December 29th, 2017


Гоняли движок и повредили пять бортов

Американцы гоняли двигатель  самолёта разведки E-8C JSTARS на авиабазе Warner Robins в Джорджии . Что-то пошло не так и двигун разлетелся на куски. Эти куски повредили ещё пять рядом  стоявших бортов. Одну треть флота разведчиков сразу вывели из строя. Подфюзеляжные радары APY-7  не пострадали . Старенькие двигатели юзают , вот и случаются такие инциденты.

An engine failure caused damage on 21 December to five E-8C JSTARS aircraft, or nearly one-third of the fleet of aerial ground surveillance aircraft, the US Air Force says.
Three of the five damaged aircraft returned to flight status at Warner Robins AFB, Georgia within three days, and a fourth aircraft is expected to be repaired shortly after the New Year’s Day, says the 116th Air Control Wing. The status of the fifth aircraft with the failed engine was not immediately available, but it appears to remain grounded.
The incident caused no damage to any of the Northrop APY-7 radars installed inside a belly canoe fairing on each of the JSTARS aircraft, a spokesman for the 116th Wing tells FlightGlobal.
The incident on 21 December is now under review by a Safety Investigation Board, the Air Force says.
Each E-8C -- a modified Boeing 707-300 -- is powered by four Pratt & Whitney TF33-102C engines, a 1950s design derived from the once ubiquitous P&W JT-3.
The engine failed during a maintenance test run on a crowded ramp by the runway, spewing debris from the engine around the ramp and parking areas.
Four airmen were evaluated for injuries but released. The 116th Wing grounded JSTARS flight operations briefly to clear debris from the failed engine off the airport.
Despite the damage caused to five of the 16 operationally-coded JSTARS aircraft, the air force says that there was no disruption to surveillance flights requested by field commanders.
“Our maintenance personnel are phenomenal,” says Col Thomas Grabowski, 116th Air Control Wing commander. “Their ability to restore these aircraft to flight status in such a short period of time demonstrates the combat mission ready posture of this unique organization.”
The incident occurs as top Air Force leaders consider whether to cancel a competition to select a business jet platform to replace the E-8C fleet. Another option under review is to re-start the competition in the future using a platform that could survive in contested airspace.

E-8C Joint STARS

Поляки проводят тендер на новый истребитель

Министерство обороны Польши проводит тендер на закупку новых истребителей.

Участники , которые подали заявки :  Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Leonardo and Saab. И местная компания Fights on Logistics .

Боинг будет продвигать F/A -18 Super Hornet
Локхид Мартин за F-16
Леонардо - Eurofighter Typhoon
SAAB топит за JAS 39 Gripen 

WARSAW, Poland — The Polish Ministry of Defence has obtained five applications from companies that aim to participate in the country’s tender to purchase new fighter jets.
The participants include Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Leonardo and Saab, Lt. Colonel Robert Wincencik, a representative for the ministry’s Armament Inspectorate, told local news site Warsaw-based Fights On Logistics, a company that provided services in relation to Poland’s acquisition of 48 F-16C/D Block 52 Plus fighters, also applied to take part in the market analysis phase that precedes the planned tender.
The Armament Inspectorate initiated the procedure Nov. 23 as part of the Harpia (Harpy in English) program. Though the technical details of the planned procurement were not disclosed, Deputy Defence Minister Tomasz Szatkowski said last June that Warsaw aims to acquire new fighter jets around 2025.
For Boeing, the Polish procurement marks another fighter competition in the region in which the producer could supply its F/A-18 Super Hornets.
In November, Bulgarian Defence Minister Krasimir Karakachanov told journalists that, in addition to the three main competitors for the deal —which comprises Lockheed Martin’s F-16, Saab’s JAS 39 Gripen and the Eurofighter Typhoon —the ministry also requested an offer from Boeing for the Super Hornet.
The Eurofighter Typhoon is made by a consortium formed by Leonardo, BAE Systems, and Airbus Defense and Space.

LY-FSK . Москва-Калининград

Литовский чартер привёз кого-то из Москвы в Калининград. Джет потом убыл домой в Вильнюс.

А в Москву он прилетел из Зальцбурга. Видимо, порешал какие-то делишки и двинул к морю.

Возможно, что это был обычный  калининградский фермер

Hawker 900XP LY-FSK VKO-KGD-VNO | 17:40z arr  - 18:45z dep Classic Jet is a commercial Charter Airline operating two Hawker 850/900 XP executive jet aircraft

В прошлом году в это же время этот же бизджет был здесь