N. Korea's Dear Leader Gives MiG-29 Pilots Guidance On How To Fight

Just when you thought he was gone for good, North Korea's portly boy tyrant is back on the scene after what many believe was surgery to remove a cyst from his ankle. Kim Jong Un appeared at an air base where some of the hermit kingdom's few MiG-29s are based. According to state news, he gave the pilots 'guidance' and… » 10/30/14 5:35pm Yesterday 5:35pm

The Time When Two Super Carriers Became Floating Army Helicopter Bases

In 1994 the USS Eisenhower and the USS America were deployed to Haiti with their decks full of Army choppers. The US was threatening an invasion if the Junta did not return power to elected officials, and the 10th Mountain Division and a unique combination of special forces were sent over via the two super-carriers to… » 10/29/14 4:19pm Wednesday 4:19pm

The Russian Military Despises This Strange Wedge Shaped Spy Ship

When it was launched it looked like nothing else. Its pizza slice-like design made it one of the most stable ships for its size and it has since spawned a whole new class of crazy looking vessels. Yet this clandestine spy ship is most notorious in Russia, whose military absolutely detests its existence. » 10/28/14 12:29pm Tuesday 12:29pm

The A-7 Corsair II Finally Takes Its Last Flight After 49 Years

Last week, defense journalist Giovonni Colla spent some time in Greece at Araxos Air Base to capture what would be a bittersweet moment in the history of combat aviation – the retirement of the humble, but incredibly effective, Ling-Temco-Vought A-7 Corsair II. Though it's better known as the SLUF. » 10/27/14 5:22pm Monday 5:22pm

Russian Jet Team Shocks The World By Showing Up In New SU-30SM Flankers

Yesterday in Krasnoyarsk, the lesser known of Russia's three jet fighter display teams surprised crowds by showing up in six of most advanced variations of the Sukhoi Flanker series jets in the world, the super maneuverable SU-30SM. » 10/27/14 12:40pm Monday 12:40pm

The Navy's First Sea Base Gets Tested During Exercise Pacific Horizon

The US Navy's first giant Mobile Landing Platform, basically a semi-submersible highway interchange artery on the sea, has been put to the test for the first time. Exercise Pacific Horizon saw the tanker-sized ship being used to convey outsized cargo from a cargo ship to the shore via hovercraft as part of a mock… » 10/25/14 4:27pm Saturday 4:27pm

This 22 Year Old Picture Reminds Us Of The Post Cold War Possibilities

This shot, taken in 1992 at Russia's strategic Northern Fleet port of Severomorsk, shows one of the US Navy's most advanced ships, the AEGIS cruiser Yorktown, and the destroyer O'Bannon, making a port visit among the ex-Soviet Navy's cream. In the distance is the Kirov class flagship Peter The Great looms. » 10/25/14 1:20am 10/25/14 1:20am

The MiG-31 is a fantastic escort aircraft for bombers, as it has incredible range, can sprint far ahead of the aircraft under its protection at a moment's notice, has a super powerful radar for keeping good situational awareness around the formation, and it can detect low observable targets sooner than less powerful… » 10/24/14 3:12pm 10/24/14 3:12pm

Watch This $2.2M P-51 Mustang Make A Gear-Up Belly Landing

Big Beautiful Doll, a gorgeous 1944 P-51D Mustang, had a landing gear malfunction over Mesa, Arizona yesterday. As a result, its owner Jeff Pino executed an amzingly textbook perfect gear-up belly landing. The Mustang's Merlin engine, prop and underside will cost some serious dough to have repaired, but she and her… » 10/24/14 1:29am 10/24/14 1:29am

This Year's Hornet Ball Video Is Absolutely F/A-18 Hornet Heaven

The annual Hornet Ball video features a compilation of the most shit-hot video clips of Hornets in action from across the fleet, and in the day and age of GoPros and HD lipstick cams it does not disappoint. We have seen some great videos come out of US combat aviation units this year, but this baby may take the grand… » 10/23/14 4:42pm 10/23/14 4:42pm

Sweden Has A Sub That's So Deadly The US Navy Hired It To Play Bad Guy

We have been glued all week to the sub saga off the coast of Sweden, where six days in Swedish forces have only now called off their search for an elusive sub hiding in the waters off Stockholm. Yet what nobody has mentioned is just how deadly and capable Sweden's own subs are, and there are few better weapons for… » 10/23/14 2:50pm 10/23/14 2:50pm

Russia Annexes And Deploys Forces To Tiny But Strategic Arctic Island

It is a tiny island, just some 500 square meters in size, that was just discovered earlier this year. Sitting just a meter above the ocean, Yaya Island will now be home to Russian forces and part of Russian territory, the result of just one more move to increase a militarily resurgent Russia's claim on the arctic and… » 10/22/14 11:44am 10/22/14 11:44am

Meet The Embraer KC-390, The Jet Powered Challenger To The C-130

Embraer's downright exciting KC-390 tanker-transport has made the leap, or roll really, into the public eye for the very first time. With capabilities loosely analogous to the venerable C-130, but offering the economy and speed of twin turbofan engines, the KC-390 may become a real contender in the lucrative medium… » 10/22/14 4:30am 10/22/14 4:30am

Syrian Rebels Blast Two L-39 Albatross Jets With A Single TOW Missile

The Free Syrian Army, for lack of a better term, was recently equipped with BGM-79 TOW missiles for use against Bashar al Assad's Armor, and they're getting creative with their new stand-off precision weaponry. In addition to taking out armored vehicles, they've used the missiles against sniper hides, communications… » 10/21/14 6:02pm 10/21/14 6:02pm

Sweden May Have Mystery Sub Cornered, Ready To Use Force To Surface It

The sub saga continues in the littorals off Sweden's coast. There are signs, and rumors that Sweden may have the mystery submersible surrounded in a bay just off the southern tip of Stockholm. Meanwhile, Swedish commanders are now saying that they are prepared to use whatever weaponry needed to make the craft come to… » 10/21/14 5:06pm 10/21/14 5:06pm

This Video Will Make You Join The Polish AF In Hopes Of Flying MiG-29s

Poland's MiG-29 are some of the most charismatic fighters in Europe. 'Fulcrum Drivers' One and Two are both videos that have made their rounds, but this video really makes you want to take to the air in a Polish MiG-29 for all the right reasons, and now that these jets have been upgraded they have never been more… » 10/20/14 6:29pm 10/20/14 6:29pm

Hunt For The What October: Sweden Widens Search For Mystery Submarine

Yesterday, Foxtrot Alpha posted an in-depth report on what appears to be an all-hands search operation for a possible Russian submarine that penetrated Swedish waters and may have come under distress. Now that search is widening 44 miles south, into open sea and is intensifying, including a six mile quarantine around… » 10/20/14 2:50pm 10/20/14 2:50pm

Is Sweden Hunting For A Russian Submarine In Distress Near Stockholm?

Details remain sketchy, but something is clearly afoot off the coast of Stockholm Sweden, where a large search and intelligence operation is underway involving ships, from small riverine craft to stealthy Visby Class Corvettes, aircraft and over 200 operators. Something of great interest is under the water, and it… » 10/19/14 10:45am 10/19/14 10:45am

This P-51 Mustang Restoration Includes Operational .50cal Machine Guns

There are few crafts that demand such attention to detail as high-end aircraft restoration. Millions of dollars are plowed into aircraft in horrible shape, some even pulled from glaciers or the sea, and they are meticulously rebuilt by hand. One P-51 owner in particular wanted his Mustang to go a step further than… » 10/18/14 5:00pm 10/18/14 5:00pm