In 1991, an Iraqi Fighter Pilot Bravely Faced American F-15s
U.S. Air Force captain Steve Tate — call sign “Tater” — scored one of the first aerial victories of Operation Desert Storm, downing an Iraqi air force Mirage F.1 during the night of Jan. 16 and 17, 1991. Few people have heard that story from the Iraqi pilot’s perspective.... Read more
El Ejército de Tierra estadounidense prueba su nuevo helicóptero «furtivo» [stealth] que entrará en servicio en la década de 2030
  Los ingenieros de Bell Helicopter están buscando formas de reducir la firma de radar de su próxima aeronave de última generación de rotores basculantes V-280 Valor que se prevee que esté operativa en la década de 2030. Aunque sus desarrolladores no llegan a llamarlo «furtivo» , sí... Read more
Russia’s New Version of the Backfire Bomber Has a Problem
Russia is planning to upgrade its fleet of Tupolev Tu-22M3 Backfire intermediate range bombers with new engines and avionics. The first of 30 modernized supersonic bombers will make its first flight next year if all goes as planned. “The first heavily upgraded Tu-22M3 will take to the skies in 2018,” Tupolev... Read more
Jean Louis M’pele M’pele Flew Congo’s Hot-Rod French Fighter
Famous Congolese pilot Col. Jean Louis M’pele M’pele, who flew for the Zairian air force, passed away on Nov. 12, 2017. M’pele was one of the first African pilots to fly the French-made Dassault Mirage 5. Zaire, now called Democratic Republic of Congo, was only the second country in... Read more
The B-58 Hustler Was a Beautiful Mistake
On Nov. 11, 1956, the first B-58 Hustler took flight. It would never see combat. An exotic, beautiful bomber designed for high-speed nuclear strike missions, a changes in Soviet tactics and a development method which dramatically hiked costs conspired to doom the Hustler — intended as a replacement for... Read more
The U.S. Army Tests Its New ‘Stealth’ Helicopter for the 2030s
Bell Helicopter engineers are looking at ways to reduce the radar signature of their new, next-generation V-280 Valor tiltrotor aircraft slated to be operational by the 2030s. While developers stop short of calling the new project a “stealth” helicopter, they do acknowledge they are engineering “stealthy” characteristics — such... Read more
The Seven Most Dangerous Su-27s in the World
On June 9, 2017, examples of all three of the U.S. Air Force’s heavy bombers — the swing-wing B-1, the stealthy B-2 and the lumbering B-52 — gathered in international air space over the Baltic Sea for a rare photo-op with allied fighters and patrol planes. They had a... Read more
Russia Is Improving the Biggest Bomber Ever
Early next year in February, the first of Russia’s new production Tupolev Tu-160M2 Blackjack supersonic strategic bombers will take to the air. The new bomber is essentially a prototype of a next generation variant of the venerable Blackjack, the first generation of which was built during the 1980s in the last... Read more
China’s Early Steps Toward a Global Air Force
China’s People’s Liberation Army Air Force is starting to make headway in developing an expeditionary capability as Beijing continues its rise as a great power, according to a new RAND Corporation study. While initially focusing on “non-war” operations involving airlifters, it is likely that the PLAAF will eventually develop... Read more
The Pentagon Has Been Working on a New Air-to-Air Missile
The U.S. military has been quietly working on a new long-range air-to-air missile since at least 2016, budget documents reveal. The Office of the Secretary of Defense spent nearly $10 million in 2016 and 2017 developing concepts and technologies for the so-called “Long Range Engagement Weapon.” “This project will... Read more