The Last of the Vulcans Retires After 55 Years of Service

On the 1st of July, 1960 Avro pilot Tony Blackman climbed into the cockpit of a Hawker Siddeley Vulcan delta wing strategic bomber in order to deliver her from the aircraft manufacturer (A.V. Roe and Company, Avro) for Royal Air Force service. The British four-jet aircraft dressed in antiflash white–military serial… » 7/05/15 1:13pm Today 1:13pm

This Is A Fully Armed F-15SA, The Most Advanced Production Eagle Ever

The F-15SA is the most advanced production F-15 Eagle ever built. Saudi Arabia ordered 84 new build F-15SAs and close to 70 kits to upgrade their existing F-15S fleet to the SA configuration. Just one part of this upgrade is the activation of Eagle’s outboard wing stores stations, which will expand the jet’s already… » 7/05/15 10:05am Today 10:05am

Neat visualization shows which country has the most nukes over history

This visualization by drwtsn breaks down the nuclear arms race starting from the 1940s until now. The countries shown are the countries who have historically had the most nuclear weapons: the US, Russia, the UK, France and China (a few other countries have nukes too but are not represented). » 7/05/15 9:30am Today 9:30am

This Is The Lowest, Fastest Flyby Yet By A Crazy Libyan MiG-23 Pilot

Libya is in total chaos right now, with multiple air forces flying for different factions within the country. Yet it seems there is a MiG-23 pilot (or pilots) keeping his spirits up by pushing his Flogger to its low-level limits. This video takes the cake for the wildest low-level pass so far, with what looks like… » 7/05/15 8:59am Today 8:59am

These EA-6Bs Made An Insanely Low July 4th Flyover

I don’t know much about this crazy-low flyover, aside from the fact that it was shot on July 4th, 2002. What I can tell you is this: a flyover this low would never happen nowadays, so it is awesome that it was caught on tape. It is also a bittersweet video, as the Prowler was just retired last weekend from Navy… » 7/04/15 8:20am Yesterday 8:20am

A Catalina Seaplane Was Destroyed During Nic Cage Movie Production

After four days of being half sunk and rocked by the surf on a sandbar near the Florida-Alabama state line, the Catalina PBY Flying boat was pulled from its resting place and towed out into deeper waters towards a salvage barge. An attempt to lift the aircraft aboard the barge via a crane caused the aircraft to… » 7/04/15 12:10am Yesterday 12:10am

The Navy Has Retired The EA-6B Prowler After 45 Years Of Service

The Navy wrapped up its “Prowler Sunset” retirement celebration last weekend at the picturesque Naval Air Station Whidbey Island in Washington State. The open house included the airfield’s last EA-6B flanked by EA-18G Growlers, the Grumman jet’s replacement, ripping overhead and performing the missing man formation.… » 7/03/15 4:29am Friday 4:29am

Confessions Of A U.S. Navy Submarine Officer

We have all seen Hunt For The Red October, Crimson Tide and other submarine films, but what is life really like aboard the world’s most advanced and silent submarines? One of our go-to submariners, who told us the story of an epic maritime beer run, takes us into this shadowy world, one with a language all its own,… » 7/02/15 9:56am Thursday 9:56am

Terrifying Image Shows Heroic Crew Trying To Keep Stricken Osprey Flying

This image from the Marine Corps shows a deadly event that occurred on October 1 last year. The crew flew the Osprey in maintenance mode by accident, which greatly reduced engine power output. The harrowing story of heroics and the loss of a young Marine’s life, is a must read in this article by the San Diego Union… » 7/01/15 3:53pm Wednesday 3:53pm

Was This Huge WWII Floatplane Going To Deploy Mini-Subs To U.S. Shores? 

After yesterday’s Catalina catastrophe, I began to wonder what the biggest floatplane ever built was. Not a flying boat, where the aircraft’s fuselage also serves as a monohull with pontoons providing sea-keeping stability, but literally a plane attached to floats. Then I came across the obscure Italian-built CANT… » 7/01/15 12:36pm Wednesday 12:36pm

Vintage Catalina Flying Boat In Nic Cage Film Partially Sinks On Beach

Yesterday, a gorgeous Catalina PBY named Flora-Bama that was being used as a prop for the upcoming Nicolas Cage movie USS Indianapolis: Men of Honor began taking on water while performing touch and goes for the camera. Today, the plane sits half sunk in the surf along Gold Beach, Florida, a most peculiar sight for… » 6/30/15 5:02pm Tuesday 5:02pm

Indonesian Air Force C-130 Crashed Into A Dense Neighborhood In Medan

In what is truly a horrific scene, a C-130 belonging to the Indonesian Air Force crashed in a dense residential neighborhood in Indonesia’s third largest city. At this time, reports state that 12 crewman were on-board the Hercules transport, and at least 43 bodies have been recovered from the scene. A frantic search… » 6/30/15 5:12am Tuesday 5:12am

The F-35 Can't Beat The Plane It's Replacing In A Dogfight: Report

We’ve heard of significant shortcomings before with the fighter jet that’s supposed to be America’s future, but this is just as bad as it gets. The F-35 performed so dismally in a dogfight, that the test pilot remarked that the it had pretty much no place fighting other aircraft within visual range. » 6/29/15 5:29pm 6/29/15 5:29pm

See WWII Warbirds Buzz The Hell Out Of St. Barth's Scary Little Airport

Saint Barthélemy Airport is widely known as being one of the most extreme airports with regular commercial service in the world. As such, it is an unlikely place to see WWII fighters tearing up the overhead pattern and doing high-speed, ultra low-level flybys, but the Texas Flying Legends did just that back in 2011. » 6/29/15 9:56am 6/29/15 9:56am

"Kick The Tires And Light The Fires!" Top Gun 2 Details Emerge

After the abrupt passing of director Tony Scott in 2012, Top Gun 2, which was in development at the time, was put on hold indefinitely before being revived last year. Now, according to Hollywood exec David Ellison, the project is again in development. » 6/28/15 6:38am 6/28/15 6:38am

75 Amazing Images Of U.S. Air Power In South Korea

America has close to 30,000 military personnel deployed to the Korean Peninsula, still holding the line alongside their South Korean counterparts from a stalemate of a war that officially never ended over 60 years ago. Part of this force includes USAF F-16s and A-10s spread across two bases and the 2nd Aviation… » 6/27/15 9:46am 6/27/15 9:46am

Meet Northrop's XST, The Plane That Lost Out To The Original Stealth Jet

The year was 1974, and Defense Research Projects Agency was becoming more and more interested in the idea that an aircraft, or a remotely piloted vehicle, could be almost totally invisible to enemy sensors. The aircraft that resulted was the F-117 Nighthawk, better known as the first stealth fighter. This is not that… » 6/26/15 5:35pm 6/26/15 5:35pm