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...]