When the HMMWV, AKA the Humvee, AKA the military version of the Hummer, first came out, people thought it was unstoppable. Then the wars of Afghanistan and Iraq happened, and it proved extremely vulnerable to everything from improvised bombs to mines to bullets. So this mean-looking thing is what the original maker of…
You’re looking for a new seat for you fully sikkkk CRX. You’ve considered Recaros. Jamexes. Sparco seats. Have you ever considered an ejection seat, though? Because apparently Boeing will sell you one. A real one. Ripped out of a real fighter jet.
When the world does eventually end, it probably won’t be with horses. It’ll probably come in the form of salvos of ballistic missiles, all being launched at once. Thanks to the Russian Navy, we now have a good idea of what that will look like.
The U.S. Army wants to spend a billion dollars on a light tank, a vehicle it doesn’t need, because it already had a vehicle that fit the exact same role. And the Army canned it.
The F-35 Lightning II has gotten a lot of crap all over the world for being both finicky to actually put into combat, and also for having stealth that doesn’t really work all the time. To prove it can both fly in the air and do it over enemy territory without being spotted by radar, Israel just released this photo of…
I know that it’s “normal.” I know that it’s something military aviators do every day. Air-to-air refueling, even with helicopters, is vital and necessary and even routine for a lot of operations. But all of those whirling blades and fuel hoses still gives me the heebie-jeebies.
Dolphins are our friends, and that means sometimes they do our evil bidding and fight our wars for us, as friends do. But sometimes, sometimes, they go EVEN FRIENDLIER, by starving themselves until they die (????) because they refuse to fight for Russia (???????????).
Relatable: you’re in the U.S. Army, you’re in charge of safely air-dropping the Humvees out of a C-130 Hercules, and every now and then you wonder, “What would it look like if these things just fell without a parachute?” But you’re not supposed to actually do it. That would be bad!
A WC-130 Hercules cargo plane from the 156th Airlift Wing of the Puerto Rico Air National Guard crashed near Savannah, Georgia, leaving at least five of as many as nine onboard dead, per officials who spoke with WBTV and an update from the Associated Press. The plane was being used on a training mission. [Update: All…
The Defense Department is developing a new non-lethal direct energy weapon that it claims can stop any vehicle without harming its passengers or causing damage.
On May 1, 1960, as the Cold War was heating up, CIA pilot Gary Powers was shot down flying a U-2C spy plane over Soviet airspace, dropping from 70,000 ft to 30,000 ft before he could safely eject. The United States tried to cover up the mission, but the pilot and his U-2 were both recovered, forcing the U.S. to admit…
In the frenzied game of musical chairs that is the Trump administration, CIA Director Mike Pompeo is set to become the next Secretary of State. It’s an ideal time, then, to clarify details of his biography, including a rather major one: did Pompeo, as numerous profiles have stated, fight in the Gulf War? We asked the…
It was the worst military aircraft of all time. Developed by a man described as “the greatest charlatan ever to see his name associated with an airplane,” the Christmas Bullet was the rare kind of fighter which had a perfect kill ratio: it killed everyone who ever tried to fly it.
Tammie Jo Shults, reportedly one of the pilots responsible for landing the Southwest Airlines flight 1380 that experienced an engine explosion earlier today, was also one of the first women pilots in the Navy and one of the first women to fly the F/A 18 fighter jet.
Every couple of years the U.S. Navy conducts a submarine exercise high above the Arctic Circle, known as ICEX. It doesn’t just feature submarines lurking underneath the polar ice caps, as creepy as that sounds. The submarines themselves also punch straight through the frozen landscape. This is what it looks like on…
A U.S. Air Force Thunderbird pilot is dead after the pilot’s F-16 crashed during a routine training flight on Wednesday morning at the Nevada Test and Training Range, the Air Force said on Thursday. The crash was the third for the Thunderbirds in two years, following an incident in June 2016, in which the pilot ejected
Sandia National Labs is involved in some pretty intense science. Researchers there mainly focus on developing and researching non-nuclear components for America’s arsenal and have been, in some fashion, since Truman was president. They are experts in the delicate art of things that blow up.
Since the summer of 2014, one of America’s most prized battlefield weapons, the M1 Abrams tank, has been used by those it was meant to fight. Captured M1 tanks have fought with ISIS and have recently been used by Iranian-backed Shia militias to put down a Kurdish movement for independence.
If you’re going to work on your car, it helps a hell of a lot to have a Haynes Manual. They can be a bible for any shade tree mechanic, and will help you get going again. And now that’s true, even if you’ve got an F-14 Tomcat and you’re idea of “getting going” is smashing through the sound barrier.
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