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Orbis MD-10 Flying Eye Hospital to Visit The Museum of Flight

Orbis MD-10 Flying Eye Hospital to Visit The Museum of Flight

A former FedEx MD-10 cargo plane converted into the world’s only flying eye care teaching hospital will make its first visit to Seattle and be stationed at the Museum for tours on July 28-29 and Aug. 4-5. The Flying Eye Hospital is operated by Orbis, an international...

Veterans Airlift Command Bringing Special Guest to AirVenture

Volunteers from Veterans Airlift Command (VAC) are flying a special guest into EAA AirVenture on Sunday – Tuskegee Airman Lt Col George Hardy. Hardy will fly from his home in Florida to his appearances at AirVenture on VAC’s Millennium Phenom—a 2010 Embraer Phenom 100...

Geneseo Air Show Report

Geneseo Air Show Report

By Tom Pawlesh On cold winter nights my thoughts drift to warm summer days and the Geneseo Airshow. This year, winter was far from my mind as we had sunny skies, temperatures in the mid 80’s and lots of warbirds. The theme this year was “Wings of Western New York” and...

D-Day Squadron Fleet Soaring Into AirVenture

D-Day Squadron Fleet Soaring Into AirVenture

Representatives from the D-Day Squadron’s fleet of American C-47 and DC-3 aircraft are making their way to EAA’s AirVenture for the annual “World’s Greatest Aviation Festival.” 11 aircraft that are part of the D-Day Squadron will join forces to wow audiences and...

C-97G Stratocruiser – Phase Two Airworthiness Program Making Progress

C-97G Stratocruiser – Phase Two Airworthiness Program Making Progress

As most readers will know, the Berlin Airlift Historical Foundation finally got their Boeing C-97G Stratocruiser flying again in November, 2017. This was just the first step in bringing the aircraft up to fully operational condition to join the organization’s mission...

Croatia’s Entire Frontline Air Force Almost Got Stranded in Ukraine

Croatia’s Entire Frontline Air Force Almost Got Stranded in Ukraine

This story first appeared on April 30, 2014. In early 2014, just a single pair of ancient MiG-21 fighters defended the skies over the former Yugoslav republic of Croatia. The rest of the fleet was stranded in Ukraine, a country that seemed to be teetering on the brink...

The U.S. Air Force Almost Sent ‘Starter’ Attack Planes to Europe

The U.S. Air Force Almost Sent ‘Starter’ Attack Planes to Europe

This story first appeared on Feb. 23, 2014. In September 2009, the U.S. Air Forces in Europe asked to host the first squadron of light attack planes that, at the time, were planned for purchase by a more ambitious and less cash-strapped Pentagon. The Light...

NSA Spies Helped Save Drones From a Fiery Death Over Vietnam

NSA Spies Helped Save Drones From a Fiery Death Over Vietnam

This story originally appeared on Feb. 24, 2015. The Air Force unleashed its first major drone program during the Vietnam War. In short order, the North Vietnamese compromised the aerial spies’ codes and began blowing them out of the sky. An angry general, a group of...

The U.S. Air Force’s Close Air Support Fly-Off Is a Farce

The U.S. Air Force’s Close Air Support Fly-Off Is a Farce

The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is finally going up against the battle-proven A-10 close-air-support attack plane for the long-promised fly-off. The unpublicized tests began on July 5, 2018 and will conclude on July 12, according to a copy of the testing schedule...

Israel Has an Air-Launched Ballistic Missile

Israel Has an Air-Launched Ballistic Missile

Two Israeli companies together have tested a new, supersonic air-launched ballistic missile with a conventional warhead that could allow fighters to strike heavily-defended targets at long range. But the new Rampage ALBM isn’t without its drawbacks. The weapon is...

China’s Flawed Naval Fighter

China’s Flawed Naval Fighter

China is developing a new carrier-based fighter aircraft to succeed the Shenyang J-15 Flying Shark . The J-15—which is an unlicensed Chinese development based on a T-10K-3 prototype of the Russian Su-33 Flanker-D—has proven to be a disappointment in service with the...

Why Is Israel Simulating Attacks on Its Own Nuclear Reactors?

Why Is Israel Simulating Attacks on Its Own Nuclear Reactors?

Israel’s nuclear establishment has been conducting drills simulating attacks against the country’s two nuclear reactors. “The Israel Atomic Energy Commission has been taking numerous steps to protect the nuclear reactors in Dimona and Nahal Sorek in light of...

Backfire Bombers With Hypersonic Missiles

Backfire Bombers With Hypersonic Missiles

Russia may test its Kh-47M2 Kinzhal aero-ballistic missile onboard the Tupolev Tu-22M3 Backfire bomber, which would greatly extend the number of targets Moscow could hold at risk with the new weapon. The missile is currently launched from onboard the Mikoyan MiG-31K...

The German Air Force Is Falling to Pieces

The German Air Force Is Falling to Pieces

Germany’s Air Force is in a lot of trouble, according to its leader “The Luftwaffe is at a low point,” Lt. Gen. Ingo Gerhartz, Germany’s new chief of the air force, said in a speech on June 27, Reuters reported . The Luftwaffe is the official name of the Air Force....

Germany’s Failed Attempts to Build a Cold War Jump Jet

Germany’s Failed Attempts to Build a Cold War Jump Jet

This story originally appeared on March 30, 2014. During the gloomy years of the Cold War, no other country could expect to be as badly wrecked by a nuclear war than West Germany. It would have been the principal battlefield during a full-scale conflict, and would...

There Was No Way a P-51 Could Replace the A-10

There Was No Way a P-51 Could Replace the A-10

This story originally appeared on Dec. 17, 2014. The U.S. Air Force has a complicated relationship with its low- and slow-flying A-10 Warthog attack jet. And that’s putting it mildly. The flying branch has tried more than once to retire the ungainly A-10 in favor of...

We Got a Closer Look at the Flying V-280 Valor

We Got a Closer Look at the Flying V-280 Valor

On June 18, 2018, Bell’s V-280 Valor prototype took off for its first public demonstration, six months after its first flight. It’s another, early glimpse at the tiltrotor aircraft that could one day replace a significant portion of the U.S. military’s UH-60 Black...

Spies Helped the USAF Shoot Down a Third of North Vietnam’s MiG-21s

Spies Helped the USAF Shoot Down a Third of North Vietnam’s MiG-21s

This story originally appeared on Dec. 30, 2014. On Jan. 2, 1967, around 30 U.S. Air Force F-4 Phantom fighter jets flying from Ubon in Thailand shot down a full third of North Vietnam’s MiG-21s—for a loss of just one of their own. It was a strategic victory in...

Former SR-71 Blackbird crew members share their most interesting stories

Former SR-71 Blackbird crew members share their most interesting stories

“You haven’t been lost till you’ve been lost at Mach 3 because for every minute that you don’t know where you are, you’re 35 miles further away from where you think you’re supposed to be!,” Frank Stampf, former SR-71 Blackbird RSO The following stories appear in John...

Italy may cut F-35 order

Italy may cut F-35 order

Italian Defence Minister Elisabetta Trenta said that her country will not be buying more F-35 fighters and she is reassessing the current contract for 90 aircraft According Reuters, the new Defense Minister for Italy Elisabetta Trenta has indicated that her country...

Watch LM-100J Super Hercules doing a loop at Farnborough Airshow

Watch LM-100J Super Hercules doing a loop at Farnborough Airshow

At 2:08 in the video the LM-100J does a loop! Taken on Jul. 17, 2018 at Farnborough Airshow the incredible video in this post features Test pilot Wayne Roberts, flying the Lockheed LM-100J Super Hercules, showing the aircraft amazing flying qualities (at 2:08 the...

USAF B-52 strategic bomber aids in canoe rescue off coast of Guam

USAF B-52 strategic bomber aids in canoe rescue off coast of Guam

The canoe just so happened to resemble one helmed by a famous Disney princess. “We asked for more details about the vessel, and the dispatcher told us ‘it’s just like the boat from Moana’,” Capt. Sean Simpson, B-52 aircraft commander with 20th EBS During a routine...

Remembering the last glory days of VF-84 Jolly Rogers

Remembering the last glory days of VF-84 Jolly Rogers

“I knew about VF-84 Jolly Rogers from the movies and building models as a kid. It’s a great public relations and recruiting tool. Somebody should always ‘fly the bones’!,” Lt. Paul Ratkovich, former VF-84 Jolly Rogers F-14 pilot The following article titled The Last...

KC-130J has completed successful Harvest HAWK Plus testing

KC-130J has completed successful Harvest HAWK Plus testing

The Harvest HAWK Plus mission is to provide the U.S. Marine Corps with extended endurance multi-sensor imagery, reconnaissance and on-call close air support capabilities The Tactical Airlift Program Office (PMA-207) Integrated Warfighting Capability (IWC) Weapons team...

XQ-58A Valkyrie maiden flight scheduled for this autumn

XQ-58A Valkyrie maiden flight scheduled for this autumn

The XQ-58A Valkyrie embodies the AFRL’s concept of a “Loyal Wingman”, a low-cost, unmanned aircraft that could expand the combat capacity of a dwindling fleet of manned fighters and bombers without busting the service’s budget On Jul. 10, 2018 head of U.S. Air Force...

Read these impressive Skyraider Survival Stories

Read these impressive Skyraider Survival Stories

Lieutenant William L. Harris, Jr., on his first combat mission, made a dive-bombing run on a hydroelectric plant north of Hungnam. He didn’t realize he’d been hit until he returned to the ship. Maintenance personnel found fragments of concrete in the cowling and...

Slovakia to buy 14 F-16 Block 70/72 fighter jets

Slovakia to buy 14 F-16 Block 70/72 fighter jets

Lockheed Martin has beaten Saab for the contract to supply new fighter jets to Slovakia. The country will be buying 14 F-16 Block 70/72 aircraft Lockheed Martin has beaten Saab for the contract to supply new fighter jets to Slovakia. The country will be buying 14 F-16...

“Operation Credible Sport” YMC-130H going to museum

“Operation Credible Sport” YMC-130H going to museum

YMC-130H transport aircraft were three modified Lockheed Hercules Aircraft for Top Secret “Operation Credible Sport”, for second Iran hostage crisis rescue attempt According Tampa Bay Times, one of the three YMC-130H transport aircraft that was modified for the Iran...

Northrop Grumman wants to help Japan build its next generation fighter

Northrop Grumman wants to help Japan build its next generation fighter

Northrop Grumman’s bid would compete with Lockheed Martin proposals that include a hybrid stealth design based on its F-35 Lightning II and F-22 Raptor Three anonymous sources told Reuters that Northrop Grumman is interested in helping Japan build its replacement for...

B-2 Spirit carries out B61-12 nuclear bomb qualification flight tests

B-2 Spirit carries out B61-12 nuclear bomb qualification flight tests

These tests are the first such end-to-end qualification tests on a B-2 Spirit bomber for the B61-12 A B-2 Spirit stealth bomber assigned to the 419th Test & Evaluation Squadron (TES) has completed two non-nuclear system qualification flight tests of the B61-12 gravity...

Polish Air Force MiG-29 fighter jet crashes, killing pilot

Polish Air Force MiG-29 fighter jet crashes, killing pilot

Polish Air Force authorities have ordered all of the Soviet-made MiG-29 jets grounded pending an investigation According The New York Times a MiG-29 military jet crashed during a night flight in the country’s north and the Polish Air Force pilot was killed despite...

VF-84 Jolly Rogers Last Hurrah: filming the movie Executive Decision

VF-84 Jolly Rogers Last Hurrah: filming the movie Executive Decision

“It was the perfect opportunity to give VF-84 one last moment in the spotlight. Overall, the experience was very positive. I hope this movie will help people remember the Jolly Rogers,” VF-84 F-14 pilot Lieutenant Eric Mitchell The following article titled John C....

KAI aims to roll out first KF-X prototype in 2021

KAI aims to roll out first KF-X prototype in 2021

South Korea wants critical design review of KF-X by September 2019 According Yonhap News, South Korea has completed the preliminary design review (PDR) of the KF-X fighter and the Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) plans to achieve critical design...

Russia will soon sign contract for 12 Sukhoi Su-57 stealth fighters

Russia will soon sign contract for 12 Sukhoi Su-57 stealth fighters

“The first contract for 12 Su-57 stealth fighters will be signed soon, and the deliveries under this contract will begin shortly,” Alexey Krivoruchko, Russia’s Deputy Defense Ministry As reported by Sputniknews, Russia’s Deputy Defense Ministry Alexey Krivoruchko...

Top Gun: Maverick to feature Son of Goose

Top Gun: Maverick to feature Son of Goose

Goose provided an emotional spine to Top Gun when he is killed by accident and Maverick blames himself According The Hollywood Reporter, Top Gun: Maverick, the sequel of the legendary Top Gun movie starring Tom Cruise and Val Kilmer is looking to cast the son of...

336th Fighter Squadron CO hits 3,000 hours milestone on F-15E

336th Fighter Squadron CO hits 3,000 hours milestone on F-15E

According to Boeing, Col. Matthew Swanson is the 37th F-15E fighter pilot to eclipse that feat On Jun. 11, 2018 the commanding officer (CO) of the 336th Fighter Squadron, Lt. Col. Matthew Swanson, clocked 3,000 flight hours on the F-15E during a sortie from Seymour...

USAF wants to quadruple B-52H external wing pylon weapons load

USAF wants to quadruple B-52H external wing pylon weapons load

The current external wing pylon on the B-52H bomber can only carry weapons up to 5,000 lbs and the service is seeking a new external weapons pylon that can carry up to 20,000 lbs of weapons According Jane’s the U.S. Air Force (USAF) is looking to quadruple the weight...

The First Jet Pilots

The First Jet Pilots

First-hand accounts from the pilots who brought us into the jet age—sometimes the hard way.

Hands on History

Hands on History

As a restoration specialist at the National Air and Space Museum, Chris Redderson gets to work on some of the world’s most famous airplanes.

Memories of Apollo

Memories of Apollo

A space program veteran reflects on the teamwork that put men on the moon.

When Bombers Ruled

When Bombers Ruled

A new book examines the power of the Strategic Air Command during the cold war.

Test pilot John Farley: A friend remembered

Test pilot John Farley: A friend remembered

The British test pilot John Farley, famous for his work on the Harrier jump-jet, passed away in June. The artist and aeronautical engineer Stephen Mosley shares a personal recollection of an immensely skilled and principled man.  I first met John when he gave a talk...

Project Tempest: Britain’s bold 6th generation fighter announced

Project Tempest: Britain’s bold 6th generation fighter announced

The British Ministry of Defence today unveiled a new £2 billion project, dubbed Tempest, intended to lead to a 6th generation fighter to be ready in the 2030s. Following Brexit, Britain fears isolation from the next European fighter and Tempest is likely an attempt to...

My Favourite Spitfire #3 the Mk.XIV

My Favourite Spitfire #3 the Mk.XIV

  Instead of the dainty archetypal Merlin Spitfires, I have always preferred the Griffon powered variants and my favourite is probably the Mk XIV. I love the brutish quality it has when compared to earlier marks with that long, long nose topped off with a five-bladed...

My favourite Spitfire #2: Like a Duck to Weightlifting, the Seafire LIII

My favourite Spitfire #2: Like a Duck to Weightlifting, the Seafire LIII

The Spitfire wasn’t a natural carrier aircraft, the undercarriage was weak and narrow, and the fuselage was fragile; the endurance made a permanent combat air patrol impossible if the carrier had to be somewhere other than where the wind was coming from. Fortunately,...

My favourite Spitfire #1 – Paul Beaver

My favourite Spitfire #1 – Paul Beaver

For some time, I have trying to decide which is my favourite of the 73 variants or sub-variants of that most iconic of fighter aeroplanes, the Spitfire. Now I have the opportunity to put my thoughts on paper and it has been most rewarding. Like many pilots, the first...

Nothing about the B-21 Raider: Hushing the kitty

Nothing about the B-21 Raider: Hushing the kitty

Years ago, when I was caught between a rock and hard place, my friend Eva suggested I start a blog. The site would be somewhere for me to develop my writing and a means to stop my heavily caffeinated brain from over-heating. I had previously worked as an editor for...

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