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Latest Military Aircraft News

    Game of Drones - It just might be the right time for a ?Top Gun? sequel, considering we?re already on the highway to the danger zone.
    Two Nations, Related by Fear - The U.K. and the U.S. share a troubling role in stripping British citizens of their rights.
    Britain Increasingly Invokes Power to Disown Its Citizens - The government?s ability to revoke citizenship, and the fact it has used that ability against people who were later killed in drone strikes, has fueled concern.
    Two World War II Veterans Honor 19 Soldiers Who Disappeared 70 Years Ago - The soldiers vanished on training flights; a possible piece of the aircraft was found last year off Long Island.
    The C.I.A.?s History - Jeffrey Heyman, a former United Nations official, writes that in the agency’s “killing business,” the past is prologue.
    Delays in Effort to Refocus C.I.A. From Drone War - Despite avowals about the need to refocus the agency on its original missions of analysis, intelligence collecting and espionage, the paramilitary operations have proven hard to give up.
    Judge Dismisses Suit Against Administration Officials Over Drone Strikes - A federal judge ruled that courts should hesitate before holding a government official personally responsible for violating a citizen’s rights in the context of a wartime action.
    South Korea Tests Missile Able to Strike Most of North - The launching by South Korea comes after Pyongyang conducted a series of its own missile tests, raising tensions on the Korean Peninsula.

 

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.