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
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
B-1 Bombers Stay Busy—Flying Record Numbers of Missions
In the days after North Korea’s inaugural test of an intercontinental ballistic missile, pairs of U.S. Air Force B-1 Lancers based in Guam took off and flew close to the authoritarian state — linking up with South Korean and Japanese fighters along the way. On July 7 and 8,... Read more
Watch a C-17 Airlifter Thread the Mach Loop
The Royal Air Force has designated some sparsely-populated areas of the United Kingdom as “Low Flying Areas.” At LFA-14 in Scotland, LFA-17 in the Lake District and LFA-7 in northwest Wales, British and allied jets can fly as low as 250 feet. LFA-7 features a series of valleys with... Read more
Russian Bombers Just Blasted Islamic State Again
On July 5, 2017, Russian Tu-95MS Bear strategic bombers launched Kh-101 radar-evading cruise missiles against Islamic States targets in Syria 600 miles away, according to the Russian defense ministry. The Russian bombers took off at Engels, near Saratov in southwestern Russia. Supported by Il-76/78 tankers and Su-30SM fighters, the... Read more
Argentine Pilots Still Got It
A video depicts P-3B Orion “6-P-53” — from the Argentine navy’s Escuadra Aeronaval N° 6 — performing an impressive low pass over Ushuaia Malvinas Argentinas International Airport, located near the city of Ushuaia on the island of Tierra del Fuego in Tierra del Fuego province of Argentina. Interestingly, the... Read more
Why an Indian F-16 Fighting Falcon Will Be Such a Big Deal
On June 19, Lockheed Martin announced in advance of a U.S. visit by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi that it had reached a joint-venture agreement with Tata Advanced Systems to move its F-16 production line to India. This deal would be contingent on the Indian Air Force selecting the... Read more
A Short History of the—Eventually—Awesome Hind Helicopter
Russia’s Mi-24 attack helicopter is more than 47 years old. It’s high time we busted some of the more widespread myths regarding the gunship that has gone by many names. Crocodile. Drinking Glass. Devil’s Chariot. Hind. In a celebratory press release following its 45th anniversary in 2014, Russian Helicopters—part... Read more
Japanese Stealth Fighters Could Get Land-Attack Cruise Missiles
Japan’s strict commitment to self-defense meant that for decades its military lacked certain weapons and equipment such as precision-guided munitions, land-attack missiles and true “power projection” aircraft such as refueling tankers and long-distance transport planes. In the first several decades after World War II, this made sense—Japan’s pacifistic military... Read more
The U.S. Air Force Wants to Keep the F-22 Flying Into the 2060s
The U.S. Air Force is planning to keep the F-22A Raptor in service though 2060. To that end, the service is funding a series of upgrades that will keep the powerful fifth-generation air superiority fighter relevant for decades to come. Indeed, the Pentagon’s fiscal year 2018 budget request is a... Read more
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