Tu-22M-3. Wikimedia Commons photo Tehran violates its own constitution to admit Russian forces by TOM COOPER On Aug. 15, 2016, six graceful Tupolev Tu-22M-3 bombers from the 6950 Air Base of the Russian Airspace Force — the VKS — landed at the Nojeh Air Base, a.k.a. Tactical Fighter Base 3 or TFB.3, outside Hamadan in west-central... Read more
An Israeli Avia S-199 on May 31, 1948 A variant of the German Bf.109 helped the Jewish state defeat invaders — but at a terrible cost by SEBASTIEN ROBLIN When Israel declared independence from British colonial rule in May 1948, it immediately went to war with the neighboring Arab states. One of the... Read more
After Desert Storm, the French learned the hard way that Iraq’s air force could still pull off an interception by ARNAUD DELALANDE In April 1992, the U.N. Security Council passed Resolution 688, calling on Baghdad to cease its crackdown on Iraq’s rebellious Shia majority and “ensure that the human... Read more
B-1s, B-2s and B-52s at Andersen Air Force Base on Guam on Aug. 10, 2016. Air Force photo This is not something you see every day by JOSEPH TREVITHICK Talk about unusual. On Aug. 10, the U.S. Air Force announced it had sent its B-2 Spirit stealth bombers to join older,... Read more
The tarmac at Sidi Ahmed Air Base, showing off a line of F-5E/F Tiger IIs of No. 15 Squadron, Tunisian air force. TAF release Tiny air force kicked extremists’ asses by TOM COOPER The air wars against Islamist extremists in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan receive reasonable amounts of public attention. On... Read more
Maj. Yohannes Woldemariam proudly posing in front of the first Northrop F-5A delivered to Ethiopia, in 1966. Photo via S.N. A forgotten African war answered the question by TOM COOPER Which is better? The Northrop F-5E Tiger II or the Mikoyan i Gurevich MiG-21? There have been countless discussions of this question and,... Read more
An Emirati AT-802 in Libya. All photos via the author Who’s backing who? by ARNAUD DELALANDE On May 16, 2016, the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council expressed their readiness to lift the world body’s arms embargo on Libya in favor of the new Government of National Accord. For one... Read more
Iraqi air force pilot photo via Arnaud Delalande An-32s can now drop bombs by ARNAUD DELALANDE On July 17, 2016, the first photo appeared on social media depicting an Iraqi air force An-32B Cline transport aircraft carrying a bomb on an external pylon. It’s not the first time that transport aircraft... Read more
Stored A-10s at the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group, or AMARG, at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Arizona. Photos via the author Old Warthogs should remain flyable by JAMES PERRY STEVENSON The U.S. Marine Corps, tired of waiting for the continuously-delayed F-35B, has gone to the Arizona boneyard to retrieve... Read more
No solo aviones militares pasan inadvertidos por KYLE MIZOKAMI El furtivismo , o la idea de reducir la capacidad del enemigo para detectar un arma, lleva presente entre nosotros desde que el primer hombre de las cavernas le cosió un bolsillo a su ropa y escondió una piedra dentro. Miles de... Read more
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