A new wing for Boeing’s newest airplane
Steve | January 28, 2011 | 11:49 pm

the wing of RC001. photo by Boeing

RC001 is the test plane for Boeing’s first 747-8 Intercontinental, which will debut on February 13. Since earlier this month, RC001 has been under going a series of gauntlet tests including a closed loop system that simulates real flight, ground tests, and a factory gauntlet to test the functionality of the aircraft systems. You can view the premiere event of the 747-8i streaming live on the web on February 13 at 11am. For more information, visit www.newairplane.com/747/incredible.

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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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Boeing and Space Adventures to Offer Commercial Spaceflight Opportunities
denisegl | September 15, 2010 | 8:29 am

“AAAH Mom, Do we have to go to Low Earth orbit to see our cousins agaaaaain??”

The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] and Space Adventures, Ltd. have established a memorandum of agreement regarding the marketing of anticipated transportation services to destinations in low Earth orbit (LEO) on Boeing commercial crew spacecraft. Under this agreement, Space Adventures will market passenger seats on commercial flights aboard the Boeing Crew Space Transportation-100 (CST-100) spacecraft to LEO. Potential customers for excess seating capacity include private individuals, companies, non-governmental organizations, and U.S. federal agencies other than NASA. Boeing plans to use the CST-100 to providecrew transportation to the International Space Station (ISS) and future commercial LEO platforms.

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Boeing 787 Dreamliner Makes International Debut
Steve | July 18, 2010 | 9:48 am

787 Dreamliner (ZA003) touches down in the UK

The Everett-built Boeing 787 Dreamliner made its international debut landing at the Farnborough Airport at 9:09 a.m. (local time) today in support of the Farnborough International Airshow that begins Monday. This is the first international trip made by a Boeing 787 Dreamliner. The airplane came via nonstop flight to Farnborough, U.K., from Seattle.

“It’s an honor to showcase the 787 here at the Farnborough Airshow,” said Scott Fancher, vice president Read more »

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Would you fly in a Ukrainian built airplane?
Steve | July 3, 2010 | 6:39 am

U.S. Aerospace and Antonov to bid for U.S. tanker

the Antonov ‘New Generation’ AN-70 - Cargo Aircraft. Photo courtesy of Antonov ASTC

Are you ready for the next round in the KC-X Tanker smackdown? Reuters reported on Friday that Antonov, the state-owned Ukrainian plane builder is joining forces with U.S. Aerospace Inc, a small cash-strapped U.S. company, to enter the hotly contested competition to build a new generation of refueling tankers for the U.S. military. Bids are due by next Friday. Boeing and EADS have been ready for months to submit bids. The Antonov/U.S. Aerospace partnership is asking the Pentagon for Read more »

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Make your own plastic Boeing 787 Dreamliner with LEGOS
Steve | June 26, 2010 | 11:25 pm

Recommended for ages 10 - 15 years

Hey kids…don’t pout. Don’t get down and gloomy about the announcement this week that the test fleet of Everett-made Boeing 787 Dreamliners has been grounded due to a manufacturing issue with Italian made parts in the tail section. While flight testing on the composite plastic jets discontinues and Boeing customers wait for delivery of their billion dollar 787 orders, you and the whole family can have fun at home assembling your very own 787 Dreamliner with 1,197 LEGOS pieces, made out of acrylonitrile butadiene styrene plastic. Created at an über high-tech facility in Denmark, these LEGOS promise structurally sound engineering in the 787 tail, unlike those Italian made LEGOS.
For more information, visit: http://shop.lego.com/Product/?p=10177

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Boeing 787 Weathers Lightning Strike
Steve | June 19, 2010 | 7:46 pm

Dreamliner ZA005 in clearer skies

Susanna Ray of Bloomerg reported that Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner survived its first lightning strike without damage. The incident occurred last month, as the composite-plastic jet was flying near Boeing Field, when it was unexpectedly hit by a lightning strike during a rare convergence zone thunderstorm. Scott Fancher, vice president of the 787 Dreamliner program, reported to Bloomberg that the aircraft’s Read more »

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KC-X Tanker Smackdown: EADS trash talks Boeing
Steve | April 30, 2010 | 1:52 pm

Boeing's NewGen Tanker

When EADS North America announced earlier this month their plans to compete against Boeing to bid on the heated and controversial USAF KC-X tanker contract, it was only a matter of time before the trash talk would fly. Stephen Trimble of Flight Global has obtained a one page list of anti-Boeing talking points that EADS has supplied to their allies in Congress.

Here are a few of these zingers from EADS:
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Will there be a strike at Boeing in 2012?
Steve | April 27, 2010 | 12:02 am

A crowd of over 12,000 Boeing employees and guests gathered to observe the first flight of the 787 on December 15, 2009.

Bloomberg journalists John Lippert and Susanna Ray published an insightful article on Monday about the ups and downs of Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner program. With input from Boeing CEO Jim McNearny and executive vice president Jim Albaugh, the lengthy article chronicles events at Boeing for the past few years and looks to the future. Anyone interested in the Everett-area economy would take notice of comments in the article by International Association of Machinists (IAMAW) union president Tom Buffenbarger, and other Read more »

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Earth Day Turns 40 – Celebrate at the Future of Flight
Steve | April 18, 2010 | 10:27 pm

the Tesla Roadster all-electric sports car

What do Boeing’s biofuel hydroplane U-787, the Tesla Roadster and the Boeing 787 Dreamliner have in common? They are lightweight, fuel (or alternative fuel) efficient made of advanced composite materials, and push the technology envelope. On Thursday, April 22, 2010, Earth Day turns 40 and the Future of Flight Aviation Center invites everyone to mark the occasion by visiting between 9am – 3pm that day to view Boeing’s hydroplane, U-787 and meet Chip Hanauer, Read more »

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