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November 23, 2021

Interesting USAF developments

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 11:11 am
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Story here.  I wonder how much is already operational that we are not aware of?

September 29, 2021

Everything old is new again

Filed under: Modeling,Technology — dknights @ 4:44 am
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This reminds me of the plan to use 747s as ACLM launchers.  Given the retirements of the 747s, I would not be surprised to see that idea revived.

September 28, 2021

What is it?

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 9:26 am
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The shape of a new aircraft, or just a random test?  You decide.

September 25, 2021

The future of air combat

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 4:37 am
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Is this the future of air combat?  I suspect it will be a larger and larger aspect of it.  Interested to see where we will be in 20 years, if I make it that long.

September 15, 2021

F-117

Filed under: Modeling,Technology — dknights @ 2:34 am
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Good to see the F-117 getting used in this manner.  I always thought we “retired” them too quickly.

June 15, 2021

What happened in Hawaii?

Filed under: General — dknights @ 11:24 am
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Why did F-22s scramble?

April 11, 2021

Power from space?

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 9:23 am
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The X-37B spaceplane, that up until now has conducted missions so ultra secret, that nothing other than the launching and landing are ever reported, is currently conducting a flight where, for the first time, we know at least part of what it is doing.  Story here. (Post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)

March 16, 2021

B-52s

Filed under: Modeling,Technology — dknights @ 10:31 pm
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No, not the musical group, the airplane.  This article claims that there is now discussion of keeping the 52 in service thru 2097.  That is crazy.  However, a good re-engine followed by a complete software systems upgrade would surely make sense and could keep them flying thru at least the 2040s

February 23, 2021

I love Aggressor schemes

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 1:40 pm
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The folks at Nellis will be getting F-35s for an aggressor unit.  Here are some proposed schemes for the aircraft. (h/t Stephen Lee)

February 5, 2021

AI in the USAF

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 5:24 am
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Interesting story here about using an AI to fly a U-2.  The mission wasn’t unmanned but the AI controlled the flight.  An interesting step forward, especially with the “Loyal wingman” program advancing.

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