Behold The Amazing Images Of This USAF Aerial Refueling Boom Operator

It is considered one of the best jobs in the USAF, and you sure can't beat the office view. America's cadre of KC-135 and KC-10 'Booms,' the guys and gals that refuel allied military aircraft while hurtling through the atmosphere, are a proud and talented bunch, and one of them is just as skilled behind a camera as… » 12/21/14 12:00pm Today 12:00pm

This Is The Most Mind-Blowing F-4 Phantom Air Show Demo Of All Time

The F-4 Phantom II – otherwise known as the Bent Wing Wonder, Old Smokey, Rhino, Elephant, Double Ugly, and other nicknames not fit for print – flew in air shows all around the world for half a century and still does. But this demo by the German Luftwaffe, flown over St. Paul's Bay on the Island of Malta, may just be… » 12/19/14 7:11pm Friday 7:11pm

This Is What A Modern American Invasion Looks Like

Some incredible footage from the recent Joint Forcible Entry Exercise at Keno Airstrip, deep in the Nellis Test and Training Range. For a complete description of this large force employment training event put on by the USAF Weapons School click here. » 12/18/14 3:35pm Thursday 3:35pm

Armored Bridgelayers: 'Hey That's Not A Tank, It's A Transformer!'

The armored bridgelayer, also known as the armored vehicle-launched bridge, is a key component of any credible mechanized fighting force. These bizarre looking tanks forego the usual weaponry for massive unfoldable bridge modules that can get other tanks and vehicles across craters, blown bridges, anti-tank ditches,… » 12/18/14 1:20pm Thursday 1:20pm

Pentagon Decides To Build An Even More Confused Littoral Combat Ship

The Littoral Combat Ship saga has been just another reminder of the Pentagon's chaotic and illogical procurement strategy. Now, after studying alternatives to the over-sized jet boat after deciding that it was a indeed a flawed concept, the DoD has come up with the laughable decision to build a more complicated and… » 12/17/14 4:10pm Wednesday 4:10pm

The SR-71 Blackbird's Air Show Demo Was Both Sinister And Awkward

The SR-71, an aircraft that first flew some 50 years ago next Monday, still holds the public's imagination like no other flying machine. It could lob a couple of guys, some cameras, radars and jammers through the air at Mach 3.2. Yet seeing it perform down-low at an air show was something akin to watching Darth Vader… » 12/17/14 12:00pm Wednesday 12:00pm

Check Out These Vertigo Inducing USAF Thunderbirds Air-To-Air Photos

With the Thunderbird's season ending early November at the Nellis AFB Air Show, the team now starts its training all over again with new pilots slowly working their way into the formation. These gorgous photos, shot high over the Nellis Test and Training Range near Creech AFB, gives us an incredible perspective of a… » 12/15/14 4:41pm 12/15/14 4:41pm

Kim Jong Un Visits Submarine Base, Maybe Eyeing Sub-Based Nuke Ability

The 'Young Master' visited a North Korean Navy submarine base this week to 'provide guidance' over military drills. There he inspected a buffet, a WWII tactical table full of toy-like boats, some bunk beds, political education hall and a portion of the Korean People's Navy archaic fleet of Romeo Class submarines » 12/14/14 3:00pm 12/14/14 3:00pm

Canadian Army Soldiers Parody The Lonely Island With "I'm On A LAV"

I'm On A Boat was a cultural pop culture phenomenon back in 2009 and apparently it still is up in Canada. A group of Canadian Army LAV3 crews decided it would be funny to do their own version, aptly named I'm On A LAV. The Light Armored Vehicle III is the staple armored vehicle in the Canadian military, with this… » 12/13/14 2:52pm 12/13/14 2:52pm

24 C-130s 'Elephant Walk' For The USAF's Joint Forcible Entry Exercise 

Imagine the sound of 24 C-130 Hercules transports buzz-sawing their way down the runway at Dyess Air Force Base. This incredible scene, and the many others posted below, was the result of the USAF's latest Joint Forcible Entry Exercise, which also saw 20 C-17 Globemasters take part, along with a plethora of fighter… » 12/13/14 11:14am 12/13/14 11:14am

The Navy's Experimental Underwater Drone Looks Like A Shark

The Navy is testing its shark-like 'Ghostswimmer' unmanned underwater vehicle at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek this week. It is one of a handful of programs being brought to life by the Navy's innovative Rapid Innovation Cell. The project is called 'Silent Nemo' and it is aimed to put real-world unmanned… » 12/12/14 1:34pm 12/12/14 1:34pm

There Is A Quiet Narco Air War Being Waged Over Venezuela 

Although the shadow-war in Ukraine probably comes to mind as the most hazardous to aircraft in recent times, a quiet war over Venezuela's air sovereignty has been almost as deadly. The downing of a Sabreliner jet is just the latest example of that country's ongoing counter-narcotics operation that has seen multiple… » 12/11/14 5:35pm 12/11/14 5:35pm

The Pentagon's Flying Decoy Super Weapon Is About To Get Much Deadlier

One of America's most potent air combat creations doesn't hang as a poster on adolescent boys' walls or gets featured in a Bruckheimer blockbuster. The humble yet game-changing Miniature Air Launched Decoy has had a quiet history and it is already operational in two iterations. Now, this radar stumping super-missile… » 12/11/14 11:45am 12/11/14 11:45am

Watch The Navy's First Operational Laser Cannon Blow Crap Up

The Navy's first operation laser cannon is now on active duty in Persian Gulf. Perched high above the bridge of America's Afloat Forward Staging Base, the USS Ponce, the Office of Naval Research's Laser Weapon System (LaWS) close-in weapon system has exceeded the Navy's expectations when it comes to reliability and… » 12/10/14 1:30pm 12/10/14 1:30pm

The F-15C Demo Was Ten Minutes Of Screaming Eagle Freedom

The now defunct F-15C Eagle Demonstration Team put on one hell of a show, only to be rivaled by the Navy's notorious F-14 Tomcat demonstration. The Eagle is one sleek yet brutish machine, punching out close to 50,000lbs of thrust. When flown totally clean, the jet's raw performance is jaw dropping, and nowhere was… » 12/09/14 7:20pm 12/09/14 7:20pm

The V-22 Osprey Finally Gets The Missiles And Rockets It Needs

The Osprey has always lacked firepower in its forward hemisphere. Beyond its ramp-mounted gun, various concepts have been tested and fielded in an attempt to provide fire towards where the aircraft is headed, not just where it has been. This issue is compounded by the fact that the Osprey outruns traditional… » 12/09/14 10:40am 12/09/14 10:40am

The F-35 Can't Run On Warm Gas From A Fuel Truck That Sat In The Sun 

The F-35 program continues to work through a litany of problems, but this one is almost laughable. According to the USAF, the troubled fighter cannot use gas from standard green colored USAF fuel trucks if it has been sitting in the sun. Considering that these jets will most likely find themselves operating in the… » 12/08/14 12:54am 12/08/14 12:54am

This Flying Photog's Haunting Images Reminds Us Of Pearl Harbor Attack

Acclaimed warbird photographer, Cockpit 360 app impresario and good friend of Foxtrot Alpha, Lyle Jansma, takes us to the Hawaiian island of Oahu for an incredible visual tour of historic Ford Island on this the 73rd anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. » 12/07/14 12:00pm 12/07/14 12:00pm

Why There's A NASA Jet At A Massive Military Complex In Africa

This satellite image was taken of Djibouti-Ambouli International Airport in September of this year. It shows spec ops C-130s and CV-22s, Navy P-3s and Super Hornets, a lone King Air and one conspicuously bright white plane. It's a WB-57 and technically it belongs to NASA, but it's not there to map the atmosphere or… » 12/07/14 5:09am 12/07/14 5:09am

Bbbrrrrpppp! Video Shows A-10 Fighting Over Battlefield Iraq

As we reported months ago, while fighting for its life here at home, the A-10 has once again been sent to do America's low-down and dirty work. In this case, fighting ISIS in Iraq, a job no other aircraft in the world is better designed to do. Now, with video coming out of from the front lines showing an A-10 making a… » 12/06/14 4:00pm 12/06/14 4:00pm