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F-35 Packs a Punch

AIN Online // July 13, 2016

The F-35 is sleek and stealthy, thanks to internally-carried weapons, but that limits the operational payload and the jet’s air-to-ground capability, correct? To some extent, that is true, but here’s an alternative view. “It’s a bomb truck, capable of carrying 14,000 pounds–that’s 3,000 pounds more than my F-18s,” said Lt. General Jon Davis, head of aviation for the U.S. Marine Corps (USMC).

In fact, the F-35 has seven external weapons stations (see diagram). Their use is not part of the initial operating capability (IOC) for either the USMC F-35Bs or the U.S. Air Force F-35As. But a total of nine weapons are being qualified on the Lightning II as part of the system design and development contract that ends next year. More will likely be integrated in a follow-on contract for Block 4 software and capabilities, which has not yet been fully finalized.

Since Raytheon is the premier provider of weapons for the F-35 Lightning II, it’s not surprising to find a graphic display of them on the wall of the company’s pavilion here at the Farnborough Airshow. A half-scale rendering shows an AIM-120 Amraam air-to-air missile on the door of an internal weapons bay. Nestled within the bay are four SDB (small diameter bomb) IIs, the second version of this weapon and the first in the world to offer a tri-mode seeker (GPS, MMW IR, and laser). A GBU-12 laser-guided 500-pound Paveway II bomb, and an AIM-9X air-to-air missile, are shown on external pylons.

Three of these four Raytheon weapons are being qualified now, but SDB II would not come until Block 4—although it is at the top of Lt. Gen. Davis’ wish list. The SDB I made by Boeing and offering only GPS guidance, will be available on F-35As next year. Boeing also provides the GPS-guided GBU-31 and GBU-32 bombs that are already being carried internally by F-35s. The former is a 2,000-pound weapon whereas the latter is 1,000 pounds. The F-35B has smaller internal weapons bays that can only accommodate the GBU-32 (and the GBU-12).

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Highlights from the 2016 Farnborough Airshow

Boeing in Washington Newsletter
Farnborough Dream Comes True
Farnborough Dream Comes TrueThe flying display of the new ANA 787-9 Dreamliner at the Farnborough International Airshow was a special moment for the airline and crew.

Farnborough: Flights of Wonder
Farnborough: Flights of WonderBoeing celebrates 100 years with a special pavilion showcasing the company's history and future.

A Chief Pilot's Perspective of the 737 MAX Flying Display
A Chief Pilot's Perspective of the 737 MAX Flying Display The 737 MAX Chief Pilot explains how the crew positions the airplane to best show off its operational capabilities and efficiencies.

737 MAX and P-8 Star at the Show's First Day

737 MAX and P-8 Star at the Show's First DayThe airshow debut of the 737 MAX and major agreements for the United Kingdom to acquire P-8 and Apache aircraft marked a busy first day at the Farnborough International Airshow outside London.

Fort Wayne Open House/Airshow 2016

September 10-11, 2016; Fort Wayne, Indiana

Fort Wayne Open House Airshow 2016

122nd FW/Fort Wayne ANG Airshow
3005 Ferguson Rd
Fort Wayne, IN 46809-3158
United States of America


USAF Thunderbirds
Billy Werth Airshows, LLC
Tora Tora Tora
Special Operations Command - The Para-Commandos
Skip Stewart Airshows
Olivers SkyDancer
Kent Pietsch Airshows (Pietsch Airshows)
A-10 Thunderbolt
DAV Flight Team
CAF Red Tail Squadron
Patty Wagstaff Airshows, Inc.

For final agenda visit: https://www.fwairshow.com/event-schedule.php

Wings Over Watsonville 2016

September 3, 2016;Watsonville, California

Wings Over Watsonville is a 1 day event being held at the Watsonville Municipal Airport in Watsonville, California. This event showcases an Aircraft & Flight show, historic & antique aircraft, Food vendors, Aerial demonstration, People's choice awards and much more etc. in the Railway, Shipping & Aviation Products industry.

Wings Over Watsonville 2016

USAF Thunderbirds Display Highlights

A highlight reel of the Air Force F-16 Thunderbirds performing at the Battle Creek Field of Flight Air Show. 
Be sure to check out the website for the show here: http://www.bcballoons.com/air-show

Wings & Warbirds Over Port Clinton Air Show 2016

August 27-28, 2016; Port Clinton, Ohio

2016 Wings & Warbirds Over Port Clinton Promo

This is the most fun and unique air show around where Radio Controlled aircraft and Full Scale aircraft share the same skies! If you are an aviation buff, then you have to make it to this show. We cover every spectrum of aviation! The only air show of its kind in the Nation!

The 2016 Wings & Warbirds Air Show will feature REDLINE AIRSHOWS RV-8 Aerobatic demonstration and Brett Hunter with his Magnum Pitts Aerobatic demo. Also announced for 2016's lineup will be all day Radio Controlled action with Saturday Pyro show, Huey Cobra and Bell Huey Rides, Scenic Helicopter tours, WWII T-6 Fighter Trainer Rides, WWII Aircraft and MORE Full scale Military Displays with fly-by's!

For every purchase of a General Admission ticket to the air show, the Wings & Warbirds Over Port Clinton will donate a portion of the ticket price to The Fisher House Foundation For Military families in need! You get the fun and excitement of an air show with a great sense of pride for supporting our wounded troops and their families.

Website:  http://www.rcwarbirdsopc.com/

Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner Capabilities

New Flight Demonstration Video

Boeing, ANA Highlight 787-9 Dreamliner Capabilities in New Flight Demonstration Video

Airplane will perform at 2016 Farnborough International Airshow

EVERETT, Wash., July 7, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Boeing (NYSE: BA) and ANA (All Nippon Airways) today released the 2016 787-9 Dreamliner Flight Demonstration video. The same ANA airplane is scheduled to perform demonstration flights July 11-13 at the Farnborough International Airshow in Farnborough, United Kingdom.

Capt. Randy Neville, Capt. Van Chaney and Capt. John Misuradze, Boeing test pilots, conducted the flight in Moses Lake, Wash. The video offers a preview of the planned air show technical demonstration, as well as additional maneuvers to showcase the airplane's performance and capabilities. These include:

    High-banking turns that show wing flex
    Side-to-side movements to demonstrate roll authority and handling characteristics

ANA made history by becoming the launch customer of the 787 Dreamliner and makes history again by becoming the first Japanese airline to take part in a demonstration flight at a major international airshow. The airplane is specially marked with decals prominently featuring Mount Fuji and cherry blossoms, two iconic symbols of Japan.

The Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner is the second member of the 787 family of super-efficient airplanes with new passenger-pleasing features. The 787-9 flies more passengers and cargo farther with the same exceptional environmental efficiency: 20 percent less fuel use and 20 percent fewer emissions than the airplanes they replace.

Through June 2016, 571 orders have been placed for the 787-9 by 38 customers worldwide. This airplane, scheduled to deliver later this month, will become ANA's 13th 787-9, and the 49th member of ANA's 787 fleet. ANA is the largest operator of the 787 Dreamliner.

Airshow Schedule http://www.boeing.com/media/farnborough2016/index.page
Boeing 787 Information http://www.boeing.com/commercial/787

Wings Over Vermont Airshow

August 13-14, 2016; Burlington, Vermont

2016 Air Show - Free Two-Day Airshow - August 13 & 14 - Celebrating the 70th Anniversary of the Vermont Air National Guard

WOV 2016

The Wings Over Vermont Airshow presented by Revision is being produced by the Vermont National Guard Charitable Foundation.

Scheduled for August 13 & 14, 2016, Wings Over Vermont will celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the Vermont Air National Guard. Additionally, the Foundation will show our gratitude and appreciation for the tremendous sacrifices made by Vermont’s veterans by hosting this free event in their honor. The air show is sure to inspire future aviators with an exciting array of aircraft, world renowned aerobatic performers and historic aircraft that will thrill fans of all ages.

No place captures the magic of aviation like an air show. The public’s long standing fascination with aviation attracts a broad cross section of the consuming public for extended afternoons of safe, wholesome affordable family fun.

The 2016 Wings Over Vermont Air Show will feature the United States Air Force Thunderbirds together with some of the finest military and civilian performers in the nation. The air show committee is in the final stages of securing an all-star lineup of world class acrobatic performers for the 2016 air show. Once confirmed, performers and schedules will appear on the Wings Over Vermont website, www.WingsOverVermont.org.

The air show promises to be one of the largest free events in Vermont and is expected to attract visitors from across New England and parts of Canada. Public interest in the air show could result in a crowd size exceeding 40,000 people each day which will provide a tremendous economic impact to the region. Proceeds from the air show will benefit the University of Vermont Children’s Hospital, Camp Takumta, and other local charities.

National Championship Air Races In Running for 10Best Readers’ Choice Award for Best Air Show

National Championship Air Races

Reno, Nev. – The National Championship Air Races is in the running for USA Today’s 10Best Readers’ Choice Award, in the category of Best Air Show and votes are now being recorded online for the number one air show.

Working with a pair of air show experts, 10Best narrowed the field to the best 20 air shows in the nation. Voting is now open to select the top 10.

“Everyone who has been to the National Championship Air Races knows it is truly the best air show on earth,” Reno Air Racing Association President and CEO Mike Crowell said. “Now it’s time to show the world exactly what we are made of.”

Votes are accepted online at http://www.10best.com/awards/travel/best-air-show/national-championship-air-races-reno/ and each person can vote once per day. Voting ends Monday, July 18th at 12 noon ET. The top 10 winners will be announced on Friday, July 22nd.

“Get online and cast your vote,” Crowell added. “Let’s get to number one.”

Tickets are on sale for the 53rd Annual National Championship Air Races held September 14-18, 2016 at Reno Stead Airport. For more information, or to volunteer, visit http://airrace.org.


Above and Beyond - The Ultimate Interactive Flight Exhibition

The exhibit’s international multi-city tour will run through 2020

Boeing Future Aircraft Exhibit

Future Aircraft
Through exciting short films and models, visitors learn about amazing aircraft designs that will or might be part of the future of flight. Flying cars, supersonic planes and ultra-green environmentally friendly craft are among the concepts explored.

 NEW YORK, June 15, 2015 -  Above and Beyond - The Ultimate Interactive Flight Exhibition, a groundbreaking exhibition exploring the wonder of flight and the marvels of aerospace innovation, design, and technology, will make its worldwide debut in Washington, D.C. at Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum on August 1.

Above and Beyond is produced by Evergreen Exhibitions in association with Boeing and in collaboration with NASA and the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum.

Above and Beyond uses fully immersive experiences to explore the impact of aerospace in our world – and beyond.  Following its premiere, the exhibition will embark on a multi-city tour to major science centers and air-and-space museums worldwide. The 2015-2016 Above and Beyond tour schedule will include Washington, D.C., Dubai, St. Louis, Charleston (SC), Riyadh, Seattle, London, Tokyo and Chicago.

Explored through five key themes that define flight and space travel – Up, Faster, Higher, Farther, and SmarterAbove and Beyond is an education-based exhibition disguised as a thrilling, hands-on journey that provides visitors of all ages and interests with both retrospective and forward-thinking views on the innovation and science behind flight. The five themed galleries will feature dozens of interactive experiences made possible using flight simulation, augmented reality, touch-tables, design and skill challenges, virtual reality and more.   “The tenacity of the human spirit couldn’t be more evident than in its never-ending quest to understand and explore the world around it,” said Jaiwon Shin, Associate Administrator for NASA’s Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate in Washington. “This exhibit is a celebration of the innovation that made flight possible during the last century, and serves as an inspiration for the next generation of aviation and space visionaries.”

Above and Beyond is designed to be the most interactive exhibition on aerospace ever to tour, with approximately 5,000 square feet of exhibition space, including a 180-degree immersive theater presentation, a high-tech media-rich historical timeline, a simulated space elevator ride, a challenge to design and test a supersonic fighter jet in a virtual high-speed flying competition, and an avatar-based motion-capture group experience that demonstrates flight like a bird.  

“Aerospace has advanced by overcoming great challenges with imagination, skill and perseverance to change the world for the better, which gives this exhibit very broad appeal – it is by no means just for aviation enthusiasts,” said Roger D. Launius, Associate Director for Collections and Curatorial Affairs at Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum. “We use aerospace technology all the time, even when we’re not flying. This experience will help visitors understand not only how we’ve been using this technology to go about our daily lives, but also its benefits for a better and brighter tomorrow.”

Above and Beyond launches just as Boeing enters its second century of aerospace achievement. Supporting the exhibit is an important element of Boeing’s centennial commemoration, an unparalleled opportunity to share Boeing’s own rich legacy and culture of innovation through high quality, engaging education, and STEM-related activities.

“Above and Beyond represents an investment in inspiring curiosity in a new generation to enjoy, explore and create through science, engineering, and technology – and to generate belief in their ability to develop the skills to contribute in fields like aerospace as future designers, engineers or business leaders,” said John Tracy, Chief Technology Officer at Boeing. “A sense of wonder, discovery and the drive to change the world through innovation is woven into the fabric of our company and our industry and is reflected in the impressive technology, design, and spirit of this exhibit.”