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US F-15 fighter crashes in Pacific near Japan

Tokyo: A US Air Force F-15 fighter has crashed off the southern Japan island of Okinawa after the aircraft developed problems in flight and the pilot ejected. US military officials say the crash occurred early on Tuesday. They said US and Japanese rescue crews are searching for the pilot, who is believed to have ejected safely [...]

Iran’s new stealth fighter jet under fire from critics

  Fresh from controversy over a suspicious space-faring monkey, Iran is now under fire over a suspect stealth fighter jet breakthrough that one Australian defence analyst said “looks like it might make a noise and vibrate if you put 20 cents in”. Unveiling the Qaher F313 (Dominant F313) earlier this month, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmedinejad [...]

Russian fighter jets breach Japanese airspace: Tokyo

Two Russian fighter jets violated Japanese airspace on Thursday as Tokyo scrambled its own planes in response, the defence ministry said, reportedly the first such incident in five years. A Russian official denies the violation. “Flights by the air force of the Pacific Fleet take place regularly in this region, in strict adherence to the international [...]

Al Qaeda airline bomber was secret informant

WASHINGTON—A bomber from the Al Qaeda affiliate in Yemen sent to blow up a U.S.-bound airliner last month was actually a Saudi intelligence agent who infiltrated the group and volunteered for the suicide mission, U.S. media reported on Tuesday. Working closely with the CIA, Saudi Arabia’s intelligence agency placed the operative inside Al Qaeda in [...]

S. Korea to divert flights for N. Korea rocket launch

SEOUL, South Korea – South Korea will change some flight and navigation routes to keep planes and ships out of harm’s way during North Korea’s planned rocket launch next month, officials said Wednesday. The North has announced it will launch a rocket to put a satellite into orbit sometime between April 12 and 16, a [...]

US war drones hit with computer virus

  The US government’s unmanned Predator and Reaper drones are continuing to fly remote missions overseas despite a computer virus that has infected the plane’s US-based cockpits, according to one source familiar with the infection. Government officials are still investigating whether the virus is benign, and how it managed to infect the heavily protected computer [...]

Chilean air force plane crashes, 21 aboard

A Chilean air force plane with 21 people aboard, including a popular local television host, crashed Friday in the Juan Fernandez islands off the country’s Pacific coast, authorities said. Juan Fernandez Mayor Leopoldo Gonzalez said the plane tried without success to land at the Juan Fernandez island airport, which is 830 kilometres from Chile’s coast.

China’s first aircraft carrier makes maiden sea trial

(Reuters) – China’s first aircraft carrier held its first sea trial on Wednesday morning, in a step likely to stoke patriotic pride at home and jitters abroad about Beijing’s naval ambitions. The long-awaited debut of the carrier, refitted from a former Soviet craft, marked an initial step toward China’s plans to build a carrier force [...]

NASA: July 8 selected for space shuttle program’s last blast

(CNN) — July 8 will mark the start of the final space shuttle mission and the end of an era, NASA announced Tuesday. The U.S. space agency announced the date for the final flight of Atlantis following a flight readiness review at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida. If nothing delays the countdown, the [...]

3 receive minor injuries when air tanker crashes on takeoff at Ventura County air base

POINT MUGU, VENTURA COUNTY (KABC) — The National Transportation Safety Board will investigate exactly what caused a Boeing 707 tanker to crash during takeoff at the Navy base at Point Mugu in Ventura County. The Boeing 707 skidded off a runway at the naval air base in at about 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, and the aircraft [...]

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