The F-35 Is a $1.4-Trillion National Disaster
The F-35 still has a long way to go before it will be ready for combat. That was the parting message of Michael Gilmore, the now-retired Director of Operational Test and Evaluation, in his last annual report. The Joint Strike Fighter Program has already consumed more than $100 billion... Read more
Burt Rutan’s Light Attack Plane Was Too Radical for the U.S. Military
While the U.S. Air Force’s OA-X program is once again coming to the fore as an alternative to using high-end jet fighters against poorly armed insurgents, the idea is not a new one. While the last iteration of the concept came in 2008, in earlier years the U.S. Army... Read more
Is the U.S. Air Force Ready for a New Light Attack Aircraft?
The U.S. Air Force is expected to hold demonstrations this summer to show off the capabilities of a new light attack aircraft the service might eventually purchase under a new OA-X program. The Air Force had attempted to buy a light attack aircraft in 2008 under a previous iteration... Read more
In 1944, a Malfunctioning B-24 Bomber Required Mid-Air Surgery
On April 22, 1944, 26 B-24 bombers from the U.S. Army Air Corps’ 453rd Bombardment Group took off from Old Buckenham Airfield in England. Their target — a railway marshaling yard in Hamm, Germany. The pilot of the lead B-24 was Bill Norris, my father and a future Air Force test... Read more
From Nazi Germany to Argentina — A Proposal for the World’s First Small, Supersonic Cruise Missile
Argentina was almost the first country to develop a small, supersonic cruise missile. Way back in 1960. On May 30 of that year, Dr. Reimar Horten — a former warplane designer for Nazi Germany — met with officials at the Aerotechnical Institute of Argentina’s Military Aircraft Factory, or FMA, to propose what he... Read more
Iraq Did All It Could to Kill Hashem All-e-Agha, Iran’s Top F-14 Pilot
Part two of two. Read part one. During the first four years of the Iran-Iraq War, one Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force F-14 pilot earned a fearful reputation — especially in Iraq. Amazingly enough, he remains entirely unknown to the public, even in Iran. This might unsurprising, considering Iran’s fascistic... Read more
Hashem All-e-Agha Was Iran’s Top F-14 Pilot
Part one of two. Read part two. During the first four years of the Iran-Iraq War, one Iranian F-14 pilot earned a fearful reputation — especially in Iraq. Amazingly enough, he remains entirely unknown to the public, even in Iran. This might seem unsurprising, considering Iran’s fascistic regime and its ongoing... Read more
Israel Bombed Damascus — And Didn’t Need Stealth Fighters to Do It
Early in the morning on March 17, 2017, the Israeli air force carried out an air strike near Damascus. The Israeli jets hit Mezzeh military airport, an airbase situated southwest of the old center of Damascus, where a local ammunition depot and a few other military installation were reportedly... Read more
Babes, Booze and Nukes
Originally published on Dec. 20, 2013. For five days in mid-July 2013, a delegation of the Pentagon’s top nuclear officials led by Air Force Maj. Gen. Michael Carey traveled to Moscow to meet their counterparts in the Russian nuke force. It was a make-nice involving the world’s biggest atomic... Read more
The CAMM missile MBDA illustration Britain will say goodbye to the Rapier by ROBERT BECKHUSEN Today, the United Kingdom’s defense of the Falkland Islands in the South Atlantic from air attack rests with four Eurofighter Typhoon jets and a detachment of 1970s-vintage Rapier anti-aircraft missiles — although Britain might have some... Read more
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