USS Arizona Memorial Reportedly Struck During Docking Op In Pearl Harbor

Reports are coming in that the USS Arizona Memorial was struck by the USNS Mercy while the massive hospital ship was attempting a docking operation in Pearl Harbor. It’s unclear if the hallowed site was hit by the ship, one of its tugs, or both and what kind of damage occurred, but eyewitness say they heard the ship… » 5/27/15 7:05pm Yesterday 7:05pm

C-17s Infiltrate The Carolinas During Massive Airlift Exercise

Joint Base Charleston was put under pressure last week conducting an extraordinary exercise to evaluate their ability to deploy a large aircraft formation during a simulated crisis. And by large I mean very big airplanes in a very big formation. » 5/27/15 11:57am Yesterday 11:57am

UK Based F-15Es Flew A Secret Long-Range Mission Over Africa On Monday

A pair of RAF Lakenheath based USAF F-15E Strike Eagles that were bristling with live bombs and air-to-air missiles, along five KC-135R tankers, flew on a secretive and grueling 12 hour mission over the Southern Mediterranean on Monday, May 25th, Memorial Day.
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F-35B Passes Shipboard Night Flying Phase During Operational Trials

A half dozen F-35Bs are deployed aboard the USS Wasp for Operational Test phase one of shipboard F-35 trials and the first order of business was to test the F-35B and its pilots ability to operate from a Gator Navy flattop in the dark of night.
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Check Out These Sweet Maritime Warfare Shots From Exercise Eager Lion  

Eager Lion 2015 was truly a land, air and sea exercise, with the maritime component working out of Jordan’s Red Sea port of Aqaba. The exercise culminated last week in a large-scale assault demo that included units from Belgium, France, Jordan, Pakistan and the United States taking down a large ferry in spectacular… » 5/26/15 5:03pm Tuesday 5:03pm

Russia's Huge "Robot" Firefighting Tank Is Being Put Into Army Service

Russia’s innovative “Special Firefighting Vehicle” is being thrust into operation with the Russian Army. It will supposedly go where no fire truck or human can and will be assigned missions including everything from search and rescue, to putting out fires at weapons depots, to creating fire-lines for forest fire… » 5/26/15 6:36am Tuesday 6:36am

Air France Jet Gets Fighter Escort To JFK Due To Chemical Weapons Threat

An Air France Airbus A330 that originated out of Paris had an anonymous threat against it concerning chemical weapons this morning. This, along with the fact that reports say the jet was non-responsive as controllers attempted to contact it resulted in fighter jets being scrambled to its location. The jet was escorted… » 5/25/15 12:26pm Monday 12:26pm

Was A Saudi Arabian Fighter Jet Shot Down Over Sana'a Yemen?

Various reports began surfacing yesterday evening that a Saudi Arabian fighter jet, said to be an F-16, was shot down by Houthi rebels near Sana’a Yemen. Pictures on Twitter showed what looked like mangled wreckage from such an incident. Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia has not admitted to losing a jet. So what happened? » 5/24/15 1:39pm Sunday 1:39pm

Sikorsky's S-97 "Raider" Pusher Prop Chopper Takes Its first Flight

Sikorsky’s exotic S-97 coaxial rotor and pusher-prop scout and light attack helicopter took to the air for the first time Friday. Although the marketability of the S-97, a descendant of the X-2 and X-49 demonstrators, to the US Army is now in doubt, Sikorsky is betting hugely on the concept for its future. » 5/23/15 2:48pm Saturday 2:48pm

US Sending B-52s To Sweden As Russian Bombers Skirt Swedish Airspace

America is in tit-for-tat military escalations on two fronts: China in the east and Russia in the west. On Thursday, Russian bombers flew directly towards the Swedish coastline, abruptly turning away at the last moment. This came as it was announced the US will be flying B-52s to Sweden for a major exercise. » 5/23/15 1:19pm Saturday 1:19pm

The USAF Thunderbirds Soar Over Manhattan In These Awesome Images

As part of New York’s Fleet Week, Memorial Day, and to promote the Bethpage Air Show this weekend, the USAF Thunderbirds roared high above New York City in their signature six-ship delta formation. A F-16D also whizzed around to capture these awesome photos. » 5/23/15 12:40am Saturday 12:40am

China Warns Navy Jet Over S. China Sea While Bombers Fly By Okinawa

A U.S. Navy P-8 Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft flying near China’s man-made islands in the South China Sea was warned to turn away by Chinese Navy, which was all captured on video.. Meanwhile, 1,500 miles to the northwest, Chinese H-6K bombers flew through the Miyako Strait, just south of the Japanese island of… » 5/22/15 2:20pm 5/22/15 2:20pm

Dutch F-16 Pilots Now Flying Over ISIS Territory With Sub Machine Guns

After a Jordanian F-16 pilot was captured and burned alive in a steel cage, Dutch F-16 crews are being armed with Brugger & Thomet MP9 sub-machine guns. The idea being: if a pilot ejects, they can hold off the enemy long enough for a combat search and rescue unit to arrive. More firepower gives them a fighting chance. » 5/21/15 6:35pm 5/21/15 6:35pm

A Civilian's Guide To The U.S. Military

We Americans love a lot of things about ourselves, and perhaps nothing more so than our military. Like many things about the U.S., it’s bigger than its international equivalents, with a budget that is larger than the next eight largest military budgets in the world combined. It has a footprint in all 50 states, most… » 5/21/15 5:24pm 5/21/15 5:24pm