Russia stands out among the world's biggest military spenders by not having an indigenous medium-altitude unmanned air vehicle. Defence blog The DEW Line carried a video that cleared up the mystery.
The clip shows the fate of Russia's answer to the Predator, the Vega Stork, a demonstrator of which crashed on 18 January 2010.
The Boeing 747-8F non-delivery had FlightBlogger trawling the Flight International archives to locate our August 1991 story on Singapore Airlines' cancellation of 20 Pratt & Whitney PW4460-powered Douglas MD-11 aircraft in favour of Airbus A340-300s, after the former were deemed unable to fly the Singapore-Paris route without a 5t payload restriction.
On Asian Skies, Greg Waldron posted images - sourced from the Japan Security Watch blog - of the Kawasaki XP-1 maritime patrol aircraft conducting flight tests with two Type-91 anti-ship missiles on its inboard missile pylons.