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Articles tagged with: F-35

08 January 2015

Aircraft Highs and Lows for 2014

Author: Richard L. Aboulafia, Drawn From: World Military & Civil Aircraft Briefing

Aircraft Highs and Lows for 2014

Sure, I could write yet another piece about the A380. My favorite target was back in the news for all the wrong reasons this month. Airbus spent its investors' conference grappling with the A380's grim commercial situation, with one executive implying that the plane could die in a few years and another promising that it would be rejuvenated with new engines. There's so much to say about this. 

22 July 2014

F-35 Absent, And Stuck In Second Gear

Author: Richard L. Aboulafia, Drawn From: World Military & Civil Aircraft Briefing

First, the good news. Even though the recent F-35 fire and subsequent fleet grounding came at a bad time, it likely will be brief. Since the aircraft has accumulated more than 3,000 flights and 5,000 flight hours, the problem is highly unlikely to be related to a serious design flaw. As of late last week, it appeared to be the result of "excessive rubbing" of engine blades on the powerplant cowling.

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