MSDF plays up airborne patrols

May 16, 2014

MSDF plays up airborne patrols

The Maritime Self-Defense Force for the first time has allowed reporters onboard a P-3C patrol plane during a nighttime surveillance training flight designed to prepare for an invasion or other threat to Japan. Such patrols are held regularly as part of warning and surveillance ...

Jetliner buzzes sea after Naha miscue

Apr 29, 2014

Jetliner buzzes sea after Naha miscue

A jetliner dived to a dangerously low altitude of just 248 feet above the ocean during its landing approach to Naha airport in Okinawa Prefecture on Monday after the pilot mistook instructions from air traffic controllers, the transport ministry said. The Airbus A320-200, owned ...

ANA boosts 787 in $16.6 billion Boeing shopping spree

| Mar 28, 2014

ANA boosts 787 in $16.6 billion Boeing shopping spree

ANA Holdings Inc. gave Boeing Co.’s 787 Dreamliner a vote of confidence by ordering 14 more of the jets as part of a $16.6 billion shopping spree a year after regulators grounded the composite aircraft. ANA’s 70-plane purchase Thursday tilted toward Boeing, with the ...

Mar 14, 2014

ASDF joins international search for Malaysian jet

Two Air Self-Defense Force aircraft arrived in Malaysia on Thursday to join the search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370. One of the C-130 transport planes flew in areas east of the Malay Peninsula for about a 1½ hours. ASDF personnel aboard searched for ...

U.S. denies report it plans to send Ospreys to hunt Ugandan warlord

Oct 30, 2013

U.S. denies report it plans to send Ospreys to hunt Ugandan warlord

U.S. officials denied Tuesday there is a plan to base Osprey aircraft in Uganda to scale up the mission to catch the brutal African warlord Joseph Kony. The Washington Post reported the Pentagon has asked for permission to temporarily base sophisticated CV-22 Ospreys, which ...

U.S. military's airship programs losing altitude

Oct 28, 2013

U.S. military's airship programs losing altitude

The U.S. military has invested billions in blimplike aircraft to track militants planting roadside bombs but the spy-ship experiment is losing altitude because of technical failures and changing priorities. The lighter-than-air projects were billed as an innovative revival of an old aircraft design to ...

Open sky, flying high

Aug 7, 2013

Open sky, flying high

by Stuart Munro

In her book “North to the Orient,” published in 1935, aviator Anne Morrow Lindbergh, one of America’s first female pilots, and wife of fellow aviator Charles Lindbergh, wrote of the cultural differences she experienced traveling across Asia, and on the simple act of saying ...