In 1964, the MiG-21 Scored Its First Kill — Against an American Oil Company
The Soviet MiG-21 is one of the most widely-produced and -exported fighter jets of all time. In the United States, the MiG-21 is perhaps best known for hunting American warplanes over Vietnam. The single-engine fighter is equally famous for its participation in various wars in the Middle East over... Read more
The Libyans Have a Different Take on Their Battle With the U.S. Navy
On Aug. 19, 1981, U.S. Navy F-14 Tomcat fighters shot down two Libyan air force Su-22 fighter-bombers over the Gulf of Sidra. The American pilots’ version of the clash is well-known in the West. The Libyan view of the battle, however, remains obscure. We can fix that. In 1973,... Read more
Bomb the Other Side of the Runway!
The Democratic Republic of Congo has seen next to no peace since its independence in 1960. While a series of bitter secessionist wars — involving large numbers of West European mercenaries, and then the CIA and its paramilitaries of Cuban origin — dominated the headlines in the 1960s, ever... Read more
Drones Are Dropping Like Flies From the Sky Over Syria
Syria is buzzing with drones. There are days when the people of Idlib governorate can simultaneously see Russian Orlan tactical UAVs, Iranian Ababil, Mohajeer and Shahed-129s and CIA or U.S. Air Force MQ-9 Reapers circling the same air space. It’s not much different over southern Syria. There it’s Hezbollah... Read more
Confusion in the Air and on the Ground as U.S. and Syrian Planes Clashed
On June 18, 2017, a U.S. Navy fighter jet shot down a Syrian warplane over southern Syria. The incident was a direct result of the often-murky relations between the different parties fighting in Syria. From the American standpoint, the crucial reason for an American fighter to open fire at... Read more
No, Israel Wasn’t Fighting for Its Existence in 1967
There is still considerable debate over the war that raged in the Middle East for six days beginning on June 5, 1967. The Six Day War began when Israel attacked Egyptian forces on the Sinai Peninsula and Gaza Strip along Israel’s southern border. After Syria and Jordan invaded Israel... Read more
Iraq’s Close Encounters With Stealth Fighters
In mid-December 1990, an Iraqi Airways Boeing 747 took off for a flight from Kuwait International — then occupied by Iraqi troops — to Baghdad. The aircraft was piloted by Captain Remzi, former fighter pilot with a long career flying Sukhoi Su-7BMKs and Su-20s during the war with Iran.... Read more
In 1905, Japanese Battleships Pulverized a Russian Fleet
In late May 2017, it will be 112 years since the Imperial Japanese Navy’s catastrophic defeat of the Imperial Russian Navy during the Battle of Tsushima. The clash in question was a result of the Russo-Japanese War of 1904 and 1905 — a conflict provoked by the Russian search... Read more
French Mirage Fighters Turned Israel Into a Major Air Power
Fifty years ago, on May 19, 1967, the Mirage V made its first flight from Melun-Villaroche airfield in France. Within context of events that were to follow ever the next few weeks, this date marked the birth not only of the modern-day French military aviation sector, but also what can... Read more
Russia Has Sent One of Its A-50U Radar Planes to Syria
On April 29, 2017, a photograph appeared on social media apparently showing a Beriev A-50 SRDLO — that’s the Russian acronym for “airborne early warning and control system” — in flight over Syria. Israeli satellite photographs confirmed the presence of a single A-50 on the apron of Hmemmem air... Read more
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