An MQM-57 drone. U.S. Air Force photo For many pilotless planes, things haven’t changed much since by JOSEPH TREVITHICK A popular image of American drone bases abroad is of small, dusty airstrips and clam-shell hangars, often attached to foreign airports. In early stages of the Cold War, the U.S. Army’s first... Read more
The Turkish Army Has Had These Howitzers For Over 50 Years
In February 2017, Turkish troops brought out tanks, armored personnel carriers, self-propelled artillery and more for an annual winter war game called Kış Tatbikatı. Among the various weapons on display on the snowy training grounds were mobile howitzers that Turkey has had in service for over 50 years. Between 1963... Read more
Exchange program highlights allies fighting the Islamic State by JOSEPH TREVITHICK On Jan. 11, 2017, an A-10 Warthog pilot prepared to take off from an air base somewhere in the Middle East for a mission over Iraq. Except the American officer wasn’t flying one of the blunt-nosed attackers. Air Force... Read more
The Osprey’s complicated history made everything harder by JOSEPH TREVITHICK In January 2015, the U.S. Navy decided to replace its fleet of traditional C-2 cargo planes with V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor transports. At that time, the U.S. Marine Corps was flying MV-22Bs and the Air Force had its own CV-22Bs. So,... Read more
Modified helicopter could barely manage the weight by JOSEPH TREVITHICK On June 7, 1957, a group of U.S. Army troops showed off seven prototype armed helicopters at a symposium the private Association of the United States Army was sponsoring at Fort Rucker, Alabama. Among the experimental gunships was an odd... Read more
Vipers are set to get an overhaul, but will anyone want them? It’s a truism that planes — and almost anything else for that matter — eventually get old and worn out, their wings, fuselages and other parts weakening to the point of failure under the strain of day-to-day use. This is one of... Read more
‘Dragon’s Eye’ didn’t work out on AC-130J prototype By JOSEPH TREVITHICK The U.S. Air Force wants to install a powerful radar to track enemy targets on its new AC-130J Ghostrider gunships. But engineers are going to have to find something other than Northrop Grumman’s AN/ASQ-236 Dragon’s Eye pod. By May... Read more
U.S. Air Force personnel work with Jordanian airmen on an armed AT-802 in 2016. Air Force photo Planes are ideal flying spies and attackers for small air arms by JOSEPH TREVITHICK Defense contractors and air forces around the world are finding crop dusters carrying powerful cameras and deadly weapons make ideal... Read more
Concerns and fears may still be slowing operations by JOSEPH TREVITHICK On Jan. 22, 2017, Iraqi troops were looking for help cleaning up an apparent chemical weapon laboratory that Islamic State terrorists set up inside Mosul University, according to Stars and Stripes. Later in January, Baghdad’s troops showed journalists... Read more
Iraqi Capt. Hama sits in an F-16IQ fighter jet in at Tucson International Airport. U.S. Air Force Photo Muslim-ban ensnares U.S. allies by JOSEPH TREVITHICK On Jan. 28, 2017, Pres. Donald Trump issued an executive order banning citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States for 90 days — no exceptions.... Read more
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