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Airbus A400M Unpaved Runway

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Marine Aircraft

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Iranian and US Citizens Plead Guilty to Export Violations

From FBI:

Two men pleaded guilty today to charges related to the unlawful export of aircraft and aircraft parts from the United States to Iran, announced David J. Hale, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Kentucky; Lisa Monaco, Assistant Attorney General for National Security; and Perrye Turner, Special Agent in Charge, FBI Louisville Division.

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Flight Journal – April 2012

In the April issue of Flight Journal the aircraft of the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol is profiled. The magazine takes a look at the different types of fixed and rotor wing aircraft along with the equipment each one uses for interdiction.

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Northrop Grumman Announces New Drone Aircraft

Northrop Grumman

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Al Qaeda Unlucky Again in Cargo Bombing Attempt

Al Qaeda Unlucky Again in Cargo Bombing Attempt is republished with permission of STRATFOR.

By Scott Stewart

The Oct. 29 discovery of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) inside two packages shipped from Yemen launched a widespread search for other devices, and more than two dozen suspect packages have been tracked down so far. Some have been trailed in dramatic fashion, as when two U.S. F-15 fighter aircraft escorted an Emirates Air passenger jet Oct. 29 as it approached and landed at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York. To date, however, no other parcels have been found to contain explosive devices.

The two parcels that did contain IEDs were found in East Midlands, England, and Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and both appear to have been sent by al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), al Qaeda’s jihadist franchise in Yemen. As we’ve long discussed, AQAP has demonstrated a degree of creativity in planning its attacks and an intent to attack the United States. It has also demonstrated the intent to attack aircraft, as evidenced by the failed Christmas Day bombing in 2009 involving Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, who tried to detonate an explosive device concealed in his underwear on a flight from Amsterdam to Detroit.

A tactical analysis of the latest attempt suggests that the operation was not quite as creative as past attempts, though it did come very close to achieving its primary objective, which in this case (apparently) was to destroy aircraft. It does not appear that the devices ultimately were intended to be part of an attack against the Jewish institutions in the United States to which the parcels were addressed. Although the operation failed in its primary mission (taking down aircraft) it was successful in its secondary mission, which was to generate worldwide media coverage and sow fear and disruption in the West. Read the rest of this entry »

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Cartels use ultra-light aircraft to smuggle drugs into the United States

“Mexico’s federal Public Security Agency reported that criminal cartels have adopted the use of ultra-light aircraft to smuggle drugs into the United States.

These aircraft have a 100 kilo payload and can land in unpopulated or vacant areas where they are awaited by other persons. They can also fly at heights that preclude both visual and radar detection.

The cost of the aircraft is relatively small in comparison with the price of drugs, so they are sometimes abandoned within the U.S. A kilo of drugs increases in value from 8,000 dollars in Mexico to 30,000 after it crosses the border, thus resulting in a profit of more than 2 million dollars per 100 kilo load.

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Rare World War II dive bomber raised from San Diego reservoir

“A rare World War II dive bomber was raised 90 feet from the bottom of a San Diego reservoir Friday and awaited a last lift from a crane to reach dry land for the first time in 65 years.

The SB2C Helldiver aircraft was brought to the surface after days of work to free it from mud and debris on the floor of the Lower Otay Reservoir.”

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