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Latest Military Aircraft News

    Robot Weapons: What?s the Harm? - The fear of unleashing ?Terminator? robots is misplaced.
    The Man Who Gave Air Force One Its Aura - Raymond Loewy, a pre-eminent commercial designer, told an aide to John F. Kennedy in 1962 that he could help transform the drab presidential jet.
    A Facebook Project to Beam Data From Drones Is a Step Closer to Flight - The company said its unmanned aerial vehicle, intended to bring Internet access to remote areas, is ready for tests in the upper atmosphere, most likely in the United States.
    Turkey and U.S. Plan to Create Syria ?Safe Zone? Free of ISIS - American warplanes, Turkish forces and anti-ISIS rebels within Syria would join to clear a section along the border, creating what the Turks call a ?safe zone? for refugees.
    The Unquiet Sky - Aerial photography, from balloons to drones, has always opened up new vistas ? and new modes of violence.
    Boeing Lowers Profit Outlook on Tanker Charge in 2nd Quarter - The aircraft maker still beat analysts? expectations by posting an 11 percent rise in revenue, to $24.5 billion.
    Leader of Qaeda Cell in Syria, Muhsin al-Fadhli, Is Killed in Airstrike, U.S. Says - Mr. Fadhli led the Khorasan Group and was so close to Osama bin Laden that he knew about the 9/11 attacks beforehand, the State Department said.
    Lockheed Martin to Buy Sikorsky Aircraft for $9 Billion - The deal would further bolster Lockheed?s status as the world?s biggest military contractor, giving it another major business line.

 

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.