Maj. Yohannes Woldemariam proudly posing in front of the first Northrop F-5A delivered to Ethiopia, in 1966. Photo via S.N. A forgotten African war answered the question by TOM COOPER Which is better? The Northrop F-5E Tiger II or the Mikoyan i Gurevich MiG-21? There have been countless discussions of this question and,... Read more
An Emirati AT-802 in Libya. All photos via the author Who’s backing who? by ARNAUD DELALANDE On May 16, 2016, the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council expressed their readiness to lift the world body’s arms embargo on Libya in favor of the new Government of National Accord. For one... Read more
Iraqi air force pilot photo via Arnaud Delalande An-32s can now drop bombs by ARNAUD DELALANDE On July 17, 2016, the first photo appeared on social media depicting an Iraqi air force An-32B Cline transport aircraft carrying a bomb on an external pylon. It’s not the first time that transport aircraft... Read more
Stored A-10s at the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group, or AMARG, at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Arizona. Photos via the author Old Warthogs should remain flyable by JAMES PERRY STEVENSON The U.S. Marine Corps, tired of waiting for the continuously-delayed F-35B, has gone to the Arizona boneyard to retrieve... Read more
No solo aviones militares pasan inadvertidos por KYLE MIZOKAMI El furtivismo , o la idea de reducir la capacidad del enemigo para detectar un arma, lleva presente entre nosotros desde que el primer hombre de las cavernas le cosió un bolsillo a su ropa y escondió una piedra dentro. Miles de... Read more
A Comet in 1969. Photo via Wikipedia But the speedy jet suffered tragic accidents by MICHAEL BYRNE On July 27, 1949, the world quite abruptly became a very small place. The new scale, which drew together cities and coastlines that had for millennia existed on basically separate planets, came courtesy... Read more
B-58A Hustler in flight, June 1967. U.S. Air Force photo She was a work of art but nearly obsolete from the start by ROBERT FARLEY In an era of fantastic aircraft, the B-58 Hustler was one of the most visually striking warplanes ever to fly. Its delta wing, giant engines, and remarkable... Read more
A Nigerian air force Alpha Jet-E armed with rocket pods. Nigerian air force photo Now the former training jets are blasting Boko Haram by SEBASTIEN ROBLIN On the morning of June 19, 2016, seven Toyota Hilux trucks manned by Boko Haram fighters lay in wait near Daira Noro, Borno State in... Read more
USS ‘Stark’ as seen from USS ‘Conyngham’ on the morning of May 18, 1987, listing heavily to port. USS ‘Conyngham’ Association photo It wasn’t a Mirage F.1 that hit USS ‘Stark’ by TOM COOPER On May 17, 1987, the U.S. Navy guided-missile frigate USS Stark was on a patrol in the... Read more
An IAF technician with her F-15 at Hatzerim Air Force Base. IDF photo The secret is flexibility by ROBERT FARLEY Since the 1960s, the air arm of the Israel Defense Forces (colloquially the IAF) has played a central role in the country’s defense. The ability of the Israeli Air Force to... Read more
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