Posts for category ‘Aerospace’

Boeing KC-46A Smack-down: Boeing wins!
denisegl | February 24, 2011 | 3:20 pm

The Boeing Company has received a contract from the U.S. Air Force to build the next-generation aerial refueling tanker aircraft that will replace 179 of the service’s 400 KC-135 tankers. The contract calls for Boeing to design, develop, manufacture and deliver 18 initial combat-ready tankers by 2017. “We’re honored to be given Read more »

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You Peeked !
Steve | November 30, 2010 | 10:30 pm

EADS makes the slimy move of looking at Boeing’s confidential data.
Boeing however, did the right thing.

Boeing KC-767 tankers

In the wake of the USAF Shakespearean comedy of errors earlier this month of misaddressing envelopes to rival bidders in the KC-X tanker smackdown, the New York Times reported today that the European Aeronautics Defense and Space Company (EADS), had opened a computer file containing some of the data but that its rival, Boeing, had not.

The mixup, which started when the Air Force inadvertently sent each company the wrong data, has thrown the long-running effort to replace its Read more »

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KC-X Tanker Smackdown: The Drama Thickens
Steve | November 20, 2010 | 5:40 am

Air Force misaddresses letters to Boeing and EADS in a Shakespearean Comedy of Errors

Boeing KC-767 Tanker

In the latest drama in the Boeing vs. EADS $35 billion-dollar tanker contest, the U.S. Air Force admitted on Friday that it inadvertently sent the wrong letters to rival planemakers, delivering its technical assessment of Boeing’s bid to EADS, and vice versa. This comedy of errors is not unlike Shakespeare’s tale of Love’s Labour’s Lost, where a comedic character couriers two love letters, from two different men. Shakespeare’s plot undoubtedly gets mixed up when a love letter intended for a country girl is delivered to the Princess of France, and a love letter intended for a Read more »

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Airplane pillow fight en route between Pheonix and Everett is a YouTube sensation
denisegl | November 11, 2010 | 11:45 am

There was a time, in the now-distant past, when airplane travel was glamorous. Now, as this airplane pillow fight video shows, air travel ranks near a school bus trip. Youtube user Imatlin posted this airplane pillow fight video, saying it occurred on CO 1905 en route between Phoenix, AZ and Everett, WA.

The airplane pillow fight is not just an example of passengers having some fun in confined quarters– indeed, the airplane pillow fight reflects the plight of everyone who flies in coach: a healthy disdain for those who travel first class.

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Boeing news–The good news–Boeing receives three satellite contract
denisegl | August 6, 2010 | 4:07 pm

Boeing [NYSE: BA] today announced that it has received a contract from Inmarsat to build three Ka-band satellites to add to Inmarsat’s current mobile satellite services fleet. Financial details were not disclosed.The fixed-price contract, with options, calls for three 702HP commercial spacecraft with 89 Ka-band beams that will operate in geosynchronous orbit with flexible global coverage. The new satellite series, called Inmarsat-5, draws on Boeing’s four decades of experience gained from the production of more than 175 commercial communications satellites and its extensive expertise in Ka-band satellite communications systems. Read more »

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Washington Aerospace Training and Research Center Opening
Steve | June 2, 2010 | 6:18 am

A grand opening for the Washington Aerospace Training and Research Center, at Paine Field will be 10 a.m.-noon, Thurs., June 3, 3008 100th SW, in Everett. Classes will begin in the center the following Monday.

“The training center will provide flexible and nimble training opportunities in manufacturing, avionics, and composites that meet the fast paced needs of the aerospace industry,” said center director of operations Larry Cluphf. Read more »

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