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Latest Military Aircraft News

    U.S. Adds Planes to Bolster Drive to Wipe Out ISIS - The United States is shifting aircraft from Afghanistan to the Middle East, but the Islamic State, a hybrid between a conventional army and a terrorist network, has been difficult to target.
    Now, Anyone Can Buy a Drone. Heaven Help Us. - Pranksters’ antics are forcing public safety officials to look at the air above them, generally thought safe and secure, as a place for potential trouble.
    Washington: F.A.A. Rules Found to Apply to Unmanned Aircraft - The National Transportation Safety Board ruled Tuesday that the Federal Aviation Administration has the authority to apply to unmanned aircraft its longstanding rules against ?reckless or careless use? of aircraft.
    F.A.A. Has Power to Levy Fines on Commercial Drone Users - The safety agency ruled that small drones are a type of aircraft and fall under existing rules.
    Iran: Pentagon Rebuts Claim on Drone - Iran?s claim to have not only replicated but test-flown its version of a sophisticated bat-winged American spy drone captured in late 2011 is a gross exaggeration, the Pentagon said Wednesday.
    Pakistan: U.S. Drone Strike Is Reported - A Pakistani security official has reported a new American airstrike, saying a drone killed six foreign militants on Tuesday in the North Waziristan tribal region.
    Fearing Bombs That Can Pick Whom to Kill - Weapons that rely on artificial intelligence to decide what to target could become increasingly difficult to control, critics warn.
    With a Stealth Fighter, China Tries to Gain Attention - By exhibiting a stealth aircraft at an air show this week, China wants to show just how far its arms industry has come, experts say.

 

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.