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Lone Star Museum Flight Museum Names New COO

Lone Star Museum Flight Museum Names New COO

The Lone Star Flight Museum has just announced the hiring of Col. Christopher C. Richardson as its new Chief Operating Officer.  As the press release continues… Richardson, a retired U.S. Air Force Colonel, will be instrumental in furthering the Museum’s mission of...

B-29 Doc Adds Three Additional Tour Stops in 2018

In a recent press release, Doc’s Friends has announced three additional tour stops for their Boeing B-29’s 2018 air show season. The organization’s Superfortress, known as Doc, will now stop in Cleveland, Ohio, followed by visits to Eau Claire and then Madison,...

B-52 Takes the Freeways to Museum in Seattle

B-52 Takes the Freeways to Museum in Seattle

After 26 years of open storage at Paine Field, Everett, the Museum’s 1959 Boeing B-52 bomber will be moved to the Museum’s West Campus at Boeing Field in Seattle. Not flight worthy, the plane was disassembled for shipment and most of the parts were recently delivered...

3rd Annual TBM Gathering –  70 Tons of Turkeys Invade Illinois

3rd Annual TBM Gathering – 70 Tons of Turkeys Invade Illinois

Avengers and Veterans, Warbirds and Patriots Invade Peru, Illinois By Greg Morehead Imagine what it would have been like to stand on a carrier deck as a squadron of World War Two Navy torpedo bombers prepare for a mission, their engines simultaneously running as the...

Museum of Flight Seattle Free for Military on Memorial Day

The Museum of Flight recognizes Memorial Day with an 11 a.m. performance by the Boeing Employee Concert Band, followed at noon with a special ceremony commemorating fallen U.S. service members. The keynote speaker will be Naval Aviator Dave Cable, who served in...

CAF Red Tail Squadron Offering New Top Flight Club Membership

The Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Red Tail Squadron, America’s tribute to the Tuskegee Airmen, today launched their new Top Flight Club membership for those interested in supporting the legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen with the CAF Red Tail Squadron. The program will...

XP-82 Twin Mustang – May, 2018 – Restoration Update

XP-82 Twin Mustang – May, 2018 – Restoration Update

WarbirdsNews has received the latest XP-82 Twin Mustang restoration update from Tom Reilly at his workshop in Douglas, Georgia, and we thought you would all be pleased to see the latest progress! The end of the ten-year XP-82 restoration project is in sight, and as...

In the Iran-Iraq War, F-5s and MiG-21s Fought to a Standstill

In the Iran-Iraq War, F-5s and MiG-21s Fought to a Standstill

This story originally appeared on Sept. 19, 2016. There have been countless discussions over which is the better fighter jet— the U.S.-made Northrop F-5E Tiger II or the Soviet MiG-21 Fishbed. That can be a hard argument to settle. The Iran-Iraq war was probably a...

A C-130 Could Snatch Gremlin Drones Right Out of the Air

A C-130 Could Snatch Gremlin Drones Right Out of the Air

The U.S. military is moving ahead with development of a new drone that launches from a cargo plane and, at the end of its mission, can return to the same plane for a mid-air recovery. The new Gremlin drone could support surveillance and attack missions, according to...

Nothing Can Stop a Swarm of Cruise Missiles

Nothing Can Stop a Swarm of Cruise Missiles

Is there a way to defend large swaths of land against a cruise missile attack? Right now, there is no operational weapons system that can provide area air defense against terrain-hugging cruise missiles over land—only point defense is possible. However, there are...

U.S. Air Force Leaders Deliberately Slow-Rolling A-10 Refurbishment

U.S. Air Force Leaders Deliberately Slow-Rolling A-10 Refurbishment

In a victory for supporters of the battle-proven A-10 close air support aircraft, Congress provided the necessary seed money to extend the fleet’s lifespan for at least another decade in its last spending bill. The U.S. Air Force had announced in 2017 that 110 A-10s...

For Iraq, Bombing ISIS in Syria Was the Easy Part

For Iraq, Bombing ISIS in Syria Was the Easy Part

The Iraqi air force sortied high-tech F-16 fighter jets armed with laser-guided bombs to strike suspected Islamic State forces near the town of Al Shaddi in eastern Syria on April 19,  signalling a major escalation of Baghdad’s war on ISIS. The cross-border raid, at...

A Future German Fighter Jet’s Main Enemy Is the F-35

A Future German Fighter Jet’s Main Enemy Is the F-35

Germany’s military is a case study in an armed force in need of new equipment. The problems cut across the Bundeswehr and are particularly acute with the aging air force. Germany’s combat air fleet — around 180 fighters — has around 85 Panavia Tornados with the rest...

Video shows MiG-31 catching fire on the runway

Video shows MiG-31 catching fire on the runway

The fire started from the right engine. Both pilots have been saved; no one has been injured. A MiG-31 caught fire while the aircraft was on the runway in Russia’s Permsky Krai on May 18, 2018. Russia says the fire started from the right engine. “The pilots were about...

Alleged leaked photo shows Israeli F-35 flying over Beirut

Alleged leaked photo shows Israeli F-35 flying over Beirut

Aired on Hadashot television news Wednesday night, the picture was apparently leaked to the network According The Times of Israel, the photo in this post shows an Israeli Air Force (IAF) F-35 stealth fighter jet flying over the Lebanese capital of Beirut. Aired on...

HASC report finds that F-35C lacks the range to strike enemy targets

HASC report finds that F-35C lacks the range to strike enemy targets

The F-35C’s current range will not allow it to strike enemy targets without putting the carrier in harm’s way Stars and Stripes says the U.S. House Armed Services Committee (HASC) has directed the U.S. Navy to report back by 2019 on how to “expand the strike range of...

Army Aviation Heritage Foundation offering AH-1F Cobra rides

Army Aviation Heritage Foundation offering AH-1F Cobra rides

The cost for each AH-1F Cobra ride is either $325 or $525. Each person will get to sit in the gunner’s position on a simulated “fire mission” The Army Aviation Heritage Foundation (AAHF) will be offering rides on the AH-1F Cobra attack helicopter in several Southern...

The Bridges at Toko-Ri: the true mission behind the movie

The Bridges at Toko-Ri: the true mission behind the movie

“After a final check of the target area we joined up, inspected our wingmen for damage and headed home. Mr Michener plus most of the ship’s crew watched from Vultures Row as Dog Fannin, the landing signal officer, brought us back aboard…,” Capt Paul N Gray, CO of...

Israel to buy 25 advanced F-15I multirole fighters

Israel to buy 25 advanced F-15I multirole fighters

The advanced F-15I multirole fighters will feature large-area cockpit display and extended lifespan Flight Global says Israel will be buying another batch of new advanced F-15I multirole fighters that feature large-area cockpit display and extended lifespan. The...

C-5 loadmaster gives you a tour of the gigantic Galaxy

C-5 loadmaster gives you a tour of the gigantic Galaxy

Specially designed for heavy airlift, the C-5’s large front and rear cargo doors reduce cargo transfer times by allowing ground crews to load and off-load the aircraft simultaneously Forget mansions and swimming pools… Experience the height of luxury as SSgt. Tyler...

VMAQ-2 is the last EA-6B Prowler squadron

VMAQ-2 is the last EA-6B Prowler squadron

“VMAQ-2′s deactivation in FY19 will mark the end of the EA-6B’s service in the Marine Corps, as well as its continuous employment as a joint tactical Airborne Electronic Attack (AEA) asset,” Capt. Sarah Burns, Marine spokeswoman Following the deactivation of VMAQ-3...

That time a South Vietnamese O-1 Bird Dog landed aboard USS Midway

That time a South Vietnamese O-1 Bird Dog landed aboard USS Midway

Landing the Bird Dog on the deck of carrier without a tailhook was no easy task. Nevertheless Maj Ly Bung made an excellent landing. In April 1975 South Vietnam was in the process of being overrun by the North Vietnamese. The end of the decades-old Vietnam conflict...

Russian Swifts aerobatic team to transition to MiG-35

Russian Swifts aerobatic team to transition to MiG-35

The transition will only occur after testing on the MiG-35 has been completed Russian aerobatic team Swifts will trade-in their MiG-29s for the MiG-35, Lt. Gen. Andrey Yudin of the Russian Air and Space Force (RuASF) said. According RT, the transition will only occur...

According this video 24 F-14 Tomcats are currently in service with IRIAF

According this video 24 F-14 Tomcats are currently in service with IRIAF

IRIAF fleet of F-14s is divided into two categories: ‘airworthy’ but with no operational AN/AWG-9 radars and weapons systems; and ‘fully mission capable’, most of which have operational avionics and are capable of undertaking all types of air defence missions Called...

Lockheed Martin to deliver first F-35A to Turkey on Jun. 21

Lockheed Martin to deliver first F-35A to Turkey on Jun. 21

The news comes as the U.S. Congress attempts to derail the process because of the country decision to purchase Russian S-400 surface-to-air-missiles Lockheed Martin will deliver Turkey’s first F-35A stealth fighter on Jun. 21. Noteworthy as reported...

USAF kicks off second phase of OA-X competition

USAF kicks off second phase of OA-X competition

Pilots are flying the Sierra Nevada/Embraer A-29 Super Tucano and the Textron Aviation AT-6B Wolverine during a three-month, live-fly experiment to gather additional information about aircraft capabilities On May 7, 2018 the U.S. Air Force (USAF) started the second...

Video shows Indian Navy Il-38 after emergency landing in Russia

Video shows Indian Navy Il-38 after emergency landing in Russia

The nose gear of the Il-38 had failed to lower. Ilyushin company press service says the aircraft was flown by the company’s test pilots An Indian Navy Il-38 had to make en emergency landing at Zhukovsky Air Base, Russia on Apr. 28, 2018. The nose gear of the aircraft...

Video shows first KC-390 prototype after runway excursion

Video shows first KC-390 prototype after runway excursion

Embraer says the crew are safe and uninjured. The extent of any damage to the KC-390 was not immediately available. The first KC-390 prototype had a runway excursion at the Embraer Unidade Gavião Peixoto Airport on May 5, 2018. Embraer says the crew are safe and...

Possible sale of 12 AH-1Z attack helicopters to Bahrain approved

Possible sale of 12 AH-1Z attack helicopters to Bahrain approved

The AH-1Z attack helicopters would improve Royal Bahraini Air Force capability to meet current and future threats The U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency has notified Congress on the potential Foreign Military Sale to Bahrain of 12 AH-1Z attack helicopters. The...

Here’s the only picture of Concorde flying at supersonic speed

Here’s the only picture of Concorde flying at supersonic speed

The Concorde had to slow down from Mach 2 to Mach 1.5-1.6 so that the Tornado crew could get that shot Taken in April 1985 the cool photo in this post is the only picture of Concorde flying at supersonic speed. The image was taken by Adrian Meredith who was flying a...

Pilot error behind June 2016 F-16C collision over Georgia

Pilot error behind June 2016 F-16C collision over Georgia

The cause of the mishap was pilot two’s failure to fulfill his primary responsibility to ensure flight path deconfliction and separation of aircraft The U.S. Air Force (USAF) has recently determined the cause behind the collision of two F-16C jets over Bulldog...

300th F/A-18E single-seat Super Hornet delivered to the U.S. Navy

300th F/A-18E single-seat Super Hornet delivered to the U.S. Navy

“The 300th F/A-18E Super Hornet will serve in the Navy for the next 15 to 25 years and it will reach an extended service life of 9,000 flight hours before it is retired,” U.S. Navy Capt. Paul Filardi, DCMA Boeing St. Louis commander A Defense Contract Management...

Chaos at 34,000 Feet

Chaos at 34,000 Feet

On a routine night fight from San Juan, everything suddenly went haywire.

Super Stuff

Super Stuff

More than 99 percent air and able to withstand forces thousands of times its weight.

RAF 100

RAF 100

Happy birthday to the chaps who gave us the scramble, the “few,” and the world’s first independent air force.

100 Years of Airmail

100 Years of Airmail

It helped jump-start commercial aviation, and tied a growing country together.

The F-19 stealth fighter: Would it have worked in the real world?

The F-19 stealth fighter: Would it have worked in the real world?

Rumours of a secret Lockheed stealth fighter-bomber abounded in the 1980s. This speculation was easy to mate with an odd gap in the US fighter designation sequence: there was an F/A-18 and F-20, but no  ‘F-19’ . Many concluded that the F-19 was a secret stealth...

Firefox: Would it have been any good in real life?

Firefox: Would it have been any good in real life?

Jim Smith had significant technical roles in the development of the UK’s leading military aviation programmes. From ASRAAM and Nimrod, to the JSF and Eurofighter Typhoon. He was asked by the British Government to assess the YF-22 and YF-23; we wondered what he would...

Vertical take-off Mach 4 Lockheed Skunk Works’ Flying Cigar

Vertical take-off Mach 4 Lockheed Skunk Works’ Flying Cigar

A 1957 patent by Skunk Works genius Nathan C. Price envisioned Mach 4 airliners shaped like cigars. Powered by ramjets, capable of vertical take-off and flying in the mid-Stratosphere, the designs almost certainly started as a Black project with a military application...

6th Generation Swede: The Saab Gripen E

6th Generation Swede: The Saab Gripen E

Is the Gripen E too good to be true? Hushkit met Richard Smith the Head of Marketing & Sales for the Saab Gripen to find out more.  When I interviewed the widely respected aviation journalist Bill Sweetman in 2013, I pointed out the Typhoon, F-22 and F-35 programmes...

Air losses review: Spring 2018

Air losses review: Spring 2018

Date: March 12 Type: Edgley EA-7 Optica Operator: Private Location: Twannock, Suffolk Details: Edgley Optica piloted by TV presenter Noel Edmonds destroyed attempting to wing-flip a Dutch V1 Doodlebug. Edmonds escaped in the ejection pod but was killed when the pods...

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