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Latest Military Aircraft News

    The Pentagon?s ?Terminator Conundrum?: Robots That Could Kill on Their Own - The United States has put artificial intelligence at the center of its defense strategy, with weapons that can identify targets and make decisions.
    Colombian Airline Halts Some Flights After Brush With Venezuelan Jet - Avianca grounded all flights to Caracas, Venezuela, and rerouted several others to avoid Venezuelan airspace until further notice.
    Berlin, 1945; Grozny, 2000; Aleppo, 2016 - In Aleppo, a drone video reveals a destruction so complete that it obliterates even a sense of time.
    Pentagon Confronts a New Threat From ISIS: Exploding Drones - The group had been using surveillance drones, but a recent attack that killed two Kurdish fighters highlighted its success in developing an effective new weapon.
    A Peek at the Secret English Farm Where Amazon Tests Its Drones - The e-commerce giant has big plans to use autonomous aircraft to deliver packages, and is testing the devices in rural England. We went to find them.
    The Taxi Driver?s Last Ride - When Mohammad Azam picked up a passenger near the Iran-Pakistan border, did he have any idea he was a target for a U.S. drone strike?
    ?From Paradise to Hell?: How an Aid Convoy in Syria Was Blown Apart - Interviews with aid workers, rescuers and residents, along with video and photographic evidence, point to a coordinated attack by Russian or Syrian aircraft, probably both.
    A Mysterious Boom Rattles New Yorkers - The Police Department blamed military F-22s. But Norad said the jets in place for the United Nations General Assembly did not produce a sonic boom.


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.