Colored water release from Beriev BE-200 aircraft at MAKS-2009 aeroshow Sergey Vladimirov Some ambitious Russian seaplane projects never got off the ground, but those that did continue to bolster Russia’s Navy - some are more than 50 year old. MBR-2 MBR-2 seaplanes were effectively used during WWII as reconnaissance aircraft and bombers. “Cows” or “barns,” as pilots called them, were easy prey for the enemy given their poor armor and slow speed. That’s why MBR-2s were mainly used for night bombing. Beriev R-1 The first Soviet turbojet-powered seaplane, R-1, was as fast as the leading U.S. deck-based jet fighters FH1 Phantom and F9F Panther. Nevertheless, due to technical problems and insufficient fight range the seaplane never went into production. Be-12 This veteran has been serving in the ranks of the Soviet and Russian Navies for 58 years and is the oldest seaplane in the Russian ranks. The main task of … [Read more...] about Why Russia’s army still uses old Soviet seaplanes
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A U.S. commando killed in a Somalia firefight against al-Shabaab militants was identified as U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Alexander Conrad, 26, of Chandler, Arizona, the Department of Defense said late Saturday, Reuters reported. Sgt. Conrad was killed and four other commandos were wounded Friday during an operation against the militants, the U.S. military said. Conrad, born in Mesa, Arizona, was attached to the 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group, Airborne, in Fort Bragg, North Carolina, said Lt. Colonel Robert Bockholt, an Army spokesman. He was a Human Intelligence, noncommissioned officer. Conrad, and the U.S. special operations forces were fighting alongside about 800 troops from the Somali National Security Forces and Kenyan Defense Forces when they were attacked about 2:45 p.m. Friday by mortars and small arms fire. The troops had been on a mission to clear al-Shabaab from contested areas as well as villages the militants controlled, “and establish a permanent combat … [Read more...] about U.S. soldier killed in Somalia firefight identified
On this Memorial Day weekend, with 15,000 U.S troops still deployed to Afghanistan, we bring you a cautionary tale of how five U.S. soldiers, including two Green Berets, died there on the night of June 9, 2014. As we first reported this past November, the Pentagon concluded the deaths were an "avoidable" accident, known by the contradictory phrase "friendly fire." It was the deadliest such incident involving U.S. fatalities in 17 long years of ongoing war in Afghanistan. It wasn't gunfire that killed the U.S. soldiers, it was a pair of 500-pound bombs dropped right on top of them by a U.S. warplane. You're about to hear what happened that day from three of the soldiers who were there, including the Green Beret commander. They dispute the official version of events and warn it's going to happen again. It started just after sundown on a sweltering night with a fierce firefight. Brandon Branch: Bullets whizzing by, kickin up all around you. Henry "Hank" Montalbano: At certain … [Read more...] about Why were five U.S. soldiers killed by an American bomber in Afghanistan?
Share This Story! Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about Facebook Email Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Pinterest There's a code red for Hawaii volcano because falling ash, vog could harm humans, aircraft In addition to dangers from the bubbling, scalding-hot lava from the Kilauea volcano, residents on the Big Island of Hawaii are enduring threats from both vog and volcanic ashfall. Sent! A link has been sent to your friend's email address. Posted! A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. 1 Join the Conversation To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs Doyle Rice, USA TODAY Published 3:10 a.m. ChT May 17, 2018 | Updated 4:39 a.m. ChT May 17, 2018 CLOSE A scientist from the US Geological Survey in Hawaii says the aviation community is being warned about rising ash from the Kilauea Volcano. The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory says its ash plume has risen as … [Read more...] about There’s a code red for Hawaii volcano because falling ash, vog could harm humans, aircraft
Hundreds of Australian firefighters are battling a large bush fire on the outskirts of Sydney, as police designated the key area a crime scene. The public have been warned to stay vigilant while the blaze spreads, amid reports that homes have been damaged. The fire, which broke out yesterday afternoon in Holsworthy in the southwest of the city, remains out of control. High winds have pushed the flames towards residential areas and authorities said they had received several reports of damage being caused to homes. Read more Island-hopping study shows likely first route to Australia New South Wales police said the site of the fire has been designated as a “crime scene” and forensic officers were set to conduct an investigation to establish a cause. They warned that penalties, including prison sentences, could be enforced if it was determined an individual was responsible. Around 2,500 hectares of land have been burnt and more than 500 firefighters … [Read more...] about Hundreds of Australian firefighters battling large bushfire on outskirts of Sydney