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After Controversy Over Sensitive Technology, Boeing Finally Allowed To Complete Mid-Life Upgrade Of 4 French E3-F AWACS To Block 40/45 Configuration

After Controversy Over Sensitive Technology, Boeing Finally Allowed To Complete Mid-Life Upgrade Of 4 French E3-F AWACS To Block 40/45 Configuration

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  Boeing has resumed work on the Mid Life Upgrade program for the four Boeing E3-F AWACS flying with the French Air Force.As Boeing's main subcontract on the project, Air France Industries will undertake most of the work at its main facility at Le Bourget Airport near Paris. Boeing is nonetheless retaining most of the main engineering and quality assurance responsibilities. The first AWACS to receive the upgrade should be able to return to service in 2014 while the rest of the fleet will fly the upgrade by 2016. The works consist of $354 million worth of hardware and software improvements. Once available on the French Air Force four E3-F AWACS, the only other user of the highly advanced variant will be the USAF as none of the others AWACS operators(NATO' s 17 E3-C, UK's 7 E3-D, Saud...
Cockpits Upgrades For US And NATO E-3 Sentry AWACS

Cockpits Upgrades For US And NATO E-3 Sentry AWACS

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A $368 million EMD (Engineering Manufacturing and Development) Defense contract with Boeing will finally see both NATO and USAF fleets of E3-A/B/C Sentry Airborne Warning And Control Systems (AWACS) retrofitted with advanced digital flight decks. The 32 E-3s aircraft in the US Air Force inventory along with the 16 aircraft operated by NATO, all delivered between 1977 and 1985 have been some of the most recognized military derivatives of the legendary Boeing 707-320B designed in the 1950's. Despite continuous upgrades to the AWACS battle management/radar processing systems,enhancing the rotating dome-mounted AN/APY-2 radar performance under the current Block 40/45 configuration, the E-3 Sentry have mostly retained obsolescent analog cockpit flight instruments. The upgrade works on the aircr...
Bhoja Air Flight B4-213 Boeing 737-200 Crashes On approach To Islamabad, All 117 Passengers And  9 Crews On Board Lost

Bhoja Air Flight B4-213 Boeing 737-200 Crashes On approach To Islamabad, All 117 Passengers And 9 Crews On Board Lost

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  A Boeing 737-200 operated by Pakistan's Bhoja Air crashed late Friday while carrying 117 passengers and 9 crew members. The aircraft had departed Karachi at 5:05pm and was due to land at Islamabad at 6:50pm (9:50 am New York City local time). The approach took place under very severe weather conditions and the aircraft was reportedly seen turning into a massive fireball shortly before or after hitting the ground near a Husain Abad village residential habitations area. This area is located in the vicinity of the Rawalpindi Air Force complex. The evening crash took place at about 6:40 pm amid lightning, rain and possibly hail conditions as air traffic controllers reported suddenly losing contact with the crew of the doomed aircraft. A large scale recovery effort coordinated by the ...
Discovery Space Shuttle Final Ferry Flight To Washington DC Atop NASA 747 (Photos)

Discovery Space Shuttle Final Ferry Flight To Washington DC Atop NASA 747 (Photos)

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  The last Discovery Space Shuttle flight took place Tuesday April 17th 2012 mounted atop the NASA 905 Boeing 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft. After 39 missions in space totaling 365 days, Discovery left the Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 6:58 am as the pair treated spectators to a graceful fly-by. The arrival four hours later at the nation's capital Washington Dulles International Airport was graced with similar historical solemnity with an overflight of the National Mall and other iconic buildings. Preparing For The Flight Discovery's mating to the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft was carried out on Sunday April 15th, a day later than planned after strong wind gusts impaired work at the Kennedy Space Center the day before. The Mate Demate Device MDD that helps secure the Space Shuttl...
Virgin Atlantic Orlando Bound A330-300 Emergency Return To Gatwick: Four Minor Injuries

Virgin Atlantic Orlando Bound A330-300 Emergency Return To Gatwick: Four Minor Injuries

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  Four people aboard a Virgin Atlantic Airbus A330-300 aircraft sustained minor injuries following an emergency landing on Monday April 16th 2011. The flight operating as VS27 with 299 passengers and 13 crews on board had departed London Gatwick airport at 9:48 GMT (5:48 am New York local time) at destination of Orlando but returned for an emergency landing at 11:30 GMT (7:30 am New York local time). According to a Virgin Atlantic web site posting, the pilot's decision to reverse course and return to Gatwick followed the in-flight discovery of an unspecified 'technical problem'. The aircraft precautionary evacuation proceeded after the aircraft landed and came to a stop on Gatwick's single runway with all its emergency chutes deployed. Emergency crews at the airport also reported p...
F/A-18D Fiery Crash Onto Virginia Beach Neighborhood:No Fatalities

F/A-18D Fiery Crash Onto Virginia Beach Neighborhood:No Fatalities

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  Seven people were injured after a US Navy F/A-18D fighter jet crashed onto an apartment complex in Virginia Beach at about 12:05pm on Friday. Among the two injured were the aircraft's pilot and its flight officer who had ejected reportedly after dumping fuel from the ailing aircraft in anticipation of a crash. Of the seven people injured even only one of the pilot was reported to have remained in the hospital overnight. A total of 63 residents of the Mayfair Mews complex had been found unharmed after some 40 apartments were damaged by the crash ensuing fire. The aircraft had apparently been airborne briefly after taking off from nearby Naval Air Station Oceana, Virginia. The base is home to Strike Fighter Squadron 106 (VFA-106) 'Gladiators', a unit serving as the East Coast Fleet...
Additional Orders For F-35 JSF Engines Placed To Pratt & Whitney

Additional Orders For F-35 JSF Engines Placed To Pratt & Whitney

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By Karim Toure The Department Of Defense announced Friday, January 6th 2012 a latest round of engines purchase for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Acquisition Program. The $195 million contract to Pratt & Whitney Military Engines a wholly owned subsidiary of United Technologies Corp covers a total of 37 Pratt & Whitney F-135 engines, with associated parts and technical support for the Lot VI of the program's current Low Rate Initial Production phase. This order for 37 F-135 engines comprises 18 engines for the US Air Force Conventional Take Off and Landing (CTOL) aircraft variant worth approximately $55 million, 7 engines for the US Navy Carrier Variant (CV) worth about $37.14 million, another 6 engines that will equip the US Marines Short Take Off and Vertical Landing (STOVL) varia...
Emirates Large Order For 50 Boeing 777-300ER At Dubai Airshow

Emirates Large Order For 50 Boeing 777-300ER At Dubai Airshow

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The opening day of the Dubai Air Show on Sunday in the United Arab Emirates saw Emirates placing the single largest commercial aircraft order (in dollar value) in history. The deal made with Boeing consists of a firm order for 50 Boeing 777-300ER worth about US$ 18 Billion at list price along with options for another 20 aircraft worth an additional US$ 8 Billion. Attending the agreements' signing ceremony on Sunday, November 13th 2011 included Emirates Chairman Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al-Maktoum, Boeing Commercial Airplanes CEO Jim Albaugh and General Electric CEO David Joyce. The deal highlights the Dubai-based carrier need to further continue growing its global route network while expanding and continuously modernizing its fleet. On November 3rd, Emirates announced better than expected...
With dispute settled, Cargolux takes delivery of first of 13 Boeing 747-8F

With dispute settled, Cargolux takes delivery of first of 13 Boeing 747-8F

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Cargolux SA, the Luxembourg-based world leading cargo carrier took delivery of its first Boeing 747-8F from Boeing Company at the Everett, Wa. facility on October 12th 2011. The hand over was only made possible after a tentative agreement was reached between Cargolux, Boeing and General Electric late last week. The dispute took center stage around September 17th 2011 when Cargolux announced that it was suspending the financing process for two Boeing 747-8F due to be delivered only a few days later on September 19th and 21st. This prompted the abrupt cancellation of the 3-day event Boeing had planned around its newest 747 delivery to launch customer. Skepticism regarding the aircraft performance falling short of expectations was echoed on September 21st when Atlas Air Holding, another Boe...
Cargolux And Atlas Air Forgo  5 Boeing 747-8F Ahead Of Delivery

Cargolux And Atlas Air Forgo 5 Boeing 747-8F Ahead Of Delivery

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Atlas Air, the world leader in cargo Aircraft Crew Maintenance Insurance announced Wednesday 21st 2011 it was “exercising right to terminate” 3 brand new Boeing 747-8F out of the 12 ordered since 2006. The 3 aircraft were due to be delivered in October and November 2011. The announcement indicates that because the 3 aircraft were among the first to be issued from the 747-8 assembly line, these 'early-build' aircraft did not incorporate the various design improvements installed by Boeing on latter (newer) build aircraft. The implication that performance shortcomings might be more apparent on these three aircraft it seems influenced Atlas air decision. Through Bloomberg.com, Jim Proulx, a Boeing spokesman explained that these 747-8 being “the first airplanes off the line are slightly short