Tensions between the US and North Korea are not new. In fact a drunk president Nixon almost launched a tactical nuclear strike against the North Koreans in April 1969.
On This Day – 14 November 1941
The HMS Ark Royal was sunk
Commissioned in November 1938, the HMS Ark Royal was sunk less than three years later on 14 November 1941 by the German U-81. The HMS Ark Royal was an innovative Royal Navy aircraft carrier serving during WWII, the first on which the flight deck and hangers were an integral part of the hull.
16 September – On this day
The MIG-31, designated by NATO the ‘Foxhound’ was the Russian replacement for the MIG-25 ‘Foxbat’ and the Russian answer to the American F-15. The MIG-31 entered service on 6 May 1981 and was one of the fastest fighter jets in the world able to reach about Mach 2.85. A total of 519 of these fighters were built with production ending in 1984. The MIG-31 is expected to remain in service until 2030.
Featured image: “Russian Air Force Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-31 Pichugin-1” by Dmitriy Pichugin
Schematics: “MiG-31” by Kaboldy – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Commons