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Losing the second assembly line for Boeing Co.‘s new 787 jetliner to another state wouldn’t be the end of aerospace in Washington, Governor Chris Gregoire said Tuesday.
In her second straight day of high-profile public statements on Boeing’s plans for a new facility, the Democratic governor made it clear that the company’s tattered relationship with its Machinists union is the most important factor left unresolved.
Boeing is expected to choose a location for the new 787 facility by year’s end. Washington is competing with South Carolina for the new project.
The union and management have been in talks. Gregoire said she and other officials are working hard to foster a good relationship, but she declined to elaborate, citing sensitivity of the negotiations.
South Carolina, meanwhile, offers a relatively headache-free labor landscape: The state’s labor policies give unions less power than they enjoy in Washington, and workers at Boeing’s facility there recently voted to oust the Machinists.
In a statement Monday, district Pres. Tom Wroblewski agreed with Gregoire’s assessment that the state’s business landscape was ideal. But regarding any contract changes, Wroblewski said only that the union was in regular meetings with Boeing leadership.
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It was a historical day on the flightline here, as the last KC-135E model touched down after its final flight.
The KC-135E, which served the Air Force for more than 50 years, will now spend its days basking in the sun in the ‘Boneyard’ and providing much needed parts to the rest of the fleet.
While the aircraft, with tail number 56-3630, only spent the last couple of decades with the Maine Air National Guard, it has long played a vital role in air superiority for the United States.
“We are proud of the heritage of this aircraft,” said Col. John Thomas, commander of the 101st Maintenance Group, Maine ANG. “This airplane was delivered to active duty in 1958, has served through the Cold War, went to Vietnam a couple of times and served in current contingencies.”
This aircraft not only served in many operations, but it also set a speed record in the 1950s by flying from New York to London and back in only 12 hours, the colonel added.
Ten of the E-model KC-135s are being preserved as static displays at various locations and three others are scheduled to be used as ground instructional trainers. But, for the operational Air Force, it’s the end of an era as the service transitions to the new air-to-air refueling tanker, dubbed the KC-X.
“For the 827th Aircraft Sustainment Group, this is a bittersweet day,” said Col. Robert Torick, 827th ACSG commander and project officer for the KC-135E retirement. “While we close this chapter, the air refueling mission story continues. We say goodbye to a real workhorse who has played a critical role in the success of the Air Force mission over the last 50-plus years.”
Even though this aircraft is now officially retired, the E-model will still play a role in keeping other KC-135 models in the air.
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Ten days after descending from space to a California landing, the space shuttle Discovery made yet another landing on Monday at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, atop a modified jumbo jet.
The touchdown at the shuttle fleet’s home base came at the end of a two-day, cross country flight from Edwards AFB in California. Discovery had to land at the Edwards backup site when it returned from the international space station on Sept. 11, due to stormy weather at the Kennedy Space Center’s runway.
The shuttle was prepared and mounted piggyback fashion on NASA’s Boeing 747 airplane. The shuttle-jet combo took off from Edwards early Sunday and made refueling stopovers in Forth Worth, Texas, and Barksdale AFB in Louisiana. The final three-hour leg of the trip came in Monday morning. NASA estimates the cost of such ferry trips at $1.8 million.
During its two-week mission to the space station, Discovery brought up tons of experiments, supplies and equipment including a treadmill. The mission also featured a crew exchange, as well as three spacewalks to replace a coolant tank and install other equipment on the station’s exterior.
Discovery will now be readied for its next launch, scheduled for March 18 2010. The flight is one of six missions NASA hopes to send to the space station before the shuttle fleet is retired.
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FedEx Express, a subsidiary of FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) and the company that invented overnight shipping 38 years ago, has made international express shipping even faster with the unveiling today of its first Boeing 777 Freighter (777F) during ceremonies with The Boeing Company in Everett, Wash. FedEx Express is the first U.S.-based global all-cargo freight airline to take delivery of the 777F, and has placed the largest order for the aircraft model to date.
“The Boeing 777 is an extraordinary testament to our dedication to fleet enhancement, allowing FedEx Express to provide unmatched services to our customers around the world” said David J. Bronczek, president and chief executive officer, FedEx Express. “Its payload capacity, range and environmental efficiencies create well-rounded, long-term strategic value for our company in meeting the global shipping demands of customers.”
Introduction of the 777F to the FedEx fleet of more than 650 aircraft expands what is already the world’s largest cargo airline. Its international routes will provide service benefits to customers and enhance the efficiency of the FedEx Express global network.
The 777F is the world’s largest twin-engine cargo aircraft. Its flight range, the equivalent of about 6,675 land miles, or nearly three times the approximate distance between the east and west coasts of the U.S., is the longest of any two-engine freighter, with a payload capacity of 215,000 pounds (98 metric tons).
This represents an increase in range of more than 2,400 miles and an additional 14,000pounds of payload over the MD-11 freighter, which until now has been the primary long-haul aircraft in the company’s fleet.
The global freighter’s range enables FedEx Express to fly between major markets and hubs in Asia, Europe and the U.S. with more freight and in less time than it takes today, allowing latercut-off times for customers in the markets to drop off their shipments. For example, 777F transit times from points in Asia to the U.S. will be from one to three hours faster than those of the MD-11.
By April 2010, FedEx Express plans to have four 777Fs serving routes between Asia and the U.S. In all, there will be 15 777Fs in the company’s fleet by the end of fiscal 2014; FedEx Express also has a second order of 15 777Fs, which will be delivered between fiscal 2014 and fiscal 2019, and holds options on 15 more 777Fs.
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There are claims Australia’s biggest ever defence purchase, the $16 billion F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program, has lost its biggest advantage – stealth.
Defence analysts say the new Russian L band radar will detect the fighter and can be fitted to Sukhoi jet fighters of the type flown by Indonesia, Malaysia, China and Vietnam.
The Liberal member for Tangney, Dr Dennis Jensen, is a former research scientist and defence analyst with the Defence Science and Technology Organisation. He says the radar system can see through the F-35‘s stealth protection.
“The F-22 has been designed to be stealthy in a wider range of frequencies than the Joint Strike Fighter but also the F-22 has been designed to be in all aspects stealthy … whereas with the JSF the major focus has been from the frontal aspect,” he said.
“The stealth on the Joint Strike Fighter has been optimised around a certain set of frequencies and this is the problem with the radar that the Russians have developed to fit into the Sukhoi Flankers among others.”
A spokesman for Defence Minister John Faulkner says Defence monitors all such technical developments.
He says ongoing analysis shows the Joint Strike Fighter will be able to meet Australia’s requirements in all realistic threat scenarios.
He says that includes Indonesia’s purchase of Sukhoi SU-35 fighters.
For nearly six decades, it was only men who had flown Pakistan’s fighter jets. Today, Ambreen Gul is one of seven women who are trained and ready to fly Pakistan’s F-7 supersonic fighter jets.
“This is a feeling that makes you proud and make you humble also” says Gul.
Humility doesn’t mean lack of confidence.
To become a fighter pilot takes three years of training at the Air Force Academy in Risalpur, Pakistan, where the halls are lined with grainy black-and-white pictures of nearly six decades of male graduates who went on to fly for the Pakistan Air Force. Air Force officials say fighter pilots are playing a vital role in the fight against the Taliban.
They’re training in counterinsurgency, collecting aerial intelligence and targeting militant strongholds in the treacherous mountains of Pakistan’s tribal region along the Afghan border. Ambreen Gul says her goal now is to fly in combat. advertisement
“I would give my life for my country,” she says.
But women rarely fly in combat anywhere in the world and it’s never been done in Pakistan. It’s another barrier Gul plans to break.
U.S Navy Sailors assigned to Transient Personnel Unit (TPU) Puget Sound participated in a beautification project at the Naval Base Kitsap (NBK) Bangor’s 9/11 Memorial Park.
The 9/11 Memorial Park was dedicated to the base on Nov. 10, 2005. The park displays silver plaques with a list of those who lost their lives during the 9/11 attacks.
“It’s important to keep this park looking beautiful because it represents what America has been through. Everyone who visits this park can take a minute to reflect and pay tribute to those who lost their lives.”, said Chief Air Traffic Controller (AW/SW) Christopher L. Switzer, legal department head TPU Puget Sound.
Service members cleared out overgrown weeds and garden mulch. Sailors also picked up trash and repainted the gazebo, which shelters a sculpture designed by Joe Powers.
The monument displayed is a bronze metal statue of an eagle perched on a tree branch with a flag prominently displayed. According to Joe Powers, local metal sculptor, the sculpture represents America’s strength and fairness. The name of his piece is titled “With Liberty and Justice for All.”
“This park is a symbol and a tribute to those who lost their lives. Each week Sailors assigned to TPU come here to keep the park looking good for visitors, and the park is a reminder for all of us to remember 9/11.”, said Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) 2nd Class Brad Jenson, TPU volunteer coordinator.
A US Navy patrol boat sunk during World War II has been found and photographed 20 miles off Cape Hatteras, North Carolina.
The wreck of the YP-389, a converted fishing trawler, rests in about 300 feet of water in a region known as the “Graveyard of the Atlantic”, where several US and British naval vessels, merchant ships and German U-boats sunk during the Battle of the Atlantic.
six sailors died when the YP-389 was attacked by a German submarine June 19, 1942. There were 18 survivors.
“The story of the YP-389 personifies the character of the Battle of the Atlantic along the East Coast of the United States, where small poorly armed fishing trawlers were called to defend American waters against one of Germany’s most feared vessels,” said David W. Alberg, expedition leader and superintendent of the Monitor National Marine Sanctuary. “It is one of the most dramatic accounts of an engagement between Axis and Allied warships during the dark days of World War II.”
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Boeing today released an image of the first 747-8F destined for launch customer Cargolux, complete with its General Electric GEnx-2B engines slung under its wings.
While recovery of the freight market is still languishing behind that of passenger traffic, Boeing now races towards 2010 with both the 747-8F and 787 both now poised to take flight for the first time by year end.
(image courtesy of Boeing)
The image also show the new raked wing tip attached to the relofted wing- stretching the span of the jet to over 68m.
Only a few months ago it seemed as if the 747-8F was a clear front-runner to fly first before the 787 by a wide margin. Having been delayed itself, the biggest commercial airplane Boeing now produces is penned to become airborne by early December, if not before.
In previous discussions with 747 Chief Engineer Michael Teal, Boeing is now redoubling its efforts to shave weight from the airplane.
Aviation International News Online has this story on Boeing’s work to reduce the weight of the airplane and further enhance its performance.
“The weight of the airplane has been a little heavy as typically at this stage of the program it is but through changing some of the maximum landing and zero fuel weights we’ve been able to keep very strong revenue payload lines, so we’re doing really well there. From a performance side in terms of our cash operating costs our tonne-mile costs and the fuel burn, we’re meeting and exceeding what we’re asked to do, so we’re feeling really good about that,” said Teal.
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The Federal Aviation Administration said it will change rules fir the airspace over the Hudson River in New York City following last month’s deadly midair crash of a small plane and a sightseeing helicopter.
New rules are:
- Aircraft speeds would be restricted and pilots who fly between 1,000 and 1,300 feet
- Restricting aircraft to speeds of 140 knots or less
- Making mandatory commonly used routes that take southbound aircraft down the river’s west side and northbound craft up the east side
- Requiring pilots to announce when they enter the area, report their locations, directions and altitudes and turn on anti-collision devices and landing lights
- Requiring controllers at Teterbro to request approval from Newark Liberty Airport before a plane departs for Class B airspace over the river.
The rule changes were developed from a report completed by an FAA task force last week, the FAA said. They should be in place by Nov. 19.