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Latest Military Aircraft News

    Investigating the Kunduz Hospital Airstrike - Will the U.S. military get to the bottom of its own attack?
    Ending an Albania-Serbia Game and Inciting a Riot, With a Joystick - Ismail Morina, a drone operator, guided a nationalist Albanian flag into a stadium in Belgrade. Nearly a year later, Albania and Serbia are set to meet again.
    F.A.A. Proposes Big Fine for Drone Violations - The Federal Aviation Administration proposed a record $1.9 million fine against SkyPan International for flying drones in New York and Chicago without permission.
    As Russia Returns to Middle East, a Look at Some of Its Weapons - The small force deployed to Russia?s new base in Syria has made outsized political and diplomatic gains.
    U.S. Military Plane Crashes in Afghanistan, Killing 14 - A C-130 transport plane crashed in eastern Afghanistan, killing more than a dozen people, including Afghan civilians, an American military official said.
    Russians Strike Targets in Syria, but Not ISIS Areas - Russian aircraft carried out a bombing attack against Syrian opposition fighters, including at least one group trained by the C.I.A., eliciting angry protests from American officials.
    Drone-for-Hire Business Makes Big Bet on Industry - Robert Wolf’s advisory firm plans to announce it is spinning off its drone-services arm into a separate company, which is positioned like none other to thrive in the nascent drone market.
    U.S. Is Struggling in Its Effort to Build an Afghan Air Force - Efforts to build an effective air force began late, and, in the view of some Afghan officials, have gone nowhere, even as the Afghans fight the Taliban mostly alone.


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.