The Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) and the U.S Air Force completed the first qualification flight test of the B61-12 gravity bomb March 14 at Tonopah Test Range in Nevada.
The non-nuclear test assembly was dropped from an F-16 based at Nellis Air Force Base. The test evaluated both the weapon’s non-nuclear functions as well as the aircraft’s capability to deliver the weapon.
This event is the first of a series that will be conducted over the next three years to qualify the B61-12 for service. Three successful development flight tests were conducted in 2015.
“This demonstration of effective end-to-end system performance in a realistic ballistic flight environment marks another on-time achievement for the B61-12 Life Extension Program,” s
Results to offer insights into snowfall and water resource availability in the U.S. West.
Can cloud seeding -- dispersing particles into the air with the aim of increasing precipitation -- increase snowfall?
This winter, a team of researchers funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) conducted a cloud-seeding project in southwestern Idaho to try to answer that question.
Cloud seeding is a process by which silver iodide is released into the clouds from a plane or by ground-based generators. The silver iodide particles provide surfaces on which ice nuclei can form, leading to snow.
"I was surprised at the characteristics of the clouds in Idaho," says Jeff French, a University of Wyoming (UW) atmospheric scientist and principal investigator of the project, called SNOWIE (Seede...
ALBUQUERQUE, A pilot died after having a medical episode on a flight landing at the Albuquerque International Sunport Wednesday evening, according to American Airlines.
“American Airlines is deeply saddened by the death of first officer William “Mike” Grubbs,” said a spokeswoman for the company. “We’re taking care of first officer Grubbs family and colleagues and our thoughts and prayers are with them them during this time.”
Dan Jiron said American Airlines flight 1353 was flying from Dallas-Fort Worth. Around 3:45 p.m., a couple minutes before landing, the captain declared a medical emergency, he said.
“They landed without incident, taxied to the gate and were met by medical personnel,” Jiron said.
About an hour later the Office of the Medical Investigator was called to the
The UK is to enforce a ban on bringing electronic devices into plane cabins on flights from certain Middle Eastern countries following a similar move by the US.
Both countries have announced that passengers will no longer be able to bring laptops, tablets and other portable devices into plane cabins due to an unspecified terror threat.
These items must be checked in and stowed in the baggage hold.
The UK ban affects inbound flights from six Middle Eastern countries and was announced by the Government on Tuesday.
It follows a similar measure announced by the US authorities affecting flights from a longer list of eight mainly Muslim-majority countries.
Which items are included in the ban?
The ban covers devices which are larger than a typical smartphone measuring 16cm by 9.3cm by...
A lawsuit filed Monday in federal court on behalf of the families of 850 people who died and another 1,500 who were injured in the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks on the U.S. holds the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia responsible for helping some of the attackers.
The suit filed in federal court in the Southern District of New York, in Manhattan, is being handled by Kreindler & Kreindler in New York City, an aviation law firm that has been working with the families for the last 16 years.
The claim seeks unspecified monetary damages.
"This lawsuit demonstrates ... the families are never going to give up until we establish that Saudi Arabia is accountable," said lawyer Jim Kreindler.
The suit, which will be heard by U.S. District Judge George Daniels, alleges Saudi Arabia supported
A South Supreme Airlines plane crashed at South Sudan’s Wau airport with 44 passengers on board. Fire engines rushed to the plane when it crash-landed and started to burn.
UPDATE 1557 UTC: No casualties reported South Supreme Airlines manager confirmed. All the passengers had been removed from the plane before it was destroyed by the fire.
UPDATE 1517 UTC: Plane which caught fire is an Antonov 26.
UPDATE 1451 UTC: At least 9 people were reportedly pulled out from the debris alive. The Director of Wau Teaching Hospital, Dr. Edmond Sebit, says several people injured in the plane crash have been taken to the health facility for treatment.
UPDATE 1421 UTC: According to the local official cited by BBC Africa, the plane was coming from the South Sudan’s capital Juba.
The US just made traveling to certain parts of the world considerably more complicated, at least if you're a technology fan. Middle Eastern and African airlines (including Royal Jordanian and Saudia) say the US has asked them to institute a 96-hour ban on carrying most electronics on flights to or from the US, starting on March 21st. You can sit down with your phone or any necessary medical devices, but cameras, laptops and other gadgets will have to go into your checked baggage. The exact conditions of the ban aren't yet clear, but an American official said that "12+" airlines are covered, while Saudia exec Abdulrahman al Fahad mentioned 13 countries being affected.
Royal Jordanian, which flies between its hub in Amman and New York, Detroit and Chicago, tweeted:
A defense official was quoted in saying that "A Russian Su-24 flew within 200 yards of the USS Porter last week, flying at an altitude of just 300 feet and a speed in excess of 500 knots. The jet was armed."
Two defense officials said that the Navy tried to contact the Russian aircraft by radio but there was no response. The U.S. vessel did not take any evasive action.
Cap. Danny Hernandez, the spokesman for U.S. European Command, called Friday's incidents "unsafe and unprofessional" due to the speed and distance of the aircraft from the ship.
All four Russian planes were flying without their transponders on, the U.S. officials said. Transponders help identify an aircraft, and American officials say flying with the transponders off increased the risk of an accident or ...