The Fighter Jet We Could Have Built Instead of the F-35

The mid-1990s found the U.S. military in need of a low-cost, supersonic stealth fighter jet that all three armed services branches could field. Easy, right? The subsequent—and highly contentious—design competition between Boeing and Lockheed saw the winner take home a $200 billion defense contract, which in turn… » 7/18/14 2:11pm 7/18/14 2:11pm

Boeing Issues $5.2 Trillion 20-Year Market Forecast

Between now and the year 2033, Boeing is anticipating a worldwide demand for nearly 37,000 new passenger planes, worth an estimated $5.2 trillion. Boeing also expects a 4.2 percent increase in global passenger traffic over this period. And you thought planes and airports were crowded now? » 7/10/14 11:15am 7/10/14 11:15am

An Up-Close Tour of the C-17 Globemaster, the Giant That Flies

With sinuous lines, flawless grey skin, and four powerful turbofan engines straight out of a contemporary sci-fi movie, the iconic C-17 Globemaster has a surprisingly spacious exterior, with a 170,858 pound maximum payload. Inside, it's a total mess of cables, wires, pipes, and hundreds of gadgets that the average… » 7/01/14 10:24am 7/01/14 10:24am

Boeing Will Dispatch Six Dumptrucks Per Minute To Build New Factory

Boeing's CEO of Commercial Airplanes, Ray Conner issued a "pardon our dust" apology of sorts to Ray Stephanson, the mayor of Everett, Washington last week. While building the new composite wing factory its new 777X, Boeing will dispatch six dump trucks per minute, around the clock, for four straight months. » 6/29/14 3:38pm 6/29/14 3:38pm

Flying on the Dreamliner

Sometimes good things happen. I travel pretty often and for some odd reason I couldn't get the flight between Colorado and Baltimore that I normally take. The only flights available were from Colorado to Houston and then to Baltimore. It seemed like a drag, until I noticed the equipment: 787-8 Dreamliner. United only… » 4/19/14 6:09pm 4/19/14 6:09pm

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… » 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