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Latest Military Aircraft News

    Dubai Plans a Taxi That Skips the Driver, and the Roads - Pilotless drones, capable of carrying one passenger and a small suitcase, are set to begin buzzing above the United Arab Emirates city as early as July.
    Papers Offer a Peek at ISIS? Drones, Lethal and Largely Off-the-Shelf - Documents found in Iraq and a recent surge in attacks show how the group has adapted readily accessible technology into a potentially effective new weapon.
    Renewed Fighting and Drone Strikes in Yemen Kill About 75 - Airstrikes by the Saudi-led coalition killed more than 50 Houthi rebels, and two suspected U.S. drone attacks killed 10 militants with Al Qaeda.
    Antiaircraft Weapons Again Open Fire in Tehran - The authorities in Iran said the target was a camera drone, the second such incident in a month.
    Santa Delivered the Drone. But Not the Safety and Skill to Fly Them. - The holiday season was a boom time for drone sales, bringing a heightened risk to people and property, particularly when neophytes are at the controls.
    What to Know About CES 2017 - A look at the trends that will matter at this week's International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas: Ultra HD TV, smart home and drones.
    Alaska, Reliant on Air Transit, Faces Pilot Shortage. Are Drones an Answer? - A wave of baby boomer retirements and the growth of aviation in Asia have led to a void that is rippling across the state with gale force.
    Why Some of Your Holiday Gifts Might Not Fly - Airlines are wary of drones and other devices with powerful batteries. And they won?t be as delighted as you are with that virtual reality headset.


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.