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No Pilot, V-Formation: Jet Flight of the Future?

Airplanes that draft would be more fuel efficient, and Boeing is taking a look

(Newser) - To cut fuel costs in aircraft, Boeing and NASA have been looking toward geese for inspiration—or, more precisely, the V-shaped pattern preferred by migratory birds. That's because so-called wake-surfing (think of bicycles or cars drafting behind others) is efficient—and it doesn't require newly designed aircraft to... More »

Boeing Pilots Put a 787 in the Sky, the Hard Way

They trace its silhouette over 22 states

(Newser) - It might have seemed like an erratic flight plan, but the end result showed that the Boeing pilots had a method to their madness. In a test flight of a 787-8, they traced the silhouette of the plane itself into the sky over 22 states, per a company statement . The... More »

One Stock Has Helped Dow's Rise More Than Any Other

It's Boeing, not Apple

(Newser) - The Dow eclipsed 22,000 for the first time in its 121-year history on Wednesday, helped to the mark soon after the opening bell by a strong earnings report from Apple. The index fell below the mark at points during the day but closed in milestone territory at 22,016,... More »

Trump Tweet Shakes Up Defense Industry

He pits Boeing against Lockheed for new jets

(Newser) - He who pays the piper calls the tune, and it looks like the military-industrial complex is going to be dancing to Donald Trump's tune for years to come. Trump shook up the defense industry once again on Thursday when he tweeted about negotiations for fighter jets, pitting Boeing and... More »

Trump Boeing Tweet Came After CEO Criticized Policy

The company's stock nosedived in early trading

(Newser) - The immense power that Donald Trump's tweets now carry was brought home Tuesday morning, when he tweeted a complaint about "out of control" costs for Boeing's new 747 Air Force One jets, saying "Cancel order!"—a move that caused Boeing's stock to fall... More »

Trump on New Air Force One: 'Cancel Order'

He says Boeing replacement planes will cost $4B

(Newser) - Donald Trump apparently thinks that the future presidential plane could tone it down a little. "Boeing is building a brand new 747 Air Force One for future presidents, but costs are out of control, more than $4 billion. Cancel order!" the president-elect tweeted Tuesday morning. Asked about the... More »

Boeing May Dramatically Change the Way We Fly

Patent calls for passenger plane that takes off and lands vertically

(Newser) - If a patent secured by Boeing this week is any indication, the company is eyeing a major change in the way travelers fly. The Seattle Times reports the patent details a passenger plane that takes off and lands vertically like a helicopter via tilting rotors. The rotors—horizontal for takeoff... More »

Aviation Industry Will Need 617K New Pilots by 2035

And even more crew members

(Newser) - Thinking about a career change? You might want to consider the aviation industry. According to Boeing's annual Pilot and Technician Outlook report, commercial airlines worldwide will need to add 814,000 cabin crew members, 679,000 maintenance technicians, and 617,000 pilots through 2035. A lot of that growth—... More »

Russia Wants This 'Cool' New Jet to Dominate the Sky

MC-21 to rival Boeing, Airbus models

(Newser) - Who needs Western planes? Not Russia, apparently. The country has just unveiled the MC-21, the first Russian "medium-range passenger aircraft developed this century," reports RT . Revealed in what the Guardian calls a glitzy ceremony in Irkutsk, the twin-engine jet is meant to rival Airbus and Boeing aircraft. The... More »

Boeing, SpaceX Deal Means Return of US Spaceflight

In a few years, we won't have to hitch rides with Russia

(Newser) - NASA handed out two contracts worth $6.8 billion today and with them announced the imminent return of human spaceflight from the US. Boeing and SpaceX "have each presented to us designs that will allow us to fly crews to the International Space Station in just a few years,... More »

Boeing Fuselages Get Stuck in Montana River

Derailment tosses fuselages in water

(Newser) - Rafters on Montana's Lower Clark Fork River are encountering an unusual sight as they round a bend: The fuselages of three Boeing 737 aircraft. The huge aircraft bodies and the train cars carrying them got stuck in the river last week when 19 freight cars derailed, the Missoulian reports.... More »

Bad Coordination Hampered Hunt for Flight 370

Groups around the world failed to share findings

(Newser) - Search teams wasted three days looking for Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 in the wrong place because countries and companies failed to coordinate their findings, the Wall Street Journal reports. While one group used satellite data to figure the plane's trajectory, another calculated its speed and fuel-consumption rate—until Malaysia... More »

Boeing: Dreamliners Need Inspections for Wing Cracks

But issue affects only planes now being built, not those in the sky

(Newser) - A snag in production is causing a big headache for Boeing. The company says it has discovered hairline cracks in the wings of some 787s still being manufactured. Boeing says the issue affects none of the 122 Dreamliners already in service. It has begun inspections of all the 40-plus planes... More »

Boeing's New Smartphone Self-Destructs

The 'Boeing Black' intended for government use

(Newser) - Maybe President Obama can stop complaining about his BlackBerry . Boeing, a company normally associated with planes, is creating a new smartphone designed specifically with security in mind, the BBC reports. The "Boeing Black" features a special hardware design that causes it to effectively self-destruct if tampered with; all data... More »

Boeing Eyes Washington Exit, Other States Drool

Big prize up for grabs after machinists turn down deal

(Newser) - Boeing's long history in Washington state is at a turning point and other states—including California, South Carolina, Georgia, and Alabama—are gleefully eyeing the prospect of thousands, possibly tens of thousands, of well-paid jobs building the company's upcoming 777X aircraft, the AP reports. A machinists union rejected... More »

Boeing Caught Selling Used Parts as 'New' to US

It's one of several times company has stiffed Pentagon

(Newser) - Boeing, the Pentagon's second-biggest contractor, has repeatedly ripped Uncle Sam off, a new report from the military's inspector general has concluded. In its most recent scheme, Boeing charged the federal government for new helicopter parts, and "primarily installed used parts instead," according to the report, which... More »

Latest Dreamliner Hiccup: Toilets Won't Flush

2 Japan Airlines flights turned around

(Newser) - Yet another set of problems has emerged for Boeing's 787 Dreamliner, forcing two Japan Airlines flights to turn around just days after the airline announced a switch to Airbus . On a flight from San Diego to Tokyo, one of two anti-ice systems stopped working, the BBC reports, sending... More »

Boeing 787 Catches Fire Again, Closes London Airport

And yet another forced to make emergency landing

(Newser) - Looks like the Boeing 787's fire issues aren't entirely behind it . A parked Dreamliner, owned by Ethiopian Airlines, caught fire today at Heathrow airport, prompting a suspension of all arrivals and departures to the London airport, the BBC reports. No passengers were aboard, no injuries have been reported,... More »

9/11 Debris Not Part of Plane's Landing Gear

It's actually from a portion of the wing

(Newser) - Boeing today expressed its confidence that a piece of aircraft found sandwiched between two Lower Manhattan buildings did indeed come from one of the 9/11 planes, though a rep for the company told the NYPD that Boeing could not determine which one. The 5-foot by 3-foot piece is not part... More »

Dreamliner's New Battery to Get Thumbs Up: Report

Dreamliners could fly again as early as May

(Newser) - The Boeing 787 Dreamliner could soon be flying again as the FAA is poised to announce an end to the plane's three-month grounding, perhaps as early as today, reports the Wall Street Journal . The FAA last month approved Boeing's planned fix to its fire-plagued lithium-ion batteries; it's... More »

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