The Evolution of Flying Ships

The invention of hydrofoils was one of the most revolutionary developments in the history of marine engineering. Hydrofoils are vessels that use wing-like foils below the hull in order to reach greater speeds on the water. The "wings" are submerged so that the hull can be above the water, which allows the boat to… » 9/19/14 3:02pm Today 3:02pm

The F-35′s X-Ray Vision Is The Future Of Naval (And All Other) Warfare

One of the most 'popular' features on the controversial F-35 is the jet's Distributed Aperture System (DAS). DAS creates an all-seeing sphere and classifies and relays data and video to the pilot's helmet and to the jet's mission computers. This game-changing system has now been adapted for the high seas, and it won't… » 9/19/14 12:00pm Today 12:00pm

This Giant Sensor Packed Balloon Is About To Watch Over The Capitol

It may look like a pregnant blimp, but it packs one hell of a radar system. The Joint Land Attack Cruise Missile Defense Elevated Netted Sensor (JLENS) is an aerostat that can haul powerful radars and communications systems up to its perch at 10,000 feet, for weeks at a time. Which is exactly what it is about to do… » 9/17/14 2:37pm Wednesday 2:37pm

Assad's Secret Weapon To Win Back Syria Is... Ghetto R2-D2?!

Just when you thought things could not get any weirder when comes to Syria's slow burning civil war, low-end R2-D2 shows up to remind you that anything is possible in the land of Hell Cannons and Barrel Bombs. » 9/16/14 1:56pm Tuesday 1:56pm

The Last Vikings: World's Remaining Airworthy S-3Bs Assemble

In early 2009 the last S-3B Viking was officially retired from US Navy service. It was not long after that the humble aircraft's 10 hour endurance and ample room for avionics, pods and test gear brought her back into limited service with VX-30 and NASA. Shown here, for the first time ever, are the world's only flying… » 9/16/14 12:52pm Tuesday 12:52pm

Lockheed's New Laser Super Turret Could Change Air Combat Forever

Defense giant Lockheed Martin, Notre Dame University, DARPA and the Air Force Research Lab have begun flight testing a streamlined and greatly miniaturized airborne laser turret that has the potential to totally transform air combat as we understand it today. » 9/16/14 7:20am Tuesday 7:20am

Watching This DC-10 Fire Retardant Drop Run Will Make You Queasy

Who knew that a quarter of a million pound (when empty) wide-bodied airliner could make bombing runs that would leave some fighter pilots clapping? 10 Tanker, the DC-10 that has been firefighting in the Southwest for about a decade, was caught on film doing some amazing things before, but this one takes the cake: » 9/15/14 1:58am Monday 1:58am

USAF's Dubious Priorities Results In Axing Of F-15 Aggressor Squad

For the last few years, the Pentagon's budget blade has been looming over the 65th Aggressor Squadron, the USAF's F-15 unit that are masters at mimicking large enemy fighters like the Su-27. Sadly, the days of F-15s flying in the adversary role are coming to an end as the unit will be shuttered this month. » 9/14/14 12:18pm Sunday 12:18pm

Iraq's First Mi-28 'Havoc' Attack Chopper Has Taken To The Air

Iraq's first Mi-28 Havoc 'Night Hunter' attack chopper has taken flight in Iraq. These are some of the most heavily armed and capable attack helicopters in the world. Three were delivered alongside four new Mi-35 'Hind' attack helicopters from Russia as part of an expedited order placed to help fight the spread of… » 9/13/14 4:38pm 9/13/14 4:38pm

Check Out This Shadowy Jet That Belongs To America's 'Other Air Force'

America's 'other air force' belongs to the Department of State Air Wing, a hodgepodge of more than 200 mostly vintage aircraft that includes everything from OV-10 Broncos to ancient DC-3s turboprops. The relatively modern and very modified 'DoJet' seen in these exclusive photos is apparently part of their stable. » 9/12/14 6:19pm 9/12/14 6:19pm

Two F/A-18C Hornets Collide Over Pacific; One Pilot Found, One Missing

Two F/A-18C Hornets collided today while operating as part Carrier Air Wing 17 aboard the USS Carl Vinson that is currently on cruise in the Western Pacific. Currently, reports state that one pilot was plucked from the water alive and was subsequently flown back to the carrier for medical treatment while another… » 9/12/14 12:16pm 9/12/14 12:16pm

America's Real WWII Flying Fortress Was The Massive Douglas XB-19

During the mid 1930s, the Army Air Corps wanted to push the technological envelope when it came to building a very long range bomber. Code named 'Project D,' this top-secret initiative would lead to the largest American bomber concept flown during World War II, the massive yet elegant Douglas XB-19. » 9/11/14 12:32pm 9/11/14 12:32pm

Hmmm. Not sure on this one. That thing looks pretty ungainly for Gotham streets, and the visibility is really bad. Maybe he drives it using an occulus rift/F-35 type helmet mounted display and distributed aperture camera system, in which case they should have put no windows on this bitch at all. » 9/11/14 10:04am 9/11/14 10:04am

USS New York: The Navy's Floating & Fighting Memorial To 9/11

She packs over seven tons of reclaimed steel from the World Trade Center, an on-board memorial to 9/11 and her motto sends shivers down your spine: "Strength forged through sacrifice. Never forget." A phoenix from the ashes, USS New York is a deadly memorial to both a terrible tragedy and astonishing heroism. » 9/11/14 10:02am 9/11/14 10:02am