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  • NATO warns Russia to 'fully respect' Turkish airspace

    01/30/2016 10:46:48 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 37 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 30/1/16
    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday warned Russia it will "face consequences" after Ankara accused Moscow of a new violation of its airspace. "Russia will have to face consequences if it keeps on such violations against Turkey's sovereignty rights," Erdogan told reporters at an Istanbul airport before leaving on a Latin America tour. "Such irresponsible steps do not benefit either the Russian Federation, or Russia-NATO relations, or regional and global peace." "A Su-34 plane belonging to the Russian Federation air force violated Turkish airspace at 11:46 (0946 GMT) local time yesterday (Friday)," the Foreign Ministry said in a statement....
  • Turkey says another Russian jet violated Turkey's airspace

    01/30/2016 9:20:27 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 30, 2016 12:12 PM EST | Suzan Fraser
    Turkey said Saturday that a Russian warplane has again violated its airspace despite several warnings - two months after Turkey's military shot down a Russian jet for crossing over its territory. The past incident seriously strained the previously close ties between the two countries, damaging a strong economic partnership. A Foreign Ministry statement on Saturday said that a Russian SU-34 crossed into Turkish airspace on Friday, ignoring several warnings that were delivered both in Russian and in English by Turkish radar units. It said Ankara summoned the Russian ambassador to the ministry Friday evening to "strongly protest" the violation. The...
  • 'Sloppy' Russia Got 10 Warnings Before Turkish Shootdown, Says Defense Dept.

    11/24/2015 10:30:05 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 11/24/2015 | Bridget Johnson
    The spokesman for the coalition fighting ISIS in Iraq and Syria confirmed to reporters at the Pentagon this morning that Turkey gave 10 warnings to Russian fighters before one was shot down over the Syrian border region today. Col. Steve Warren, the spokesman in Iraq for Operation Inherent Resolve, also said Russia greatly "exaggerated" its claims last week to have destroyed 500 ISIS oil tankers with airstrikes. Warren, stressing that the shootdown "is not an issue that involves Operation Inherent Resolve," confirmed two Turkish F-16s on border patrol "engaged" two Russian Su-24s. One Russian aircraft was shot down. The crew...
  • Syria conflict: Turkey summons Russian ambassador a second time

    10/05/2015 8:14:58 PM PDT · by amorphous · 18 replies
    BBC ^ | 5 Oct 2015
    Turkey has again summoned the Russian ambassador after a second violation of its airspace by a Russian warplane operating in Syria in two days. It did the same after the first violation on Saturday, after which two Turkish F-16 jets were scrambled. Turkey said the second violation occurred on Sunday. Nato has urged Russia to end air strikes "on the Syrian opposition and civilians". Russia says it is targeting Islamic State and other Islamists.
  • Japan protests after 'Russian' plane enters airspace

    09/16/2015 3:07:15 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 3 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 56 minutes ago 2015-09-16 | AFP
    Tokyo (AFP) - Japan has lodged a protest with Russia after scrambling four jet fighters to intercept a foreign aircraft -- believed to be Russian -- which briefly violated its airspace, officials said Wednesday. The foreign ministry made the protest shortly after the plane entered Japanese airspace off the northernmost main island of Hokkaido, near a disputed island chain, on Tuesday afternoon.
  • Greek Foreign Ministry Confirms Received U.S. Request To Deny Russia Use Of Greek Airspace

    09/07/2015 6:10:06 AM PDT · by Fennie · 85 replies
    Reuters ^ | September 7, 2015
  • Greece Allegedly Denies U.S. Request to Close Airspace for Russian Aid to Syria

    09/07/2015 7:58:23 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 17 replies
    Greek Reporter ^ | 09/07/15 | Philip Chrysopoulos
    Athens has allegedly denied a U.S. request to close airspace to Russian aircraft that would transport humanitarian aid to Syria, according to a Sputnik report. According to the news agency report, citing as a source an anonymous Greek diplomat, Moscow has requested and received Athens’ permission to conduct flights to transport humanitarian aid to Syria in the period from September 1 to September 24. “On Saturday, U.S. Embassy [in Athens] appealed to the Greek government with a request to prohibit the flights of Russian aircraft in the FIR Athens. The Greek government refused to do so, in order not to...
  • Small helicopter lands on Capitol lawn prompting lockdowns for Capitol, White House

    04/15/2015 11:12:46 AM PDT · by RS_Rider · 81 replies
    NewsChannel 8 ^ | 04-15-2015
    WASHINGTON (WJLA) -- A small helicopter has landed on the Capitol's West Front in D.C. and the pilot was taken into custody. The Capitol building and the White House are currently under lockdown. More details to come...
  • London airspace closed due to computer failure

    12/12/2014 8:21:26 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 12, 2014 10:56 AM EST | Gregory Katz
    London’s airspace has been closed due to a computer failure, the European air control agency Eurocontrol said Friday. Officials at London Heathrow Airport said there was a power outage at the NATS control center in Swanwick, England. Heathrow’s statement gave no indication how long the situation was expected to continue. …
  • Passengers had to push Tu-134 (airliner) which froze to a runway (-52 degrees)

    11/26/2014 12:10:30 AM PST · by wetphoenix · 35 replies
    As reported LifeNews a source in the airport of Igarka, state of emergency happened to the liner the day before in the morning. Before take-off stem of thermometer fell to-52 degrees therefore the chassis froze to a surface of an airfield, without allowing the plane to leave on a runway and to make dispersal.
  • Russia invades portuguese air space with strategic bombers 2nd time in 2 days

    11/01/2014 7:05:49 AM PDT · by Patriot777 · 30 replies
    Portuguese Air Force, Liveleak ^ | unknown (very recent) | unknown
    Two F16 aircraft of the Portuguese Air Force (PAF) went out on a mission of air defense of the airspace of national responsibility on the 29th of October. During the morning of Wednesday, the Air Defense System of two unidentified FA detected in north-west Portugal and south direction, flying high, fast and no communications with Air Traffic Control aircraft. The Center for Reporting and Control of PAF reported immediately to the NATO military structure on which, it was decided to activate the pair of F16 Fighting Falcon aircraft on alert at Monte Real Air Base to intercept and identify aircraft....
  • Wings, Women, and War: Soviet Airwomen in World War II Combat

    10/25/2014 6:43:41 AM PDT · by wetphoenix · 12 replies
    Dr. Reina Pennington, Associate Professor of History Norwich University. The Soviet Union was the first nation to allow women pilots to fly combat missions. During World War II the Red Air Force formed three all-female units--grouped into separate fighter, dive bomber, and night bomber regiments--while also recruiting other women to fly with mostly male units. Their amazing story, fully recounted for the first time by Reina Pennington, honors a group of fearless and determined women whose exploits have not yet received the recognition they deserve. Pennington chronicles the creation, organization, and leadership of these regiments, as well as the experiences...
  • Unresponsive airplane being tracked over Atlantic by F 15'5

    09/05/2014 10:44:31 AM PDT · by sodpoodle · 15 replies
    Fox News | 9/5/2014 | Fox News
    NO other reports - only Fox News. Small jet from Rochester NY to Florida - failed to make it as scheduled. Now, unresponsive to communications.
  • Ukraine factories equip Russian military despite support for rebels

    08/18/2014 6:26:10 AM PDT · by McGruff · 3 replies
    the washington Post ^ | August 15, 2014 | Michael Birnbaum
    Deep into a conflict that has sundered decades-old ties between Ukraine and Russia, Ukraine is still selling military gear over the border to its neighbor, Ukrainian defense industry officials say. Kiev’s pleas for an end to trade ties have run into strong resistance from workers at companies like Motor Sich, here in Ukraine’s industrial heartland, where 27,000 employees build engines tailor-made for Russian military helicopters and planes. Most senior executives here grew up as part of the same Soviet military-industrial club as their Russian peers. “We have our own party, the party of Motor Sich,’’ company spokesman Anatoliy Malysh said.
  • Who owns airspace above your property?

    07/16/2014 5:46:17 AM PDT · by Paul46360 · 35 replies
    7-16-14 | Me
    With all the talk about PODs (personally owned drones) that could fly over your fence and peek into your pool or hover above your property, I was wondering if it could be SHOT down?? Is there an expectation of airspace owner ship / privacy immediately over your property? How far AGL (above ground level)is NOT FAA jurisdiction?I believe that this will be the next step into property rights intrusion.
  • Drone Wars: Who Owns The Air?

    05/30/2014 3:38:29 PM PDT · by Theoria · 13 replies
    NPR ^ | 30 May 2014 | Steve Henn
    There are lots of entrepreneurs who would love to fly drones — tiny unmanned aircraft — all over the country. They dream of drones delivering packages and taking photos, but there's a battle in the courts right now standing in their way. The battle is about whether it's legal for drones to take to the sky. The question at the core of the battle: Who owns the air? It's a question that goes back to the Middle Ages, to a Latin phrase that translates to "he owns the soil owns up to the heavens." In England, this phrase was the...
  • Russian Minister Threatens To Fly Bomber Jet Into Romania

    05/10/2014 1:27:11 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 19 replies
    Russian deputy prime minister Dmitry Rogozin was not pleased when Romania refused to let his flight enter their airspace and forced his plane to divert back to Moscow. In response, Rogozin tweeted early Saturday that if he would ever find himself flying over Romania again, he would be on a plane packing a lot more firepower. The translated tweet reads: “Upon U.S. request, Romania has closed its air space for my plane. Ukraine doesn’t allow me to pass through again. Next time I’ll fly on board TU-160.” The TU-160 is the Russian military’s most advanced and largest strategic bomber in...
  • New U.S. Stealth Jet Can’t Hide From Russian Radar

    04/27/2014 11:56:53 PM PDT · by wetphoenix · 33 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | April 28, 2014 | Bill Sweetman
    America’s gazillion-dollar Joint Strike Fighter is supposed to go virtually unseen when flying over enemy turf. But that’s not how things are working out. The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter—the jet that the Pentagon is counting on to be the stealthy future of its tactical aircraft—is having all sorts of shortcomings. But the most serious may be that the JSF is not, in fact, stealthy in the eyes of a growing number of Russian and Chinese radars. Nor is it particularly good at jamming enemy radar. Which means the Defense Department is committing hundreds of billions of dollars to a fighter...
  • Boeing, Energia achieve mixed results in counterclaims

    12/24/2013 2:56:45 AM PST · by cunning_fish · 4 replies
    RAPSI ^ | 16:15 23/12/2013 | Ingrid Burke
    MOSCOW, December 23 (RAPSI, Ingrid Burke) - A US federal court on Wednesday granted in part and denied in part a motion by American aerospace and defense conglomerate Boeing to dismiss counterclaims filed by Russian space giant Energia in its $355 million lawsuit, according to court documents obtained by RAPSI. In February, plaintiffs The Boeing Company (Boeing) and Boeing Commercial Space Company (BCSC) filed a complaint against Energia and Ukrainian company Yuzhnoye SDO alleging breach of contract in connection with with the 1995 establishment of Sea Launch, a joint venture created to facilitate the sea-based launch of commercial satellites. Boeing...
  • Air Nat'l Guard proposal about F15s in Oregon

    07/06/2013 6:28:13 PM PDT · by goodnesswins · 28 replies
    Oregon Air National Guard is requesting permission to expand their flight airspace for F15's training in Oregon and along the Pacific Ocean Coast. They are requesting "Comments during the 'Environmental Impact Analysis Process' underway for the proposed Oregon Airspace Initiative". Be sure to include "Oregon Airspace Initiative" in the subject line.
  • Lebanon Says Israeli Warplanes Flying Over the Country

    05/04/2013 3:15:29 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 15 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 3/5/13 | Elad Benari
    The Lebanese army said on Friday that eight Israeli warplanes had flown over Lebanon’s airspace in a span of 14 hours, the Daily Star reported. The report said that Israel sends reconnaissance jets and warplanes over Lebanon on almost a regular basis, but the air traffic in the last 24 hours has been unusually high. “At 7:10 p.m. Thursday, two Israeli warplanes violated Lebanese airspace entering above the sea west of Sidon and flying over all Lebanese areas as they conducted aerial maneuvers,” an announcement from the Lebanese army’s general directorate said, according to the Daily Star. The planes left...
  • Syria Bans Turkish Aircraft from its Airspace

    10/14/2012 3:49:34 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 3 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 14/10/12 | Chana Yaar
    Syria's Foreign Ministry has announced that Turkish aircraft are prohibited from entering the country's airspace, according to Syria's official SANA news agency, the Turkish Hurriyet newspaper reported Sunday morning. The ban was formally enacted at midnight Saturday night. The move came in retaliation for last week's interception of a Syrian plane by Turkey. The Syrian Airbus A320, a commercial passenger plane flying from Moscow to Damascus, was suspected of carrying non-civilian cargo. Turkey scrambled two F-16 fighter jets to escort the aircraft instead to Esenboga Airport in Ankara for inspection after a tip from the U.S. warned there might be...
  • Fighter jet intercepts small planes during Obama’s visit to Chicago

    08/13/2012 7:24:18 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 26 replies
    Wire Update ^ | Sunday, August 12th, 2012 at 5:06 pm
    Fighter jet intercepts small planes during Obama’s visit to Chicago By BNO News CHICAGO, ILLINOIS (BNO NEWS) -- An F-16 fighter jet intercepted two small planes Saturday after they entered airspace which has been temporarily closed for a visit by President Barack Obama, officials said on Sunday, less than a week after a similar incident in the New York area. The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) said the two separate incidents happened in the Chicago area at approximately 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. Central Daylight Time (CDT), just a few hours after Air Force One landed at O'Hare International...
  • Russia Violates U.S. Airspace--Russian nuclear bombers violated U.S. airspace

    06/28/2012 7:59:06 PM PDT · by Ooh-Ah · 48 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | June 28, 2012 | Bill Gertz
    Northcom says Russian nuclear bombers violated U.S. airspace during arctic war games The U.S. Northern Command and joint U.S.-Canadian North American Aerospace Defense (NORAD) Command said two Russian bombers violated U.S. airspace near Alaska during recent arctic war games.Disclosure by the command in charge of U.S. homeland defense followed a report in the Free Beacon quoting U.S. officials who said the Russian aircraft had threatened U.S. air space but did not cross into it and were met over the Pacific by U.S. F-15 interceptor jets. “There was a single out-of-area patrol by two Russian
long range bombers which entered the Alaska...
  • Privacy concerns as US government rolls out domestic drone rules (Drones coming to America soon)

    05/15/2012 6:46:51 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Fox News ^ | 05/15/2012 | Catherine Herridge
    Unmanned drones could soon be buzzing in the skies above many U.S. cities, as the federal government green-lights the technology for local law enforcement amid widespread privacy concerns. The Federal Aviation Administration on Monday began to explain the rules of the sky for these newly licensed drones at potentially dozens of sites across the country. The agency, on its website, said that government "entities" will have to obtain a special certificate in order to fly the aircraft, adding that the FAA is "streamlining the process for public agencies to safely fly (drones) in the nation's airspace." In doing so, the...
  • Obama's Airspace In LA Violated As He Leaves California, Fighter Jets Intercept Small Plane

    05/12/2012 6:23:24 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 17 replies
    NBC Los Angeles ^ | May 11, 2012 | By Jason Kandel
    F-16 Jets Intercept Small Plane as Obama Leaves LA The plane was forced to land at El Monte Airport on Friday morning as Air Force One was leaving LAX The North American Aerospace Defense Command scrambled the two jets that intercepted the Piper 28 aircraft over northeast Los Angeles at approximately 9:45 a.m. PDT, and followed it until it landed about five minutes later and was met by local law enforcement, NORAD said in a statement. The Piper landed at the small airport in El Monte about 15 miles east of downtown Los Angeles, local police Lt. Dan Burlingham said....
  • MP Warns Of Tough Military Response To Violation Of Iranian Airspace

    12/10/2011 9:15:27 AM PST · by Fennie · 22 replies · 1+ views
    FNA ^ | December 10, 2011
    TEHRAN (FNA) - If the United States spy drone that was recently downed by the Iranian Armed Forces in the Eastern parts of the country had been a jet fighter, we would have hit all the US military bases throughout the world, a senior Iranian lawmaker warned on Friday. "If this had been a fighter jet, the conditions would have been different now as we would have pounded all the US military bases on the planet," Vice-Chairman of the Iranian parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Esmayeel Kowsari told FNA. "We have repeatedly said and we caution again that...

    03/18/2011 2:37:38 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 17 replies
    Xinhua ^ | 03/18/11
  • Pak breaches pact as jets fly near Indian airspace

    01/19/2011 4:45:54 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies
    Times of India ^ | 1/19/2011 | Times of India
    In the second such incident within 30 days to possibly probe India's air defence network along the J&K border, Pakistani military aircraft virtually violated Indian airspace in the R S Pura sector near Jammu on Wednesday. Sources said BSF ground-based mobile observation posts spotted two Pakistani ''light military aircraft'' cruising along the border on Wednesday, with some reports even holding the planes actually crossed over into Indian airspace for some time to fly over four Indian border posts. Even if the aircraft did not actually enter Indian airspace, the incident clearly violates the two decade-old agreement between India and Pakistan,...
  • Pakistan violated Indian air space 23 times in 3 years

    12/07/2010 11:09:55 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 5 replies
    DNA ^ | 12/7/2010 | Suman Sharma
    Of the 29 instances Indian air space has been violated in the past three years, Pakistani aircraft have been responsible 23 times. Replying to a query in parliament on Monday, defence minister AK Antony said between 2007 and 2010, Indian air space was violated 29 times — 23 times by Pakistan, once by Bangladesh, thrice by China and twice by the US. Former air chief marshal FH Major, who headed Indian Air Force (IAF) during 2007-2009, told DNA, “Violations take place due to bad weather and technical problems.” Each country has a certain area near the international boundary which is...
  • Fighters scrambled as DC airspace rules violated

    11/22/2010 1:12:37 PM PST · by Pyro7480 · 40 replies
    CNN ^ | 11/22/2010 | n/a
    Two F-16 fighter jets briefly took to the skies over Washington on Monday after a small passenger aircraft violated the capital's airspace restrictions, according to military officials. A portion of the White House grounds was briefly evacuated during the incident. The passenger plane -- a Cessna 182 -- was intercepted by the F-16s at 2:19 p.m. EST, a statement from the North American Aerospace Defense Command noted. The plane was escorted to an airport in nearby Manassas, Virginia, where it landed at 2:32 p.m. EST.
  • Iran: Foreign planes violated airspace

    11/17/2010 2:29:04 AM PST · by jhpigott · 44 replies · 12+ views
    In first claim of invasion, military drill spokesman says planes were intercepted by Iranian jets Associated Press Published: 11.17.10, 11:32 / Israel News Iran says that unidentified foreign planes violated its air space six times as the country kicked off an air defense drill, but that they were intercepted and forced back by Iranian jets. The remarks by Gen. Hamid Arjangi, a spokesman for the exercise, are the first Iranian claim of an intrusion. His comments were carried Wednesday by the semi-official Fars news agency. Arjangi says Iran's radar stations and observation posts reported six cases of foreign planes entering...
  • Turkish airspace closed to Israel

    06/28/2010 1:42:20 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 33 replies
    AFP via Yahoo News ^ | 6/28/2010 | Suzan Fraser
    Turkey has closed its airspace to Israeli military flights following a deadly raid on a Gaza-bound aid ship, the Turkish prime minister and officials said Monday. Recep Tayyip Erdogan told reporters in Toronto that Turkey imposed the ban after the May 31 raid on a Turkish ship that was part of a six-vessel international aid flotilla, according to the state-run Anatolia news agency. The prime minister, who is in Canada to attend a summit of the Group of 20 major industrial and developing nations, did not elaborate. On Sunday, Israel's Yediot Ahronot newspaper reported that Turkey had not allowed a...
  • Air Contingents on the NATO Baltic Air-policing mission rotate

    05/02/2010 8:29:25 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies · 240+ views
    Defense Professionals ^ | 05/03/2010 | Defense Professionals
    April 30, military contingents conducting the QRA Baltic Air-policing mission will change during a ceremony at the LAF Siauliai Air Base: Polish Air Contingent with four MiG-29 will replace French soldiers. Polish forces are deploying air assets for the Baltic Air-policing mission for the third time (after service on January-March 2006 and March-June 2008 with MiG-29 fighter-jets). The majority of the present shift come from the 23rd Air Base and the 1st Tactical Squadron of the Polish Air Force based in Minsk Mazowiecki near Warsaw. The third Polish rotation named „Eagle 3" will comprise 100 troops, 8 of them pilots....
  • Russia flexes muscles in Western airspace

    04/16/2010 10:13:36 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 14 replies · 705+ views
    UPI ^ | 4/16/2010 | UPI
    -- Russia is increasingly flexing its military muscles by penetrating Western airspace. European defense officials have been worried about an increasing number of Russian bombers entering Western airspace. A pair of Tupolev Tu-160 Blackjack bombers -- the largest jet-powered combat aircraft ever built, capable of carrying nuclear missiles -- last month entered British airspace over Northern Scotland, Deutsche Welle reports. Two Tornado fighter jets from the British air force intercepted the supersonic bombers, accompanying them for four hours until they left British airspace. Similar incidents have occurred in recent years; London has said Russian planes have penetrated British airspace more...
  • Kazakhstan To Open Its Airspace For US Military Planes

    04/12/2010 4:48:52 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 15 replies · 522+ views
    RTT News ^ | 4/12/2010 | RTT News
    Kazakhstan has decided to open its airspace to U.S. military aircraft ferrying supplies to American troops serving in Afghanistan, it was decided on Sunday at a meeting between President Barack Obama and his Kazakh counterpart Nursultan Nazarbayev in Washington. The permission granted by Kazakstan means that U.S. planes en route to Afghanistan can now use the polar route instead of flying along the indirect route through Europe, which would save precious time and fuel for moving supplies to forward locations in the war-ravaged country. The meeting, the first between the two leaders, took place on the eve of the Nuclear...
  • Don't Cross That Line

    01/28/2010 11:11:09 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 8 replies · 1,349+ views
    Smithsonian Air and Space ^ | 3/01/2001 | By Craig Mellow
    The eight-seat recreational airplane, a single-engine Gippsland Airvan, is cruising peacefully over southern Maryland on a hazy June afternoon, pilot and passengers enjoying the view from 4,000 feet, where the Nanticoke River runs into the swamplands at the edge of the Chesapeake Bay. Suddenly—whoosh! A trademark shape most of us encounter only in the movies or at airshows darts underneath the 100-knot pleasure craft, then carves a semi-circle in the sky in front of it. A voice crackles in the pilot’s headset: “This is a United States Air Force armed F-16. You are in violation of restricted airspace. Do you...
  • Turkey, Lebanon lash out at Israel

    01/12/2010 12:30:16 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 20 replies · 700+ views
    Space War ^ | 1/11/2010 | Space War
    The prime ministers of Turkey and Lebanon on Monday lashed out at Israeli violations of Lebanese airspace and air strikes in Gaza, warning they were undermining prospects for peace in the region. "Attacks on Lebanon is terrorism itself... We have to stand shoulder by shoulder against the enemy's plans... We have to stop Israel," visiting Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri told a press conference. Lebanese anti-aircraft guns opened fire on four Israeli warplanes which were violating its airspace at low altitude on Monday, the military said. Israel argues that the overflights are necessary to monitor what it says is massive...
  • Alert mission protects U.S. airspace, interests

    12/07/2009 11:53:27 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 3 replies · 248+ views
    Global Security ^ | 12/07/2009 | 2nd Lt. Emily Chilson
    Shaw Air Force Base Airmen supporting the Operation Noble Eagle alert mission provide quick-reaction support to protect U.S. airspace and significant events like presidential movements and space shuttle launches. "We have to be ready if the alarm goes off at 2:30 in the morning," said Master Sgt. William Martin, the alert NCO in charge. "I want everything to be ingrained in (the Airmen) so they can get the mission done." Recently, the alert Airmen were tested by Exercise Fertile Keynote. The exercise was conducted by officials from the 20th Fighter Wing plans and inspections to prepare for an upcoming inspection...
  • Plane, with different pilot, again flies into restricted air space over Washington, DC

    08/28/2009 4:20:14 AM PDT · by prisoner6 · 14 replies · 982+ views
    Q107/AP ^ | August 27, 2009 | NA
    Plane, with different pilot, again flies into restricted air space over Washington, DC THE ASSOCIATED PRESS LANCASTER, Pennsylvania - A small airplane that flew into restricted air space and caused the evacuation of the White House four years ago has been involved in a similar incident. Federal officials say the 1970 Cessna 150 entered the no-fly zone Tuesday and was escorted down by two Coast Guard helicopters, according to the Lancaster New Era. The pilot's name wasn't released. The plane is owned by the Vintage Aero Club, a group based at the Smoketown Airport near Lancaster, Pennsylvania. A club spokesman...
  • Face of Defense: Soldier, 19, Tracks Afghan Airspace

    11/13/2008 3:21:03 PM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 300+ views
    Face of Defence ^ | Spc. Brandon Sandefur, USA
    BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan, Nov. 13, 2008 – While many young men his age are just thinking about their next step in life, 19-year-old Army Pvt. Ryan Masterson is keeping an eye on the airspace in a combat zone. Army Pvt. Ryan Masterson, aviation operations specialist with the 1st Infantry Division’s 3rd Brigade Combat Team, responds to a call from an outlying unit. Masterson tracks the airspace for all the brigade’s units so they get supplies and air support when needed. U.S. Army photo  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Masterson, from McHenry, Ill., is an aviation operations specialist for...
  • From Wasilla to the White House? [BBC On Sarah Palin]

    08/30/2008 2:07:43 AM PDT · by BunnySlippers · 22 replies · 234+ views
    BBC ^ | 08/30/08 | Alli Reed
    Mr McCain's nomination of Mrs Palin, currently governor of Alaska, sent shockwaves through the US electorate. For a moment on Friday morning US media pundits seemed stunned, scrambling to paint a picture of this virtually unknown newcomer to the national scene. The governor of the largest and least densely-populated US state became the focus of the nation. Even the Alaskan media was caught off-guard. "I was in the middle of our morning newscast when the producers said in my ear that it was going to be her," said Matthew Simon, senior reporter at the CBS News affiliate in Anchorage, Alaska....
  • US 'Violated Venezuela Airspace'

    05/19/2008 7:52:47 PM PDT · by blam · 15 replies · 238+ views
    BBC ^ | 5-20-2008
    US 'violated Venezuela airspace'The US airplane is part of a counter-narcotics taskforce in the Caribbean The US ambassador in Venezuela's capital, Caracas, has been summoned to explain Saturday's event. US officials admitted a naval plane on a counter-narcotics mission had "navigational problems" that led it to briefly enter Venezuelan airspace. Tension has been rising in the region with both the US and Colombia accusing Caracas of financing Colombian rebels. 'Series of provocations' Venezuelan Defence Minister Gustavo Rangel said the US jet had been tracked by his country's air defences over the Venezuelan-owned island of La Orchila on Saturday. Mr Rangel...
  • Venezuela seeks US answer for alleged violation (of its airspace)

    05/19/2008 2:10:42 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 14 replies · 183+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 5/19/08 | Fabiola Sanchez - ap
    CARACAS, Venezuela - Venezuela wants the U.S. ambassador to explain a violation of its airspace by a U.S. Navy plane, the country's foreign minister said Monday. The U.S. Navy plane was detected in Venezuelan airspace Saturday night near the Caribbean island of La Orchila, and questioned by the Caracas airport control tower, Defense Minister Gen. Gustavo Rangel Briceno said. The Navy S-3 Viking, used for counter-narcotics missions, may have accidentally crossed into Venezuela's airspace while experiencing "intermittent navigational problems" on a training mission in international airspace, a U.S. defense official said, speaking on condition of anonymity due to the issue's...
  • Syria mulling 'responses' to Israeli airspace violation

    09/08/2007 2:07:20 PM PDT · by Turret Gunner A20 · 5 replies · 412+ views
    Breitbart ^ | Sept 8, 2007 | STaff
    Syria is mulling a "series of responses" after Israeli warplanes violated its airspace this week, Vice President Faruq al-Shara said in an interview with an Italian newspaper published Saturday. "I can say now that in Damascus a series of responses is being examined at the highest political and military levels. The results will not take long in coming," Shara told La Repubblica during a visit to Rome.
  • Pilot Strays Into Restricted Airspace Over Bush Ranch

    01/01/2007 2:40:27 PM PST · by blam · 36 replies · 1,694+ views
    IHT ^ | 1-1-2007 | AP
    Pilot strays into restricted airspace over Bush ranch The Associated PressPublished: January 1, 2007 WASHINGTON: A small plane twice strayed into restricted airspace over President George W. Bush's ranch in Crawford, Texas, authorities said Monday. The violation was inadvertent, FAA spokeswoman Diane Stitaliere said. The propeller plane, a Maule M-7, wandered into restricted airspace above the ranch around 11:30 p.m. local time Sunday, prompting the scrambling of F-16 fighter jets, said Air Force Maj. April Cunningham, spokeswoman for the North American Aerospace Defence Command. The jets used flares to get the attention of the pilot, who landed and was interviewed...
  • N. Korean Missile Export... Blocked by China(a factor in forcing missile launches?)

    09/04/2006 4:42:41 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 46 replies · 1,161+ views
    MBC (SKor TV) ^ | 09/04/06 | Shin Kyung-min
    N. Korean Missile Export... Blocked by China [MBC TV 2006-09-04 21:30]     (Translator's Note: This is the transcript of an evening news segment)[News Desk] Anchor: N. Korea's missile export is being blocked. After shipment by sea had been blocked, N. Korea has been trying to use air shipment, but China is blocking it, according to what we have found. Sino-N. Korean relation is not what it used to be. Correspondent Shin Kyung-min will be reporting.  Correspondent: S. Korean government confirmed to us that N. Korean planes carrying missile components have been blocked by China from using Chinese airspace on many occasions since 2005. U.S. intelligence monitoring...
  • U.S., Iraqi Copter Crews Share Airspace, Mission

    01/05/2006 4:42:23 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 184+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Jan 5, 2005 | Spc. Lee Elder
    U.S., Iraqi Copter Crews Share Airspace, Mission The U.S. Army's 101st Combat Aviation Brigade and Iraqi Air Force's 3rd Squadron are tasked to protect a northern Iraqi oil pipeline, as well as ensure electrical power systems are not destroyed by insurgents. By U.S. Army Spc. Lee Elder 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment TIKRIT, Iraq, Jan. 5, 2006 — The 101st Combat Aviation Brigade hosted members of the fledgling Iraqi Air Force's 3rd Squadron on Dec. 21. The purpose of the meeting was to share information and view each unit's aircraft. "We can leverage both the capabilities of my brigade...
  • Russia Loses a Jet to NATO (pictures)

    09/16/2005 10:52:40 AM PDT · by lizol · 63 replies · 3,003+ views
    Kommersant ^ | Sep. 16, 2005 | Vladimir Vodo, Ivan Safronov
    Russia Loses a Jet to NATO // Su-27 crashes in Lithuania Encroachment A scandal broke out yesterday when a Russian Su-27 fighter jet crashed in Lithuania on its way from Leningrad Region to Kaliningrad Region. The Lithuanian Foreign Ministry has presented Russian diplomats a note of protest about the violation of Lithuanian airspace. The fighter pilot, who bailed out of the plane, has been taken into custody and is the object of investigation. The Russian Defense Ministry claims that the pilot crossed the border because of a malfunction in his navigation equipment, which was also the cause of the crash....
  • Premier says China can't use airspace

    08/05/2005 5:42:58 PM PDT · by em2vn · 1 replies · 227+ views
    Taipei Times ^ | 08-05-05 | Jimmy Chuang and Shih Hsiu-chuan
    Premier says China can't use airspace NO RECIPROCITY: Frank Hsieh made the comments a day after he said the government was hoping it could lift the ban on Taiwanese aircraft flying through Chinese airspace By Jimmy Chuang and Shih Hsiu-chuan STAFF REPORTERS Friday, Aug 05, 2005,Page 1 Advertising Although the Cabinet said it will allow Taiwanese jetliners to fly through Chinese airspace, Premier Frank Hsieh (ÖxéLÍ¢) yesterday said that the government will not allow Chinese aircraft to use Taiwanese airspace. "It will never happen until Beijing signs a peace agreement with us," the premier said. Hsieh made the remarks during...