India’s AMCA stealth fighter – an annotated infographic

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. Click on the graphic for an expanded view. Continue reading India’s AMCA stealth fighter – an annotated infographic

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

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

Gigantic Stratolaunch satellite-launching aircraft – an annotated infographic

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. Click on the graphic for an expanded view. Continue reading Gigantic Stratolaunch satellite-launching aircraft – an annotated infographic

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

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. Click on the graphic for an expanded view.   Continue reading Touchdown in Abu Dhabi as @SolarImpulse completes round the world flight – an annotated infographic

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

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. Click on the graphic for an expanded view. Continue reading F-35 Lightning II fighter jet to debut @FIAFarnborough – an annotated infographic – #FIA16

China’s C919 domestic jetliner unveiled – an annotated infographic

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. Click on the graphic for an expanded view. Continue reading China’s C919 domestic jetliner unveiled – an annotated infographic

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

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. Click on the graphic for an expanded view. Continue reading Final moments of Russian #Airbus321, flight KGL9268, pieced together – an annotated infographic