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Latest Military Aircraft News

    Finland: Fighter Jet Exercises Begin - One of Europe?s largest fighter jet exercises began Monday amid increasing military tensions in the Nordic and Baltic region.
    Jets Are Scrambled Over New York as Airports See a Flurry of Threats - Half a dozen arrivals into the region on Monday were cleared as safe after landing at Kennedy and Newark Liberty international airports.
    U.S. Military Space Plane Begins a Fourth (Mostly) Secret Mission - The X-37B, an unmanned spacecraft, launched Wednesday from Cape Canaveral, Fla. The Air Force is not saying much about what it will be doing.
    Marine Is Killed and 21 Are Hurt in Aircraft Mishap - An MV-22 Osprey made what was described as a hard landing during a training exercise in Hawaii.
    Farmers Flying Drones May Soon Be Given Clearance - Few people are as excited about proposed rules that would allow people to fly small unmanned aircraft for commercial reasons as the farmers who use them to gather crop information.
    What You Get When You Blend a Drone and a Gecko - Researchers have figured out how to enable a quadcopter drone to stick a landing ? at any angle ? much like a flying gecko.
    Secret Service Arrests Man After Drone Flies Near White House - Officers detained a man they said was flying a drone in the park across from the White House but determined that the drone was not carrying anything harmful.
    U.S. Military Helicopter on Aid Mission in Nepal Is Missing - A Defense Department official said the Marine helicopter disappeared near Charikot village, which was hit hard by Tuesday?s magnitude 7.3 quake.


Introduction to Military Aircraft

Military aircraft designed primarily for attacking strategic enemy targets and to gain air superiority. The bomber is designed to attack ground targets using bombs and air to surface missiles. Fighters in comparison are small, fast, and maneuverable and are the means by which air forces achieve superiority in the air. The term military aircraft also encompasses helicopters, reconnaissance, tankers and supply aircraft.

Key dates

1907: US Army specification far 2 seater military airplane with top speed of 64kph (40mph) and a range of 200km (125 miles).

1910: First demonstration of projectiles being dropped from a military aircraft.

1910: German patent taken out for a device allow fixed machine gun from an airplane.

1912: First British armed aircraft, Vickers FB1 ordered by Admiralty. Royal Flying Corps formed.

1913: First aerial combat takes place in Mexican civil War.

1914: First World War begins heralding a new era in aviation.

1915: Aerial bombardment of London by Zeppelin LZ-38. First flight of the all metal Junkers J1

1916: The emergence of Fighter aces begins

1917: First ever land on a ship under way carried out by E. H. Dunning in a Sopwith Pup.

1921: First sinking of a battle ship by an aircraft.

1922: This aircraft carrier USS Langley enters service.

1930: Frank Whittle a 23 year old RAF officer patents the jet engine.

1935: A prototype Douglas DC3 flies for the first time

1939: The second World War begins. The world's first jet aircraft the prototype Heinkle Hr-178 flies

1941: Carrier launched attack on Pearl Harbor. The He-280 becomes the first operational jet fighter.

1942: Me-262 exceeds 539 mph in test flights.

1944: The first V2 missiles are fired at London. The first Japanese Kamikaze mission are carried out.

1945: The B-29 Enola Gay dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima.

1947: The Bell X-1 flown by Chuck Yeager breaks the sound barrier.

1950: A Mig-15 and F-80 Shooting Star carry out the first all jet combat.

1953: Scott Crossfield exceeds Mach 2 in a Douglas D-558-2.

1959: Gary Powers flying a U2 is shot down over the USSR.

1965: SR-71 Blackbird exceeds Mach 3.