Sept avions russes perdus en Syrie le jour du nouvel an?
Le 3 janvier 2018, le journal russe Kommersant rapportait que des «islamistes radicaux» avaient détruit sept avions de combat russes à Hmeimim près de la base aérienne de Lattaquié le jour du nouvel an. Vladimir Poutine avait visité la base plus tôt dans le mois pour féliciter les troupes pour... Read more
New Drone Has No Moving Control Surfaces
Researchers at BAE Systems and The University of Manchester successfully test-flew an experimental unmanned aerial vehicle with no moving control surfaces, BAE Systems announced in December 2017. The 12-foot-span, jet-propelled MAGMA drone could help BAE develop stealthier warplanes. Control surfaces account for a significant portion of an airplane’s radar... Read more
A U.S. Air Force C-141 Almost Got Itself Shot Down Over Chad
During France’s intervention in the Chad-Libya war in 1987, the French restricted air traffic over Chad. No aerial traffic was allowed in an area that extended from the 16th parallel to the outskirts of the capital N’Djamena. Civilian pilots didn’t always respect these air-traffic measures, especially as civil flights... Read more
Lo siento, creyentes: muchos ovnis no son más que aviones militares
Entre 2007 y 2012, un reducido equipo de investigadores militares estudió los avistamientos de objetos volantes no identificados ─sí, OVNIs─ desde una oficina en las profundidades del Pentágono. El Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program (AATIP) , promovido por el exsenador estadounidense Harry Reid,... Read more
Has Anyone Ever Shot Down an F-15 in Air Combat?
Read part one. According to official releases from Boeing and the U.S. Air Force, the F-15 Eagle has a clear-cut win-to-loss ratio of 104 to zero. But in fact, opposing air forces have claimed, in nearly a dozen cases, to have shot down the iconic, twin-engine fighter. All the... Read more
Has Anyone Ever Shot Down an F-15 in Air Combat?
According to official releases from Boeing and the U.S. Air Force, the F-15 Eagle has a clear-cut win-to-loss ratio of 104 to zero. But in fact, opposing air forces have claimed, in nearly a dozen cases, to have shot down the iconic, twin-engine fighter. All the claims have one... Read more
The Final Flight of Ezzedin Khalil
On July 18, 1980, Libyan air force MiG-23MS serial number 6950 crashed on Mount Sila in Calabria in southern Italy. The pilot, Capt. Ezzeden Khalil, died on impact. Ever since, there’ve been wild rumors and conspiracy theories regarding the incident. The most fantastic of these connect Khalil’s death with... Read more
Sorry, Believers — Many UFOs Are Just Military Aircraft
From 2007 to 2012, a small team of military investigators looked into sightings of unidentified flying objects—yes, UFOs—from an office deep inside the Pentagon. The Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program, championed by former U.S. senator Harry Reid, paid contractors to analyze close encounters between military pilots and mysterious airborne... Read more
Indoctrinated Teenagers Piloted This Wooden Nazi Jet
By the summer of 1944, the German Luftwaffe had a lot of problems. Huge Allied four-engine strategic bombers were pummeling Germany’s industrial base daily, escorted by long-range fighters that were frittering away the German flying arm’s elite cadres of combat pilots nurtured since the 1930s. While the bombing campaign... Read more
The U.S. Military’s UFO Program Is Actually Pretty Cool
By now you’ve probably read the New York Times article detailing a UFO research program run by the Pentagon which received $22 million — a tiny amount by Defense Department standards — from 2007 to at least 2012. The disclosure of the program is the biggest such reveal since... Read more
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