The security lockdown at RAF Mildenhall went as well as could be expected. Just minutes after his reported “attempt to ram” a security checkpoint at the U.S. Air Force base outside Suffolk, England, on Dec. 18, a 44-year-old British man was swiftly detained by American military personnel and British law enforcement. Nobody was injured during the “security incident”; the intruder sustained only a few “cuts and bruises,” despite the fact that American service members fired off rounds during the incident; according to the Suffolk police, the breach “is not being treated as terrorism,” and the suspect was detained under the UK’s mental health laws.
Bell Helicopter’s advanced V-280 Valor tiltrotor prototype, developed to replace the iconic AH-64 Apache attack chopper and UH-60 Black Hawk utility copter in the Army’s fleet of rotary aircraft, is “100%” complete and ready for its maiden flight before the end of 2017, the company announced on Sept. 6.
For years, the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency, aka DARPA, has sought to develop a vertical takeoff vehicle that combines the mobility and versatility of the standard helicopter with the range and top speed of a fixed-wing aircraft. Three years after selecting Aurora Flight Sciences to develop the first functional prototype in the VTOL Experimental Plane (VTOL X-Plane) program, DARPA may have found the aircraft of its dreams in the XV-24A: