The SB-1 Boeing and Sikorsky are developing for the Army’s Joint Multi-Role (JMR) technology demonstration programme is expected to fly in the third quarter of 2017 at West Palm Beach in Florida.
The propeller-pushed, lift-offset coaxial aircraft is being developed alongside the Bell Helicopter-Lockheed Martin V-280 Valor, a tilt-rotor design, to inform way ahead in the medium-weight class of the Army’s Future Vertical Lift programme. If successfully validated in testing, a Defiant or Valor type of rotorcraft would start replacing US Apache and Black Hawk helicopters in the 2030s.
The company released a new video this week showing how the Defiant is expected to operate.
Speaking at press tour at Boeing’s rotorcraft manufacturing facility in Philadelphia, the company’s director of future vertical lift at Phantom Works, Pat Donnelly, says the Army wants a speedy, multi-purpose aircraft that flies faster and farther than a traditional helicopter and carries more payload, but must “operate like a helicopter and cost like a helicopter.”
The weather center guru's have now predicted that most of the USA will have below average temperatures thru August. Northwest will see temps much above average. Florida slightly above average.
The Boeing Co., Seattle, Washington, is being awarded a $21,252,474 modification to a previously awarded advance-acquisition contract (N00019-14-C-0067) for the procurement of additional long-lead items for the manufacture and delivery of nine full-rate production Lot II P-8A MMA aircraft for the Navy.
With 10 days to go in the month, BA has delivered 35 planes.
Today they delivered 5 787's and have 4 more ready for delivery according to NYC787 site..
Lots of customer flights on 777's and 747's.
Should be a good month.
From CBS news:
HONOLULU -- One U.S. Marine was killed and nearly two dozen others were hurt when a military aircraft crashed in Hawaii on Sunday, officials said.
A tilt-rotor MV-22 Osprey carrying 22 Marines had what was described as a "hard-landing mishap" at Bellows Air Force Station on Oahu at approximately 11:40 a.m., according to a statement released Sunday night by the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit.
Several witnesses told CBS affiliate KHNL in Honolulu they watched as three aircraft performed maneuvers before beginning to land.
Within seconds, black smoke could be seen as only two of the aircraft lifted off again, as shown in video obtained by the station.
The 21 Marines who survived were taken to local hospitals "for assessment and treatment," the statement said. Officials did not provide details about their conditions.
Boeing has floated the idea of selling refurbished A-10 Warthogs to other nations as the US Air Force seeks to retire the venerable attack airplane.
The company is currently extending the service life of the air force’s A-10 fleet through a re-winging programme, and it recently delivered its 100th modification with more than 70 modifications left on contract.
At a Boeing-sponsored media event in San Antonio, Texas, today, the company’s chief engineer of off-Boeing programmes, Paul Cejas, suggested the US government might pursue international sales of upgraded A-10s. Dozens of A-10s are currently in near-flyaway storage at the air force’s boneyard facility in Arizona, and could be brought back into the operational fleet at any time.
By MARCIA DUNN
The Associated Press
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — A mysterious space plane is on its way to orbit. The Air Force launched its unmanned mini-shuttle from Cape Canaveral, Florida, late Wednesday morning. An Atlas V rocket carried it up. This is the fourth flight for the military research program, which is shrouded in secrecy. The last X-37B mission lasted close to 675 days and ended with a California touchdown. The Air Force won’t say how long this particular mission will last or where it will end.
SAN ANTONIO, May 20, 2015 – Boeing [NYSE: BA] recently completed maintenance on a U.S. Air Force E-4B advanced airborne command post earlier than planned, enabling the Air Force to quickly return the vital aircraft to operational service.
It was the first E-4B serviced at Boeing’s San Antonio site. Boeing also performs maintenance on Air Force C-17 Globemaster III airlifters, KC-135 aerial refueling tankers and on commercial aircraft at that site.
“The E-4B fleet is an essential element of our nation’s defense. Boeing’s ability to return this aircraft to service, ahead of schedule, benefits the men and women who serve on them as well as the citizens they protect,” said Joseph Stupic, Chief, E-4B Section, U.S. Air Force.
Based on the Boeing 747-200 commercial airplane, the E-4B’s primary role during a conflict is as an airborne command post under the direction of the president, secretary of defense and the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
From BA website:SEATTLE, May 18, 2015 – Initial operating capability (IOC) of the modernized French Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) fleet has been achieved with Boeing’s [NYSE: BA] delivery of the second of four upgraded aircraft and completion of the operational tests and evaluations. The upgrade is part of a Foreign Military Sale between the French Defense Procurement and Technology Agency (Direction générale de l'armement – DGA) and the U.S. government.
from flight global:
Boeing says it is in discussions with the US government about deploying a space-based hyperspectral imaging sensor several years after the air force started flying Raytheon’s Airborne Cueing and Exploitation System-Hyperspectral, or ACES-Hy, system tactically on an MQ-1 Predator UAV.
ACES-Hy, which captures images based on an object’s electromagnetic signature, was originally tested on a satellite before being integrated with an unmanned aircraft. Now, Boeing says there is interest from the Pentagon in augmenting a space-based capability with its airborne hyperspectral imaging pods.
From times of Oman:
Muscat: Oman Air has placed an order for six Dreamliners and will be taking delivery of its first plane later this year, according to a top-level official of Boeing.
Boeing (NYSE:BA) announced an order for its 737 Max jets from China's Ruili Airlines late Monday.
The budget carrier, along with two leasing firms, will buy 60 737 Max for $6.13 billion. Ruili Airlines is only a year old and is looking to expand its fleet to 56 jets in the next 10 years.
from nyc787 site:
Dreamliner 1, the first Boeing 787 will fly to Boeing Field today after spending several years in storage in Palmdale, Ca. The aircraft will subsequently fly to Japan, perhaps around the end of this month, where it will be donated to a yet un-named Japanese museum after removal of flight test equipment. Much of the aircraft's primary structure was built in Japan including the wings. The second and third 787s were donated to the Pima Air Museum and Museum of Flight respectively.
Delivery count jumped to 26 on Saturday. 787 has 7 planes ready for delivery per NYC787 site.
Should be a good delivery week ahead.
Looks like 21 planes. Next week should see a number of 747's and 777's. But the 787 appears to be even better. See NYC787 site for info on Everett an Charleston.