Emphasis On Execution In A&D Programs In 2014

By Graham Warwick
Source: Aviation Week & Space Technology
December 30, 2013

After 110 years, aviation is not advancing as rapidly as it once did, at least on the surface. But 2013 saw several significant developments in aerospace, and 2014-15 will see new airliners and fighters enter service, key development tests of manned space transports and, potentially, suborbital passenger flights.

In the year just ended, the first all-new narrowbody airliner in more than 25 years made its first flight, an unmanned aircraft made the first catapult launches and arrested landings on a carrier and a scramjet-powered vehicle made the longest air-breathing hypersonic flight yet. Bombardier's CSeries, Northrop Grumman's X-47B and Boeing's X-51A were among the highlights of an eventful 2013.

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