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Feb. 5th, 2009 @ 06:25 pm Recession Hits Aerospace
During a morning conference call to discuss its fourth-quarter earnings, Boeing said it plans to cut about 10,000 jobs, or 6 percent of its workforce, this year.

Non-military aircraft and parts orders plunged 43.8%, after falling by 46.2% in November. Defense aircraft and parts orders increased 16.3%, after sliding by 7.0% in November.

Anyone else noticing it? I know a couple people who interned twice at Boeing without netting a full time offer (last time I checked, they were hiring about 40 entry-level engineers company-wide). Going by the quote above, maybe defense is weathering things a bit better, but who knows with the new administration (whoa, political). Seems a previous entry here spoke too soon.
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Aug. 27th, 2008 @ 11:05 pm Internship
Hello guys,

Today I found this community and read quite a lot here, so I see you talk a lot about internships at aerospace companies.
I am currently beginning the first year of AE in the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology and I wonder if there are any internship programs in the US/Canada that I could participate in.
There surely are some significant problems here - I am not the US or Canadian citizen (in fact, I'm a Russian citizen permanently living in Israel) so I will need a visa. The second thing is that summer here starts pretty late - in the middle of July we finish a school year when I assume most intern programs start in June.
But still who knows - may be there is an opportunity for me?
Help would be greatly appreciated!
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Jul. 23rd, 2008 @ 06:33 pm Huh?
After saying I studied aerospace engineering,  I was asked if that was like training to be an astronaut.  Then the fellow asked me if I knew anything about a "new planet" in the news.  I told her that's not really my department...  Has anyone else received odd questions about their field?
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Jun. 16th, 2008 @ 09:32 am Lufthansa flies vintage aircraft
From the AIAA daily news:

In a front-page story, the Wall Street Journal (6/16, A1, Michaels,
subscription required) reports that Lufthansa "has a unique sideline
[business] rebuilding and flying antique aircraft," which includes
$400-per-ticket flights on a 1936 Junkers-52 and, in 2010, flights on
a Lockheed 1649A Super Constellation "Starliner." The company
purchased three of the aircraft last year, which will be used to
create one functional aircraft. The Journal article details the
history of Lufthansa's Starliner use from the 1950's through the
1970's, including the amenities offered and common mechanical issues
encountered while flying the aircraft. In the rebuilt model,
"Lufthansa will install modern flight controls," as well as modern
digital safety systems and seat belts. The Journal notes, "Once, many
carriers maintained their antiques to show off, but years of
financial pressure have put an end to most of that." In the case of
Lufthansa, the company "can afford its costly projects partly because
active and retired employees volunteer to reconstruct, maintain and
fly the old planes."

Video from WSJ.
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Jun. 12th, 2008 @ 09:48 pm Wind turbine simulation codes
The National Wind Technology Center (part of the National Renewable Energy Lab) provides free wind turbine analysis codes.  They were used in this nifty paper on swept wind turbines (PDF).
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Mar. 15th, 2008 @ 11:48 pm F-117 Being retired

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) -- The world's first attack aircraft to employ stealth technology is slipping quietly into history.


Technicians service an F-117 stealth fighter after it arrived at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio, on Monday.

The inky black, angular, radar-evading F-117, which spent 27 years in the Air Force arsenal secretly patrolling hostile skies from Serbia to Iraq, will be put in mothballs next month in Nevada.

Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio, which manages the F-117 program, will have an informal, private retirement ceremony Tuesday with military leaders, base employees and representatives from Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico.

The last F-117s scheduled to fly will leave Holloman on April 21, stop in Palmdale, California, for another retirement ceremony, then arrive on April 22 at their final destination: Tonopah Test Range Airfield in Nevada, where the jet made its first flight in 1981.

The government has no plans to bring the fighter out of retirement, but could do so if necessary.

"I'm happy to hear they are putting it in a place where they could bring it back if they ever needed it," said Brig. Gen. Gregory Feest, the first person to fly an F-117 in combat, during the 1989 invasion of Panama that led to the capture of dictator Manuel Noriega.

The Air Force decided to accelerate the retirement of the F-117s to free up money to modernize the rest of the fleet. The F-117 is being replaced by the F-22 Raptor, which also has stealth technology.

Fifty-nine F-117s were made; 10 were retired in December 2006 and 27 since then, the Air Force said. Seven of the planes have crashed, one in Serbia in 1999.

Stealth technology used on the F-117 was developed in the 1970s to help evade enemy radar. While not invisible to radar, the F-117's shape and coating greatly reduced its detection.

The F-117, a single-seat aircraft, was designed to fly into heavily defended areas undetected and drop its payloads with surgical precision.

A total of 558 pilots have flown the F-117 since it went operational. They dub themselves "bandits," with each given a "bandit number" after their first flight.

Feest, who is Bandit 261, also led the first stealth fighter mission into Iraq during Desert Storm in 1991. He said the fire from surface-to-air missiles and anti-aircraft guns was so intense that he stopped looking at it to try to ease his fears.

"We knew stealth worked and it would take a lucky shot to hit us, but we knew a lucky shot could hit us at any time," he said.

Incredibly, not one stealth was hit during those missions, he said
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Mar. 4th, 2008 @ 08:43 pm A ton of aero jobs opening up?
AP - Defense industry facing shortage of workers
The aerospace and defense sector is bracing for a potential brain drain over the next decade as a generation of Cold War scientists and engineers hits retirement age and not enough qualified young Americans seek to take their place.

The problem — almost 60 percent of U.S. aerospace workers in 2007 were 45 or older — could affect national security and even close the door on commercial products that start out as military technology, industry officials said.
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Feb. 22nd, 2008 @ 02:39 pm Video of SM-3 launch and KH-12 (?) kill
In case you haven't seen it yet, check out the video of the missile launch and satellite intercept. Aerospace engineers can stand tall today.

And was it a KH-12, or is my knowledge of these things totally out of date?
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Feb. 4th, 2008 @ 12:45 pm out of print book
Hello all! I was wondering if anyone would be able to help me with this. It is an out of print text book that is needed for class. If anyone has any ideas of where I can find this (for a reasonable price) please let me know.

The title of the book is: Aerodynamics of V/STOL Flight
And the ISBN is: 0486404609

I've found it used on a couple sites, but for much more than its face value. If anyone has any ideas on this, they would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks so much! :)

X-posted around
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Jan. 18th, 2008 @ 08:32 pm Werner K. Dahm (1917-2008)
The last of the original German rocket scientists at NASA passed away yesterday in Huntsville, AL. Plus, he was my thesis advisor's dad, and I met him once, in 1999.

Werner K. Dahm, an internationally recognized rocket pioneer whose work in Germany and the U.S. made important contributions to the nation’s ballistic missile programs and its manned and unmanned rocket programs, died on January 17, 2008 in Huntsville, Ala. at an assisted living center. He was 90 years old.

He was the aerodynamicist in the future projects group on the original team of German rocket scientists working at Peenemuende with Wernher von Braun during World War II, when supersonic and hypersonic aerodynamics were still in relative infancy. He went on to make pioneering contributions in high-speed aerothermodynamics in the U.S. Army’s ballistic missile development program, and in NASA’s manned and unmanned space flight programs. He was Chief of the Aerophysics Division at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, and later Chief Aerodynamicist at the NASA Center. When he finally retired in 2006, at the age of 89, he was the last of the original German rocket scientists at NASA.
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