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by texl1649
Thu Aug 04, 2022 11:31 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF VC-25B News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 309
Views: 49731

Re: USAF VC-25B News and Discussion Thread

This is where I’ll salute, say thank you, and tuck my tail and appreciate the history, but I could swear I read at some point about usaf concerns about the extended upper floor, but again I don’t remember all of that and am too lazy to go try to dig it up to prove anything resembling a point. Either...

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by texl1649
Thu Aug 04, 2022 5:08 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF VC-25B News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 309
Views: 49731

Re: USAF VC-25B News and Discussion Thread

For the same reason the VC-25A has been based on the service proven 747-300 and not on the 747-400, that was already in development, but not yet certified. Pretty sure the VC-25A uses the 747-200B airframe, not the 747-300. Boeing's O&D for the VC-25A also show the models as 747-200s. If I reca...

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by texl1649
Thu Aug 04, 2022 1:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: China Airlines 330CEO Replacement - 330NEO vs 787
Replies: 97
Views: 13286

Re: China Airlines 330CEO Replacement - 330NEO vs 787

Boeing can afford to lose a 787 order. It's not like they are in a hurry to sell more. They could let this one go to Airbus, but China Airlines could give Boeing a boost with the 777X program instead. Win - Win - Win. Boeing, nor Airbus, is not in the business of ‘letting one go.’ China is a huge c...

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by texl1649
Wed Aug 03, 2022 11:04 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF VC-25B News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 309
Views: 49731

Re: USAF VC-25B News and Discussion Thread

LOL, there aren’t any 778 prototypes, either. There will be no new roles for 747’s, however.

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by texl1649
Tue Aug 02, 2022 4:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 777X Testing/Production Thread - 2022
Replies: 216
Views: 58279

Re: Boeing 777X Testing/Production Thread - 2022

When is the first 8f likely to be produced?

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by texl1649
Sat Jul 30, 2022 5:12 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: China launches high-tech aircraft carrier in naval milestone
Replies: 185
Views: 10913

Re: China launches high-tech aircraft carrier in naval milestone

I continue to see no impact on trade/geopolitics related to this, or for that matter where/how many super carriers the USN sends to various spots. The world is not a "Top Gun" movie and these huge floating targets are not immune to attack today. Don’t think anyone assumes that they are im...

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by texl1649
Fri Jul 29, 2022 7:08 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF seeks BWB Aircraft by 2026
Replies: 51
Views: 3316

Re: USAF seeks BWB Aircraft by 2026

Well, I think the USAF has zero interest in the maintenance hassles of a 'new' C-5 style gear, but it bears noting that somewhat ironically the Boeing CX design had a clamshell (east-west) swing out design vs. the full swing up a la C-5. https://i.stack.imgur.com/Sx04f.jpg Really, roll on/out for bo...

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by texl1649
Fri Jul 29, 2022 4:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Anybody want to buy a cheap G-IV?
Replies: 3
Views: 1357

Re: Anybody want to buy a cheap G-IV?

Someone should be able to create a hustle with it, even without engines/wings. /sarcasm.

I'll show myself out.

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by texl1649
Fri Jul 29, 2022 3:38 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF seeks BWB Aircraft by 2026
Replies: 51
Views: 3316

Re: USAF seeks BWB Aircraft by 2026

The old Lockheed hybrid blended wing body design (HWB Demonstrator) incorporated a rear ramp, With so much automation, what if they simplify the cockpit to be similar to a fighter canopy cockpit and go with a nose ramp? :hyper: bt I realize you’re joking but big aircraft with tandem cockpits have b...

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by texl1649
Fri Jul 29, 2022 1:30 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF seeks BWB Aircraft by 2026
Replies: 51
Views: 3316

Re: USAF seeks BWB Aircraft by 2026

Where does it say that? The only aircraft this RFI mentions are 767 and A330 which are the two frames used for tankers. Phew. :optimist: The info graphic from the Air Force does not mention ramp door. That would simplify things a bit. bt The old Lockheed hybrid blended wing body design (HWB Demonst...

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by texl1649
Thu Jul 28, 2022 12:57 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF seeks BWB Aircraft by 2026
Replies: 51
Views: 3316

Re: USAF seeks BWB Aircraft by 2026

They could put the MQ-25 plans into the photocopier and scale it up to whatever size is most desirable. The difference between what they are asking with the BWB vs the MQ-25 or B-21 is the potential for a ramp door. I'd say they are looking a C-17 replacement 1st with tanker application second. bt ...

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by texl1649
Thu Jul 28, 2022 11:01 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF seeks BWB Aircraft by 2026
Replies: 51
Views: 3316

Re: USAF seeks BWB Aircraft by 2026

https://www.diu.mil/work-with-us/submit-solution/PROJ00402 "The Department of Defense (DoD) is seeking a concept of design (CoD) of an advanced aircraft configuration that provides at least 30% more aerodynamic efficiency than the Boeing 767 and Airbus A330 families of commercial and military ...

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by texl1649
Tue Jul 26, 2022 6:34 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF seeks BWB Aircraft by 2026
Replies: 51
Views: 3316

Re: USAF seeks BWB Aircraft by 2026

Second, if it is going to fit in this thing at Ellsworth (LOL @ USAF buying new tents for their billion dollar babies), Wait, looking at those figures to the right, the "open air hangar" does look quite substantial. That looks to at least fit 2 F-111 bt Well, sure, wings swept back, with ...

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by texl1649
Tue Jul 26, 2022 2:28 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF seeks BWB Aircraft by 2026
Replies: 51
Views: 3316

Re: USAF seeks BWB Aircraft by 2026

I find it very doubtful you are right about the B-21 being so large. https://www.airliners.net/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1379967&start=100#p21995843 Why else would it need two F135 engines? It makes no sense for a bomber to have a high thrust to weight ratio. I will list a few Bombers with their in...

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by texl1649
Tue Jul 26, 2022 10:46 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF seeks BWB Aircraft by 2026
Replies: 51
Views: 3316

Re: USAF seeks BWB Aircraft by 2026

Thx RJMAZ. I am not sure the B-21 is really a great platform, as the analyses I’ve read suggests it is…basically the size/weight of an FB-111, so not likely able to assist tacair aircraft much beyond a buddy-refuel a la F/A-18E. Again there isn’t any reference to a stealthy goal either. The B-21 is...

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by texl1649
Mon Jul 25, 2022 8:22 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: China launches high-tech aircraft carrier in naval milestone
Replies: 185
Views: 10913

Re: China launches high-tech aircraft carrier in naval milestone

I continue to see no impact on trade/geopolitics related to this, or for that matter where/how many super carriers the USN sends to various spots. The world is not a "Top Gun" movie and these huge floating targets are not immune to attack today. Braggadocio/ego does no people a lot of goo...

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by texl1649
Mon Jul 25, 2022 7:05 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: China launches high-tech aircraft carrier in naval milestone
Replies: 185
Views: 10913

Re: China launches high-tech aircraft carrier in naval milestone

I continue to see no impact on trade/geopolitics related to this, or for that matter where/how many super carriers the USN sends to various spots. The world is not a "Top Gun" movie and these huge floating targets are not immune to attack today. Braggadocio/ego does no people a lot of good...

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by texl1649
Mon Jul 25, 2022 6:53 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Bastille Day 2022 Unusual Addition
Replies: 5
Views: 830

Re: Bastille Day 2022 Unusual Addition

Tres bien!

The MQ-9 was a surprise to me, also in isolation (I'm sure some rules etc.) Perhaps the finale for the Atlantique?

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by texl1649
Mon Jul 25, 2022 6:07 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF seeks BWB Aircraft by 2026
Replies: 51
Views: 3316

Re: USAF seeks BWB Aircraft by 2026

Lockheed also probably isn’t keen to split profits/production/sourcing etc. with Airbus on this, partly as doing so might lower their odds of winning, and frankly the aerodynamics/capability to do it is already in house. I do not doubt LM has the engineering ability but If they are going to leverag...

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by texl1649
Mon Jul 25, 2022 3:28 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF seeks BWB Aircraft by 2026
Replies: 51
Views: 3316

Re: USAF seeks BWB Aircraft by 2026

Would this technology be permitted to be reused and exported commercially? Boeing's work on the BWB was in conjunction with NASA, so that data is applicable to civil aviation. The most recent BWB work is done by Airbus, so when they say LM, one would think Airbus, and it's massive large airframe ma...

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by texl1649
Mon Jul 25, 2022 2:14 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF seeks BWB Aircraft by 2026
Replies: 51
Views: 3316

Re: USAF seeks BWB Aircraft by 2026

I strongly doubt Boeing has kept a design team secretly working on the X-48 over the past 5 years of ‘troubles.’ Their commercial long-term R&D seemed to be more focused lately on the braced wing ideas, though for a cargo aircraft a 767 replacement using the BWB planform might be interesting wit...

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by texl1649
Mon Jul 25, 2022 1:11 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF seeks BWB Aircraft by 2026
Replies: 51
Views: 3316

Re: USAF seeks BWB Aircraft by 2026

Thx RJMAZ. I am not sure the B-21 is really a great platform, as the analyses I’ve read suggests it is…basically the size/weight of an FB-111, so not likely able to assist tacair aircraft much beyond a buddy-refuel a la F/A-18E. Again there isn’t any reference to a stealthy goal either. Sure, USAF m...

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by texl1649
Mon Jul 25, 2022 9:43 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF seeks BWB Aircraft by 2026
Replies: 51
Views: 3316

USAF seeks BWB Aircraft by 2026

Well, seeks to have a development aircraft in the 767-size class in the air. The Pentagon is back in the market for blended wing body, or BWB, aircraft designs, with a view toward building a full-size demonstrator aircraft and having it fly by 2026. The latest initiative, which the U.S. Department o...

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by texl1649
Mon Jul 18, 2022 4:59 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF F-15EX News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1195
Views: 200907

Re: USAF F-15EX News and Discussion Thread

Wow, that would be about the only thing on earth whose price hasn’t gone up 20 percent this year.

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by texl1649
Thu Jul 14, 2022 11:22 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Looking for J57 expertise
Replies: 4
Views: 973

Re: Looking for J57 expertise

Some of the folks on the big B-52 re-engine thread I am pretty sure had direct experience, but most don’t check in daily, so it could take a couple weeks or so for them to see this.

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by texl1649
Mon Jul 11, 2022 2:43 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-16XL
Replies: 42
Views: 3408

Re: F-16XL

This went into a very personal/ego driven discussion somehow (?), but the XL was clearly capable of being further developed per the links I provided above, including for USN purposes. Whatever, Vought obviously did a lot of the early work (and was a naval aviation expert at that point as was the cas...

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by texl1649
Mon Jul 11, 2022 2:27 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: JWST first images to be released
Replies: 14
Views: 1819

Re: JWST first images to be released

Ugh, I’ll wait until I don’t have to watch the politics show to see the images.

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by texl1649
Sun Jul 10, 2022 2:14 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-16XL
Replies: 42
Views: 3408

Re: F-16XL

The handling qualities observed (later) by NASA test pilots of the XL aircraft don’t support the generalized assertions/conclusions above as to the planform, imho. https://ntrs.nasa.gov/api/citations/19970005147/downloads/19970005147.pdf?attachment=true It was able to take off and land in 2/3 the di...

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by texl1649
Sat Jul 09, 2022 8:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing CEO’s Hands-Off Style Has Doubters as 787 Comeback Nears
Replies: 59
Views: 13073

Re: Boeing CEO’s Hands-Off Style Has Doubters as 787 Comeback Nears

A good to great leader in his role would have both (a) launched some new product(s) in various divisions, and (b) killed off at least one of the fiasco’s by now. Given a choice, which of the fiascoes would you kill, and why? Just curious. And, thanks! Ok, in that seat I’d most likely have axed the ...

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by texl1649
Sat Jul 09, 2022 8:10 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-16XL
Replies: 42
Views: 3408

Re: F-16XL

IIt also could have then been a basis for a navalized variant to supplant the later super hornet program, at much lower development costs. 'Cept for one thing~ there's a laundry list of reasons the F-16 was not used as the basis for what became the F-18. As 'neat' as the improved bird you speak of ...

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by texl1649
Fri Jul 08, 2022 9:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: N757AF gets fresh paint
Replies: 48
Views: 10283

Re: N757AF gets fresh paint

I posted this on the thread we had from 6 months ago on this and for some reason it got deleted and locked. Cool video/paint job, imho, the plane looks pretty great. https://youtu.be/fXfmvzsaTp0 Longer/older documentary; https://youtu.be/gDdIE0u9NCY If I recall that thread, it was originally deliver...

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by texl1649
Fri Jul 08, 2022 7:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing CEO’s Hands-Off Style Has Doubters as 787 Comeback Nears
Replies: 59
Views: 13073

Re: Boeing CEO’s Hands-Off Style Has Doubters as 787 Comeback Nears

A good to great leader in his role would have both (a) launched some new product(s) in various divisions, and (b) killed off at least one of the fiasco’s by now.

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by texl1649
Fri Jul 08, 2022 11:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737 MAX 10 Development / Testing / Production Thread - 2022
Replies: 412
Views: 88088

Re: Boeing 737 MAX 10 Development / Testing / Production Thread - 2022

Calhoun just needs to be gone, desperately. This kind of public declaration about a regulatory matter serves no one, least of all Boeing customers and shareholders. Yes, I want a new Boeing aircraft like most industry watchers as well, but this leadership era can't end fast enough. If the Delta deal...

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by texl1649
Fri Jul 08, 2022 12:56 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-16XL
Replies: 42
Views: 3408

Re: F-16XL

Kitplane, they did build a handful, but developing that into a production aircraft would have involved a lot more testing/validation (things like weapons integration, refueling certification, fatigue life validation, bringing spare parts into inventory etc), and that all costs money and requires…wel...

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by texl1649
Thu Jul 07, 2022 11:11 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-16XL
Replies: 42
Views: 3408

Re: F-16XL

It really wouldn’t have been a great dog fighter as mentioned, though as avionics/AESA advanced and the -229 version of the F100 as well became more available the issues of net power might not have been as big a deal. The loitering ability/payload would ultimately have proven useful in an intercepto...

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by texl1649
Tue Jul 05, 2022 1:09 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Malaysian RMAF to Acquire 33 ex Kuwaiti AF F/A-18
Replies: 25
Views: 4184

Re: Malaysian RMAF to Acquire 33 ex Kuwaiti AF F/A-18

Apparently RMAF is out, USMC is in. Considering what has been discussed so far (tired frames for its age), it's a little surprising. https://theaviationgeekclub.com/usmc-allegedly-interested-in-acquiring-kuwait-air-force-f-a-18-legacy-hornet-strike-fighters/ What exactly does the USMC want with the...

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by texl1649
Fri Jul 01, 2022 5:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CN3 buys 292 A320neo series (01 Jul 22)
Replies: 48
Views: 10707

Re: CN3 buys 292 A320neo series (01 Jul 22)

Interesting that China doesn’t seem to be throwing its weight behind the C919, and is instead placing huge Airbus orders. C919 seems close to certification, unless I’m missing something? They are being very cautious about ramping up production fast, imho. This makes sense, as fixes to any problems ...

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by texl1649
Tue Jun 28, 2022 8:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: American Airlines Business & Finance Discussion
Replies: 749
Views: 146464

Re: Updated: American Airlines Business & Finance Discussion

I'd be pretty surprised if AA filed in the next 12 months, barring a further global meltdown/additional pandemic etc. As everyone has stated long term debt is a problem, but it's not really that unmanageable. Cash flow they are able to sustain, and while stock price at $13 (under $10 billion in capi...

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by texl1649
Thu Jun 23, 2022 11:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Cargo (non Amazon/DHL) Thread - 2022
Replies: 1274
Views: 240652

Re: Air Cargo (non Amazon/DHL) Thread - 2022

It sounds like, from the FG article anyway, Boeing is resigned to moving to a 787 freighter after 2027. https://twitter.com/flightglobal/status/1537314156751343618?s=21&t=P7C5PT2yN1aJqBBD9H8Wyw “Are we looking at different freighter platforms in that space? Absolutely,” Hermesmeyer says. He cal...

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by texl1649
Tue Jun 21, 2022 10:41 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Embraer KC-390 News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 310
Views: 89771

Re: Embraer KC-390 News and Discussion Thread

Could it alternatively be the case that KAI would look to build a wing for a quad variant C-390 derivative using locally built/license built turbofans in such a size?

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by texl1649
Tue Jun 21, 2022 10:33 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: 787 MRTT
Replies: 19
Views: 3471

Re: 787 MRTT

I don’t understand that Jay. Can’t a layer, even a very thin foil type of one, be added shielding the actual components that matter (basically in the tail/nose/empennage areas)? IF Boeing does launch a freighter version of the 787, as has been hinted at, to succeed the 767F, I’d think adding a boom ...

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by texl1649
Sun Jun 19, 2022 1:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cathay Pacific to launch regional fleet renewal program
Replies: 40
Views: 9342

Re: Cathay Pacific to launch regional fleet renewal program

They may have that many A333’s, but it is in reality a shell of it’s former self. 4% load factors for pax vs. pre-pandemic as of May? C’mon. This is not a big passenger airline globally at this point. Leaving the politics aside, NO other major global airline is operating at this level at this point...

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by texl1649
Sat Jun 18, 2022 1:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cathay Pacific to launch regional fleet renewal program
Replies: 40
Views: 9342

Re: Cathay Pacific to launch regional fleet renewal program

I've long since said that Cathay's impending regional replacement, will be "the A330NEO's last stand." If it can't crack this order, from an airline with 50+ A333s who LOVES the platform, then I'm not sure how it can continue to be taken seriously as a market competitor for 1st tier airli...

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by texl1649
Fri Jun 17, 2022 6:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AirInsight : Boeing’s pre-Farnborough market review June 2022
Replies: 56
Views: 11655

Re: AirInsight : Boeing’s pre-Farnborough market review June 2022

The interesting thing is that he is here…agreeing with Keesje about the smaller narrow bodies being the growth driver, implying that is what Boeing should focus on moving forward, vs. a direct/true A321NEO competitor-centered next generation product. I guess you will have to change your position on ...

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by texl1649
Fri Jun 17, 2022 10:22 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Embraer KC-390 News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 310
Views: 89771

Re: Embraer KC-390 News and Discussion Thread

Between Portugal, Czech, Hungary and the Netherlands I’d say Embraer is on a good roll in Europe right now. They’ve committed significant resources to a Polish order/campaign I believe as well I believe, and I’m not sure if Sweden ever made a decision. Really, the A400M bid might not have been very ...

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by texl1649
Fri Jun 17, 2022 3:42 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Embraer KC-390 News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 310
Views: 89771

Re: Embraer KC-390 News and Discussion Thread

Excellent news for an excellent aircraft. I think if most C-130 operators purchased the KC-390 they would prefer it for 99% of operations. The KC-390 is a great plane, I think it’s primary challenge is hitting a production/order rate to achieve some economies of scale/pricing advantages vs. the Herc.

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by texl1649
Thu Jun 16, 2022 10:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Cargo (non Amazon/DHL) Thread - 2022
Replies: 1274
Views: 240652

Re: Air Cargo (non Amazon/DHL) Thread - 2022

It sounds like, from the FG article anyway, Boeing is resigned to moving to a 787 freighter after 2027. https://twitter.com/flightglobal/status/1537314156751343618?s=21&t=P7C5PT2yN1aJqBBD9H8Wyw The FAA’s proposal lays out emissions requirements and complex means of proving compliance. The agency...

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by texl1649
Sun Jun 12, 2022 12:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Could Boeing sell the commercial aircraft division?
Replies: 61
Views: 9735

Re: Could Boeing sell the commercial aircraft division?

This is what is going to happen -- forget about Leeham. No 737 successor, 787 deliveries stalled, -10 deadline not extended, X so late that nobody cares, BCA on quick path to bankruptcy, gets spun off somehow before it sinks the entire company. Engineers stage a successful coup. GE and MDD retreads...

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by texl1649
Sat Jun 11, 2022 1:57 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Norway to cancel NH90 contract with NH Industries (NHI)
Replies: 40
Views: 4777

Re: Norway to cancel NH90 contract with NH Industries (NHI)

So what will they buy instead? SH-60? Or more EH101? More 101’s would make the most sense to me, if just for commonality/training benefits. Maybe they don’t need 14 as they are bigger of course. I guess Sweden did turn to the blackhawks though, as I thought Australia did? The Scandinavians writ lar...

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by texl1649
Fri Jun 10, 2022 2:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Connect Airlines Firms Hydrogen Conversion Of 75 ATR 72s
Replies: 52
Views: 6303

Re: Connect Airlines Firms Hydrogen Conversion Of 75 ATR 72s

How, exactly, will the hydrogen be created/transported to the airports? Joint R&D in Toulouse certainly sounds like Airbus is heavily involved, and the image shown in this tweet makes me think the ATR would have 40 or so seats max anyway. https://twitter.com/etnmagazine/status/150433192842586931...

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