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 Friday 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 Friday 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 Thursday 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 Thursday 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 Wednesday 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 Wednesday 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,… » 10/21/14 6:02pm Tuesday 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 Tuesday 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 Monday 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 Monday 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 all… » 10/18/14 5:00pm 10/18/14 5:00pm

The Air Force's Shadowy Space Drone Comes Back Down To Earth

The X-37B has become a blank canvas for which scientific and paranoid minds alike have painted their technological dreams and nightmares. With its long awaited return from space this morning, we're still left wondering: What the hell has this thing been doing up in orbit for almost two years? » 10/17/14 8:38pm 10/17/14 8:38pm

ISIS Reportedly Has Fighter Pilots Flying MiGs Over Syria

ISIS has reportedly taken to the air in captured Syrian Air Force fighter jets over Al-Jarrah Airport just outside Aleppo and ex-Iraqi Air Force fighter pilots are said to be at the controls. Not only have these pilots christened ISIS's entry into the air combat arena, but these Iraqi turned ISIS jet jocks are said to… » 10/17/14 8:51am 10/17/14 8:51am

Training To Hit Moving Targets In A Tank Looks Like The Most Fun Ever

Remember Super Battletank? I spent hours trying to master the SNES game when I was a kid, and at the time the prevailing wisdom was that tank warfare was dead following Desert Storm. But over two decades later these ground crushing leviathans continue to prove themselves during the Thunder Runs of Iraqi Freedom, and… » 10/17/14 7:12am 10/17/14 7:12am

The U.S. Special Forces' New Kick Ass Battle Wagon Fits In An Osprey

So Special Operations Command needs a new compact off road fighting vehicle that can transform into different configurations depending on the mission, oh and it has to be transportable by V-22 Ospreys, H-47 Chinooks and H-53 Super Stallions. No problem, the General Dynamics Flyer is ready for flight and for a fight. » 10/16/14 3:30am 10/16/14 3:30am

Gasp! Lockheed Skunk Works Says It Has A Nuclear Fusion Reactor

Billionaire superheroes Tony Stark and Bruce Wayne's defense companies both had one, and now real-world defense giant Lockheed Martin says they have one too. It is the holy grail of cheap and stable energy, yet it has eluded the scientific community for a century. Well, that may finally be about to change once and for… » 10/15/14 7:32pm 10/15/14 7:32pm