MIT Flies a High-Tech Test Plane With the U.S. Air Force
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology operates a heavily-modified Boeing 707-321B, which it calls “Hannah,” as a communications and sensor testbed in cooperation with the U.S. Air Force. Photos of Hannah are rare. Rich Barnett snapped two new ones on April 14, 2017 at Hanscom Air Force Base in Massachusetts.... Read more
North Korea Has a Big, Worn-Out Air Force
The Korean People’s Army Air Force is perhaps the least threatening branch of Pyongyang’s military forces. However, while technologically backwards and often lacking the level of proficiency of Western air forces—with pilots often receiving fewer than 20 annual flight hours—the KPAAF does have a few strong points. As with... Read more
It’s Time for the U.S. Air Force to Prepare for Preemption in Space
by EDWARD G. FERGUSON & JOHN J. KLEIN The views expressed in this article are solely those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of the U.S. Air Force, Falcon Research or those of the United States government. *** Preemption is not controversial; legally, morally, or strategically.... Read more
When Russian Bombers Probed, U.S. Air Defenses Took No Chances
For two days in a row starting on April 17, 2017, Russian air force Tu-95 Bear bombers flew near Alaska’s air space. On April 17, the U.S. Air Force scrambled two F-22 Raptor stealth jets, one E-3 Sentry Airborne Early Warning aircraft and a KC-135 tanker to intercept two... Read more
The Golden Eagle Is The Philippines’s New Big Stick Against Insurgents
Around midnight on Jan. 25, 2017, residents near the town of Lanao Del Sur on the Philippine island of Mindanao abruptly heard a series of explosion accompanied by the sound of roaring jet engines. The attack had been led by two of the Philippine Air Force’s newly-acquired FA-50 Golden... Read more
The Libyan National Army Is Running Out of Air Power
The Libyan National Army Air Force — part of the eastern-based Tobruk regime, one of two competing governments in Libya — lost two fighter-bombers and an experienced pilot in fewer than two weeks. A MiG-21 shot down over the Al Sabri district in Benghazi and a second MiG-21 that... Read more
U.S. Marines Want to Pack 20 Stealth Fighters on One Assault Ship
The U.S. Marine Corps plans to load up its nine big-deck amphibious assault ships with new F-35B Lightning II stealth fighters, swapping helicopters for jets and transforming the assault ships into light aircraft carriers. The plan, which the Corps laid out in the 2017 edition of its annual aviation... Read more
Iran’s Weird, Faux ‘Stealth Fighter’ … Can Actually Move!
Footage and photographs depicting a new prototype of Iran’s infamous Qaher F-313 “stealth fighter” have just emerged, at around the same time that Pres. Hassan Rouhani was participating in an April 15, 2017 exhibition celebrating the achievements of Defense Ministry Brig. Gen. Hossein Dehqan. The “upgraded version” of the “stealth... Read more
North Korea’s Solid-Fuel Missiles Are Scarier Than Another Nuclear Test
North Korea didn’t celebrate Kim Il-sung’s birthday with a nuclear test, although there was never much indication that it would now, and the regime seemed to downplay it. Instead, North Korea soaked up the attention to show the world that it’s making strides in its missile technology. Which is... Read more
Don’t Underestimate North Korea’s Air Defense Missiles
If the Trump administration chooses to intervene in North Korea, the White House may discover that Pyongyang is a more formidable adversary than many might expect. Aside from the reclusive regime’s nuclear weapons, Kim Jong-un’s hermit kingdom boasts air defenses that are more advanced than many might realize. Moreover,... Read more
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