USAF Keeping Spare AC-130Us Gunships For Laser And 'Pain Ray' Tests

The AC-130 family is slowly morphing from cannon shell spraying aerial gunships to arsenal ships packed with a wide array of guided munitions and direct fire systems, and soon they will be carrying the most exotic weapons of all, those of the directed energy variety.http://foxtrotalpha.jalopnik.com/the-u-s-air-fo... » 7/28/15 5:30pm Yesterday 5:30pm

Thunderbirds Buzz The Tetons and Niagara Falls In These Stunning Images

The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds have been on a roll making the best of their cross-country flights between their home at Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas to air shows around the country by making some slight detours over amazing scenery to capture some stunning images. In the last two weeks they swung over Niagara… » 7/28/15 2:25pm Yesterday 2:25pm

North Korea Opens Grisly New Museum To Mark Their Korean War 'Victory'

North Korea opened the reconstructed Sinchon Museum yesterday with a huge ceremony marking the 62nd anniversary of the “Korean people’s victory in the Fatherland Liberation War.” Or as we call it, the Korean War. The museum is more a showcase of North Korean propaganda around the so-called Sinchon Massacre than it is… » 7/27/15 5:30pm Monday 5:30pm

The Only Thing Better Than A Harrier Demo Is A Triple Harrier Demo!

Oshkosh has been full of awesome military aircraft action this year, and the Marines didn’t disappoint. Instead of the normal and hideously loud AV-8B Harrier demo, VMA-231 flew two Harriers at the same tame doing coordinated maneuvers for their demonstration and a had a third Harrier come in for a vertical landing… » 7/27/15 3:08pm Monday 3:08pm

Watch A Russian Navy Missile Explode Like That American One Last Week

An American missile exploded just after launch from the USS The Sullivans last week, simultaneously making you feel better at work for your own screwups and providing a spectacular photo. Not to be outdone, the Russian Navy suffered a similar mishap this weekend, and this time, there’s video. » 7/27/15 12:45pm Monday 12:45pm

It's Complicated: Turkey Enters Anti-ISIS Air War, Bombs Kurds

As if the fledgling campaign against ISIS in Iraq and Syria could not get any more complicated, Turkey decided to finally open up its airspace and bases for Allied aircraft and began flying its own airstrikes on targets in Iraq and Syria. The only problem: it also flew air strikes of Kurdish PKK targets in Northern… » 7/26/15 1:28pm Sunday 1:28pm

New Photos Of Dick Cheney On 9/11 Show The Gravity Of The Attacks

Just over 350 never-before-seen images of Vice President Dick Cheney on 9/11 have been released by the National Archives. They span the entire day, from him seeing the twin towers burning on a tiny TV in his office, to leaving to “an undisclosed location” (aka Camp David) that evening. » 7/25/15 2:51pm Saturday 2:51pm

Israel Gave Jordan 16 Cobra Attack Helicopters To Repel ISIS 

There has been increasing talk about how the growing Islamic State could one day put Israel in its crosshairs. It is becoming more of an issue within the Mossad, and these worries are transforming into policy. Case in point: Israel gifted 16 AH-1 Cobra helicopter gunships to Jordan in an attempt forestall ISIS’… » 7/25/15 12:46pm Saturday 12:46pm

Drone of the Day: Blackjack

The Blackjack (RQ-21A) was deployed last year. For the Navy and Marine Corps, it fulfills a requirement for a small tactical unmanned aircraft system (STUAS) to follow-on to the ScanEagle. And it is the first military drone that is open architecture, that is, based upon a non-proprietary operating system, allowing it… » 7/25/15 11:15am Saturday 11:15am

Three Lockheed Lightnings Look Incredible In This Wild Photo

The F-35 Lightning II, the P-38 Lightning and the F-22 Raptor – which was originally named “Lightning” – are all fighters made by mega-defense contractor Lockheed. And being a mega–contractor, it has mega history. Here are those three planes showcased under a sky set ablaze with fireworks. » 7/24/15 4:36pm Friday 4:36pm

Awesome Video Showcases Historic Cruise For C-2 Greyhound Detachment One

The U.S. Navy’s VRC-30’s Detachment One, the “Hustlers,” just ended a ten month long cruise with the USS Carl Vinson. This was the longest Carrier Onboard Delivery detachment since the Vietnam War. During the historic cruise, with just 45 sailors and two C-2 Greyhounds, the Hustlers racked up some ridiculously awesome… » 7/24/15 11:40am Friday 11:40am

The SR-71 Blackbird's Most Spectacular Flyover Was Also Its Slowest

One of the most legendary stories related to the SR-71 Blackbird has nothing to do with how fast or how high it could fly. Quite the opposite really, it has to do with how slow and low it flew, somewhat accidentally, the results of which was probably one of the most spectacular visual and audible moments in aviation… » 7/23/15 10:23am Thursday 10:23am

SM-2 Missile Explodes On Launch From The Destroyer USS The Sullivans 

The USS The Sullivans got more than it expected during a test launch of a SM-2 “Standard” missile today. The DDG-68 ship was sailing off the coast of Virginia performing when the missile was boosted out of the Arleigh Burke Class Destroyer’s Vertical Launch System cell and the SM-2 detonated in spectacular fashion. » 7/22/15 6:50pm 7/22/15 6:50pm

This Is Israel's Top Secret Guided Missile Launcher Disguised As A Tank 

Israel is known for its... shall we say, “creativity” when it comes to warfare, and one of the oldest tricks in the book is hiding in plain sight. The Pereh, meaning “wild,” does just this by making itself look like a Merkava tank, but really it is a rolling guided missile arsenal ship that has been secret for over 30… » 7/21/15 4:43pm 7/21/15 4:43pm

B-52 Makes Challenging Landing To Visit Oshkosh On Historic Anniversary

One of America’s biggest (both figuratively and literally) flying icons has never made it to America’s biggest air show, EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh Wisconsin, until this year. The reason why? The B-52’s wing-mounted outrigger wheels are set apart almost as wide as the width of Oshkosh’s main runway, making landing… » 7/21/15 10:05am 7/21/15 10:05am

Just When You Thought It Couldn't Get Bigger, Lockheed Buys Sikorsky

Defense mega-giant Lockheed Martin has stepped up to purchase Sikorsky Helicopters for $9 billion. If the acquisition is approved by the government, which it almost certainly will be, it will mean the same parent company that builds the F-35, F-16, C-130J and provides a giant mountain of other defense products, will… » 7/20/15 4:31pm 7/20/15 4:31pm

The Last Avro Vulcan Bomber Flying Just Pulled Off An Amazing Stunt 

The end of the end is near for the famed Avro Vulcan Bomber “XH558.” The aircraft has been flying in private hands and with private funding since 2007, an amazing feat to say the least. Now, after flying more hours than any other Vulcan, this will be her last air show season.http://gizmodo.com/the-last-of-th... » 7/19/15 11:50am 7/19/15 11:50am

Watch The USS Little Rock Take The Plunge Of Her Life

Lockheed Martin officially launched the Navy’s 9th Littoral Combat Ship, the USS Little Rock (LCS-9). The almost violent side-launching affair took place yesterday at Marinette Marine’s ship-building facility along the Menominee River in Wisconsin. The occasion included all the typical ship launching fanfare,… » 7/19/15 10:38am 7/19/15 10:38am

Russia Can't Afford To Buy Its New Super Weapons

Russia may be coming to the realization that developing a high-tech weapon system is not the same as fielding it en masse, or even in relatively limited numbers. This appears to be the case for both the T-14 “Armata” tank, the T-50 5th generation fighter, and signs are possibly the PAK-DA next generation bomber.… » 7/17/15 11:49am 7/17/15 11:49am