The U.S. Air Force Wants to Expand the Range of This Stealthy Cruise Missile
With advanced air defense systems such as the Russian-made S-300 and S-400 families proliferating around the world, it is becoming increasingly difficult for American aircraft to penetrate into airspace defended by such anti-access/area-denial weapons. While advanced fifth-generation fighter aircraft and next-generation platforms such as the U.S. Air Force’s forthcoming B-21 Raider and Penetrating Counter Air will... Read more
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
Third P-51 Accident in a Month Kills Famous Airshow Pilot
Widely-admired airshow pilot Vlado Lenoch and airport manager Bethany Root died in the crash of a P-51D Mustang at around 10:15 in the morning on July 16, 2017, in Atchison County, Kansas. The crash occurred 15 minutes after Lenoch and Root departed Amelia Earhart Airport. Lenoch was 64 and... Read more
Argentina Flipped on Its Radars, Then Found Hundreds of Drug Flights
This article originally appeared at InSight Crime. An Argentine security official claims interdiction efforts against fluvial and land-based trafficking have spurred a sharp rise in drug flights. But improved radar coverage and an overall growth in drug trafficking are more likely to blame for the shift. Argentina’s Deputy Secretary... Read more
Yes, the CIA Flew U-2 Spy Planes From Aircraft Carriers
On May 1, 1960, the Soviet Union shot down a CIA U-2 spy plane and captured its pilot, Francis Gary Powers. It was an international crisis for America’s intelligence agencies. A planned summit between Pres. Dwight Eisenhower and Premier Nikita Khrushchev was scuttled, much to Eisenhower’s embarrassment and to... Read more
Russia Built a Naval Attack Helicopter It Can’t Use
The Russian navy’s Kamov Ka-52K attack helicopter will complete another round of shipboard tests before the end of 2019. The Russian Ministry of Defense will take delivery of the new aircraft shortly thereafter. “The helicopter trials are planned to be completed before the end of 2019. So, the deliveries... Read more
Why the A-10 Warthog Remains King of Close Air Support
Known for an ability to keep flying after taking multiple rounds of enemy machine gun fire, land and operate in rugged terrain, destroy groups of enemy fighters with a 30-millimeter cannon and unleash a wide arsenal of attack weapons, the A-10 is described by pilots as a “flying tank”... Read more
U.S. Air Force to Industry: Make a Mach-5 Missile
Spurred by developments in Russia and China, the U.S. Air Force is taking steps toward acquiring a hypersonic surface-to-air missile capable of traveling faster than Mach 5. For more than 20 years the Air Force — not to mention other U.S. government agencies and private industry — have been... Read more
The Avro Arrow Was Canada’s Awesome, Pointless Jet Fighter
This story originally appeared on June 18, 2016. In the early 1950s, the Canadian government began to solicit orders for a new high-speed interceptor. The explosion in jet technology had rendered Canada’s first- and second-generation interceptors obsolete. In order to patrol Canada’s vast airspace, the Royal Canadian Air Force... Read more
U.S. Marine Corps KC-130 Crash Kills 16 People
At 5:00 P.M. eastern time on July 10, 2017, a Marine Corps Reserve KC-130T aerial refueling tanker crashed in Le Flore County, Mississippi, killing 15 Marines and one U.S. Navy corpsman—the deadliest Marine Corps aviation accident since a helicopter crash in Iraq in 2005. The KC-130T had taken off... Read more
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