Seventy-Eight Years of Jet Fighters
On Aug. 27, 1939, a stubby-winged airplane made of unpainted steel alloy took off over Germany and soared into history. Instead of a pointy propeller hub in the nose, the Heinkel 178 had an open-mouthed turbojet intake, making it the first operational jet-powered aircraft. The He 178 could only... Read more
Sending a Message With War-Ready F-4 Phantoms
Greece and Turkey are both members of NATO. But they’re also bitter rivals tangled up in longstanding territorial disputes in the Aegean Sea. In January 1996 the disputes almost escalated into a full-scale shooting war when Turkish and Greek troops occupied the otherwise uninhabited island of Imia, which both... Read more