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You Can Buy This Ex-Royal Air Force TriStar Tanker For $1.75M

Over the last decade, the Royal Air Force has made some very deep budget cuts while also trying to modernize its much smaller aircraft fleet. Part of this plan saw its Lockheed L-1011 based TriStars being retired. Not to worry, because you can now buy one for $1.75M! » 8/19/14 2:38pm Yesterday 2:38pm

Video Of X-47B & F/A-18 Carrier Ops Shows The Future Of Naval Aviation

As we reported yesterday, VX-23 'Salty Dogs' made history with the first seamless carrier operations between an unmanned combat drone and a F/A-18 Hornet. The video below gives us a glimpse of what the Navy's air combat capability of the future will look like. » 8/18/14 5:40pm Monday 5:40pm

Why the Military Is Pinning Its Hopes on Google's Modular Phone

In its small red brick headquarters, Vanderbilt's Institute for Software Integration Systems (ISIS) is working on a revolution in smartphone technology. It's not better screens, or battery life, or anything for a major carrier. It's a puzzle-piece phone that will (hopefully) change the way the military communicates. » 8/18/14 4:49pm Monday 4:49pm

How One New Drone Tech Finally Allows All-Seeing Surveillance

The omnipresent watching aircraft of dystopian science fiction has quietly become science fact. Meet Wide Area Aerial Surveillance, the all-seeing eye in the sky that will change our lives forever. » 8/18/14 12:45pm Monday 12:45pm

Watch Syrian Troops Fire Massive Scud Missiles At Their Own People

The thing about Scud missiles is that they're not a precision weapon. Their accuracy is measured in the thousands of feet. So just by firing it at civilians, you show you don't really care where it lands. And in a war with more than 170,000 dead already, that's not surprising. » 8/17/14 10:00am Sunday 10:00am

Russia's Massive Mystery Convoy & A Phantom Battle Inside Ukraine

Putin's power game in Ukraine has featured one set-piece after another, many of which seem to be used as decoys. This can also be said about the mysterious armada of 262 white Russian semi trucks, said to be hauling 'aid' intended for Russian speaking people living in the embattled rebel-held city of Donetsk. » 8/16/14 11:00am Saturday 11:00am

The Newest Weapon in the Fight Against Land Mines Could Be...Plants

Land mines are not only explosive but also poisonous, leaking toxins into the soil that make plants sick. That's unfortunate for the plants but fortunate for us—if we can figure out how to look for sick plants as harbingers of land mines. Airplanes equipped with a low-cost sensor that captures non-visible light might… » 8/16/14 6:28am Saturday 6:28am

Watch These F-5 Freedom Fighter Demo Team Jets Almost Collide

The Turkish Air Force's jet demonstration team, the Turkish Stars, has been wowing crowds for over 20 years, and although their NF-5A Freedom Fighters may be old they are still capable of putting on a hell of a show. The team's pilots are some of the best in the world and their aircraft are kept in top condition, but… » 8/15/14 12:15pm Friday 12:15pm

How Police Departments Became Armies

Firing rubber bullets at unarmed protesters. Lobbing tear gas canisters at news trucks. Ordering no-fly zones over cities. This wasn't the scene in some war-torn country, but rather in Ferguson, Missouri last night. And while the situation may seem shocking, the truth is that it's nothing new in America. » 8/14/14 5:30pm Thursday 5:30pm

The Prettiest B-17 Flying Fortress Was The XB-38

Boeing's B-17 has been likened to a flying work of industrial art and there is no doubt that it remains a symbol of American ingenuity and the bravery of those who fought in WWII. Still, sometimes something thought of as visually close to perfection can be improved upon, and the XB-38 variant of the Flying Fortress… » 8/13/14 2:15pm 8/13/14 2:15pm

Watch This Air Tanker Yaw Like Mad While Dropping Fire Retardant

There have been some fantastic air tanker drop videos this year, including the DC-10 Very Large Air Tanker (VLAT) laying down miles of fire retardant under horrible visibility, but this P-3 Orion (or L-188 Electra?) yawing all over the place while spewing slurry takes the cake! » 8/13/14 10:55am 8/13/14 10:55am

Heroic Iraqi Helo Crew Saves Stranded Yazidis From Hell On Mt. Sinjar

In what continues to be a very desperate situation atop a mountain in NW Iraq, where close to 50k Yazidis are under siege by ISIS fighters, Iraq's small fleet of Mi-8 "Hips" has been at work trying to make an impact. A CNN crew flew along to see the crisis for themselves, and that they did, with the chopper saving… » 8/12/14 4:16am 8/12/14 4:16am

How to Hide a Nuclear Missile


After its Cuban Missile Crisis experience, Kremlin leaders wanted to ensure the USSR would never again be outgunned: one might call it 'Cuban Missile Syndrome.' The result were new missile systems, including schemes to cache nuclear warheads in the deep ocean and outer space. But before the strange logic of nuclear… » 8/11/14 3:04pm 8/11/14 3:04pm

18 High-Tech Warships From the Future That Rule the Seas Today

War. War never changes. Mankind has fought naval battles for thousands of years. And in the 21st century, the navy is still the most important branch of any maritime nation's combat forces. But technology does change, and if you don't live near a navy harbor, there's a chance you've missed all the newest ships being… » 8/11/14 3:03pm 8/11/14 3:03pm