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Ministry of Defence closes UFO unit

The Ministry of Defence has closed its UFO investigation unit, it was revealed today.

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Kirsty Moore said she decided to join the RAF at the age of 13 while watching the Red Arrows loop the loop in the Lincolnshire sky above her home. Luckily she didn't know that the RAF didn't allow women to fly fast jets at that time – the excuse being that the G suits weren't "female friendly". And equally luckily, the kit problem had been sorted out by the time Kirsty was old enough to apply. Now, at the age of 32, Flight Lieutenant Kirsty Moore is the first woman to break 45 years of male monopoly and join the Red Arrows.

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Russian jets collide during training flight

Two Russian Su-27 fighter jets collided during a training flight ahead of an air show near Moscow today, Russian news agencies reported.

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British fighter jet crashes at Afghan base

A British fighter jet crashed inside Nato's largest base in southern Afghanistan today in the second major crash there in two days.

US fighter jet crashes in Afghanistan

A US F-15E Strike Eagle fighter jet crashed in eastern Afghanistan today, killing both crew members on board.

Two RAF crew killed in jet crash

Two RAF crew died today when their Tornado fighter jet crashed near a beauty spot, the Ministry of Defence confirmed.

How a hummingbird in love can move faster than a fighter jet

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Actually it's a bird that flies faster than a plane, relatively at least.

Barack Obama: A struggle that spoke to something universal about humanity

We live in a world of competing beliefs and claims about what is true. It's a world of varied religions and cultures and forms of government. In such a world, it's all too rare for a struggle to emerge that speaks to something universal about humanity.

BAE 'quietly positive' on 2009 despite £500m needed to top up pension deficit

BAE Systems, the defence group, will have to pay an extra £500m into its pensions pot this year because stock market falls have added more than £2.2bn to the schemes' deficit.

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Solo yachtswoman Sam Davies reveals how she keeps her spirits up during the gruelling Vendée Globe race.
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