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November 19, 2012 - 6:10pm
X-47B unmanned combat air system

Northrop Grumman and the U.S. Navy completed the first shore-based trials in early November of a wireless handheld device that will enable operators to maneuver the X-47B unmanned combat air system (UCAS) on Navy carrier decks. The tests were conducted at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md.

July 11, 2012 - 3:33pm

Here are some fascinating supersonic facts about the Concorde:

•Just over 202 feet long, nine-foot-wide tube;

•Tail and cockpit sections added at Filton were built at Weybridge (Vickers, later BAC);

•Stretches six to eight inches in flight;

•Pressurized to 6,000 feet, so comfortable in cabin;

•Cruise: 1,350 mph (Mach 2 at 60,000 feet);

•Range: 4,300 miles, with 100 passengers in single class;

July 11, 2012 - 3:30pm

Brooklands Museum in Weybridge, a few short miles from Farnborough not only has a Concorde (G-BBDG) but it has also reassembled and refurbished the simulator that British Airways used to train pilots on the iconic supersonic aircraft. AIN went to find more about the “Brooklands Concorde Experience” before the show.

July 11, 2012 - 3:30pm

Brooklands Museum in Weybridge, a few short miles from Farnborough not only has a Concorde (G-BBDG) but it has also reassembled and refurbished the simulator that British Airways used to train pilots on the iconic supersonic aircraft. AIN went to find more about the “Brooklands Concorde Experience” before the show.

May 4, 2012 - 2:15pm
Naval LCA

The naval prototype of India’s Tejas light combat aircraft (LCA) made its first test flight on April 27. Already delayed by four years, the program still faces design concerns, including weight. Strengthening of the rear airframe for carrier operations, and the addition of an arrestor hook, has made the aircraft about 1,000 pounds overweight.

April 17, 2012 - 3:25pm

Aerion said today that it plans to fly a “more representative” wing test article for its supersonic business jet this summer. Following supersonic tests in 2010 aboard a NASA F-15B, the company has refined the wing design and plans to use the same aircraft to conduct another round of tests in June or July. Fabrication of the 40-inch vertical span by 80-inch chord test article is now under way and will be complete by the end of next month, it said.

March 19, 2012 - 10:00am
Air France Flt 4590 in flames just after takeoff.

With the potential of creating far-ranging consequences to a devastating accident more than a decade ago, the stage was set in a French court last Thursday to overturn the verdict against Continental Airlines in the July 2000 crash of an Air France Concorde supersonic transport (SST) in Paris.

February 17, 2012 - 4:55pm
Avro Arrow

Next month marks the 60th anniversary of the birth of one of aviation’s great “might-have-beens.” The start of development of an aircraft that became a source of national pride. The start of an aircraft that could have been a world-beater. I’m referring to Canada’s mighty Avro CF-105 Arrow fighter. But an even more recent anniversary looms on Monday: the 53rd anniversary of its death.

February 18, 2011 - 9:30am
India's indigenous light combat aircraft flew at this month's Aero India show...

India's indigenous light combat aircraft (LCA), the Tejas, was flown in formation at the Aero India show this month, with a two-seat version was on display in the static park. The Tejas MkI received initial operational clearance in January, and full operational clearance is due next year. Changes in weapons, sensors and avionics will be made according to Indian Air Force (IAF) requirements.

 
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