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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 [...]

Canada unveils new jet to take on Boeing and Airbus

Canada’s Bombardier took the wraps off its $US3.4 billion ($A3.3 billion) challenge to industry leaders Boeing and Airbus on Thursday, announcing “solid progress” on the development program for its largest plane to date. Bombardier’s single-aisle CSeries planes, promised with seating for up to 160 passengers, represent the company’s attempt to break into the lower end [...]

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 [...]

Mitsubishi’s first jet gets $4 billion order

Mitsubishi Aircraft said last week it has signed a deal with US-based carrier SkyWest for 100 jets worth $US4.2 billion ($A4 billion), with an option to buy another 100 planes, in a “major order” for the Japanese firm. The Japanese company, founded in 2008, said it expected to deliver the first batch of planes from [...]

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 [...]

A private airline’s plane crashes in Nepal

  NEPAL (eTN) – For the first time in the history of “Mountain Flight,” a popular flight of 50 minutes that takes off from Kathmandu airport for sightseeing of the Himalayan peaks, including Mt. Everest, a private airline’s plane crashed at Kotdanda hill in Kathmandu Valley on Sunday morning around 7:35 am.

Virgin Galactic to take off within 12 months: Branson

  British business magnate Richard Branson hopes to launch a vessel into space within the next 12 months, kicking off an era of commercial space travel. “The mother ship is finished… The rocket tests are going extremely well, and so I think that we’re now on track for a launch within 12 months of today,” [...]

‘Miracle’ outcome of mid-air collision probed

  TWO small planes involved in a mid-air collision which had an unusual outcome – in that all 13 people on board survived – will be examined in Alaska as investigators determine what went wrong… and right. The owner of one plane, Glen Alsworth, called the outcome of Sunday’s collision – in a narrow river [...]

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