High-Tech U.S. Spy Plane Supports Combat Ops in Africa, South America
The Army is testing a next-generation surveillance plane engineered to identify enemy targets quickly from the air with a high-tech datalink to connect on-board sensors and computers with a multi-source ground-based intelligence system. The Army’s Enhanced Medium Altitude Reconnaissance and Surveillance System, or EMARSS, is a fixed-wing surveillance plane... 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
China Wants to Sell Attack Helicopters to the World
Chinese aircraft company AVIC Harbin Aircraft Industry Group debuted its new Z-19E Black Whirlwind attack helicopter during the type’s first flight at Harbin Airport in northeastern China on May 17, 2017. The first flight of the Z-19E, also known as the AH-19E in Chinese media, entailed a simple lift-off... Read more
Argentina Wants to Keep This 1970s Jet Fighter Flying
Just one year after France retired its last Super Étendard carrier-based strike planes from service, Argentina announced it is considering buying six of the retired warplanes. The Dassault-Breguet Super Étendard has always been more distinguished by its armaments and technical capabilities than by its performance specifications. While it ably... Read more
We’ve Spotted Some Secret Iraqi Spy Planes
On May 10, 2017, a ceremony took place at Al Muthana air base in Iraq in the presence of Iraqi air force commander Gen. Anwar Hamad Amin. In the background of photos taken that day, a De Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter with an Iraqi flag on the tail... Read more
‘I Was Inverted’

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WIB air May 21, 2017

On May 17, 2017, a Chinese Su-30 Flanker rolled over the top of a U.S. Air Force WC-135C Constant Phoenix aircraft that was flying in international air space over the East China Sea. According to CNN, the Flanker was one of two Chinese Su-30s that intercepted the WC-135 nuclear... Read more
French Mirage Fighters Turned Israel Into a Major Air Power
Fifty years ago, on May 19, 1967, the Mirage V made its first flight from Melun-Villaroche airfield in France. Within context of events that were to follow ever the next few weeks, this date marked the birth not only of the modern-day French military aviation sector, but also what can... Read more
Looks Like the Russians Tried to Lure U.S. Stealth Fighters Into an Intel Trap
On the night of May 3, 2017, two Russian Tu-95MS Bear bombers, escorted by two Su-35S Flanker-E fighters, flew into Alaska’s Air Defense Identification Zone. Two U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptors intercepted the formation some 50 miles south of Chariot, Alaska. The Su-35 is a “4++ generation” aircraft characterized... Read more
U.S. Air Force Sends Robotic F-16s Into Mock Combat
The U.S. Air Force Research Laboratories and Lockheed Martin have demonstrated a mixed formation of manned and unmanned F-16s in a simulated combat environment. The Have Raider demonstration at Edwards Air Force Base in California included two phases, Lockheed announced on April 10, 2017. The first phase, Have Raider... Read more
Russian Warplanes Gathered Over Moscow to Honor World War II Dead
Silence cloaked Red Square in Moscow on May 9, 2017. You could hear the cold air moving between the ranks of silent soldiers standing at attention. Their tanks, missile launchers and artillery sat motionless. The quiet continued for 60 seconds. A tribute to the millions of lives the Soviet... Read more
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