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India steps up search for missing military plane

Chennai - India on Saturday stepped up a major search operation for an air force plane that disappeared over the Bay of Bengal the day before with 29 people on board, as the defence minister headed to the region.

British Airways plane grounded after bed bugs found

London - An aircraft, owned by the leading airline British Airways, has been withdrawn from service after a bed bug infestation was discovered on board.

Graphene based material de-ices helicopter blades

Researchers have developed a form of graphene that can effectively de-ice helicopter blades. The application should make the flying of the aircraft easier and safer, especially during the winter months.

Egypt-bound German plane lands in Hungary after bomb scare

Budapest - A German passenger plane headed from Berlin to the Egyptian Red Sea resort of Hurghada landed in Budapest on Monday after a bomb scare, Hungarian police said.The airportal.

France strikes IS in Iraq from newly deployed carrier

France launched air strikes against Islamic State targets in Iraq on Monday in the first sorties from the Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier, newly deployed in the eastern Mediterranean.

France launches missions over Syria, Iraq from newly deployed carrier: military

Warplanes took off Monday from France's Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier, newly deployed to the eastern Mediterranean, for operations over areas held by the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria, military sources said.

Studying bats leads to better aeroplanes

Many aspects of the animal world have been borrowed by humans in the process of creating objects and technology. Bats, for example, aided radar. Bats can also, a new study found, help us to fly aircraft better.

Review: The history of aircraft on display in London Special

London - Nestled away in a corner of North London is the Royal Air Force Museum. The museum contains vast hangers containing the history of aircraft, from primitive flying contraptions to modern Tornado jets.

Review: RAF Museum — Battle of Britain experience in London Special

London - The Battle of Britain experience is part of the Royal Air Force Museum in London. The museum features many of the aircraft used during the Second World War. This summer Digital Journal paid a visit.

Two pilots killed in Russian strategic bomber crash

Khabarovsk - Two pilots were killed when a strategic bomber with seven people on board crashed in far eastern Russia on Tuesday, the defence ministry said, the latest in a string of military aircraft accidents.

Two pilots killed in Russian military jet crash

Moscow - Two pilots of a Russian military aircraft were killed Monday when their jet crashed during a training mission in the far east of the country, the defence ministry said, the latest in a string of accidents involving military planes.

FBI issues search warrant after man claims he hacked plane

The FBI has issued a search warrant for a man who claims to have successfully hijacked aircraft during flight. He used his laptop computer to hack the plane's systems and temporarily gain control of the engines, causing it to fly sideways.

Vancouver student scoops top prize at Intel science fair

Vancouver - Canadian student Raymond Wang has won $75,000 at an international science and engineering fair. This is for designing a way to better protect airline passengers from pathogens.

Aircraft set to get minute-by-minute tracking

A new initiative aims to equip all commercial flights worldwide with technology that would enable minute-by-minute tracking of the plane in times of distress, aiding rescuers and recovery efforts.

Hummingbirds out-perform helicopters

Stamford - New research indicates that hummingbirds can accomplish sustained flight that is at least as efficient as that of the most high-tech micro-drone helicopter.

Drunk passenger removes false leg and attacks plane crew

According to reports an angry woman on Thomson flight 297 removed her leg to attack staff on the plane. Eventually the crew subdued the 48-year-old woman and removed her from the plane upon landing.

UK Military designers demonstrate concept for 'The Transformer'

A military research team in the UK has released plans for a three-part plane which can detach into faster planes then reform when the enemy has been shaken off. The concept so far looks quite impressive.

Russian bombers, fighter jets 'seen over Crimea'

Simferopol - Several dozen Russian planes including what appeared to be strategic bombers and fighter jets have been spotted in the sky above the Moscow-controlled peninsula of Crimea, witnesses and experts said.

World's biggest passenger aircraft in Durban

Durban - Last week saw the biggest passenger plane in the world landing at King Shaka International Airport in Durban, South Africa for the first time as part of a pilot training programme for British Airways.

US military plane comes under fire in South Sudan

An American military aircraft was fired on by suspected rebels in the South Sudan, leaving four service members wounded, with one of them in critical condition.

Russian jet set to have highest seating capacity

Russia's Transaero Airlines is set to launch its new Airbus A380 in 2015. The so-called super jet' will have the largest passenger capacity in the world.

Delta pilots use tablets to make a 'paperless' cockpit

The airline Delta is to issue 11,000 of its pilots with Microsoft Surface 2 tablets. This is an attempt to create a 'paper free' cockpit.

Meet the man flying in a jetsuite ― the Jetman

The first and only man in aviation history to fly with a jet-propelled wing is Swiss pilot Yves Rossy, after he successfully did that in 2006, and still he is to this day. Now he has just made his first public flight in the US Monday.

Plane crashes into residential buildings in Venezuela, 2 dead

Valencia - On Sunday morning, a small plane crashed into a residential building in Valencia, capital of Carabobo state in Venezuela. The pilot and co-pilot died in the crash.

Scores of buried WWII Spitfires may soon fly again

The truth or fiction behind rumours of scores of buried WWII Spitfire fighter planes is soon to be revealed with the announcement that ownership issues have been solved and recovery funding sourced.

Mathematicians suggest new way for aircraft boarding

Researchers from Curtin University and Beihang University in Beijing say that they have found out a new 'third way' to improve airplane boarding.

2 million attend 54th Annual Chicago Air & Water Show Special

Chicago - An estimated 2 million spectators crowded the beaches and parks near Lake Michigan in Chicago this past weekend to catch one of the most exciting shows of the year. The 2012 Chicago Air and Water Show.

Hopes to find missing pilot after 70 years

Following the discovery of a missing WWII RAF Kittyhawk in the Sahara desert, plans are underway to locate the pilot's remains and recover the aircraft.

Chilean and Brazilian airlines merge into largest SA air carrier

Santiago - LAN Chile and TAM Airlines, the two main South American air carriers completed their merger process today to become one of the world’s ten biggest transport groups of passengers and cargo, and the second largest in market value.
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The Reaction Engines Limited A2 (called the A2) is a design study for a hypersonic  airliner.
The Reaction Engines Limited A2 (called the A2) is a design study for a hypersonic airliner.
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Hawker Hurricane Mark 1  a British single-seat fighter aircraft. At the end of June 1940  following ...
Hawker Hurricane Mark 1, a British single-seat fighter aircraft. At the end of June 1940, following the fall of France, the majority of the RAF's 36 fighter squadrons were equipped with Hurricanes.
Alenia G.222 military transport taxying for take off.
Alenia G.222 military transport taxying for take off.
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A preserved wreckage from a British Hurricane aircraft  circa 1940.
A preserved wreckage from a British Hurricane aircraft, circa 1940.
A cockpit-eye view of one of the aircraft on display at the RAF museum in London. This aircraft is t...
A cockpit-eye view of one of the aircraft on display at the RAF museum in London. This aircraft is the Phantom FGR2, which was in service between 1968 and 1992.
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American Airlines Boeing 767-200 N324AA
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The Westland Lysander was a British army co-operation and liaison aircraft produced by Westland Airc...
The Westland Lysander was a British army co-operation and liaison aircraft produced by Westland Aircraft used immediately before and during the Second World War. The aircraft was powered by one 890 hp (664 kW) Bristol Mercury XII radial piston engine.
File photo: Pakistan International Airlines
File photo: Pakistan International Airlines
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A search-and-rescue helicopter on display at the RAF museum in Hendon  London.
A search-and-rescue helicopter on display at the RAF museum in Hendon, London.
Airlander 10 will take its first test flight next month.
Airlander 10 will take its first test flight next month.
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The Reaction Engines Limited A2 (called the A2) is a design study for a hypersonic  airliner.
The Reaction Engines Limited A2 (called the A2) is a design study for a hypersonic airliner.
Photo courtesy Reaction Engines Ltd
The Reaction Engines Limited A2 (called the A2) is a design study for a hypersonic  airliner.
The Reaction Engines Limited A2 (called the A2) is a design study for a hypersonic airliner.
Photo courtesy Reaction Engines Ltd
A Tornado figher made from recycled computer hardware.
A Tornado figher made from recycled computer hardware.
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Photo of a Boeing 737
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LAN Airlines plane (Screen capture Flightglobal).
LAN Airlines plane (Screen capture Flightglobal).
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Virgin Atlantic Boeing 747
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