Boeing has made a smartphone that appears to have come straight out of a James Bond movie. Codenamed "Black," this spy-like phone will erase all data and deactivate if tampered with or pried open.
The aerospace and defense company filed documents for the phone with the Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday. These documents were first sighted by tech site Myce, and Boeing confirmed with CNET that it has indeed released the device, which runs on Google's Android.
While many of the details about the smartphone are confidential, a letter included in the filing gives a bit of … Read more
Whenever a pilot tells me that planes can withstand all kinds of turbulence and lightning strikes, I believe him.
To the level that I believe a politician when he tells me he can change the world.
However, after many years of flying, it's clear that planes are designed to withstand more than a layperson's mind can imagine.
Which is why footage posted to YouTube on Sunday might reassure one or two of the more-nervous flying types.
Here we have a Boeing 767 landing at my hometown airport, Birmingham in the UK.
In the past few weeks, England has … Read more
As a San Francisco 49ers fan, it pains me to write this. As a fan of airplanes, and especially Boeing 747s, I'm a lot happier about it.
Boeing said today that to commemorate the Seattle Seahawks' NFC championship and the team's appearance in this Sunday's Super Bowl against the Denver Broncos, it has painted one of its 747-8 freighters in Seahawks livery. The Boeing-owned plane will make its first flight with the new paint job tomorrow.
This, of course, is nothing but a bit of fun being had by the aviation giant, which though it has its … Read more
There are airplane nuts, and then there is Luca Iaconi-Stewart. Since 2008, the now 22-year-old has been crafting a scale-model of a Boeing 777-300ER. Out of manila folders.
Though he took off two years from the project while he was in school, Iaconi-Stewart has pretty much devoted his time to the plane, and it shows. Looking at photos of the model, even most aviation buffs would be impressed at the level of detail he achieved. There's tiny seat-back video screens, overhead compartments, galleys, landing gears, tail cones, and meticulously made engines. Again, all out of manila folders.
Some might … Read more
Boeing says it is working with Japan Airlines to get yet another Boeing Dreamliner 787 up and running after maintenance crew members witnessed smoke coming from the battery Tuesday afternoon in Japan.
A Boeing spokesman said the issue is not related to last year's battery design problem, which grounded the entire fleet for months after batteries on two planes, including one from Japan Airlines, caught fire. Boeing eventually redesigned the battery compartment to address the batteries overheating.
The Federal Aviation Administration said it is working with Boeing and the Civil Aviation Bureau of Japan to investigate the new battery … Read more
The inaugural free-flight test of Sierra Nevada Corporation's prized spacecraft, the "Dream Chaser," was successful -- notwithstanding a rocky landing.
After a carrier aircraft seamlessly released the Dream Chaser into the air, the spacecraft steered through its intended flight path and smoothly touched down on the centerline of California's Edwards Air Force Base runway on Saturday. However, the Dream Chaser's left-side landing gear failed to deploy, causing the spacecraft to then tilt over and skid off the tarmac.
Despite the botched landing, Sierra Nevada Corporation is heralding this first flight a success and good learning … Read more
Google may have a driverless car, but Boeing has a pilotless F-16 fighter jet. As a matter of fact, it has six of them.
Renamed the QF-16, the retired fighter jets were refurbished and turned into empty-seated drones to act as flying targets for US Air Force training exercises.
A test flight of one of the aircraft took place at Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida last week. The flight involved an auto-take-off and auto-landing and an array of aerial maneuvers -- including a barrel roll while pulling 7 G's -- as the QF-16 soared to 40,000 feet and Mach 1.47. The plane was controlled by two Air Force test pilots on the ground.… Read more
Boeing announced this morning that it has launched a suite of iPad apps that gives airline mechanics quick access to a wide range of essential maintenance information.
The aviation giant, which makes planes like the 747, 787 Dreamliner, 777, and 737, said that maintenance technicians will be able to use the apps for instant access to airplane manuals, part numbers and inventory, maintenance history, and more. The company said that will help the airlines resolve mechanical issues faster, leading to reduced flight delays and lower costs. It plans on demonstrating the apps at an aviation industry event in London this … Read more
Fighter jets have the sizzle. Bombers bring the oomph. But cargo aircraft like the C-17 Globemaster can always take pride in doing a good day's work.
The C-17 likely has many years of service ahead of it, but the US Air Force won't be getting any new ones any more. Manufacturer Boeing earlier this month delivered its final C-17 to the Air Force, bring the total over the last 20 years to 223. It has also delivered 34 additional Globemasters to other customers in the UK, India, and elsewhere.
The big cargo carrier has seen duty both in … Read more