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China Used Top Gun Move in 'Unprofessional' Intercept

Taunt against US pilot?

(Newser) - A bit more info on what the US Air Force has called an "unprofessional" interception of an American "nuclear sniffer" aircraft by two Chinese fighter jets. A US official tells CNN that China's two Su-30 planes that approached a US WC-135 Constant Phoenix plane Wednesday over the... More »

Israel Downs Syrian Fighter Jet in Its Airspace

First such interception since 1980s: reports

(Newser) - Israel has shot down a Syrian fighter jet that entered Israeli airspace, Haaretz reports. The pilots appear to have parachuted to safety in the incident, which saw a Patriot missile hit the Sukhoi-24 jet over Golan Heights. It was the first time since the 1980s that Israel has shot down... More »

US Grounds Entire F-35 Fleet

Runway fire is new setback for $400B program

(Newser) - A new setback for the Pentagon's costliest weapons program: The military's entire fleet of 97 F-35 fighter jets has been grounded while the military probes a runway fire on one of the jets last month, reports CNN . "Additional inspections of F-35 engines have been ordered, and return... More »

As NATO Meets, Turkey Blasts Syria as 'Open Threat'

Turkish PM Erdogan issues a warning to Damascus

(Newser) - Turkey is hardening its stance against Syria, even as NATO meets today to discuss Syria's downing of a Turkish jet last week. Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned in an address to his parliament that Syrian troops would be considered an "open threat" if they come near his... More »

Turkey to NATO: Syria Attacked Us All

Turkish officials push alliance to discuss Syrian violence

(Newser) - Turkey's message to NATO: We were all attacked this weekend. Turkey said today it will tell the military alliance that Syria's downing of a Turkish jet constitutes an attack on all NATO countries under article 5 of its treaty, the AP reports. Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc made... More »

Downed Turkish Warplane 'May Have Crossed Border'

But Syria shouldn't have been surprised: President Gul

(Newser) - A Turkish fighter jet shot down by Syria may well have violated its airspace, Turkey's president admitted today. But he said that such high-altitude border crossings happen all the time. "It is routine for jet fighters to sometimes fly in and out over borders... when you consider their... More »

Russians Hawk Jets to Syria Regime

Even as US senators propose tougher sanctions

(Newser) - Russia is so unconcerned with the international outcry against Syria that it has reached a deal to sell Bashar al-Assad's regime three dozen Yak-130 fighter jets, a Syrian business newspaper reported today. The twin-engined jet is capable of attacking ground targets, the AP reports. Experts say the contract, which... More »

Iraq Wants US to Sell It 36 F-16s

Expanded deal is under discussion

(Newser) - As the Dec. 31 US troop withdrawal deadline looms, Iraq is looking to purchase as many as 36 US fighter jets and other air-defense systems. The purchase, which will cost billions, could help cement ties between Iraq and the US and, Washington hopes, keep Iran at bay. The move comes... More »

China Hands Pakistan 50 Jets

Move could further sour relations with US

(Newser) - Pakistani Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani finished his trip to Beijing today, and he’s getting quite the parting gift: 50 brand new JF-17 Thunder fighter jets. Pakistan and China have developed and built the JF-17 jointly, in a program dating back to 1999, but this batch will sport advanced... More »

Two Killed in California Navy Jet Crash

$50M Hornet disintegrates into smoldering debris in Fresno field

(Newser) - Two service members were killed yesterday when a fighter jet crashed into a field in central California during a training exercise. The F/A-18F Super Hornet went down a half mile from the Naval Air Station outside of Fresno. Witnesses said the $50 million aircraft disintegrated into "smoldering debris,"... More »

10 Hurt When Jet Explodes on Aircraft Carrier

Engine blows up during training exercise off San Diego

(Newser) - Ten sailors were injured yesterday when a jet engine burst into flames on an aircraft carrier off San Diego. Four men were airlifted to a Navy medical center and the rest were treated on the USS John C. Stennis. None of the injuries was life threatening. Officials are investigating the... More »

In South Korea, a Shadowy, Bumbling Tale of Espionage

South Koreans try to spy on Indonesians in Room 1961

(Newser) - This bungled attempt at espionage in Seoul sounds like a something out of a spy novel, writes the New York Times . Some 50 Indonesians were in South Korea last Wednesday to meet with President Lee Myung-bak to discuss the purchase of the T-50 Golden Eagle from Korea Aerospace Industries. But... More »

Fighter Jets Open Fire on Protesters in Libya

Two pilots land in Malta, choosing to defect rather than bomb protesters

(Newser) - Libya made good on its threats to get bloody today, sending fighter jets to fire on protesters in Tripoli, Al Jazeera reports, though it cautions that reports are difficult to verify because Libyan intelligence has shut down all landline and wireless communications. But two military pilots seem to confirm the... More »

China's New Fighter Ripped Off Downed US Jet

Chinese bought up wreckage of F-117 Nighthawk shot down in '99

(Newser) - China's got a brand-new shiny stealth fighter —and the country may want to drop Washington a thank-you note for it, reports the AP. Seems a US-made F-117 Nighthawk that was shot down over Serbia in 1999 attracted some attention in Beijing. And Balkan military officials and experts say that... More »

Photos of China's Stealth Fighter Emerge

The first flight could be very soon, say experts

(Newser) - The first clear photos of what appears to be a Chinese stealth fighter prototype have hit the Internet—and they're sparking concerns that China’s military modernization is happening faster than previously thought. The pictures, which many experts believe are authentic, appear to show a J-20 prototype performing a high-sped... More »

China Copied Russia to Become Major Arms Player

Beijing clones, improves Russian fighter jets

(Newser) - An interesting side to China's ascendancy is its emergence as a major arms innovator, a reputation it's built on the ruins of a former weapons powerhouse—Russia. When the Soviet Union collapsed and left the nation desperate for money, China shrewdly bought $30 billion in cut-rate missiles, tanks, and planes—... More »

Nixon 'Considered Nuking N. Korea'

Pilot reports he was prepared to drop bomb

(Newser) - President Richard Nixon considered using nuclear weapons against North Korea after its fighter jets shot down an American spy plane in 1969, killing all 31 people on board, according to NPR . A former US pilot also reports that he was ordered to be prepared to drop a nuclear bomb on... More »

NATO Jet Suffers Ash Damage

Official: Ash cloud will soon affect military readiness

(Newser) - The skies over Europe are still dangerous for aircraft despite the airlines' successful test flights, according to a senior US official. A NATO F-16 fighter jet that flew through the ash cloud over Europe during a patrol suffered engine damage due to a buildup of molten glass, the official tells... More »

US Fighter Jets Escort Plane With Unruly Flyer

F-15s scrambled after reports of 'uncooperative' passenger

(Newser) - Two F-15 fighters were scrambled to escort a Portland-Hawaii flight back to Portland yesterday when crew members became alarmed by an unruly passenger. The pilot decided to turn back because of "a suspicious passenger who made threatening remarks and refused to store his carry-on bag," a spokeswoman for... More »

US Pilot Missing After F-16s Collide

Coast Guard searches waters off South Carolina

(Newser) - The Coast Guard is searching off the coast of South Carolina for the pilot of an F-16 involved in a collision with another fighter jet last night during a training exercise. The other pilot involved managed to safely return to Shaw Air Force Base and is being examined by doctors.... More »

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