This Isn't A Giant Cessna: It's Boeing's Newest ecoDemonstrator 

When an airliner gets a new winglet or engine nacelle, it’s a big deal for the industry. The pace of change for commercial aircraft design is best described as “molasses.” Manufacturers are wary of risking radical designs which could be disruptive to infrastructure or federal safety standards. » 6/27/15 4:10pm Saturday 4:10pm

Boeing Scales Back 747 Production As Air Cargo Market Changes Rapidly

Despite receiving a big Memorandum of Understanding for 20 new 747-8F aircraft last week at the Paris Air Show, Boeing announced that they would slow production for the original jumbo jet at their Everett, WA manufacturing facility. This is the fourth time in two years that 747-8 production has been throttled back.… » 6/26/15 2:28pm Friday 2:28pm

NASA's Stubby 747 Has A Big Telescope In The Back That Can See Pluto

NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft has recently begun sending back the first color images of Pluto and Charon, and they are spectacular. But prior to the probe making its close approach to Pluto on July 14th, scientists have been scouting Pluto’s atmosphere using a 98-inch telescope mounted inside a highly modified Boeing… » 6/24/15 12:06pm 6/24/15 12:06pm

The Queen Of The Skies Lives For Now As 747 Orders Keep Production Open

One of the more interesting developments from the Paris Air Show this week is that a Russian cargo airline will buy 20 of Boeing’s 747-8F freighters. The deal is said to be worth $7.4 billion, and it couldn’t have come at a better time for Boeing’s struggling 747-8 program. » 6/18/15 1:54pm 6/18/15 1:54pm

Watch The 787-9 Tear Up The Skies Like A Fighter Jet 

Boeing is preparing to make a big splash with its stretched Dreamliner at the Paris Air Show this year. How do they plan on doing this? The old school way, by putting the 300,000 pound beast through its paces in front of a huge crowd, max performing the carbon fiber jet like it was an F-15, as seen in the video below: » 6/11/15 2:10pm 6/11/15 2:10pm

Broken Booms: Why Is It So Hard To Develop & Procure A New USAF Tanker? 

I was catching up on the KC-46 Pegasus program when I read this story and this story, among others, discussing further delays and issues with the USAF’s long awaited new tanker. All this reminded me of a question I have asked for so long: Why has it become so hard for the USAF to develop and procure a new tanker?
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World's Biggest Planes Are Endangered As Orders Dry Up

This week, the world's largest passenger jets, the Boeing 747 and Airbus A380 each made the kind of news that manufacturers don't like to make. Both Airbus and Boeing signaled their biggest jets might be nearing the end of their production lives, as orders for their large twin-engined planes cannibalize orders for the… » 12/12/14 12:13pm 12/12/14 12:13pm

Here's The Skinny On What's Next For Boeing

On the tail of it's two most recent aircraft launches, the Boeing 737 MAX and the 777X, Boeing is facing pressure to resurrect one of its classic and most popular aircraft, the 757. Production of the 757 ended almost exactly 10 years ago, but competitor Airbus has turned up the heat in the market segment. » 11/16/14 1:02pm 11/16/14 1:02pm

Deployable Recorders Can Help Locate Crashed Aircraft

After the mysterious disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight 370 this March, the biggest hinderance to the investigation has been the lack of data from the flight data recorder and cockpit voice recorder, presumedly submerged with the rest of the wreckage. But now Airbus will implement a solution for future… » 10/08/14 4:45pm 10/08/14 4:45pm

Sore Loser Puts SpaceX And Boeing Spaceship Development On Hold

In September, NASA announced it would be funding two private spacecraft designed to ferry astronauts to and from Earth orbit: Boeing's CST-100 and the SpaceX Dragon V2. A third competitor, Sierra Nevada's Dream Chaser, wasn't picked, and as a result, Sierra Nevada is challenging the decision, placing all projects on… » 10/06/14 3:50pm 10/06/14 3:50pm