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Latest Military Aircraft News

    Drones Beaming Web Access Are in the Stars for Facebook - A V-shaped unmanned vehicle is the centerpiece of the social network?s plans to connect with the five billion or so people it has yet to reach.
    U.S. to Delay Pullout of Troops From Afghanistan to Aid Strikes - President Obama is keeping troops in Afghanistan partly to bolster counterterrorism efforts there, including the C.I.A.?s ability to conduct drone strikes, officials said.
    Amazon Wins Approval to Test Delivery Drones Outdoors - While Amazon can now move its tests from inside a warehouse, the retailer still has a long way to go to realize its vision of autonomous delivery drones.
    Pentagon Confirms Strike Killed Shabab Militant Leader in Somalia - The Defense Department said that Adan Garar, a senior member of the Shabab extremist group, had been killed in a drone strike on his vehicle last week.
    Federal Employee Will Not Face Criminal Charges in Drone Crash at White House - The F.A.A. is still investigating whether to fine a federal employee who was flying the hobbyist’s drone that came down on the South Lawn.
    Syria: Reports Claim Downing of a U.S. Surveillance Drone - The Syrian state news media reported Tuesday that the country?s air defense systems had shot down an American surveillance plane near the northwestern city of Latakia.
    Tiny Masters of Turbulent Air - Ruby-throated hummingbirds can overcome changing winds to feed on nectar, using rapid wing and tail adjustments to hold steady.
    Myanmar Warplane Kills Four Farmers in China - One or more bombs released from a warplane from Myanmar Friday struck a sugar cane field, as fighting between government forces and an ethnic group pressed against the frontier with China.

 

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.