Posts Tagged ‘aviation’

India’s AMCA stealth fighter – an annotated infographic

March 14, 2017

Preliminary design of India’s proposed Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA) will begin in March, with a target of flying the aircraft in 2024 and making it ready for service as early as 2030. The twin-engine stealth warplane will likely feature an upgraded version of the General Electric F414 powerplant.

The AMCA is aimed at replacing much smaller ground attack jets such as the Mirage-2000, Jaguar and Mig-27. Russian technology includes Sukhoi stealth, active electronically scanned array or AESA radar and three-dimensional thrust vectoring for the AMCA’s engines.

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#Trump calls for new $4 billion Air Force One contract to be cancelled – an annotated infographic

December 13, 2016

In the wacky world of Donald Trump’s America, the approach to policy appears to lurch wildly from the reasonably sensible to the fundamentally insane. That, it appears, is the contrary nature of both The Donald’s broad, straight-talking appeal and the very real threat he poses in creating a Disunited States of America.

One of his latest wheezes/random brain dumps blurted out to share with the world concerns Air Force One – which will be Trump’s very own tricked-out personal plane, come January 2017 – and the prohibitively high cost of renewing said fleet.

On the face of it, this seems like a rational decision. Why spend $4 billion on a new fleet of planes, just for the President’s use? Trump isn’t wrong in suggesting there are better, more important things that money could be spent on. The caveat is what Trump considers to be a more important use of $4 billion.

Like watching an awful accident in slow motion, we fear to look and yet we cannot turn away.

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Gigantic Stratolaunch satellite-launching aircraft – an annotated infographic

July 26, 2016

The Stratolaunch air-launch platform – the largest aircraft ever to be built – is aiming to begin ferrying rockets to space by the end of the decade.

Constructed by US aerospace company Scaled Composites, the massive twin-bodied craft is reportedly close to completion, with test flights scheduled to begin in 2017.

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Stratospheric

Stratospheric

Touchdown in Abu Dhabi as @SolarImpulse completes round the world flight – an annotated infographic

July 26, 2016

Solar Impulse 2, the plane powered only by energy from the Sun, has completed its 15-month mission to circumnavigate the world.

Landing in Abu Dhabi yesterday – where it first took off in March 2015 – the plane finally completed its epic 25,000-mile record-breaking journey.

The feat is the world’s first round-the-world flight to be powered solely by the sun.

E&T news reported on Solar Impulse’s record-breaking flight in full earlier today.

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Natural Impulse

Natural Impulse

 

F-35 Lightning II fighter jet to debut @FIAFarnborough – an annotated infographic – #FIA16

July 5, 2016

The world’s most advanced fighter jet, the F-35 Lightning II, is making its first appearance at the Farnborough airshow in the UK in July.

Three F-35B jump jet aircraft are due to perform in the skies over the week-long event.

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Lightning strikes: F-35 flies in to Farnborough

Lightning strikes: F-35 flies in to Farnborough

China’s C919 domestic jetliner unveiled – an annotated infographic

November 4, 2015

China’s first large passenger aircraft to be made in the country has been rolled out of the final assembly line in Shanghai. The twin-engine C919, which is expected to enter service in 2019, is one of three aircraft intended to compete in the market for single-aisle jets, a space currently dominated by Airbus and Boeing 737.

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The 1 after 909

The 1 after 909

Final moments of Russian #Airbus321, flight KGL9268, pieced together – an annotated infographic

November 3, 2015

ADS-B data from online tracking website Flightradar24 is providing more indications about the mid-air break-up of the Metrojet Airbus A321 over Egypt’s Sinai peninsula, a crash that killed all 224 people on board.

The Automatic Dependent Surveillance data is helping investigators determine the Metrojet’s final moments.

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Tracking data reveals final moments

Tracking data reveals final moments

Latest theories about Russian #Airbus321 plane crash – an annotated infographic

November 2, 2015

The Russian Airbus A321 that crashed in the Sinai peninsula on Saturday broke up in mid-air, possibly from a very sudden structural failure causing explosive decompression of the fuselage. Aviation experts are looking at a possible rupture of the rear pressure bulkhead — a critical seal in the cabin’s pressurization system.

E&T news reported the latest information about the Airbus A321 air disaster earlier today.

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Russian Airbus A321

Russian Airbus A321

Flight #MH370 debris finally found on remote Reunion island – an annotated infographic

August 3, 2015

Air safety investigators have a “high degree of confidence’ that aircraft debris found in the Indian Ocean is part of a wing of a Boeing 777, the same model as missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370.

E&T news reported the details of this latest flight MH370 development in full last week.

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Debris puzzle of MH370

Debris puzzle of MH370

 

 

#SolarImpulse flies again, from Japan to Hawaii – an annotated infographic

June 30, 2015

As Great Britain basks in glorious sunshine, our summer having finally got its act together for a few consecutive days at least, it seems an apposite time to hear once again about the solar-powered plane attempting to circumnavigate the globe, powered by nothing more than the warming, energising rays of our distant but radiant star friend, the Sun.

After waiting for two months in Japan for a break in the weather, for that meteorological metaphorical window of opportunity to slide open, Solar Impulse 2 has begun its journey from Japan to Hawaii – a scorching, high-altitude trip that will take an estimated five days.

If successful, it will be the longest-duration solo flight in aviation history and the furthest distance flown by a plane powered solely by the sun.

E&T news reported on Solar Impulse 2‘s latest adventures yesterday.

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Hello, sunshine

Hello, sunshine