A NATO F-16 Tailed the Russian Defense Minister Over the Baltic
A NATO F-16 intercepted Russian defense minister Sergei Shoigu’s plane as it was flying over the Baltic Sea on June 21, 2017. As the F-16 drew close to Shoigu’s Tu-154, a Russian Su-27 fighter moved to intervene. As footage released by Zvezda reveals, the armed F-16 — probably a... Read more
Watch a Russian Fighter Corral American Bombers and Tankers
In yet another sensational encounter between U.S. and Russian aircraft, two B-1B Lancer bombers from the 28th Bomb Wing, a B-52H Stratofortress bomber from the 2nd Bomb Wing — both deployed to RAF Fairford in the United Kingdom — and a KC-135R Stratotanker aerial-refueling aircraft from the 459th Air... Read more
Watch a B-52 Drop a Bunker-Buster on ISIS
U.S. Air Force B-52 bombers have been bombing Islamic State since April 2016. Flying from Al Udeid in Qatar, the eight-engine warplanes launched their first strike — against an ISIS weapons-storage facility in Iraq — on April 18, 2016. The B-52s have mainly flown close-air-support and air-interdiction missions, dropping... Read more
Así es cómo se ve un avión de transporte C-5 Galaxy cuando casi se estrella al aterrizar
La imagen de la cabecera fue tomada el 22 de mayo de 2017 en la base naval de Rota en España. Nos la envió un usuario de Twitter (gracias, @asetanton) y se ve un avión de transporte C-5M Galaxy del Ejército del Aire estadounidense, con número de matrícula 86-0020,... Read more
This Is What It Looks Like When a C-5 Galaxy Nearly Crash-Lands
The top image was reportedly taken on May 22, 2017 at Rota air base in Spain. Sent to us by a Twitter user — thank you, @asetanton — it shows a U.S. Air Force C-5M Galaxy cargo aircraft, registration 86-0020, after performing a gear-up landing at the Spanish base.... Read more
‘I Was Inverted’
On May 17, 2017, a Chinese Su-30 Flanker rolled over the top of a U.S. Air Force WC-135C Constant Phoenix aircraft that was flying in international air space over the East China Sea. According to CNN, the Flanker was one of two Chinese Su-30s that intercepted the WC-135 nuclear... Read more
Italy Just Built Its First F-35B Stealth Jump Jet
On May 5, 2017, the first F-35B — the vertical-landing variant of the stealthy Joint Strike Fighter — rolled out of the final-assembly and check-out facility at Cameri, in northwestern Italy. The F-35 will serve in the Italian navy. The aircraft, designated BL-1, is the first F-35B to be... Read more
Watch F-35 Stealth Fighters Tear Up the ‘Mach Loop’
The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter has flown through Wales’ world-famous “Mach Loop” low-flying area for the first time. The impressive display occurred one year after the bigger F-22 Raptor first performed the same feat. The video clip below shows an F-35A Lightning IIs threading the iconic mountain range on... Read more
Spy Planes Tagged Along as U.S. Air Force F-35s Flew Near Russia
On April 25, 2017, two U.S. Air Force F-35 stealth fighters paid a quick visit to Estonia. And they weren’t alone. Besides the usual KC-135 tanker, a surprising three surveillance planes accompanied the F-35s — an RC-135U and two RC-135Ws. The F-35As belonged to the 34th Fighter Squadron from... Read more
MIT Flies a High-Tech Test Plane With the U.S. Air Force
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology operates a heavily-modified Boeing 707-321B, which it calls “Hannah,” as a communications and sensor testbed in cooperation with the U.S. Air Force. Photos of Hannah are rare. Rich Barnett snapped two new ones on April 14, 2017 at Hanscom Air Force Base in Massachusetts.... Read more
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