For over 50 years the Pentagon has had early warning satellites in orbit aimed at spotting launches of ballistic missiles, especially the big intercontinental kind that can fly around the globe in less than 30 minutes and bring about nuclear Armageddon. Recently, these satellites have made news for their “secondary…
The loss of all aboard a Metrojet Airbus A321 over the Sinai Peninsula on Saturday was bizarre from the beginning, as any aircraft lost suddenly at cruising altitude would be. Yet maybe the most puzzling thing has been the haphazard Russian-Egyptian-Metrojet investigation into the crash thus far. With so many…
Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crashed into eastern Ukraine more than a year ago. From the very beginning, it was fairly obvious that it was shot down by some sort of ground-launched missile, and it was likely a Russian-supplied type known as an SA-11“Buk.” The Dutch Safety Board, which was investigating the incident,…
As Victory Day celebrations swept across Russia yesterday, in the city of Chita a SA-11 “Buk” surface-to-air missile system caught fire while parading through the city’s streets. Not exactly an ideal scenario in a tight urban area surrounded by other vehicles, people, and uh... possibly live missiles.
More than four months after a Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 was shot down over eastern Ukraine, recovery of the aircraft has been completed. The mangled aircraft pieces were loaded onto rail cars and shipped, under supervision of Dutch investigators and security officials.
This image, which appeared on the Russian TV Station '1TV News' website supposedly shows a Ukrainian SU-27 firing (they mistakenly call it a MiG-29) on MH17 as it flies over eastern Ukraine. The image is totally bogus and is an embarrassment to Russia's quasi-state run media.
It is well known that the leaders of the two nations that collectively posses the vast majority of nuclear weapons on planet earth have an icy relationship at best. This was awkwardly apparent at this week's Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in China. Here are some of the best pictures of this odd couple's…
Dutch aviation investigators have released their initial findings on the Malaysia Airlines flight 17 crash, which occurred on July 17th and claimed 298 lives. The report confirmed the plane was shot down, but it also showed the pilots were asked to climb to 35,000 feet and denied the request from Air Traffic Control.
As I wrote last week, Malaysia Airlines is burning through cash at the rate of about $2 million per day. This week they hosted a "My Ultimate Bucket List" contest hoping to lure customers back to the airline. Maybe it's not just bad luck, maybe Malaysian Airlines is also truly awful.
A day after reporting a $97.6 million loss for the second quarter, Malaysia Airlines announced the reduction of 6,000 jobs — 30 percent of its workforce. They also lost $140.8 million in the first quarter, and are undergoing a full overhaul of their corporate structure and business model.
Malaysia Airlines is still flying through turbulent skies, and reeling from two tragic plane crashes within a span of only 4.5 months. Amid investigations of both crashes and talks of privatization, its own passengers are sharing evidence of how the airline is failing to attract business.
Putin's power game in Ukraine has featured one set-piece after another, many of which seem to be used as decoys. This can also be said about the mysterious armada of 262 white Russian semi trucks, said to be hauling 'aid' intended for Russian speaking people living in the embattled rebel-held city of Donetsk.
The soft war between what were once two supreme members of the Soviet Union continues to simmer, and along with it some interesting and extremely dated technology is being brought to the fight, as is the case with this video depicting a TU-143 'Reys' short-range reconnaissance drone in pro-Russian rebels' hands.
Two Ukrainian Su-25 attack jets were reportedly shot down over a rebel-controlled area in Eastern Ukraine early today, according to the Ukrainian Defense Ministry. The jets were returning from a mission near the town of Dmytrivka when they were struck by anti-aircraft missiles.
After a rocket fired from Gaza landed near Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion International Airport, US Airways, Delta and United have all cancelled flights into Israel, with one aircraft diverting mid-flight to Paris. The events of last week have reminded carriers just how deadly flying even high above an embattled areas can be.
The only thing we know for sure is that somebody pressed a button. Here's what Russia, Ukraine and America are saying about the radar-guided surface to air missiles that killed 298 civilians. Someone is lying.
After the tragic take-down of a Malaysia Airlines flight 17 on Thursday by a surface to air missile, some members of congress have already suggested the implementation of missile defense systems on commercial airliners. However, at least one airline executive has already balked at the notion.
It's amazing how much candid video we are getting out of a rebel controlled rural war zone in Eastern Ukraine. In the video below, we see a guy cart off one of MH17s Black Boxes.
Though rebels in eastern Ukraine were warned not to tamper with the evidence at the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 crash site, U.S. officials report the rebels have seized control of the bodies recovered from the downed plane.