On September 15-16, images of the cutting-edge Chinese fighter jet appeared on the web. The state-of-the-art aircraft bears strong resemblance to the American F-22 Raptor and F-35 Lightning II. It looks like a traditional stealth fighter and will probably be known as J-21, although the Chinese authorities have never commented either on the name of their new and powerful machine nor confirmed the fact of its existence. On September 15-16, images of the cutting-edge Chinese fighter jet appeared on the web. The state-of-the-art aircraft bears strong resemblance to the American F-22 Raptor and F-35 Lightning II. It looks like a traditional stealth fighter and will probably be known as J-21, although the Chinese authorities have never commented either on the name of their new and powerful machine nor confirmed the fact of its existence. On September 15-16, images of the cutting-edge Chinese fighter jet appeared on the web. The state-of-the-art aircraft bears strong resemblance to the American F-22 Raptor and F-35 Lightning II. It looks like a traditional stealth fighter and will probably be known as J-21, although the Chinese authorities have never commented either on the name of their new and powerful machine nor confirmed the fact of its existence. The brand-new fighter spots a double-tail design, much like that of the F-21 and F-35. The location of its air inlets is also reminiscent of the F-35. Experts say the new aircraft could be a fourth-generation fighter with less sophisticated avionics than those of its American rivals. The so-called “J-21″ may have been designed as a lighter alternative to the J-20. Both planes could also be mutually supplementary. The new Chinese stealth jet copies many of American F-22 design solutions, for instance its tail and empennage (photo), as well as its fuselage and air inlets. China’s air fleet consists of a wide range of planes, many of which are in fact replicas of Russian and Ukrainian aircraft. More on this on Defense Talk

Examinations are still unergoing for the F-22 jet fighter’s big problem: oxygen deprivation. After months of analysis on this topic, findings are being brought up but conclusions will induce modifications that will be implemented as the F-22 remains one of the main assets of US Air Dominance. As an investigation continues into oxygen-deprivation issues involving the F-22 Raptor fighter, Air Force officials remain optimistic about the program’s future and the jet’s ability to perform, the director of operations for the Air Force’s Air Combat Command told the House Armed Services Committee today. Maj. Gen. Charles W. Lyon said Air Combat Command convened a working group in April, consisting of F-22 pilots, engineers, and medical and safety professionals from the Air Force, Navy, NASA, Lockheed Martin and Boeing. “We’ve integrated their findings, continued the investigative process and drawn conclusions that could not have been reached without the benefit of this collaborative approach,” he said. Previously unexplained F-22 physiological incidents, Lyon said, were a result of a combination of factors. “The trend over time has eliminated system-specific factors related to oxygen delivery system components,” the general said. “Systemic factors in the life-support system, such as the upper-pressure garment and the C2A1 filter functionalities, have been identified [and] removed, and corrective action is under way.”

The findings also determined that human factors contributed to incidents at two F-22 locations. “We’ve communicated findings and corrective actions to the [F-22] community,” he said. “This communication has reduced the ambiguity and uncertainty while significantly increasing pilot and ground crew confidence in the F-22’s life-support systems.” While the task force has ruled out oxygen quality as being the cause of previously unexplained problems, recommendations do include development, testing and fielding of a modified valve for the Combat Edge upper-pressure garment that F-22 pilots wear to help control breathing, Lyon said. “The trend is on a positive vector not seen in years,” Lyon said. “The Air Force is committed to implementing these changes to return the F-22 to normal operations, … significantly contributing to our nation’s vital interest by providing air dominance … to protect and enable the joint U.S. military force.” F-22s, the world’s most expensive fighter jet, are forward-deployed to support the objectives of geographic combatant commanders in the U.S. Central Command and U.S. Pacific Command areas of operations, Lyon noted. “This forward presence reassures our allies, enhances joint and coalition interoperability and demonstrates our resolve for lasting global relationships,” the general said. “Simply stated, the F-22 fleet combined with complimentary capabilities from our joint partners allows us to kick down the door and enable joint operations in the most demanding environments that exist now and in the foreseeable future.” Read more at http://bit.ly/RhE249

Testimonies – fly a jet fighter

What’s it like to fly a jet fighter ? Flying a jet fighter is an extraordinary experience. We are very fortunate because we make people live something unique, and for some, it is an achievement, the realization of a dream. And to be part of it is simply great. We meet people who are very nervous and anxious at first. They open up through the day until they get seated in the plane. There, they get nervous again as we go through the instruments review. But once the canopy is closed, we can feel they are getting ready to enjoy their jet fighter ride.

It is scary at first for some, others are anxious to get it over with, but once they get airborne and we start the first evolutions, they relax and enjoy it. They take it all in and we can hear the comments – sometimes it’s just “arghhhh”, or “oh my god, oh my god”, or “unbelievable”… Then we get the “what ?”. That’s when we ask them if they want to take the controls… We are very fortunate because we see smiling and happy people all day. Of course some are a little white when getting out of the aircraft, but also part of the experience. So just to thank you all, here are some testimonies that you have been kind to send us after the flight. We thought there is no better way to share the experience than to let you explain it with your own words.

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Dear all, thanks again for a wonderful day in Beauvais. I am now back to my usual self and would like to thank your team and your pilot Pierre for the amazing ride. You have made my day perfect, and I will never forget this experience. Thanks again. Paul Chesap – UK.

A personal thanks to Claire and Claude for their amazing kindness and a fantastic flight. I never thought I could actually fly the aircraft… I still have the sensations of the flight and I am actually looking forward to doing it again – Carol Van Dyck – Canada.

Flying to the edge of space in the Mig 29 was utterly mind blowing. Thank you so much for a fantastic experience. I never thought I would do this one day, and I am so happy I actually have been one of the very few to reach for the stars. It was incredible. Thanks to the pilot and to the team in Russia for making this my life changing experience – Leonie Marin – France

I felt incredibly powerful and sick at the same time. It was very weird and I am so happy I did the ride. Thank you for your support and kindness throughout. Feeling G force is an extraordinary experience. I will strongly recommend your team. Bob Hardy – UK

We have decided to put more testimonies online and it will be done so each month. Keep your testimonies coming, we always like to hear that you are well and to get your feedback.

The Alenia Aermacchi M-346 is a jet fighter trainer developed by a joint venture company between Yakovklev and Aermacchi. The project began in 1993 when Aermacchi signed a joint venture with Yakovlev who developed the training aircraft of the Russian army in 1991. The result of this cooperation as the MB-339 but soon differences between manufacturers made itself felt, and in the end each aircraft developed in his corner. Aermacchi retained the rights to sell the aircraft for the world, except Russia and other partners of Russia.

Version M-346 is a modified and improved version of the original jet fighter. The prototype flew June 7, 2003 and the flight demonstration was made at the Paris Air Show in 2005. The M-346 is a training aircraft which allows pilots to test their skills and in particular to its top speed as the aircraft can reach Mach 1.15. The plane does not use afterburner, which also helps reduce operational costs. The plane is designed on a “fly by wire” technique with a fairly advanced avionics for aircraft training, which also allows him to take angles up to 40 degrees. The Aermacchi M-346 aircraft is now the training aircraft of Italian fighter pilots. The export success is relative with countries like Dubai, Israel who have demonstrated an interest in the aircraft.