Japan

This might be unlikely but a joint project with Lockheed could result in a 4th variant of the F-35. Engine thrust can be easily increased if you are willing to sacrifice durability and increase maintenance cost. With any engine you can choose a compromise between thrust and fuel efficiency by selec...

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by texl1649
Mon Nov 12, 2018 12:53 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: U.S. Air Force Begins Drafting Specs For Next Air Refueler, Airlifter
Replies: 65
Views: 2854

Re: U.S. Air Force Begins Drafting Specs For Next Air Refueler, Airlifter

I agree the A400M should be possible, but they're saying the specs are coming in so heavy/outsized, even a C-17 wouldn't have the rough field lift ability! (It's kind of insane how heavy this Army vehicle is sounding; how can an infantry/urban transport weigh nearly as much as an Abrams and be affor...

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by texl1649
Sun Nov 11, 2018 10:07 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: U.S. Air Force Begins Drafting Specs For Next Air Refueler, Airlifter
Replies: 65
Views: 2854

Re: U.S. Air Force Begins Drafting Specs For Next Air Refueler, Airlifter

Drafting specs doesn’t mean issuing them. I assume they will wait to see what happens as far as what they need to transport, before entering a multi billion dollar acquisition cycle. The massive group of Army and Air Force staff officers around the pentagon should be able to figure that out within a...

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by texl1649
Fri Nov 09, 2018 10:16 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Did C-17 production end too soon after all ?
Replies: 85
Views: 4943

Re: Did C-17 production end too soon after all ?

C-5's are great planes, but really, there's no fixing them long term. The sooner a reliable replacement can be sourced, the better. My theory is this has tainted the USAF attitude about large K/C aircraft, partly responsible for the delay in EIS for the KC46, and perhaps over-engineering/testing of ...

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by texl1649
Fri Nov 09, 2018 9:17 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany To Choose Between Chinook And CH-53K
Replies: 109
Views: 30238

Re: Germany To Choose Between Chinook And CH-53K

Thx. I agree it would be an incredible long shot. I'd just like to see (emotionally) the sino Russian aviation sectors build out and see a competitive international market, long term. This really is a short term need though for Germany. It's costing them a fortune keeping only about a third of those...

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by texl1649
Fri Nov 09, 2018 1:18 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany To Choose Between Chinook And CH-53K
Replies: 109
Views: 30238

Re: Germany To Choose Between Chinook And CH-53K

Admittedly naive question: would the avic heavy lift helo have a shot here by any chance? This program has changed over the last two years and admittedly may be years from a flyable model, but the growth to 42 tons sure seems to imply capability to carry the loads needed here. It should be at a fair...

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by texl1649
Mon Nov 05, 2018 5:50 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Did C-17 production end too soon after all ?
Replies: 85
Views: 4943

Re: Did C-17 production end too soon after all ?

(Optionally) Pilotless military cargo and tankers will naturally be the first large vehicles to go fully unmanned. How the USAF officer corps goes through that will be interesting.

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by texl1649
Sun Nov 04, 2018 7:31 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Did C-17 production end too soon after all ?
Replies: 85
Views: 4943

Re: Did C-17 production end too soon after all ?

The MD17 is what was somewhat of a nonstarter due to the floor and overall suitability. I again just think that in terms of Boeing, or Lockheed, seeking to make new USAF airlifters, the “tweener” capability with a clear present intent to move forward is the (future derivative pruduced stateside by B...

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by texl1649
Sun Nov 04, 2018 12:36 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Did C-17 production end too soon after all ?
Replies: 85
Views: 4943

Re: Did C-17 production end too soon after all ?

The 748F is the most logical affordable cargo hauler, but I’m not sure I’ve read anything credible about interest in it from USAF. Other hand, it’s evident Boeing intends to pitch something related to the KC390 to the USAF. It will be interesting to say the least to see what requirements are develop...

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by texl1649
Fri Nov 02, 2018 9:30 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany To Choose Between Chinook And CH-53K
Replies: 109
Views: 30238

Re: Germany To Choose Between Chinook And CH-53K

I’d be fine with a roto forum but it’s a bit ironic for you to claim it will be apolitical as you’ve typed Trumps name more times than any other single poster by far about commercial and military topics. Nothing in your aviation week link even indirectly makes it sound like politics is involved, it’...

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by texl1649
Tue Oct 23, 2018 7:43 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Embraer KC-390 prospects
Replies: 161
Views: 18232

Re: Embraer KC-390 prospects

Would an over the wing engine configuration, a la YC-14, be possible for this in a re-engined derivative? The Coanda effect seems like it could also help with rough fields (and config would ingest less debris), and perhaps the T-tail also would facilitate this modification? https://www.avgeekery.com...

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by texl1649
Mon Oct 22, 2018 6:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lufthansa looking at buying 20 A350 or 787 according to Bloomberg
Replies: 171
Views: 27046

Re: Lufthansa looking at buying 20 A350 or 787 according to Bloomberg

LH Technik seems to be the driver of many decisions they make nowadays. Stranger things have (almost) happened. With Boeing working so hard at controlling IP/services, bigger issues than a couple dozen frames might be at stake at the negotiating table(s).

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by texl1649
Fri Oct 19, 2018 1:17 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Imperial Iranian Air Force, pre revolution
Replies: 19
Views: 2524

Re: Imperial Iranian Air Force, pre revolution

Supposedly Iran offered, in 1974, $160 Million to restart the production line. This is documented in a book “the aviation history” by petrescu. I’ve read this also a few other places on the web, but again can’t really find actual documentation or the mission they saw a need for this plane. Moving ar...

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by texl1649
Thu Oct 18, 2018 2:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing Forecasts Air Cargo Traffic Will Double in 20 Years
Replies: 12
Views: 1434

Re: Boeing Forecasts Air Cargo Traffic Will Double in 20 Years

Boeing predicts market it wholly owns will do exceptionally well for well past 15 years beyond any stock investor window. Got it.

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by texl1649
Wed Oct 17, 2018 1:01 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: A400M Update
Replies: 881
Views: 119653

Re: A400M Update

Yes, a commemoration of the battle of tannenburg is all that is left to the future German mobilization/militarization against the Russian or American threats. LOL.

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by texl1649
Sun Oct 14, 2018 12:40 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: New Hubble refurb' mission possible?
Replies: 18
Views: 2228

Re: New Hubble refurb' mission possible?

Yes with the laser based focusing available to ground telescopes it’s basically pointless now to fix (or rather to refuel and make usable again) the main optical lenses on the Hubble. It would sorta be like refitting an Iowa class battleship again to launch cruise missiles. Not quite worth the effort.

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by texl1649
Wed Oct 10, 2018 10:13 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Made in America Boeing KC390 for USAF ?
Replies: 74
Views: 4948

Re: Made in America Boeing KC390 for USAF ?

A licensed a400m with a Pratt engine would also be interesting. So would certain Antonov options with said engine, but they both seem highly improbable, vs the Boeing stated intentions.

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by texl1649
Mon Oct 08, 2018 5:21 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Made in America Boeing KC390 for USAF ?
Replies: 74
Views: 4948

Re: Made in America Boeing KC390 for USAF ?

In the mid/long term, the STOL mission will likely be fulfilled by quad tilt rotors, I believe. The MVM and Joint Future Theat. Lift studies have been ongoing but no real funding was possible long term during sequestration budget years. The issue really revolves around how heavy are 'medium' vehicle...

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by texl1649
Mon Oct 08, 2018 5:05 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Imperial Iranian Air Force, pre revolution
Replies: 19
Views: 2524

Re: Imperial Iranian Air Force, pre revolution

They had a full complement of 1970's deliveries of P-3, KC707, C-130, UH-1, AH-1J, CH-47, F-14 (minus a couple), F-4, F-5, and had started F-16 training in Texas (Hill AFB). The Air Cav component is what is most interesting to ponder. I wonder how the pre-revolution Shah Air Force envisioned a need ...

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by texl1649
Thu Oct 04, 2018 11:32 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Made in America Boeing KC390 for USAF ?
Replies: 74
Views: 4948

Re: Made in America Boeing KC390 for USAF ?

The Hercules operating cost per hour is something like $25k. We could compare fuel burn per hour or trip, but I’d be shocked if the kc390 wound up doing any worse than a net 50 percent savings in operating costs. 4 jet turbines vs 2 isn’t that complicated to analogize to what’s happened in the civil...

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by texl1649
Tue Oct 02, 2018 8:30 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Will Boeing Build Planes in Long Beach Again?
Replies: 29
Views: 3394

Re: Will Boeing Build Planes in Long Beach Again?

The answer to the OP is no. Never. The end.

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by texl1649
Tue Oct 02, 2018 8:27 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Made in America Boeing KC390 for USAF ?
Replies: 74
Views: 4948

Re: Made in America Boeing KC390 for USAF ?

I think the KC390 needs to prove itself for several years of actual operations before the US Military feels comfortable considering it as a C-130 replacement. The USAF has basically been scaling down/putting off AMP modernization for hundreds of H model hercules for over a decade for various (pick ...

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by texl1649
Tue Oct 02, 2018 6:16 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Made in America Boeing KC390 for USAF ?
Replies: 74
Views: 4948

Re: Made in America Boeing KC390 for USAF ?

It’s not the recent joint venture/merger stuff, they’ve been cooperating on the kc390 for over six years. It’s always seemed a bit odd, but was sort of the dating phase I guess.

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by texl1649
Tue Oct 02, 2018 2:00 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Made in America Boeing KC390 for USAF ?
Replies: 74
Views: 4948

Re: Made in America Boeing KC390 for USAF ?

Serious question, could they develop a boom system, instead of the rear ramp, for a dedicated tanker variant? With the 767 production line...perhaps in it's twilight years after 2025, I was just curious if even a containerized/package tanker could be built from this platform, rather than the hose an...

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by texl1649
Tue Oct 02, 2018 10:44 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Made in America Boeing KC390 for USAF ?
Replies: 74
Views: 4948

Re: Made in America Boeing KC390 for USAF ?

There are still a couple hundred h model hercs in the various DoD fleets, not sure what ozair is referencing. Boeing did the avionics upgrades to many of them, so I’m sure they are familiar with the longevity. Air Mobility Command, Air Force Materiel Command and the Air Force Research Lab are still ...

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by texl1649
Mon Oct 01, 2018 8:59 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany agrees on purchase of 6 C-130J's
Replies: 19
Views: 2783

Re: Germany agrees on purchase of 6 C-130J's

A400m tankers cant refuel helicopters, only fighters.

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by texl1649
Sat Sep 29, 2018 11:20 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany To Choose Between Chinook And CH-53K
Replies: 109
Views: 30238

Re: Germany To Choose Between Chinook And CH-53K

Not everything is about Trump. I mean, they just spent billions to buy a400m and then this week signed for some Hercules from the states. I think some of the rank political speculation growing here is silly. Trump didn’t veto the Boeing aw139 either as too European.

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by texl1649
Sat Sep 29, 2018 1:11 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany To Choose Between Chinook And CH-53K
Replies: 109
Views: 30238

Re: Germany To Choose Between Chinook And CH-53K

It's a short term budgeting issue. The German government is struggling on that front. Certainly, given the near term fiscal concerns and the fairly imperative need to start retiring the G model super stallions in 2025, it's highly improbable to say the least that they are going to decide to fund an ...

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by texl1649
Fri Sep 28, 2018 4:46 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Boeing Beats Lockheed for $9.2 Billion Air Force Trainer Program
Replies: 96
Views: 8415

Re: Boeing Beats Lockheed for $9.2 Billion Air Force Trainer Program

Unfortunately for Boeing, as I look at it it seems unlikely to evolve into a drone variant easily, with that comparatively huge cockpit. That could have been interesting in a non stealth drone requirement world, but perhaps that’s too much of an oxymoron moving forward anyway. What drove the high wi...

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by texl1649
Mon Sep 24, 2018 2:14 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Lockheed stealth tanker aircraft
Replies: 21
Views: 2378

Re: Lockheed stealth tanker aircraft

This again will be fascinating to consider if and when the usaf comes out with a K-Z competition.

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by texl1649
Sat Sep 22, 2018 10:26 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Lockheed stealth tanker aircraft
Replies: 21
Views: 2378

Re: Lockheed stealth tanker aircraft

The nomenclature of the program seems to imply that it will also involve, as per the aircraft it replaces, a cargo role. I don’t see how Lockheed envisions this acquisition cycle happening frankly, to the point where it is nonlitigious and also allows or encourages stealthy feAtures favorably in the...

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by texl1649
Wed Sep 19, 2018 3:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Would KLM be interested in an Airbus 380 combi version ?
Replies: 28
Views: 4214

Re: Would KLM be interested in an Airbus 380 combi version ?

An A380 Combi at this point is about as likely as a new Tristar derivative. Once a jump is finally made toward flying wing type VLA, I imagine the cargo capacity variations in design will again be quite significant and perhaps offer a 'dual pax/cargo' appeal beyond today's twins. I would hazard a gu...

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by texl1649
Mon Sep 17, 2018 3:55 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement
Replies: 954
Views: 92316

Re: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement

Interesting that they'd consider the F-15. They've flown St Louis-built F-4's before in the jurassic period, but not sure they were ever nuke carriers (I would think so?). Boeing seems pretty desperate to keep something running in St. Louis for tacair, and (with McCain dead) it would be funny if the...

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by texl1649
Mon Sep 17, 2018 11:08 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement
Replies: 954
Views: 92316

Re: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement

This will proceed along the A400m model then, it sounds like. 25 years to develop a capability that could have been licensed elsewhere for a fraction of the cost, then too expensive to sell anywhere else. Can Germany keep a nominal figure of tornados flying thru 2050?

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by texl1649
Sat Sep 15, 2018 11:58 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement
Replies: 954
Views: 92316

Re: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement

Why wouldn’t the Germans ever consider partnering either with the Japanese or Chinese? If the Japanese project does lead to technology that can be shared (if not exported) their little f22 hybrid concept could be interesting if further “Europeanized”. Similarly, it would seem the French and Germans ...

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by texl1649
Wed Sep 05, 2018 5:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Muddle of the Market aircraft (No, this isn’t a typo)
Replies: 327
Views: 30178

Re: The Muddle of the Market aircraft (No, this isn’t a typo)

Why does the NMA need to be viewed in a vacuum? Did Airbus only look at the A220 by itself when deciding to take it over, or was the complementary aspect considered? This is intended to preview, and then be complementary, of a new NSA that will be larger overall than the 737 line. It's also going to...

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by texl1649
Sat Sep 01, 2018 12:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Muddle of the Market aircraft (No, this isn’t a typo)
Replies: 327
Views: 30178

Re: The Muddle of the Market aircraft (No, this isn’t a typo)

RE: 77 and 79, now we are getting into the realm of fanciful internet rumors, rather than sourced information, so I'll bow out again. I don't find "I've heard rumors about this confidential hundreds of millions of dollar contract offer" nor do I think Boeing offered/solicited an option for...

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by texl1649
Sat Sep 01, 2018 11:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Muddle of the Market aircraft (No, this isn’t a typo)
Replies: 327
Views: 30178

Re: The Muddle of the Market aircraft (No, this isn’t a typo)

- Engine makers remain cool to the NMA. This. Engines drive everything. If the engine people don't see a plausible, viable case for the 797 today, there is little probability of launch in the foreseeable future. Perhaps in 3-5 years time there will be more clarity... Faro They have a funny way of i...

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by texl1649
Fri Aug 31, 2018 6:34 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF Considering New Build F-15X
Replies: 98
Views: 8027

Re: USAF Considering New Build F-15X

It appears Lockheed also sees a need for an alternative to the F-22/F-35 fleet as is planned today. The Super Hornet project (profits) are undoubtedly looked upon with great envy by Lockheed types. https://www.defenseone.com/business/2018/08/lockheed-pitching-f-22f-35-hybrid-us-air-force/150943/ &qu...

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by texl1649
Fri Aug 31, 2018 4:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Muddle of the Market aircraft (No, this isn’t a typo)
Replies: 327
Views: 30178

Re: The Muddle of the Market aircraft (No, this isn’t a typo)

I don’t know what you are talking about. understandable. Understanding would collide with your task. A 220 and 270 seat widebody is almost exactly the same size as the 767-200 and 767-300. Boeing has built over 1,000 airplanes in this area. ... in the ( distant ) past. There were over 1000 767s bui...

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by texl1649
Fri Aug 31, 2018 4:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Muddle of the Market aircraft (No, this isn’t a typo)
Replies: 327
Views: 30178

Re: The Muddle of the Market aircraft (No, this isn’t a typo)

How is it such a deadlock if they just got the engine rfp data to analyze in the past 30-60 days? Surely Boeing is being aggressive with tier 1 and other suppliers: grumbling there is inevitable as a result. I notice the usual Boeing detractors have utterly forgotten now the positive airline comment...

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by texl1649
Mon Aug 27, 2018 7:15 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Loss of John McCain
Replies: 10
Views: 1359

Re: Loss of John McCain

He has no real impact on the industry, although his protestations and desire to make a name over certain programs did lead to delays and changes in procurement programs individually, such as the KC-46 (delivery of which is even still pending). https://theoutline.com/post/1952/you-can-feel-bad-about-...

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by texl1649
Sat Aug 18, 2018 11:28 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Contract awarded - Blue Angels to receive F/A-18E & F Super Hornets
Replies: 38
Views: 3834

Re: Contract awarded - Blue Angels to receive F/A-18E & F Super Hornets

On a related matter, wouldn’t the thunderbirds need to convert to f35s in the next decade?

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