Boeing Successfully Improved 30,000-lb Massive Ordnance Penetrator Bomb

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Boeing has successfully improved the performance of the 30,000-lb Massive Ordnance Penetrator. The Pentagon’s director of operational testing, Michael Gilmore, has confirmed that tests conducted with the heavy GBU-57, a 20-foot long GPS-guided bomb believed to be able to penetrate 200 feet of concrete before exploding, have demonstrated that the redesigned bomb is capable to hit and destroy deeply buried targets.

The enhanced MOP features tail-fin modifications to fix bugs identified in testings as well as as a second fuse to effectively prosecute hardened underground targets. The modifications were tested with five bomb drops from a B-2 stealth bomber on the White Sands Missile Range, conducted between June and October, and two ground tests. The B-2 is the only platform in the U.S. Air Force inventory currently capable to carry and release the heaviest U.S. bomb, even if B-52s were used in previous tests.

With the furtherly improved “bunker buster”, the U.S. have finally obtained the weapon they needed to destroy nuclear facilities as well as bunkers that protect chemical, biological and nuclear weapons.

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source: theaviationist.com

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Premier Aviation Expands Paint Services in New York State

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Premier Aviation, a private aircraft maintenance overhaul “MRO” Services Company, announced the successful completion of 15 aircraft paint projects on Boeing, Airbus and Embraer aircraft emphasizing the capabilities of its Rome facility. The 50,000 sq. ft. paint facility has been in full operation since August 2012 and is ready to meet the industry needs supporting both their heavy airframe maintenance customers as well as those requiring only aircraft paint.

The facility is state-of-the-art environmentally, fully equipped and able to fulfill paint requirements on any regional or narrow-body and most large wide-body aircraft. The central location in New York reduces indirect costs related to ferry flights. Cost saving combined with Premier’s airframe heavy maintenance capabilities and competitive pricing, provides a great solution for customers.

With facilities in both Canada and the USA, Premier can accommodate any customer’s schedule at short notice. Further, strong maintenance capabilities in all Premier paint facilities make the paint process a low risk event.

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Source: www.aviationpros.com

10th Annual Living Legends of Aviation Awards Takes Flight on January 18

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The 10th Annual Living Legends of Aviation Awards, presented by Bell Helicopter and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, which will be held on January 18, 2013 at the Beverly Hilton, announced some of this year’s honorees.

The 10th annual awards will be hosted by John Travolta , “The Official Ambassador of Aviation”®, and will celebrate a decade of recognition during aviation’s second hundred years.

The program starts with Morgan Freeman narrating the “Flown West” tribute to four Legends that took their last flight West in 2012 – Neil Armstrong , Carroll Shelby , George McGovern , and AL Ueltschi, followed by the inductions of new “Living Legends of Aviation.” Harrison Ford will present the Harrison Ford Aviation Legacy Award to Greg Anderson , founder of the “Young Eagles” and CEO of Wings Over the Rockies.

James Albaugh will be inducted into the “Living Legends of Aviation” and will receive the Lifetime Aviation Industry Leader Award for his remarkable contributions and career at Boeing Aircraft Company. Inductees include Eren and Fatih Ozmen , the dynamic leaders of Sierra Nevada Corporation, who have taken their company from 20 to 2100 employees. Additionally, the Ozmen’s will present this year’s Aviation Industry Entrepreneur of the Year Award to John Uzcekaj, CEO of Aspen Avionics.

David Neeleman will be honored with the Lifetime Aviation Entrepreneur Award. A true entrepreneur, Mr. Neeleman, founded Jet Blue Airlines in 1998, and Azul Airlines in 2008,revolutionizing travel for millions of people in both North and South America. Actor, producer and aerobatic pilot David Ellison will be presented with the 2013 “Aviation Inspiration and Patriotism Award.”

Meet Legend Sully Sullenberger and the new inductees, including the legendary test pilot Randy Gaston . Bob Hoover will present his Freedom of Flight Award to the first and the last man to walk on the moon. Accepting are Carol Armstrong and Gene Cernan . Join over 50 “Living Legends of Aviation” including many celebrity Legends, and be part of the most important and prestigious recognition event in aviation.

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World Record Breaking Polystyrene Pedal-Powered Plane?

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The trend of human powered flight got a little more interesting this week with the news that a Japanese engineering team said they were in the midst of tweaking a polystyrene ‘plane’ powered by pedal pushing in the hopes that they can beat the world record for distance traveled in a human-propelled plane.

The team of ten engineers — who all currently work for Yahama — say that a professional mountain biker is waiting in the wings to pilot their “Gokurakutombo” craft, which has a wingspan of 117 feet (35.6 meters), half of a Boeing 747 jet. The plane only weighs 81 pounds (37kg) due to its polystyrene construction, and comes together through a carbon fiber shell.

The Gokurakutombo, a pun on “happy dragonfly,” will hopefully snatch the record for human flight set in 1988 by the MIT’s Daedalus, which was able to reach a distance of 71.5 miles (115km) after setting off in Crete.

The leader of the Aeroscepsy team, Shinsuke Yano, said:
“We are pretty confident about reaching a new record. We know from past tests that our aircraft has that capacity. The most difficult part is reading weather conditions. Light wind can upset the fragile plane.”

The engineers hope to set off on their record attempt close to Mt. Fuji and across the Pacific early next year. If all goes to plan, the Gokurakutombo will be gunning for roughly 75 miles.

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Source: http://www.smartplanet.com/blog/bulletin/can-this-polystyrene-pedal-powered-plane-break-world-records/8445

Boeing delivers first 777 plane to Iraq

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Boeing’s first of several jets it’s selling to Iraq has touched down in Baghdad. The arrival of the 777-200LR plane in the Iraqi capital on Saturday is the latest sign that Iraq is working to recover and rebuild after decades of war and sanctions.

Boeing says Iraq has ordered another 30 of the smaller 737-800 model and 10 of its new 787. The first of the 737s will be delivered in the middle of next year.

Iraqi Transportation Ministry spokesman Karim al-Nouri says the plane’s arrival is an important step toward building a large and reliable fleet for the government-owned Iraqi Airways.

Iraqi Airways’ efforts to turn itself around have been hobbled by its ageing fleet and a long-running dispute with Kuwait.

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Source: http://english.alarabiya.net/articles/2012/12/15/255260.html

World War II plane recovered from Lake Michigan

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A World War-II era plane has been recovered from the bottom of Lake Michigan, where it has been for nearly 70 years.

The FM-2 “Wildcat” Fighter, crashed during aircraft-carrier training near Waukegan on Dec. 28, 1944. It went down in about 200 feet of water in an accident blamed on engine failure. Crews recovered it Friday, Dec 7, 2012.

The Naval Aviation Museum Foundation sponsored the recovery. The foundation wants it to eventually go on display in the Chicago area.

More than 17,000 pilots completed the training in Lake Michigan. That included World War II pilot and future president, George H.W. Bush.

The aircraft carriers used for the training docked at Chicago’s Navy Pier. The pilots flew from Glenview Naval Air Station in Glenview.

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Source: http://www.rrstar.com/updates/x1353217739/World-War-II-plane-recovered-from-Lake-Michigan

Solar-Powered Plane to Fly Around the World

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The solar-powered plane, Solar Impulse, that is powered by 12,000 solar cells that make up its overlong wings is scheduled to fly around the world in 2015. It is the brainchild of Bertrand Piccard, the first person to circumnavigate the globe in a hot air balloon. The solar-powered plane travels only 30 miles per hour and will have to aloft 20 days, even at night. It’s not the first sun-powered plane but unlike others, its energy-efficient batteries allow it to soar even through dark night skies.

“These cells capture the energy of the sun and transform it into electricity,” Piccard explains. “This electricity goes simultaneously to the engine and to the batteries. Then we reach the next sunrise, and we capture the sun again, and we can continue, theoretically forever.” The psychologist and aeronaut came up with the idea 13 years ago after becoming the first to circumnavigate the globe nonstop in a balloon. Dismayed by the trip’s enormous fuel dependency, Piccard promised his next flight would be self-sustaining.

In 2009, Piccard, along with his business partner André Borschberg, unveiled a solar-powered plane that relied only on the limitless power of the sun. A year later, the two showed the technology was capable of overnight flight when Borschberg flew the experimental craft for 26 hours and 9 minutes over Switzerland.
The former Swiss Air Force fighter pilot described the renewed appreciation of sunlight that comes with depending on it to remain aloft, 20,000 plus feet in the air, “The sunset is gorgeous, but the sunrise of course brings the next day. It brings the hope again that you can continue.”

Of course, there are some kinks left to work out before the Solar Impulse is even remotely close to market-ready. The craft’s extremely light weight makes it particularly susceptible to storms. The cockpit lacks climate control and the plane stalls at low speeds. At least the wings aren’t held together with wax.

Borschberg and Piccard hope to complete the first purely solar-powered flight across the US next spring. The entrepreneurs’ plan is for the Impulse to take a 20-day trip around the globe in 2015.

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Source: http://www.csmonitor.com/Environment/Energy-Voices/2012/1204/Solar-powered-plane-to-circumnavigate-globe.-How-will-it-fly-at-night