IAM Members Approve Contract, Keep Boeing 777X in Washington

In a 51% to 49% vote, members of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers accepted a new contract from Boeing that will keep production of the future 777 variant in Washington State while cutting retirement benefits. The majority voted against the wishes of union leaders, but with the wishes of … » 1/04/14 5:58pm 1/04/14 5:58pm

Robinson Helicopters: Tin-Lizzie Whirlybirds

Helicopters can do some pretty amazing things: they can pluck people from cranes and play some mad ice hockey. They've been at the center at some pretty impressive YouTube videos (or have filmed such videos) but what belies behind-the-scenes is a machine that delivers on a promise of simplicity and low-operating costs… » 12/22/13 11:03am 12/22/13 11:03am

Boeing Designed and Built This Slick VTOL Drone In Just 27 Days

DARPA's always working on a bunch of crazy projects, whether it's to find the next insane robot hero, or just Star Wars robot arms. On their long list of wants is an unmanned "X-Plane" that can do vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) like the dope-ass F-35B. Boeing whipped up this slick contest entry in 27 days. » 9/15/13 9:36am 9/15/13 9:36am

Investigators: Latest Boeing 787 Dreamliner Fire Not Caused by Battery

A Boeing 787 Dreamliner continued the model's string of bad luck yesterday when it burst into flames on the tarmac at London Heathrow Airport yesterday. The good news was that it was unoccupied at the time. And now there's a little bit more, kinda: investigators say it wasn't the battery's fault. » 7/13/13 2:29pm 7/13/13 2:29pm

Boeing's Adorable Phantom Badger Is An Osprey-Deployed Jeep

The V-22 Osprey is one of the most versatile planes in the military. The tiltrotor craft takes off and lands like a helicopter, but flies like a plane. That means it can drop troops in areas that can't support planes. But it's too narrow to bring a car larger than an ATV. That's where Boeing's Phantom Badger comes in. » 5/22/13 9:48am 5/22/13 9:48am

Watch Boeing's X-51A WaveRider Scramjet Blast Off to Mach 5.1

Boeing's X-51A WaveRider Scramjet has had its share of bad luck. While its first test flight in 2010 went fine, the two that followed ended with unsatisfactory plops. Now, the USAF has just completed the fourth and final test, and the result was a screaming 370 seconds of scramjet glory and literally hypersonic… » 5/04/13 12:27pm 5/04/13 12:27pm

The First Boeing 747 Ever Built Needs A Good Home

Mouldering quietly on a forlorn corner of Boeing's field near Seattle, Wash., Boeing 747 RA001 is in need of a restoration. To the Washingtonians who built more than 1,400 of the humpbacked workhorses, seeing No. 1 in such a state of disrepair brings a touch of shame. » 9/11/12 3:20pm 9/11/12 3:20pm

Boeing 787 Turns America Into Giant Etch-A-Sketch

The Boeing 787 Dreamliner has been in service for no more than a few months and already some Boeing test pilot has tagged the American Northwest like an Etch-a-Sketch with a 787 logo. Damn hooligans. » 2/10/12 12:00pm 2/10/12 12:00pm