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- Some of Japan’s oldest jets, the RF-4EJ Phantom IIs, flew for the last time yesterday, days before their official retirement.
- Japan has operated the F-4 Phantom II fighter jet since the late 1960s, with at least one plane still flying that’s almost 50 years old.
- The F-4 Phantom is being replaced by the F-35A Joint Strike Fighter, and Japan is developing a brand new fighter to fly in the mid-2030s.
Esophageal cancer is a difficult one to detect during its early stages, with most diagnosed only once the disease is well advanced, making it a difficult one to treat. A new type of breath test developed by scientists in the Netherlands could offer a cheap and non-invasive way to screen populations for susceptibility to the disease, demonstrating an ability to detect one of its known precursors with great accuracy in early proof-of-principle trials.
- The GAU-5A is a modified M4 carbine designed to keep aircrews alive in emergencies.
- The weapon was rebuilt to fit in the storage compartments of ejection seats.
- In emergencies, the GAU-5A can be used to ward off enemy search parties until rescue.
The U.S. Air Force developed a new assault rifle that breaks down into two pieces, allowing it to be stored in the ejection seat of modern jets. The GAU-5A carbine is designed to provide the firepower necessary for aircrew to defend themselves until rescue.