Lockheed Martin Sikorsky-Boeing’s SB>1 DEFIANT successfully completed FLRAA mission profile test flights, including a technology demonstration, confined area landings and low-level flight operations. If tests continue to go well, this aircraft will eventually replace the Black Hawk, especially since its coaxial rotors were able to achieve a top speed of 272 mph in level flight. Read more for the video and additional information.
China is reportedly working on a hypersonic plane, based on the now defunct Boeing Manta X-47C program. More specifically, Tang’s Two-Stage Vehicle (TSV) X-plane design, which consists of two separate engines on each side. When traveling at lower speeds, the engines function as standard turbine jet engines. Since there are no moving parts, this design enables the aircraft to quickly switch to high-speed mode to accelerate to over five times the speed of sound. Read more for additional pictures and information.
The new experimental Boeing 777X arrived at Dubai World Central for the Dubai Airshow, and it made a nearly 15-hour nonstop flight from Seattle’s Boeing Field, the first international flight and longest flight to date for the aircraft as it undergoes a rigorous test program. This model builds upon the success of the 777 and 787 Dreamliner families, making it the world’s largest as well as most efficient twin-engine jet. Read more for a video tour and additional information.
Boeing, in collaboration with the U.S. Air Force and Qatar Emiri Air Force (QEAF), officially unveiled Qatar’s advanced F-15, the F-15QA, in St. Louis yesterday. The first batch of F-15QA jets will be delivered to Qatar later this year following the completion of pre-delivery pilot training. The company will also establish and operate an aircrew as well as maintenance training facilities for the QEAF at Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar through 2024. Read more for two videos and additional information.
You may have seen refueling planes in-action, but what about an unmanned MQ-25 Stingray drone? Boeing recently tested its advanced manned-unmanned teaming (MUM-T) capabilities by communicating with other manned aircraft without the need for an air vehicle operator on the ground. This happened in a virtual environment with the MQ-25 communicating with the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye airborne command and control aircraft and the F/A-18 Super Hornet fighter jet. Read more for a video and additional information.
The Pentagon’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) announced last year that Boeing dropped out of its experimental space plane program, but the XS-1 Phantom Express is definitely worth taking a closer look at. Despite looking similar to NASA’s space shuttle, this vehicle is comprised of two major components, a space plane powered by a single AR-22 reusable cryogenic rocket engine and an expendable upper stage. Read more for a video and additional information.
The U.S. Navy and Boeing have for the first time ever demonstrated air-to-air refueling using an unmanned aircraft, the MQ-25 T1 test asset. This drone successfully extended the hose and drogue from its U.S. Navy-issued aerial refueling store (ARS) and safely transferred jet fuel to a U.S. Navy F/A-18 Super Hornet, showcasing its ability to carry out its primary aerial refueling mission. Read more for the video and additional information.
United Airlines Flight 328 managed to safely land at Denver International Airport on Saturday after the right engine on a Boeing 777-200 failed, leaving a string of debris from the plane scattered on the ground. This plane, with 231 passengers and 10 crew on board, was heading to Honolulu when it suffered an engine failed soon after takeoff, but thankfully, there were no reports of injuries, either on the plane or the ground. Read more for two videos and additional information.
Boeing’s new F-15EX fighter jet successfully completed its first flight and the first deliveries for the U.S. Air Force are set to begin later this quarter. The aircraft took off and landed from St. Louis Lambert International Airport, completing a 90-minute test flight before returning to the airport. F-15 Chief Test Pilot Matt Giese studied its multi-role jet’s avionics, advanced systems and software, while a test team monitoring the data collected during the flight confirmed it performed as planned. Read more for the video and additional information.
Sikorsky and Boeing today unveiled their newest advanced helicopter for the U.S. Army’s Future Long-Range Assault Aircraft competition, called DEFIANT X. It’s touted as the fastest, most maneuverable and survivable assault helicopter to date. This helicopter is capable of flying twice as far and fast as its predecessor, the Black Hawk helicopter. The engineering team is testing it in a digital combat environment to prove itself the most survivable platform for mission requirements. Read more for a video and additional information.