A dangerous drone flew under the nose cone of an airliner in a ‘major incident’ near Newcastle International Airport. The incident is one of SEVEN near-misses involving drones and aircraft in the North East, it has been revealed. Overall in the UK there have been more than 300 near-misses between drones and aircraft across the UK even before the major disruption seen at Gatwick and Heathrow this winter.Of the seven incidents which took place in the North East, three took place in the skies above Tyne and Wear, two in County Durham and two in Northumberland. See an interactive map of the incidents hereThe region is served by Newcastle International and Durham Tees Valley Airports, as well as a number of smaller club and private airfields. In the most serious incident in the North East – listed as a category B major incident – the crew of a B777 climbing near Newcastle International Airport noticed an object which they initially thought to be a blackbird.Upon … [Read more...] about Drone flew under B777 airliner’s nose cone in ‘major incident’ at 4,000ft near Newcastle International Airport
Although more often than not, flying private is incredibly expensive, it is becoming more affordable thanks to boutique airlines like Blackbird Air and Boutique Air. Flying private is often the most advantageous option for business owners that want to make the most of their time. People can either charter a private flight, participate in fractional ownership carriers, or own their own aircraft. Private flying might be affordable if you’re taking a handful of routes, including San Francisco to Las Vegas. Flying private has long been regarded as an incredibly expensive way to travel. Although that sentiment is usually true, there are certain instances and particular travel routes where it might be cheaper to fly private than to fly commercial. And there are other times, primarily if you are a business owner frequently flying for work, where flying private is more advantageous. It is possible that flying private can be cheaper than flying commercial If you’re an … [Read more...] about Flying private can be cheaper than flying commercial. Here’s when.
Many things that are reported as UFOs turn out not to be extraterrestrial at all. The Lockheed F-117 and the SR-71 Blackbird jets both had designs that looked otherworldly. A natural phenomenon called ball lightning has also led witnesses to think they’d seen something alien. Mundane objects such as paper lanterns and party balloons have been reported as UFOs. It’s a familiar and intriguing story: A strange craft appears in the sky, performs seemingly otherworldly aerobatics, baffles onlookers, and then is gone as quickly as it appeared, leaving us to question our eyesight and sanity. But the reality is, many foreign things seen in the sky – also known as unidentified flying objects, or UFOs – are revealed to be anything but extra-terrestrial. Most of these sightings turn out to be experimental planes, atmospheric phenomena, or merely everyday objects that slip from our hands and head skyward. By definition, UFOs are enigmatic, which is why people love … [Read more...] about 10 flying objects people have mistaken for alien spaceships
Daniel Brown, provided by Published 4:19 pm CST, Friday, December 7, 2018 Russia says its Su-57 stealth fighter jet will be armed with hypersonic missiles similar to the Kinzhal hypersonic missile. Moscow claims that the new Kh-47M2, or Kinzhal, hypersonic missile can hit speeds of up to Mach 10 and have a range of 1,200 miles. But the missile will have to be a smaller version of the Kinzhal to fit in the Su-57's weapons bays. Russia's Su-57 stealth fighter jet will be armed with hypersonic missiles, according to TASS, a Russian state-owned media outlet. "In accordance with Russia's State Armament Program for 2018-2027, Su-57 jet fighters will be equipped with hypersonic missiles," a Russian defense industry source told TASS. "The jet fighters will receive missiles with characteristics similar to that of the Kinzhal missiles, but with inter-body placement and smaller size," the source added. Moscow claims that the new Kh-47M2, or Kinzhal, air-launched … [Read more...] about Russia says its Su-57 stealth fighter will be armed with deadly hypersonic missiles that can defeat all US defenses
Lockheed Martin's experimental supersonic plane has officially entered production, the defense giant announced Friday. Earlier this year, NASA awarded Lockheed a contract worth nearly $250 million to develop an aircraft capable of reaching supersonic speed without creating the deafening sonic boom that comes with breaking the sound barrier. Lockheed answered with its X-59 Quiet Supersonic Technology aircraft, which is designed to cruise at 55,000 feet and reach speeds of about 940 miles per hour. The new aircraft is expected to create a noise level akin to the sound of a car door closing. Current regulations ban commercial supersonic aircraft from operating over land. New companies like Boom Supersonic are trying to make use of the technology for transoceanic routes, with backing from investors like Richard Branson and Japan Airlines. But Lockheed Martin and NASA want to advance the technology through noise reduction to overturn regulations. The new experimental plane is designed to … [Read more...] about Lockheed Martin Starts Production of Its Experimental Supersonic Plane