News A US Predator drone flies over Kandahar Air Field, southern Afghanistan

The move follows on from the 2010 agreement to enhance defence co-operation including sharing aircraft carriers, joint expeditionary forces and training

Captain Marcel Albert: Ace fighter pilot who flew for the Free French Air Force and shot down 24 German aeroplanes

Flying Soviet Yak-ovlev "Yak" fighters on behalf of the allies, Squadron Leader Marcel Albert became France's top fighter pilot ace on the Russian front during the Second World War, shooting down 24 German fighter planes in dramatic duels.

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The Swiss have always had a reputation for impeccable timing and engineering.

Don't panic! The story of the real Dad's Army

The Home Guard was set up 70 years ago this week

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Our forgotten freedom fighter: Why the unsung Hurricane is the true ace of the Battle of Britain

It took a lot of muscle to haul her round the sky. Burnt to cinders – like a match. It would do what you wanted it to do. Pure joy. Like flying a brick. Just incredible. It had the wonderful ability to absorb battle damage. It became a good friend right from the start, and I loved it more and more. Very reliable. I never had to worry about that Merlin engine ... you're flying very low, a couple of trees high off the ground, and you do want it to keep going. Cross-wind landings are particularly easy. At 2,000 feet and 200mph, petrol consumption is 30 gallons per hour. The cockpit is weather-proof. Against a fighter, the Hurricane was hopeless."

Deadly skies: The bloody truth about the Battle of Britain 70 years on

Rarely in history has a battle been so mythologised as the conflict that took place in the skies above southern England between 10 July and 31 October 1940. But the truth about the Battle of Britain - and the brave young airmen who fought it - is far more complex, ruthless and bloody than we often care to remember.

Turkish gunships 'kill 12 Kurdish rebels'

Turkish helicopter gunships, backed by ground troops, killed 12 Kurdish rebels during an operation launched after militants ambushed and killed five members of the security forces, the army said yesterday.

Canadian fighter jets escort plane after bomb threat

Canadian fighter jets escorted a Cathay Pacific plane from Hong Kong to a safe landing in Vancouver International Airport following a bomb threat.

Plane engines checked for damage after every flight through ash cloud

Passenger planes are being checked for ash damage to their engines before every take-off and after every landing at UK airports as part of increased safety measures, the National Air Traffic Services (Nats) confirmed yesterday.

Asian hornet on the way to prey on honeybees

Invasion of predators across Channel threatens massacre of bee colonies

Pakistan air force 'killed scores of villagers'

Witnesses refute military claims that jet fighters fired on Islamist militants

RAF scrambles fighter jets after passenger flight terror alerts

Aircraft shadowed twice this month as threat of 9/11-style attack grows

Women's Downhill: Fearless Vonn sweeps all before to claim first gold

American conquers tough course in style as she begins quest for four Olympic titles

Kim Sengupta: Afghanistan is the only game in town

In a recent speech titled “ Beyond Afghanistan” the head of the Royal Navy, Admiral Sir Mark Stanhope, vociferously argued that defence strategy should not become too Afghancentric. Britain, said the First Sea Lord, would face other challenges and this would need the nation keeping all its options open on weaponry.

Huang Tingxin: Veteran of the liberation of France

Huang Tingxin, who died on 11 November aged 91, was the last Chinese veteran of the 1944 liberation of France.

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