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GAO: Boeing shortens tanker test-flight program

EVERETT — Production problems have significantly shrunk Boeing’s test-flight program for the new Everett-built aerial-refueling tanker for the U.S. Air Force, according to a federal oversight report.

Date: 04/10/2015 | Business


Boeing delivers 184 jets in first quarter of 2015

EVERETT — The Boeing Co. delivered 184 commercial airplanes in the first three months of 2015, the company said in a news release Friday.

Date: 04/03/2015 | Business


Report: Suppliers, software problems contribute to USAF tanker delays

EVERETT — Problems with suppliers and software integration have contributed to the latest delays to the development schedule for the U.S. Air Force’s new aerial refueling tanker, according to a report by federal auditors.

Date: 03/19/2015 | Aerospace Blog


Report: Boeing’s KC-46 might not fly until summer

EVERETT — So, first flight of the Boeing Co.’s KC-46 appears to just keep getting pushed further out.

Date: 03/18/2015 | Aerospace Blog


Flight of first Air Force tanker delayed again, sources say

EVERETT — The U.S. Air Force will have to wait a little longer for first flight of a new aerial-refueling tanker, which the Boeing Co. is developing at the Paine Field plant.

Date: 03/17/2015 | Business


Boeing 747-8 to serve as next Air Force One

WASHINGTON — In a surprise announcement, the U.S. Air Force on Wednesday said it has chosen Boeing's Everett-built 747-8 to replace two aging 747-200s that serve as Air Force One. The decision does not involve a competitive bidding process."The Boeing 747-8 is...

Date: 01/28/2015 | Business


Test plane takes first flight for Boeing tanker program

Boeing's aerial-refueling tanker program moved ahead Sunday morning. The test flight marks the beginning of a fast-paced flight testing schedule with little margin for delays or other problems.

Date: 12/28/2014 | Business


Iran turns Boeing drone into suicide weapon

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran's army said Saturday it has deployed a suicide drone for the first time in massive ongoing military drills near the strategic Strait of Hormuz at the entrance to the Persian Gulf.Gen. Ahmad Reza Pourdastan, the army's chief commander of ground...

Date: 12/27/2014 | Nation & World


Odds and ends: Boeing’s KC-46 tanker

EVERETT — Space and time limited what I could put into my story on the KC-46 aerial-refueling tanker program update, so here are some odds and ends that I had...

Date: 12/15/2014 | Aerospace Blog


Boeing KC-46 tanker to fly Dec. 27 or 28, Air Force says

EVERETT — Boeing workers and engineers are hustling to get the first test plane of the company’s aerial-refueling tanker program in the air later this month.

Date: 12/15/2014 | Business


Bullet repairs tell the story of this Tomahawk

A bullet punched through the oil tank is what most likely brought down the FHC’s Curtiss P-40C Tomahawk in 1942. But that certainly wasn’t the only lead thrown at this veteran fighter...

Date: 11/06/2014 | Flight Paths


Lockheed will get $4.5 billion F-35 contract

WASHINGTON — Lockheed Martin Corp.'s latest contract for 43 F-35 fighters has a value of about $4.55 billion, with prospects for a deal for as many as 153 more aircraft about a year from now, according to the Pentagon.The Defense Department and officials from Lockheed,...

Date: 11/01/2014 | Business Wire


A little device with a big role on planes

The R-2800 engines seen in the Flying Heritage Collection's Hellcat and P-47 have a particularly noticeable device perched on the top of their nose case. The complex little component is a propeller governor.

Date: 10/29/2014 | Flight Paths


Boeing plays catch-up on Air Force tanker work

EVERETT — Boeing workers are hustling to get the first test plane for its aerial-refueling tanker program into the air sometime in the second half of November — about five months later than the company had planned.Boeing is testing wiring it had to remove from...

Date: 10/08/2014 | Business


Key industry players to attend defense and space conference

The speakers’ lineup for the Pacific Northwest Aerospace Alliance’s Defense, Space & Security Conference this fall in Seattle include executives from two of three companies competing to ferry NASA astronauts and supplies to the International Space Station.

Date: 08/21/2014 | Aerospace Blog


No injuries in hard landing at Utah air base

HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah — All six crew members aboard a C-130 air tanker escaped injury when a possible landing gear malfunction forced an emergency landing at Hill Air Force Base near Ogden, Utah, that started a small fire.

Date: 08/17/2014 | Nation & World


Change on horizon

New forces are reshaping Paine Field yet again

Date: 08/10/2014 | Local News


Chinese man accused of hacking into Boeing computers

A Chinese citizen was charged with plotting to steal data from U.S. defense contractors, among other ways through a successful hack of the Boeing Co.’s computer system, amid an expanding crackdown on industrial espionage by China.

Date: 07/12/2014 | Nation & World


Boeing seeks S. Korea tanker contract

EVERETT — South Korea needs a new aerial-refueling tanker, and Boeing has one for sale, the 767-based KC-46.

Date: 06/30/2014 | Business


Grounding taints F-35 fighter debut

WASHINGTON — It is supposed to be the headliner of the show next month, when the most-expensive fighter jet ever built makes its international debut in England. There will be plenty of other planes at the Farnborough Air Show, but none will get as much attention as the F-35 Lightning II, the...

Date: 06/28/2014 | Nation & World


Coming full circle

Vet who spent 35 combat missions in a B-29 visits last one flying

Date: 06/22/2014 | Local News


Fantastic flying machines

See vintage aircraft at Aviation Day May 17; kids fly free

Date: 05/10/2014 | Life


Boeing tanker budget still vulnerable in Congress

Efforts to protect Boeing’s aerial-refueling tanker program from budget cuts came up short this week. But supporters in Congress say there is still time to restore the money.

Date: 05/08/2014 | Business


Boeing’s KC-46 program faces possible budget cut

EVERETT — The Boeing Co. is supposed to build seven aerial-refueling tankers next year for the U.S. Air Force, but proposed budget cuts could reduce that to six.

Date: 05/06/2014 | Business


SpaceX blocks Boeing rocket purchases

WASHINGTON — Billionaire Elon Musk's Space Exploration Technologies won a court order temporarily blocking a Boeing-Lockheed Martin venture from buying Russian-made rocket engines for the U.S. Air Force because they potentially violate federal sanctions.

Date: 05/01/2014 | Nation & World


Textron cuts 750 Cessna, Beechcraft jobs

NEW YORK — Just over a month after buying Beechcraft for $1.4 billion, Textron announced 750 job cuts at that company and at its Cessna division.The layoffs will occur over the next 60 days. Both aircraft makers are based in Wichita, Kan., and Textron says about 575 of...

Date: 04/23/2014 | Business


Ride the only flying B-29

Fifi will visit Paine Field this summer

Date: 04/23/2014 | Aerospace Blog




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