the dark blue uniforms of more than 75 U.S. Air Force officers and enlisted personnel were generously sprinkled among the approximately 2,400 attendees of the 2004 Women in Aviation International (WAI) conference, held March 11 to 13 in Reno, Nev. The conference kicked off a memorandum of understanding between the USAF and WAI, in which each organization agreed to actively promote the other.
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During a presentation at Le Bourget on Tuesday, Lockheed Martin officials and a panel of both present and former customers extolled the virtues of the lightweight fighter that is still operating 32 years after it was originally designed.
A new set of technology-sharing memoranda of understanding are to be negotiated between the U.S. government and the eight partner nations in the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) program, Aviation International News has learned.
Companies in both the U.S. and Europe are forging ahead with technology demonstrations for unmanned combat air vehicles (UCAV), but the military has yet to establish exactly what it wants from its future UCAVS. While this question remains unanswered, the development of production UCAVs will be delayed and budgets withheld.
Unless you have stood next to a Bell/Boeing V-22 Osprey tiltrotor–and you won’t be able to at Le Bourget this week because it’s not here–it is difficult to fully comprehend what an impressive piece of engineering it is and what a struggle of wills it must have taken to bring it to this stage.
The endless string of overseas military engagements and long-running missions–from Desert Storm to Southern Watch to Kosovo to the most recent Operations Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan and Iraqi Freedom–have inflicted wear and tear on the U.S. inventory of fighter aircraft.
Northrop Grumman’s active electronically scanning array (AESA) radars have undoubtedly made a big impact on fighter technology. The AN/APG-77, the AN/APG-80 and the AN/APG-81 are fitted, respectively, to Lockheed Martin’s F-22A Raptor, F-16E/F Block 60 Desert Falcon, and F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF).
Competition, it is said, brings out the best–and worst–in companies.
In 1999, Operation Allied Force was a success, as Serbian forces were evicted from Kosovo. But then-USAF commander Gen. John Jumper was distinctly unhappy. He said those Serbian tanks that rolled out of hiding after the shooting stopped should have been spotted and destroyed by coalition airpower. Jumper also said he knew that the Serbian air defense system had never really been neutralized.
Boasting a rich heritage of developing special mission aircraft stretching back more than 40 years, Bombardier has only recently formed a Specialized Aircraft Solutions unit with Derek Gilmour as its vice president. Over that period the company has designed, built and delivered well over 300 special mission aircraft for customers worldwide.