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Latest Military Aircraft News

    Iraqi Cleric’s Speech Strikes a Balance - Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani warned of threats to Iraqi independence, but he stopped short of opposing the military campaign against the Islamic State.
    2 Navy Fighter Jets Crash Into Pacific - The pilot of one of the planes, both F-18 Hornets, was rescued, the Defense Department said.
    An Eye in the Sky, Accessible to the Hobbyist - A drone model from DJI comes with a camera, GPS positioning and other features meant for producing high-quality still images and video.
    Drone Developers Consider Obstacles That Cannot Be Flown Around - With the recent demonstration of a drone-based delivery system by Google, the tech industry’s enthusiasm for the devices seems undimmed — but some issues will be difficult to solve.
    Air Encounter More Likely to Cause Alarm Than Change - The Pentagon called a Chinese fighter pilot?s approaching an American spy plane ?very dangerous,? but the Beijing-Washington division on surveillance flights will probably remain.
    Obama Authorizes Air Surveillance of ISIS in Syria - The flights approved by President Obama would be a precursor to broader airstrikes against Sunni militants, which are already taking place in Iraq.
    Iranian TV Shows Remains of What It Says Is Downed Israeli Drone - An Iranian general described the wreckage but said that the drone had not taken off from Israel.
    Iran Says It Shot Down an Israeli Drone - Iran?s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps said the drone had been heading toward the Iranian nuclear enrichment site in Natanz.

 

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.