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NORAD F-22s intercept 4 Russian spy planes off Alaskan coast

NORAD F-22s intercept 4 Russian spy planes off Alaskan coast

Business
June 27 (UPI) -- North American Aerospace Defense Command aircraft intercepted four Russian Tu-142 spy planes entering the Alaskan Air Defense Identification Zone on Saturday. According to NORAD, U.S. F-22s, with assistance from KC-135 air refuelers and E-3 Airborne Warning and Control System, intercepted the Tu-142s, which came within 65 nautical miles of the Aleutian island chain off the coast of Alaska and "loitered in the ADIZ for nearly 8 hours." Advertisement The planes remained in international airspace and did not fly into U.S. or Canadian airspace. The interception marks the second incidence of a Russian aircraft near the U.S. border this week and the 10th this year, with multiple incidents taking place this month near the coast of Alaska. On Wednesday NORAD F-22s intercepted two...
Peter Crouch on jumping from planes and ‘the ultimate retirement’

Peter Crouch on jumping from planes and ‘the ultimate retirement’

Entertainment
When Peter Crouch made his debut as a TV football pundit in 2014, he got a bit of a shock."I went to India for a week to do the World Cup as a pundit. I thought I'd cut my cloth out there," he recalled on That Peter Crouch Podcast last year. "We were in Mumbai, and on my first appearance I was with Mikaƫl Silvestre and a Bollywood star."We had a little rehearsal and [the producer] said, 'Right, so the game's about to start, we'll be live in 10 minutes. Here's the touchscreen, so when you use the touchscreen at half time...' and I was like, 'Excuse me?'"Crouch was completely unfamiliar with how to use the device - which allows pundits to freeze-frame moments from the game and draw on-screen graphics to highlight players and analys
737 Max: Debris found in new planes’ fuel tanks

737 Max: Debris found in new planes’ fuel tanks

World
Boeing's crisis-hit 737 Max jetliner faces a new potential safety issue as debris has been found in the fuel tanks of several new planes which were in storage, awaiting delivery to airlines.The head of Boeing's 737 programme has told employees that the discovery was "absolutely unacceptable".A Boeing spokesman said the company did not see the issue further delaying the jet's return to service.It comes as the 737 Max remains grounded after two fatal crashes.The US plane maker said it discovered so-called "Foreign Object Debris" left inside the wing fuel tanks of several undelivered 737 Maxs.A company spokesman told the BBC: "While conducting maintenance we discovered Foreign Object Debris (FOD) in undelivered 737 Max airplanes currently in storage. That fi...
One of world’s biggest passenger planes completes test flight

One of world’s biggest passenger planes completes test flight

Business
Boeing has successfully completed the first flight of the world's largest twin-engine jetliner - a respite from the ongoing controversy surrounding the 737 MAX.It took three attempts to get the 777X off the ground, as the first two planned tests were abandoned owing to high winds. The plane - which is 77m (252ft) long and can seat more than 400 passengers - took off from a runway just outside Seattle on the US west coast. Image: The co-pilots for the test flight wave after their successful journey Four hours later, it landed at the historic Boeing Field, not far from rows of 737 MAX planes left grounded after two fatal crashes triggered safety concerns.The new Boeing model, which will be officially known as the 777-9, also boasts fold...
Report: Turkey nearing purchase of Russian Su-35 fighter planes

Report: Turkey nearing purchase of Russian Su-35 fighter planes

Business
Oct. 29 (UPI) -- Turkey is nearing the purchase of between 36 and 48 Su-35 fighter planes from Russia, Turkish government sources confirmed. The figure of 48 planes would comprise two squadrons of the plane, and would complement the S-400 missile defense system that Turkey, a NATO member, purchased from Russia earlier this year and delivered in August. The plane and missile system are part of a cooperative engagement capability in which the Su-35s would act as airborne radar to guide the S-400's missiles as they engage enemy aircraft or missiles. Data from the S-400's ground based radars could also serve an Su-35 pilot, since the S-400's strongest capability is networking with other systems, including fighter planes and the Russian-made Pantsir low-level air defense system. Turkey was su...