In 1988, Algeria and Tunisia Were Terrified of Israeli Air Raids
Late on the morning of Oct. 1, 1985, a formation of 10 Israeli air force F-15 fighters approached the Mediterranean coast of Tunisia at an altitude of 40,000 feet. In front were six F-15Bs and F-15Ds from No. 106 “Spearhead” Squadron. Each of the aircraft was carrying one U.S.-made,... Read more
What the Great Scud Hunt Says About War With North Korea
While assembling the coalition that would eject Iraqi forces from Kuwait in 1990–1991, one thing American military planners weren’t worried about was Iraq’s Scud-B tactical ballistic missiles. True, Iraq had flung hundreds of the Soviet-designed missiles at Iranian cities during the Iran-Iraq War, but the weapons were derived from Nazi V-2... Read more
F-22s Act as Flying Scouts Over Syria
Three years ago, four F-22 Raptors taking part in the second-wave of the U.S.-led coalition’s opening air strikes on Islamic State in Syria dropped their bombs. It was the first time the stealthy fifth-generation fighters had ever engaged in combat. The coalition’s war planners also used the F-22s to... Read more
Iraq Got F-16s in September 2015 And Immediately Started Bombing ISIS
On Sept. 5, 2017,  Iraqi air force major Noor Faleh Al Khuzai died in the crash of his F-16 fighter during a training flight in Arizona. This is the second F-16IQ the Iraqi air force has lost in Arizona. On June 25, 2015, F-16C serial number 1609 crashed, killing... Read more
Now in Service — China’s J-20 Stealth Fighter
China’s Chengdu J-20 stealth fighter has officially entered service with the People’s Liberation Army Air Force. “China’s latest J-20 stealth fighter has been officially commissioned into military service, according to Wu Qian, spokesperson for the Ministry of National Defense on Thursday,” reads a Sept. 28 press release posted on the Chinese... Read more
The Maverick Missile Is Great For Hitting Fast-Moving Vehicles
The U.S. Air Force is seeking more upgraded Maverick air-to-ground missiles, an air-launched weapon in service since the Vietnam era now receiving an upgraded laser-seeker along with new software configurations. The upgraded weapon is currently configured to fire from an Air Force F-16 and A-10 and Navy Harrier Jets... Read more
Rumors of Secret Warplanes Preceded SR-72 Reveal
Lockheed Martin’s 2013 announcement of a proposed SR-72 reconnaissance and strike drone comes against a backdrop of decades of rumor about a replacement for America’s high-speed SR-71 spy plane. The SR-72 reportedly appeared for the first time in plain view in July 2017. Since the early 1990s, there have... Read more
Here Come the Hypersonic Attack Planes!
Like a bolt out of the blue, Lockheed Martin’s renown Skunk Works publicly teased one of aviation’s great snark hunts—revealing plans for a successor to the SR-71, the legendary Mach-3 reconnaissance plane designed with slide rules and retired when the millenials were born. That 59-year old aircraft, originally developed... Read more
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
El King Stallion [Rey Semental] es el helicóptero militar más grande de Estados Unidos
La Armada estadounidense ha adjudicado a la división Sikorsky de Lockheed Martin un contrato para iniciar la fabricación del nuevo helicóptero de transporte pesado CH-53K King Stallion del Cuerpo de Infantería de Marina de EE.UU. La empresa fabricará dos de estas enormes aeronaves de ala rotatoria en... Read more
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