Author Archives: Pat Host

Second Boeing T-X Aircraft Takes Flight

Boeing [BA] and partner Saab completed the first flight of their second production-ready T-X aircraft, according to a Boeing statement. The second T-X aircraft is identical to the first and is designed specifically for the Air Force advanced pilot training requirement. During the one-hour flight, lead T-X test pilot Steve Schmidt and Boeing Test Pilot for Air Force […]

Boeing's T-X aircraft offering, unveiled in St. Louis on Sept. 13. Photo: Boeing.

Second Boeing T-X Aircraft Takes Flight

Boeing [BA] and partner Saab completed the first flight of their second production-ready T-X aircraft, according to a Boeing statement. The second T-X aircraft is identical to the first and is designed specifically for the Air Force advanced pilot training requirement. During the one-hour flight, lead T-X test pilot Steve Schmidt and Boeing Test Pilot […]

Two F-35A Lightning IIs from the 388th Fighter Squadron, Hill AFB, Utah, and three F-15C Eagles from the 493rd Fighter Squadron, RAF Lakenheath, England, fly in formation during a training sortie over the United Kingdom, April 27, 2017. The F-35As first arrived at RAF Lakenheath on April 15, 2017, which marked it's first flying training deployment to Europe. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Tech. Sgt. Roidan Carlson)

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F-35 Bulgaria. Two F-35As arrived in Bulgaria April 28 from Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, according to a Lockheed Martin statement. The deployment allows the pilots and supporting airmen the opportunity to engage in familiarization training within the European theater while reassuring allies and partners of the U.S. The F-35As were joined by an Air […]

SpaceX lands its Falcon 9 on its floating water barge after its April 8 launch. Photo: SpaceX.

Air Univ. Study Suggests Air Force Further Use OTAs For Low Cost Access To Space

A December study produced by Air University suggests the Air Force further use the Pentagon’s other transaction authority (OTA) to partner with domestic commercial firms pursuing quick and rapid launch capabilities. The study, “Fast Space: Leveraging Ultra Low-Cost Access for 21st Century Space Challenges,” said the Air Force should assemble a team to pursue the […]

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Trump Calls For Report On National Security Effects Of Aluminum Imports

President Donald Trump on Thursday called on his commerce secretary to determine the effects of aluminum imports on national security. In a presidential memorandum, the White House said core industries such as steel, aluminum, vehicles, aircraft, shipbuilding and semiconductors are critical elements of the United States’ manufacturing and defense industrial bases, which the White House […]

The multiple-times-used Blue Origin New Shepard rocket on display outside the main hall of the 33rd Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, Colo. Photo: Defense Daily.

Meyerson Laments Air Force Lethargy Toward Streamlining Commercial Launch Licensing

A top commercial space executive on Wednesday lamented the Air Force’s slow pace toward eliminating duplicative requirements and approvals for commercial launches, despite a pair of 2016 letters from a top Air Force officer both identifying, and providing action items, for these issues. “The leadership’s vision has not yet been fully adopted at all levels […]

Artist's illustration of BAE Systems' 3DAWS. Photo: BAE Systems.

BAE Systems Unveils Next-Generation, 3D Aircraft Threat Warning System

BAE Systems released a product suite called 3-Dimensional Advanced Warning System (3DAWS) that the company believes will significantly increase aircraft survivability from advanced threats. Cheryl Paradis, director of threat warning system at BAE Systems, said Tuesday via a spokesman 3DAWS is comprised of two components: a passive threat detection system and the company’s passively-cued, radio […]

ULA Launches Orbital ATK CRS Mission

United Launch Alliance (ULA) on April 18 successfully launched an Orbital ATK [OA] Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) mission to the International Space Station (ISS). Launch took place at 11:11 a.m. EDT from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., aboard an Atlas V rocket. This launch, called OA-7, is Orbital ATK’s seventh operational cargo mission under […]

Spaceport Colorado Awaits FAA Licensing Decision Later This Year

Colorado hopes to have an answer from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on its spaceport site operator license application later in 2017, according to a key official. Spaceport Colorado Airport Director Dave Ruppel told sister publication Defense Daily April 18 that paperwork was submitted a year ago and now Colorado is going through the pre-review […]

Analyst Says Bezos’ Funding Of Blue Origin Via Amazon Stock Formidable

A prominent defense analyst believes tech billionaire Jeff Bezos’ funding of Blue Origin by selling his Amazon [AMZN] stock is formidable as it is a constantly replenishing pool of money for Bezos to tap. Byron Callan of Capital Alpha Partners said April 10 it is likely Bezos, who founded both the Amazon online marketplace and […]