New York (AirGuideBusiness - Aerospace & Defense News - Defense North America) Jun 19, 2011
Aurora Municipal Airport, Boeing Replica of B-17 bomber is destroyed in emergency landing. On Monday, a working replica of a Boeing B-17 bomber was destroyed while performing an emergency landing after taking off from Aurora Municipal Airport in Illinois. Pilot John Hess safely landed the vintage plane in a cornfield after the aircraft's wing caught fire. All seven people aboard the Liberty Belle B-17 escaped serious injury. Jun 14, 2011
Boeing Boeing to reduce staff at Wichita, Kan., defense facility. Boeing said it will cut 225 jobs at its Defense, Space & Security's Maintenance, Modifications and Upgrades facility in Wichita, Kan. The company said the move came about because of the end of some programs and other factors. "This reduction of positions is necessary to help our business reduce cost and improve productivity," said Mark Bass, general manager of the facility. "Our goal is to remain affordable and competitive, and ensure future growth in the airplane-modification business in Wichita." Jun 15, 2011
Boeing Boeing has announced the signing of a previously announced order for 10 C-17s for the Indian air force that will extend production of the tactical airlifter by one year. The signing of the USD4.1 billion order means that Boeing now has 28 C-17s in an order backlog stretching to mid-2014, with India now the largest of six international operators. The future of C-17 production now depends on whether Boeing can scrape at least 30 additional aircraft orders within the next five years. At that point, the US Air Force may consider alternatives to inducting about 30 more Lockheed Martin C-5As into a reliability enhancement and re-engining programme. Jun 15, 2011
Boeing Lawmakers want reports of cost hikes in Boeing tanker program. The House Appropriations Committee's subcommittee on defense has approved a spending bill that would require the Air Force to disclose to lawmakers if the cost of Boeing's aerial tanker program rises by $5 million or more. When Boeing was awarded the contract this year, Deputy Defense Secretary William Lynn said the Pentagon "committed to a fixed-price contract structure that would deliver the Air Force a capable aircraft at the most competitive price." Jun 13, 2011
Lockheed Martin Lawmakers pressure Obama to sell F-16 jets to Taiwan. Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are encouraging President Barack Obama to allow sales of F-16 jet fighters to Taiwan. "With over 1,600 missiles pointed directly across the Taiwan Strait, Taiwan needs the means to defend itself from the threats and intimidation," said Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla. "Taiwan urgently needs new tactical fighters," agreed Rep. Howard Berman, D-Calif. Jun 17, 2011
Lockheed Martin Even though...