In a First, a Finnish Fighter Pilot Lands on a U.S. Aircraft Carrier
On March 17, 2018 in the Atlantic, a fighter jet landed onto the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln. The only difference this time was that the pilot was Finnish, not American. Capt. Juha “Stallion” Jarvinen’s landing was the first landing on an aircraft carrier by a Finnish air... Read more
China Wants Its Own Version of the X-37B Spaceplane
A Chinese company claimed it’s working on a reusable spaceplane similar to the U.S. Air Force’s secretive X-37B. Unlike the X-37B, which launches into orbit atop a Falcon rocket, the Chinese vehicle would blast off in mid-flight from under the wing of a large “mothership” aircraft. It’s unclear how... Read more
How the Su-27 Became China’s Favorite Fighter Jet
The Sukhoi Su-27 Flanker was never planned for export when it was originally developed, unlike its lighter cousin, the MiG-29. However, ever since being approved for export it has been one of the most popular fighters in the Asian region. The first customer for the Su-27 was China, which... Read more
The U.S. Military Is Not Prepared to Hunt This Many North Korean Missiles
Hunting ballistic-missile launchers would be one of the U.S. military’s most important tasks were hostilities on the Korean peninsula to erupt. Kim Jong Un’s arsenal could cause immense damage to South Korean cities, air bases and American and South Korean troops. But tracking the launchers from the air and... Read more
Russia’s New Doomsday Weapons Can Beat U.S. Missile Defenses
Russia is developing a host of new strategic nuclear weapons designed to defeat American missile defenses. According to the Kremlin, Russia was spurred into action by U.S. Pres. George W. Bush’s Dec. 13, 2001 decision to withdraw from the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty. However, while the Russians are developing a host... Read more
Four Years After an ISIS Massacre, the Iraqi Air Force Opens a New Academy
On Feb. 21, 2018, the Iraqi government announced that the Iraqi air force had reopened its academy at Balad air base. U.S. Central Command announced that the Coalition Aviation Advisory and Training Team will help establish standardized training programs. Forty cadets will start their coursework in March 2018. Before... Read more
The February 2018 Air War Between Israel, Syria and Iran Was Brief and Violent
Many of us woke up on the morning of Feb. 10, 2018 to news of air-to-ground clashes between the Israeli Air-Space Force and the forces of the Bashar Al Assad’s regime in Syria and its allies from the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps. An unmanned aerial vehicle operated by the... Read more
Russia’s Stealth-Fighter Deployment in Syria Is a Dangerous Farce
Late in the evening on Feb. 21, 2018, a photograph appeared on social media purportedly showing two Russian Sukhoi T-50 prototype stealth fighters — also known as PAK-FAs or Su-57s — in the sky over Hmemmem air base in western Syria. While the photograph was rather blurry and could... Read more
Iraq’s Chinese-Made Killer Drones Are Actually Pretty Good
On Feb. 12th, 2018, the Iraqi ministry of defense released a video depicting its Chinese-made CH-4B armed unmanned aerial vehicles. The brief report underscores the type’s success in Iraqi service. The video claims that the CH-4B drones have executed most of their attack and reconnaissance missions in northwest Iraq.... Read more
The Dominator Was the B-29 Bomber’s Bizarre Competitor
The B-29 Superfortress heavy bomber achieved fame — and infamy — for its role in the atomic bombings of the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Developing the huge bombers, which could lug heavy bomb loads over long distances at high altitudes and speeds, amounted to the most expensive... Read more
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