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Latest Military Aircraft News

    Turkey Seeks to Ease Tensions Over Shooting Down of Russian Jet - Ankara said airstrikes against the Islamic State in Syria had been suspended as it sought a solution, possibly at the Paris climate talks next week.
    Range of Frustrations Reached Boil as Turkey Shot Down Russian Jet - President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had nuanced reasons to allow Turkish pilots to open fire, analysts say, including his irritation with Russia over issues beyond Syria.
    Pakistani Taliban Commander Reported Killed in Drone Strike in Afghanistan - Pakistani intelligence officials said that an American drone strike in Afghanistan had killed Khan Sayed, the leader of a breakaway faction of the Pakistani Taliban.
    Crash Kills 4 on Helicopter at Fort Hood - Four people were killed Monday after their Black Hawk helicopter crashed during a training exercise in Texas, Army officials said
    Appeals Court Rules Memos on Targeted Killings Can Stay Classified - A panel decided the government could keep secret documents related to targeted killing of noncitizens abroad because the details of American policy remain classified.
    Drone Shopping? F.A.A. Rules May Hover Over Holidays - Recommendations by a Federal Aviation Administration task force call for owners to register and for the aircraft to display identification numbers.
    Official Plane for Cameron Has Britons Unimpressed - The prime minister says having an official aircraft for government business is a security and money-saving measure, but others see an attempt to keep up appearances with other world leaders.
    Review: ?Drone? Documentary Examines a New Weapon - The filmmaker Tonje Hessen Schei looks at the morality and consequences of armed drone use.


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.