B-52 engine replacement progresses

The USAF has laid out three potential plans to re-engine its fleet of 76 Boeing B-52H Stratofortresses to allow the 55-year-old bomber fleet to operate beyond 2050. At a December 12 industry day, the service outlined its requirement that any replacement engine must be new build, must provide at least 20 … [Read more...]

Boeing teases with late MQ-25 contender

Boeing has revealed its surprising late contender for the US Navy’s MQ-25 unmanned aerial refuelling system requirement. After teasing the aviation world  by Tweeting an image of the stealthy aircraft with a black sheet over it a few days ago, Boeing released a single image of its MQ-25 contender on … [Read more...]

First flight for Bell V-280 Valor

The Bell V-280 Valor made its first flight from Bell’s Amarillo Texas facility on December 18. The tiltrotor aircraft has a fuselage similar to that of a Black Hawk, but features short stubby wings and rotating engine nacelles which allows it to transition from vertical to horizontal flight. Built for … [Read more...]

Stratolaunch performs first taxi tests

The world’s largest aircraft came one step closer to reality on December 17 after successfully conducting its first taxi tests. The Stratolaunch, an initiative of Microsoft co-founder Paul G Allen and Scaled Composites, is a platformed designed to carry rockets into the upper atmosphere where they can be … [Read more...]