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JF-17’s astounding performance stuns spectators at Paris Air Show

PARIS: Pakistan Air Force’s (PAF) JF-17 Thunder stunned the spectators with its astounding performance and hordes of aviation lovers turned up to see the static and aerial display of PAF JF-17 Thunder on the last day of 53rd Paris Air Show on Sunday. Elegantly displayed alongside other aircraft and defence equipment, the indigenously manufactured JF-17 Thunder remained the star attraction of the show. The eager crowd was briefed about the operational capabilities and its sophisticated weaponry by the PAF personnel. The…

More body parts found from crashed Indonesian jet

JAKARTA: Indonesian search teams Tuesday recovered more remains at the site of a crashed Lion Air jet that plunged into the sea with 189 people aboard, as a report said it had suffered an instrument malfunction the day before. The Boeing-737 MAX, which went into service just months ago, crashed into the Java Sea moments after it had asked to return to Jakarta on Monday. Flight JT 610 sped up as it suddenly lost altitude and then vanished from radar 12 minutes after take-off, with authorities saying witnesses saw the…

New Boeing jet to accelerate services shake-up

CHICAGO: Boeing is doubling down on its landmark new strategy designed to muscle in on the business of maintenance providers by making its next jet the laboratory for in-house services that could radically alter the global business model for selling planes. Unlike Boeing’s last all-new design, the 787 Dreamliner, its proposed new mid-market plane will not bring a flood of revolutionary technical designs to the drawing board. But it will give the world’s largest plane maker a chance to test its new business approach of…

Israel intercepts Iranian drone, jet shot down by Syria

JERUSALEM: Syrian anti-aircraft fire shot down an Israeli jet on Saturday, the military said, after Israel intercepted an Iranian drone launched from Syria and struck an Iranian target there. Footage from northern Israel showed what appeared to be white aircraft debris scattered on the ground. It was one of the most serious incidents involving Israel, Iran and Syria since the start of the Syrian civil war almost eight years ago. “A combat helicopter successfully intercepted an Iranian UAV that was launched from…

Second prototype of China’s C919 jet conducts test flight: state TV

BEIJING: A second prototype of China’s home-built C919 passenger jet took off for a test flight in Shanghai on Sunday, state television reported, another step forward in the country’s ambitions to muscle in to the global jet market. A total of six prototypes will eventually conduct test flights, China Central Television reported, with engine tests to be a particular focus. The aim was to conduct another long-distance test flight in late January, chief engineer Wang Wei was quoted as saying. More than 1,000 tests would…

Eight outrageously expensive gifts ever given

Have you ever thought of returning a gift, unless it’s a compulsion? Well, not. Gifts are always special and even more special when they are thoughtful. Such surprises are usually a token of love, affection, and appreciation. At times, however, gifts are exceedingly expensive, mostly when someone has got piles of cash stashed up in the bank account. This translates into news headlines at time. We will take a look at most expensive gifts people or celebrities have ever received. $84 million…