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China plane-makers take first steps to rival global giants

November 4, 2008

China‘s fledging aerospace industry took a major leap forward Tuesday at the nation’s only international air show as it announced its first sale of commercial aircraft to a US company.

The Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (CACC) confirmed the sale of five homemade jets to the aircraft leasing arm of General Electric with an option for the firm to buy 20 more, the two companies said in a statement.

by Guy Newey, AFP

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A photographer takes pictures of trade stands in front of a fighter jet poster on display at the China Airshow 2008 in Zhuhai. China’s only international airshow opened on Tuesday as the host nation looked to take another step on its ambitious journey to rival the global players of the aerospace industry.(AFP/Mike Clarke)

The contract, signed on the sidelines of Airshow China in the southern city of Zhuhai, makes GE Commercial Aviation Services the first overseas leasing firm to buy a Chinese-made commercial plane, they said.

Delivery of the ARJ21s — which stands for Advanced Regional Jet for the 21st Century — will start in 2013, according to the statement, which was unable to confirm reports that the contract would be worth 735 million dollars.

“The ARJ21 will help fulfill the growing need within China for fast, efficient regional air travel,” said Norman Liu, executive vice president of GE Commercial Aviation Services , in the statement.

The ARJ21, which carries between 70 and 90 passengers, and other jets to be produced by CACC, are widely seen as part of a Chinese plan to eventually rival the dominance of aviation giants Airbus and Boeing.

“To fly Chinese large aircraft in the blue sky is not just the will of the government, but the whole nation,” CACC’s chief Jin Zhuanglong told an aviation conference in Zhuhai on Monday.

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India awards Russia billion dollar MiG-29 upgrade

March 10, 2008

NEW DELHI (AFP) – India has awarded Russia a 965-million-dollar contract to upgrade its multi-role MiG-29 warplanes, officials said on Monday.

An Indian Air Force MIG-29 fighter. India has awarded Russia ...
An Indian Air Force MIG-29 fighter. India has awarded Russia a 965-million-dollar contract to upgrade its multi-role MiG-29 warplanes, officials said on Monday.(AFP/PIB/File)

The two post-Cold War allies Saturday signed the deal to extend the life of India’s fleet of 70 MiG-29 jets another 15 years from their current 25 years, an air force official said.

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Algeria plans to return 15 fighter jets to Russia: report

February 18, 2008

MOSCOW (AFP) – Algeria wants to return 15 fighter jets it bought from Russia because of their poor quality, the Kommersant daily reported on Monday, citing an official from Russia’s state United Aerospace Corporation.

The official said Russia was proposing to take back the MiG-29 jets, which were delivered to Algeria in 2006 and 2007, but only if Algeria bought more modern and expensive planes such as the MiG-29M2 or the MiG-35.

A Russian-made MiG-35. Algeria wants to return 15 fighter jets it bought from Russia because of their poor quality.
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Flaw may permanently ground 160 jets, Air Force general says

January 11, 2008

WASHINGTON (CNN) — A manufacturing defect blamed for the mid-air breakup of an F-15 Eagle fighter may cause the Air Force to ground a quarter of its fleet of those warplanes.
This October 2005 photo shows a group of  U.S. Air Force F-15 ...

The F-15 has been the sole fighter at many of the 16 or so “alert” sites around the country, where planes and pilots stand ready to take off at a moment’s notice to intercept hijacked airliners, Cessnas that wander into protected airspace, and other threats.
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Gen. John Corley, the head of the U.S. Air Combat Command, said about 160 of the jets may never return to service after an investigation into the November 2 crash that left the plane’s pilot seriously injured.

The single-seat F-15C broke up in a 500-mph turn during a combat training mission over Missouri, with its fuselage breaking in half behind the cockpit, an Air Force probe of the crash determined.

Investigators concluded that a critical piece of the jet’s airframe broke during the flight because of a manufacturing defect. A defective longeron — a metal strut that runs lengthwise down the fuselage — was cut improperly by the manufacturer, Boeing, and led to a series of cracks over the plane’s lifespan, Corley said. rplanes permanently, a top general said Thursday.

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U.S. Navy Jets Down In Persian Gulf

January 7, 2008
By LOLITA C. BALDOR, Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON – Two U.S. Navy fighter jets plunged into the Persian Gulf Monday after a mid-air collision, but all three pilots were rescued safely, a top Navy commander said Monday.

Navy Vice Adm. Kevin J. Cosgriff told reporters that the three pilots have been brought back to the USS Harry Truman, the aircraft carrier they were operating from, and are in good condition. Cosgriff, who is commander of the Navy’s 5th Fleet, which is based in Bahrain, said the pilots were undergoing medical checks.

According to the Navy, teams from the Truman rescued the three aviators who ejected after their F/A-18 Super Hornets crashed during operations in the northern Gulf. The aircraft are from Carrier Air Wing Three….

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