Tuesday, December 23, 2014

✈ Ukraine Su-25 Fighter Jet Returned To Base Without Missiles After Malaysia Crash ✈

Eyewitness Say Ukraine SU-25 Fighter Jet Returned To Base with Missing Missiles Shotdown Malaysia
Ukraine SU-25 Fighter Return To Base with Missing Missiles
There have been many questions surrounding the Malaysia Crash in July 2014, and the blame have been on everyone yet the Ukraine Government still have refused to release Radar Data. But now some of the people behind it have started to come out talking.

An airbase employee, who claims to be an eyewitness, said on July 17 that three Ukrainian combat jets took off, and that one of them, an Su-25 fighter Jet, was carrying air-to-air missiles.

“After a while only one of the jets (of the three) returned, it was the fighter jet which had had those missiles. But it returned without the missiles. The Su-25 pilot was very frightened,” the man said. The employee stressed that only the returned Su-25 had been equipped with air-to-air missiles, and said he was sure it was not air-to-ground missiles.

The airbase worker said he remembered the Su-25 pilot saying “the wrong plane” and "the plane was in the wrong place at the wrong time" after he returned from the flight.

The newspaper interviewee did not exclude the possibility that an Su-25 pilot could confuse a Boeing passenger airliner with a military jet.

“This could be. There was quite a long distance, he could have failed to see what exactly that plane was,” the man said.

The missiles carried by the Su-25 (NATO reporting name Frogfoot) are capable of targeting an object at a 3-5-kilometer (1-3 mile) distance, and to an altitude of 7,000 meters (23,000 feet), the source stressed.

“With jet’s raised nose, it is not a problem to fix a target and launch a missile. The flying range of this missile is over 10 kilometers,” according to the man.

He further said that the missile is capable of hitting a plane fuselage, whether directly or from a distance of 500 meters.

The density of the objects which hit the MH17 was very high, and these findings did not exclude the downing of the plane by a missile.

“There is such a missile. It explodes and its shrapnel punctures the plane. And after that, the missile warhead strikes it,” the man said.

The Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 (MH17/MAS17) passenger Boeing of Malaysian Airlines crashed on July 17 in the Donetsk region, as it was flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur. All 298 people on board died.

The incident is being investigated by an international group headed by the Dutch Safety Board (DSB), its final report is expected to be released in 2015. According to the preliminary information of the DSB, the Boeing was hit by “a large number of high-energy objects” penetrating the aircraft from outside, but the source of the objects was not found.

Kiev has accused independence supporters in Ukraine’s southeast of shooting the plane down, but provided no evidence confirming the claim. The independence supporters say they do not have weapons which could down a plane flying at such a high altitude.

This has happened.

Sputnik Malaysia Crash Investigation
"A Ukrainian air force Su-25 combat jet took off from an airbase in eastern Dnipropetrovsk carrying air-to-air missiles and returned without them on the day the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crashed in eastern Ukraine, Komsomolskaya Pravda newspaper reports, citing an airbase employee"

"MOSCOW, December 23 (Sputnik report) – A Ukrainian air force Su-25 combat jet took off from an airbase in eastern Dnipropetrovsk carrying air-to-air missiles and returned without them on the day a Malaysia Airlines plane crashed in eastern Ukraine in July, Komsomolskaya Pravda newspaper reported, citing an airbase employee."

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Saturday, September 20, 2014

✈ Huge Super Drone MQ-4C Triton Bigger Than a 737 ✈

This is the Huge Unmanned Navy Drone MQ-4C Triton that is bigger than a Boeing 737, and it now takes to the skies for flight across America. Scroll down for the transcontinental flight video.

The new Super Drone is supposed to be used in fleet operations in the Middle East, Europe and Asia, as well as the Atlantic. It is part of the Navy's Broad Area Maritime Surveillance program.

The airliner-sized Super Navy surveillance drone made it's first transcontinental flight on Wednesday night, when it flew 11 hours across the United States from Southern California crossing the Gulf of Mexico and Florida before landing Thursday morning at a Navy base in Maryland.

The unmanned super drone flew above 50,000 feet (above 15 km) to avoid commercial air traffic and  after 11 hours it had covered 3,290 miles and landed safely in Maryland.

MQ-4C Triton Gigantic 737 Size Spy Plane Lands US Navy Super Drone
The massive MQ-4C landing on Thursday morning in Maryland after flying overnight from California
In comparisson the Lockheed U2 Spy aircraft fly at an altitude at or above 70,000 feet and the SR-71 Blackbird when it was still in use flew at a service ceiling of 85,000 feet and above. But the reported max altitude of the MQ-4C at 56,500 feet is still way up there.

The high altitude attained is due to it's large 130-foot wingspan and that also gives capacity for 28 hours of flying time, the super drone can cover up to 1 million square miles of ocean at a time.



The cross-country test was the first for the MQ-4C Triton, and it will play a role in the Navy's planned Broad Area Maritime Surveillance program.

The Triton left from an airfield in Palmdale, California, at Northrop Grumman, which manufactures the aircraft, crossing the Gulf of Mexico before tracking up the Atlantic coast and landing at Naval Air Station Patuxent River in Maryland.

Triton uses 'radar, infrared sensors and advanced cameras to provide full-motion video and photographs' to Navy personnel. Northrop Grumman says the unmanned aircraft also has a capacity to fly up to 28 hours at a time and surveil 1 million square miles in a single mission.

MQ-4C Triton Gigantic 737 Size Spy Plane US Navy Super Drone Unmanned Aircraft Military Surveillance
MQ-4C Triton Gigantic 737 Size Spy Plane US Navy Super Drone Unmanned Aircraft Military Surveillance
The huge wingspan of 130 feet, makes the Triton wider than commercial airliners such as the Boeing 737.

Once operational, the drone will join the manned P-8 Poseidon, which was part of search operations for Flight 370 in the Indian Ocean. Unmanned aircraft do the 'dull, dirty or dangerous' work for the military, including surveillance of large swaths of empty ocean

According to Ars Technica, the Navy is also looking for carrier-based attack drones, with Naval Air Systems Command soliciting proposals for an unmanned aircraft capable of both surveillance and air strikes in April.

Surveillance drones have attracted their share of criticism as the military has been reluctant to offer transparency on their use or safety record.

The ACLU says both the military and the FAA refuse to release data on drone crashes.

In 2012, a RQ-4A Global Hawk, an earlier unmanned aircraft built by Northrop Grumman, crashed during training exercises in an unpopulated area near Naval Air Station Patuxent River.

MQ-4C Triton Super Drone Specifications
  • Wingspan: 130.9ft (39.9m)
  • Length: 47.6ft (14.5m)
  • Height: 15.4ft (4.6m)
  • Gross Take-off Weight: 32,250lbs (14,628kg)
  • Max. Internal Payload: 3,200lbs (1,452kg)
  • Max. External Payload: 2,400lbs (1,089kg)
  • Max. Altitude: 56,500ft (17.22km)
  • Max. Velocity: 331 knots
  • Max. Flight Endurance: 28 hours
  • Rolls-Royce AE3007H turbofan engine
  • 360-degree field of regard sensors
  • Multi-function electronically steered radar
  • Electro-optical and infrared targeting system
  • Electronic Support Measures to track and identify electronic signals

Friday, August 22, 2014

✈ Chinese SU-27 Interceptor Barrel Roll Over US Navy Recon P-8 Poseidon ✈

It was this Monday Aug 18, 2014 that an Chinese SU-27 Interceptor Fighter Jet did a barrel roll "very, very close" over an American Navy P-8 Poseidon reconnaissance aircraft in International Airspace Near Japan about 135 miles east of China's Hainan Island. The rather reckless maneuver by the Chinese Su-27 pilot was to show that the SU-27 fighter jet was armed with missiles.

Chinese Su-27M Interceptor Jet Fighter Armed Missiles International Airspace Near Japan
Chinese Su-27M Interceptor Jet Fighter Armed Missiles
The US has lodged a formal protest with Beijing after the Chinese fighter jet conducted the barrel roll over the American Navy plane this week, the Pentagon has said.

Rear Admiral John Kirby said the Chinese plane exposed its undercarriage to show that it was armed to the P-8 anti-submarine warfare aircraft during the Monday's incident in international airspace near Japan.

He said the Chinese aircraft came within 30ft (9 metres) of the American plane, while the wing tips of the two aircraft were just 20ft apart.

Adm Kirby have described the close encounter as "pretty aggressive, very unprofessional and unsafe".

The US plane is said by defence officials to have been conducting routine surveillance of the Chinese coast over the East China Sea at the time of its encounter with the Su-27 interceptor jet.

Adm Kirby told a regular press conference on Friday: "We have registered our strong concerns to the Chinese about the unsafe and unprofessional intercept which posed a risk to the safety and the well being of the air crew and was inconsistent with customary international law.

The Navy's P-8 Poseidon aircrafts are designed for long-range missions including intelligence collection and reconnaissance.

Boeing P-8 POSEIDON Multi-Mission Maritime Aircraft (MMA)
Boeing P-8 POSEIDON Multi-Mission Maritime Aircraft (MMA)
At the news briefing at Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, where President Barack Obama is vacationing at the moment, Ben Rhodes, deputy national security adviser for strategic communications called the intercept "a deeply concerning provocation". Ben Rhodes also suggested that the act could set back efforts to improve relations.

Chinese military officials have previously said American surveillance flights and monitoring of their facilities amount to a violation of sovereignty.

But the US has said such missions take place in international airspace and are therefore legitimate.

The alleged buzzing took place as Chinese air force and navy jets conducted combat simulation drills in the region.

The US plane had flown from an air base in Okinawa, Japan, that is the US Air Force's Pacific power hub. It was the second such close encounter this year for a US surveillance plane.

In April, a Russian Su-27 flew within 100ft of an RC-135 aircraft over waters north of Japan.

Last November, China declared an air defence zone over the East China Sea that sparked a maritime dispute with Japan and South Korea.

In 2001 a Chinese jet collided with a U.S. Navy surveillance aircraft off Hainan Island, killing the Chinese pilot and forcing the Navy plane to make an emergency landing on the island.  Washington severed military relations with China after that episode.

Adm Kirby: "Also, it undermines, and we've made it clear, that this undermines efforts to continue developing military-to-military relations with the Chinese military."

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

✈ 2014 WAR Games Jamming Air-Traffic Control Radars ✈

Dozens of planes from air-traffic control screens in the heart of Europe have mysteriously disappeared for a number of days with Electronic military exercises to blame for the incident, Slovak authorities have said.

NATO conducting Electronic military war game exercises disrupting jamming air-traffic control radar
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About 50 planes temporarily disappeared from radars in Austria, Germany, the Czech Republic, and Slovakia between June 5 and June 10, Austria's flight safety monitor said.

German and Czech air traffic control also reported brief disappearances.

Slovakia blamed the outages on planned military exercises.

"The disappearance of objects on radar screens was connected with a planned military exercise which took place in various parts of Europe...whose goal was the interruption of radio communication frequencies," the Slovak air traffic services said in a statement.

"This activity also caused the temporary disappearance of several targets on the radar display, while in the meantime the planes were in radio contact with air traffic controllers and continued in their flight normally.”

Right after the problem with the radars was detected, the organizing party was made aware and the exercises were stopped, Slovakia's air traffic services added.

Slovakia did not mention a military force involved in the exercises, but Austrian media pointed towards NATO.

Austrian daily Curier reported on June 7 that the first disappearance problems coincided with NATO conducting electronic warfare exercises in Hungary.

During the exercises NATO was reportedly using devices that can interfere with enemy radar, according to the Telegraph.

German air traffic control stated that it is trying to identify the cause of the outages.

"Planes disappeared from screens for a matter of seconds, here and there. The outages were sporadic and not grave...It must have been an external source of disruption,” a spokesperson said.

Authorities said the outages did not pose any serious threat.

In the wake of the still missing MH370 airliner it is important to not that the initial MH370 reports were repetitive and insistent of the point that people were still receiving cell phone signals from cell phones of passengers on the plane AFTER it had disappeared from radar.

Was NATO War Games really behind the disturbances in Europe Air-Traffic Control or is there something else going on? It have been reported to expect Sun Storms this week so maybe such an electric event could make radar screens go blank. But for the moment we are all still in the "dark"..

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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

✈ B-2 Spirit Stealth Strategic Bombers Land at RAF Fairford UK ✈

With the heightened tensions in Europe put on by the Ukraine crisis two B-2 Spirit Bombers with radio callsigns "Death 11" and "Death 12" have arrived at RAF Fairford UK from the Whiteman Air Force Base in USA. The deployment is said to be for a short time.

B-2 Strategic Stealth Bomber landing at RAF Faiford UK June 2014
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The U.S Air Force have selected three bases outisde the U.S for the B-2 Strategic Bombers operations. The RAF Fairford base in the UK, Diego Garcia and Andersen AFB at Guam. With these deployments of the B-2 Spirit Stealth Bombers overseas being quite unusual the motives are very clear.

B-2 Stealth bombers don’t move from the Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri too often, as they are trained to conduct very long round-trip missions from their homebase in CONUS (short for Continental U.S.).

Recent training missions have been extended nuclear deterrence sorties in the Korean Peninsula, as well as during real conflicts in the Libya Air War in 2011. Going all the way back to the Allied Force in Serbia in 1999.

B-2 Spirit Stealth Strategic Bombers Death 11 and Death 12 509th Bomb Wing arrive to RAF Fairford UK Crowd of People
Close up footage of the B-2 Spirit Stealth Strategic Bombers landing
With so few instances of deployment overseas for the B-2 bombers this deployment of two B-2 Spirit Strategic Stealth bombers with the 509th Bomb Wing to the UK is, at least, noteworthy.

Obviously there have not been much attention given by the media of this deployment and the media certainly have not mentioned the rarity of this “short-term deployment,” as the press only mentions

“multi-role heavy bombers will conduct training flights in the USEUCOM area of operations, providing opportunities for aircrews to sharpen skills in several key operational sets and become familiar with airbases and operations in the region.”

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Little is known about this deployment, unlike the other one which involves the three B-52 Stratofortress Bombers that have arrived at RAF Fairford last week and whose detachment had been exposed by aircrew patches produced ahead of the participation of the Stratofortresses to the Saber Strike and Baltops exercises.

“The training and integration of strategic forces demonstrates to our nation’s leaders and our allies that we have the right mix of aircraft and expertise to respond to a variety of potential threats and situations,” said Adm. Cecil Haney, commander, U.S. Strategic Command in the release.

It is clear that the Russian threat in Europe is being taken seriously by the USSTRACOM. And have now decided to deploy some strategic assets closer to Ukraine, more to show the local allies that Washington is capable to support them if needed rather than put some pressure on Moscow.

This is a good thing if your country belongs to NATO, however as Barack Obama stated earlier. Any country not part of NATO won't be given any military help if things get ugly.. Moscows response to Finland and Sweden becoming part of NATO have been met with a harsh response "Do Finland want to start World War III? It's something to think about if Finland wants to join NATO, warns Russian President Vladimir Putin's personal envoy Sergei Markov."

Yes things are certainly heating up it Europe. And the 509th Bomb Wing meaning takes us back to WW2 with The 509th Composite Group. It was the United States Army Air Forces unit created during World War II and tasked with the operational deployment of nuclear weapons. It conducted the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan, in August 1945.

The Russian media is not to worried about the B-2 Bomber situation because they are sure that the B-2s cannot successfully penetrate Russian air defenses. And I would think that is a given due to the fact that the B-2 Stealth Bombers have been around for a long time already and countermeasures have been taken to make sure that any such Nuclear threat is dealt with.

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Saturday, April 12, 2014

✈ New Airbus A380-800 Superjumbo ✈

Brief Description:

The Airbus A380 Superjumbo is a ultraefficient double-deck, wide-body, four-engine airliner manufactured by the European corporation Airbus, an EADS subsidiary. Currently the largest passenger airliner in the world, superseding the Boeing 747 that was first introduced in 1969, and which was the largest and most expensive aircraft in the world until the introduction of the Airbus A380 in 2007. But it will still have a shorter fuselage than the Airbus A340-600 which is Airbus' next biggest passenger aeroplane.

The A380 is the first commercial airliner to have a central wing box made of carbon fibre reinforced plastic. It is also the first to have a smoothly contoured wing cross section. The wings of other commercial airliners are partitioned span-wise into sections. This flowing, continuous cross section optimises aerodynamic efficiency.
The cabin has features to reduce traveller fatigue such as a quieter interior and have a higher pressurisation than previous generation of aircraft. This means the A380 is pressurised and kept at the equivalent altitude of 1,520 m (5,000 ft) even when flying as high up as 12,000 m (39,000 ft).

Travellers can also be happy to have 50% less cabin noise during flights and 50% more cabin area and volume, larger windows, bigger overhead bins, and 60 cm (2.0 ft) extra headroom versus the 747-400.

The Seating options range from 4-abreast in the first class to 11-across in economy On other aircraft, economy seats range from 41.5 cm (16.3 in) to 52.3 cm (20.6 in) in width, A380 economy seats are up to 48 cm (19 in) wide in a 10-abreast configuration compared with the 10-abreast configuration on the 747-400 which typically has seats 44.5 cm (17.5 in) wide.

Airbus A380-800 Superjumbo Blueprint Aircraft Aviation Drawing Passanger Placement
Airbus A380-800 Superjumbo Blueprint Aircraft Aviation Drawing Passanger Placement Seating


Seating:
525 to 853 passengers

Range:
15,700 kilometres or 8,500 nm

Configuration:
Twin-deck, Twin-aisle

Cross Section:
7,15m (7150 centimeters)

Wing Span:
79.8m (261ft 10in)

Length:
72,75m (238ft 8in)

Height:
24,08 m (79ft)

Cruise Speed:
Mach 0.85

Max Cruise Speed:
Mach 0.88

Cargo Volume:
600.00 cubic metres (21,188.82 cubic feet)

Maximum Payload:
152,400.00 kg (335,981.04 lbs)

Maximum Takeoff Weight:
560,000kg (1,234,600lb)

Minimum Take Off Distance:
2,898.65 metres (9,510.00 feets)

Minimum Landing Distance:
762.00 metres (2,500.00 feets)


Fuel Tank Capacity:
356,000.00 litres (94,055.20 gallons)

Country of origin
Europe (France, Germany, Spain, UK)

Maiden flight
27 April 2005 from Toulouse, France.

First commercial flight 
25 October 2007 from Singapore to Sydney with Singapore Airlines.

Nickname
Named Airbus A3XX during much the development phase, but the nickname Superjumbo has since been given.

There are a number of a380 airlines currently in service and a few of you may already have traveled with british airways flights that uses the new "jumbo jet".  British Airways has ordered 12 A380 Superjumbos, which will be progressively delivered until 2016. British airways flight will have 10 by the end of 2015.

In Asia, Korean Air has ordered ten aircrafts type A380-861 of which the first one was delivered in May 2011. The korean air a380 ordered are a bit different than the other a380 airlines because they have furnished the A380s with only 407 seats. This means less seats than all other A380 airlines. However Korean Air is also the first airline that is having an reserved upper deck only for the Business Class. With another unique feature also being the small duty free shop, where passengers can purchase cosmetics, perfumes and alcoholic beverages. Now how about that for the company jet but I doubt anyone would have the use for an airbus a380 private jet in the near future.


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Saturday, April 5, 2014

[Caught On Video] Meteorite Hurtles Past Norwegian Skydiver

One summer day in 2012, Anders Helstrup and several other members of the Oslo Parachute Club jumped from a small plane that had taken off from Østre Æra Airport in Hedmark.

Anders was wearing his wingsuit with two GoPro HERO3 cameras fixed to his helmet. After he had released his parachute something never before caught on camera happened. On the way down he realised something strange was happening.

Meteorite Hurtles Past Norwegian Skydiver Dark Flight GoPro Hero
Meteorite Hurtles Past Norwegian Skydiver GoPro Hero
“I got the feeling that there was something, but I didn’t register what was happening,”

After landing Anders looked at the film from the two GoPro HERO3 cameras from the jump, which then clearly showed that something did happen.

Something that looks like a stone hurtles past Anders, missing him by only a few metres.

“When we stopped the GoPro film, we could clearly see something that looked like a stone. At first it crossed my mind that it had been packed into a parachute, but it’s simply too big for that.”


Search for Meteorite in the forest

Later that day, Anders returned to Oslo. But he could not stop thinking about his strange experience, so he took time off from work to go back to the Rena area for a couple of days to look for the meteorite but with no luck.

“We continued the search during the summer. I got my girlfriend, family and friends to join the project. We searched the forest and kept looking.".

Eventually Anders contacted the Natural History Museum in Oslo.

 Meteorite experts get involved

“The GoPro film caused a sensation in the meteorite community. They seemed convinced that this was a meteorite, perhaps I was the one who was the most sceptical.”

Now Anders suddenly had a whole flock of meteorite enthusiasts following him. They analysed and triangulated and narrowed down the search area.

In the summer of 2012 Anders and his helpers had begun searching an area of one and a half square kilometres. Today, the area has been limited to 100 times a hundred meters, but that’s big enough especially when you’re not really sure what a meteorite looks like.

“I found a stone which I thought was a meteorite and took it to the museum. They just fell about laughing,"

“It can’t be anything else”

Although Andres is still not completely convinced that it was indeed a meteorite that flew past him, the experts are in no doubt.

“It can’t be anything else. The shape is typical of meteorites. A fresh fracture surface on one side, while the other side is rounded,” said geologist Hans Amundsen.

He explained that the meteorite had been part of a larger stone that had exploded perhaps 20 kilometres above Anders.

Amundsen thinks he can make out coloured patches in the stone, and believes that in that case it may be a breccia a common type of meteorite rock.

“A world first”

When a meteoroid enters the Earth’s atmosphere, it slows down and ionizes molecules around it; it is this blazing track across the sky that is called a meteor.

When the light disappears, the meteorite enters the stage called "dark flight"; it then no longer travels at an angle, but falls straight down.

“It has never happened before that a meteorite has been filmed during dark flight; this is the first time in world history,” said Amundsen.

That fact means that the meteorite, which Amundsen says would normally be worth a few hundred thousand kroner, is actually far more valuable than its weight would suggest.

Help needed

How valuable the meteorite may be remains irrelevant so long as it has not been found.

“We just have to find out exactly where Anders was when the meteorite passed. At that moment the meteorite was falling straight down at about 300 kilometres per hour,” said Amundsen.

He points out that the terrain is difficult to search in marshes, thick forest and scrub. And now they want help in both calculating and searching. To get help, they have created a website.

“The aim of the website is to present the story in simple terms, relating what happened and letting people see the videos and still pictures,” explained Anders.

“Now nerds and creative people from all over the world can have a go,” said Amundsen.

He finds it hard to give an opinion on the probability of filming a meteorite during a parachute jump, but makes a try anyway. “It’s certainly much less likely than winning the lottery three times in a row.”

Monday, March 10, 2014

✈ [VIDEO] Amazing European Air Traffic Simulation in 24 Hour Period ✈

Amazing European Air Traffic Simulation in 24 Hour Period
Amazing European Air Traffic Simulation in 24 Hour Period
This is an amazing data visualization that was created from real flight data taken from a day in July 2013.

It highlights the intensity of the air traffic operation in Europe. An operation which runs 24x7 and 365 days a year. NATS and the UK are at the heart of the operation.

The video simulation show Heathrow as the busiest international airport in Europe, and Gatwick as the busiest single runway airport in the word, we play a key role in ensuring air traffic under our control in European airspace is as safe and efficient as it can be.

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