The SR-71 Spy Plane Was So Fast, It Outran Every Missile Fired at It
Until Lockheed Martin finally builds the SR-72 Mach-6 spy plane it announced in November 2013 — and which reportedly appeared in plain view for the first time in July 2017 — the iconic SR-71 Blackbird, capable of flying three times the speed of sound, remains the fastest warplane ever... Read more
Watch a C-17 Airlifter Thread the Mach Loop
The Royal Air Force has designated some sparsely-populated areas of the United Kingdom as “Low Flying Areas.” At LFA-14 in Scotland, LFA-17 in the Lake District and LFA-7 in northwest Wales, British and allied jets can fly as low as 250 feet. LFA-7 features a series of valleys with... Read more
Russian Bombers Just Blasted Islamic State Again
On July 5, 2017, Russian Tu-95MS Bear strategic bombers launched Kh-101 radar-evading cruise missiles against Islamic States targets in Syria 600 miles away, according to the Russian defense ministry. The Russian bombers took off at Engels, near Saratov in southwestern Russia. Supported by Il-76/78 tankers and Su-30SM fighters, the... Read more
Argentine Pilots Still Got It
A video depicts P-3B Orion “6-P-53” — from the Argentine navy’s Escuadra Aeronaval N° 6 — performing an impressive low pass over Ushuaia Malvinas Argentinas International Airport, located near the city of Ushuaia on the island of Tierra del Fuego in Tierra del Fuego province of Argentina. Interestingly, the... Read more
As Chemical Accusations Flew, U.S. Spy Planes Gathered Off of Syria
Around the same time that the White House was warning that the regime of Syrian president Bashar Al Assad was planning a chemical attack — and Al Assad himself was visiting Russia’s Hmeymim air base in Syria — an unusual number of U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy spy... Read more
A NATO F-16 Tailed the Russian Defense Minister Over the Baltic
A NATO F-16 intercepted Russian defense minister Sergei Shoigu’s plane as it was flying over the Baltic Sea on June 21, 2017. As the F-16 drew close to Shoigu’s Tu-154, a Russian Su-27 fighter moved to intervene. As footage released by Zvezda reveals, the armed F-16 — probably a... Read more
Watch a Russian Fighter Corral American Bombers and Tankers
In yet another sensational encounter between U.S. and Russian aircraft, two B-1B Lancer bombers from the 28th Bomb Wing, a B-52H Stratofortress bomber from the 2nd Bomb Wing — both deployed to RAF Fairford in the United Kingdom — and a KC-135R Stratotanker aerial-refueling aircraft from the 459th Air... Read more
Watch a B-52 Drop a Bunker-Buster on ISIS
U.S. Air Force B-52 bombers have been bombing Islamic State since April 2016. Flying from Al Udeid in Qatar, the eight-engine warplanes launched their first strike — against an ISIS weapons-storage facility in Iraq — on April 18, 2016. The B-52s have mainly flown close-air-support and air-interdiction missions, dropping... Read more
Así es cómo se ve un avión de transporte C-5 Galaxy cuando casi se estrella al aterrizar
La imagen de la cabecera fue tomada el 22 de mayo de 2017 en la base naval de Rota en España. Nos la envió un usuario de Twitter (gracias, @asetanton) y se ve un avión de transporte C-5M Galaxy del Ejército del Aire estadounidense, con número de matrícula 86-0020,... Read more
This Is What It Looks Like When a C-5 Galaxy Nearly Crash-Lands
The top image was reportedly taken on May 22, 2017 at Rota air base in Spain. Sent to us by a Twitter user — thank you, @asetanton — it shows a U.S. Air Force C-5M Galaxy cargo aircraft, registration 86-0020, after performing a gear-up landing at the Spanish base.... Read more
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