This SR-71, F-14, F-4 Formation Shot Is An Air Combat Dream Come True

This has to be one of the coolest and the LOUDEST military aviation photos in history. No less than three Tomcats and three Phantoms are headed by an SR-71 Blackbird as they pour on the coals during a high-speed, low-level flyby over NAWS China Lake. The circumstances of how this shot came to be remain a mystery, but… » 1/31/15 5:10pm Yesterday 5:10pm

This Is What It Looks Like To Land The Gargantuan C-5 Galaxy

The Lockheed C-5 Galaxy is the largest western military aircraft ever built, and fully loaded it can weigh nearly a million pounds. One of the most amazing, and troublesome, of its components are its finicky landing gear, especially the twin truck nose gear that kneels so cargo can be loaded via the Galaxy's front… » 1/30/15 5:09pm Friday 5:09pm

This Chilling Ad Reveals The Lines Of A Top Secret Stealth Bomber 

Either Northrop Grumman or Boeing-Lockheed will win the contract for America's next bomber, known as the Long Range Strike-Bomber. Whoever takes the prize will likely be the last bomber builder for the better part of a century and will almost surely be the last builder of a manned bomber ever. » 1/30/15 8:50am Friday 8:50am

The AC-130J Ghostrider Will Get A Big Ass Gun Afterall

It is no secret that the AC-130 fleet is changing. Once defined by their bristling cannons, the new breed of AC-130s are all about guided bombs and a slew of smart weapons, with just a single, direct fire 30mm cannon being fitted. Luckily, sharper minds have prevailed at AFSOC and now the AC-130Js will get the massive… » 1/29/15 8:00pm Thursday 8:00pm

The Navy's Newest Linux-Powered Command Center Is Right Out Of Star Trek

The DDG-1000 Zumwalt Class Destroyer could very well revolutionize the way the Navy does its surface warfare business. One of its biggest innovations is ditching the cramped, darkly lit Combat Information Center (CIC), a fixture for many decades on past USN combat ships, and replacing it with the state-of-the-art,… » 1/29/15 2:15pm Thursday 2:15pm

Why Is An F/A-18D Making An Approach On An Amphibious Landing Dock?

This video of a USMC F/A-18D making an approach to land on the USS Bonhomme Richard LHD-6 is bizarre. The thing is that VMFA(AW) squadrons, who fly the USMC's missionized two-seat F/A-18Ds, don't embark on super carriers and there are a lot better places to work on your instrument approach skills. So... what the hell? » 1/28/15 6:09pm Wednesday 6:09pm

Serious Props! Check Out The Massive Screws On The Burke Class Destroyer

Ship design is as much a study in proportions as anything else, but sometimes the most ridiculous elements lay out of view, below the waterline. Case in point: the gargantuan brass screws on the US Navy's Arleigh Burke Class Destroyers. » 1/27/15 6:05pm Tuesday 6:05pm

Obama Tightens India Bond As A Mix Of Russian And U.S. Jets Fly Above 

Yesterday, President Obama was in India for Republic Day, which makes sense since its parade included a C-17 Globemaster III and the P-8 Poseidon, the most advanced maritime patrol and transport aircraft in the world, both imported from the U.S. and flying with Indian flags on their tails. » 1/27/15 2:00pm Tuesday 2:00pm

Watch The F-35 Execute Its First Flyover For The NFL Pro Bowl Game

A positive milestone for the F-35 program came Sunday as a quartet of the $120M jets flew from their nest at Luke AFB to University of Phoenix stadium after a air-to-air training sortie to execute a four ship flyover for the NFL Pro Bowl. » 1/26/15 5:45pm Monday 5:45pm

Watch The Rescue Of A Pilot Who Ditched At Sea Using A Plane Parachute 

In what seems like a perfectly coordinated long-range rescue, this Cirrus SR-22 pilot activated the Cirrus Airframe Parachute System after figuring out the plane would not have enough fuel to make it to Hawaii. What happens next is both intense and incredible, as the pilot goes from a long fall, to narrowly escaping… » 1/26/15 1:20pm Monday 1:20pm

Cleaning Out A KC-135 Stratotanker's Fuel Tanks Is The Job Of Nightmares

Somehow I missed this Dirty Jobs and I am kinda glad I did quite honestly. In this episode, Mike Rowe, the hardest working man in show business, learns what it takes to maintain the KC-135 Stratotanker's ancient central fuel tanks. Let's just put it this way, if you are claustrophobic, go get a brown paper bag. » 1/25/15 4:15pm 1/25/15 4:15pm

Watch How NASA Beautifully Visualized Airflow Over Years Of Flight Tests

This jaw dropping video spans many decades of NASA flight testing which is cool in itself, but the fact that it concentrates on clips where the normally unseen movement of air is documented makes it downright wondrous. It also acts as a strong reminder of just what the first 'A' stands for in NASA. » 1/24/15 4:00pm 1/24/15 4:00pm

The Oldest Active Navy Ship Is A Century Old Russian Submarine Tender

For what it lacks in beauty it sure makes up for it in character, Russia's 100 year old Kommuna is the world's oldest active naval vessel. Launched as a submarine tender back 1915, this pre-Bolshevik Revolution relic continues to serve as a salvage ship and midget sub tender as part of Russia's Black Sea Fleet. » 1/24/15 2:00pm 1/24/15 2:00pm

US Navy Looking To Arm Its Logistics Ships With Missiles And Commandos 

Under budgetary pressure, the Navy is putting forward an incredibly logical concept called "Distributed Lethality," under which it could add more weapons and combat capabilities to existing combat ships, as well as to ones that have never had any offensive capabilities at all. » 1/23/15 3:55pm 1/23/15 3:55pm