WWI AIR COMBAT – WHAT IT CAME DOWN TO

What is more natural than looking back over major aviation innovations of the Great War today, the anniversary of the Armistice? Here is a very interesting video posted by the BBC on how the fighter pilots dealt with reconnaissance, bombing missions and dogfight techniques. Primitive flight controls are well explained as is the interest of performing missions with a triplane aircraft – three sets of wings are necessarily more narrow, providing the pilot with a better visual field.

From the flimsy Blériot XI to Sopwiths and Fokkers, the first aces developed early methods that are always taught in fighter schools even though beyond-visual-range air combat has taken over since. Major Charles Tricornot de Rose was considered by many as the father of air fighting as early as 1914. Then as shown in this video, the German ace Oswald Boelcke laid out a first set of rules for dogfighting called the Dicta Boelcke. Pilots’ life expectancy was not measured in years but in weeks.

Amazing topic: U.S. DRONES sent to research HURRICANES

USA flag BBC reports that small UAVs would be sent off US shore to research hurricanes. The FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) has not cleared those drones to fly over CONUS (Continental USA) so far:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/7421297.stm

Sending Japanese military aircraft to China might have been sensitive matter

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The Japanese military could have delivered assistance in what would have been its first deployment to China since the end of World War II and a step in strengthening Sino-Japanese ties, long troubled by their wartime past.

Amazing topic: U.S. DRONES sent to research HURRICANES

© BBC reports that small UAVs would be sent off US shore to research hurricanes. The FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) has not cleared those drones to fly over CONUS (Continental USA) so far: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/7421297.stm