The 90s Camero was said to be very hard for Cops to get a return on without a plate and if they were black in color. The black paint absorbed some radar and energy and the cares highly raked front end led to errant returns. This may have been rumor but a cop told me. » 7/25/14 10:29pm Yesterday 10:29pm

Seattle Police Investigate "Drone Strike" On Space Needle

'Drone' really is such a stupid term for what was reported to be a hobbyist quadcopter with a small camera attached. None-the-less, earlier today, visitors to the Seattle Space Needle said such a craft was hovering up around the observation deck when it supposedly impacted the iconic structure. It then flew back to… » 7/24/14 7:25pm Thursday 7:25pm

Elite F-14 Flight Officer Explains Why The Tomcat Was So Influential

We sat at the end of the runway, our F-14's GE-110 motors humming, awaiting our clearance to begin what would be the last F-14 Demonstration ever. The Air Boss's voice crackled over the radio: "Tomcat Demo, you're cleared to five miles and 15k feet. The air show box is yours" At that very moment, I distinctly remember… » 7/24/14 12:00pm Thursday 12:00pm

Check Out This Shotgun Silencer That Actually Works

The Cohen Brothers hit No Country For Old Men featured one of the best villains in modern times played by bowl cut wearing Javier Berdem. As a hitman, his weapons of choice were a cattle killing air compressor and a shotgun with a suppressor. After much internet debate as to such a suppressor's size and effectiveness,… » 7/23/14 5:26pm Wednesday 5:26pm

Watch An Active Protection System Destroy An RPG Fired At Israeli Tank

We have discussed Active Protection Systems many times before, but it is another thing seeing one work operationally. The video below depicts a Merkava IV tank being fired on in Gaza by an RPG, with Trophy intercepting and destroying the explosive projectile before it could plow through the tank's side armor. » 7/23/14 1:15pm Wednesday 1:15pm

Gaza Rockets & Missile Countermeasures: Warzone Flying Is Dangerous

After a rocket fired from Gaza landed near Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion International Airport, US Airways, Delta and United have all cancelled flights into Israel, with one aircraft diverting mid-flight to Paris. The events of last week have reminded carriers just how deadly flying even high above an embattled areas can be. » 7/22/14 3:50pm Tuesday 3:50pm

Watch This Guy Haul Off One Of MH17's Black Boxes

It's amazing how much candid video we are getting out of a rebel controlled rural war zone in Eastern Ukraine. In the video below, we see a guy cart off one of MH17s Black Boxes. » 7/20/14 7:13pm Sunday 7:13pm

Battle For Tripoli's International Airport Rages On, A330 In Flames

The nearly week-long battle for Tripoli's International Airport continues on, and sadly, a very new $225M Afriqiyah Airways Airbus A330 has been the latest aircraft victim of the shelling. The fighting is between an Islamist Militia and a more moderate one that originates from the western city of Zintan that currently… » 7/20/14 5:33pm Sunday 5:33pm

Friendly Chopper Pilot Plucks R/C Aircraft From Tree, Gives Back To Kid

Tension has been rising between the remote controlled aircraft community and mainstream aviation. With the consumer "drone" market exploding in recent years, even the FAA is having trouble figuring out exactly how to regulate the situation. So it is nice to see that some pilots still remember what it is like wishing… » 7/20/14 2:25pm Sunday 2:25pm

Why Boeing's Design For A 747 Full Of Cruise Missiles Makes Total Sense

After the Carter Administration's cancellation of the B-1A program due to fiscal concerns, the rise of air-launched cruise missiles and the possibility of developing a stealth bomber, Boeing put forward a low-risk, relatively cheap, cruise missile delivery vehicle alternative based on the mighty 747. It was called the… » 7/19/14 2:05pm 7/19/14 2:05pm

MH17 Was Barely Above Restricted Airspace When It Was Shot Down

Many people are asking: What was an airliner doing flying over a war zone? This is a valid question considering that many aircraft have been shot down over Ukraine recently and it was known that pro-Russian forces had recently seized advanced SAMs. Technically, MH17 was flying where it was supposed to, which indicates… » 7/18/14 12:29pm 7/18/14 12:29pm

Ukraine Rebels Stole Same Type Of Missiles That May Have Taken Down MH17

It seems clear that the Ukrainian anti-aircraft missile defense regiment A-1402 was overran and looted by pro-Russian forces on June 29th. This unit operated the SA-11/17 "Buk" medium-range mobile air defense system, an advanced cousin of the SA-6, that is thought to have been used in the MH17 attack. » 7/17/14 4:10pm 7/17/14 4:10pm

Could Russian Or Pro-Russian Forces Have Shot Down MH17?

In horrific news, Malaysia Air flight 17, a Boeing 777 flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, crashed after being shot down. People are suggesting it could have been shot down either by Russia's built-up air defense apparatus along its border with Ukraine or by pro-Russian separatists with a mobile radar-guided SAM… » 7/17/14 1:44pm 7/17/14 1:44pm

Massive Storm Tosses Jets At Air Force Boneyard Around Like Toys

Winds in excess of 65mph gusted through Tuscon, Arizona last weekend, the home of America's expansive AMARG aircraft storage and 'boneyard' facility, causing an F-16 to break free from its tie-downs and take to the air once again. Sadly, its flight was short lived and it landed upside down on another Viper stored… » 7/16/14 1:58pm 7/16/14 1:58pm

Fly Through The Night With The Shadowhawks In Their E/A-18G Growlers

The VAQ-141 "Shadowhawks" are an EA-18G Growler squadron based with the vast majority of the Navy's Electronic Attack Squadrons on paradisiacal
Whidbey Island in the Pacific Northwest. Wars don't sleep and neither does Naval Aviation, the Shadowhawks included, luckily they have shared some of the eerily beautiful… » 7/15/14 5:53pm 7/15/14 5:53pm