Our good friend and master F-14 Tomcat Radar Intercept Officer Joe “Smokin” Ruzicka is back to share with us his list of the weirdest terms any Naval Aviator or carrier-borne Naval Flight Officer would know. »
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… »
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.
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.
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… »
If you want to quantify the fleet size and squadron structure of nearly every type of Marine Corps aircraft in service, this graphic is your awesome go-to guide.
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… »
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… »
It is the oldest active duty unit of the US Army and it presides over America’s fallen heroes on a daily basis. What for many would be a task too heavy to bear on a daily basis, the Third Infantry Regiment takes incredible pride and honor in executing. »
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? »
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. »
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. »
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… »
Instead of retiring, former test pilot and real estate mogul Art Nalls imported, restored, certified and flew the world’s only private Harrier jump jet. Now he’s a man with a mission, adding to his fleet, he wants to preserve the Harrier’s legacy for decades to come. »
“Oh yeah, they’re going to have an Osprey,” the NYPD K-9 unit policeman told me when I arrived at the Lower Manhattan Heliport at 4:30 AM. “Those things haven’t been too reliable. A lot of crashes lately. Good luck.” Two hours later, we were lifting off the ground. »
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. »
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… »