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
The Tupolev Tu-160 ‘Valeriy Chkalov’ over Moscow. Alexander Beltyukov photo via Wikimedia The Kremlin is much more likely to improve existing planes by DAVE MAJUMDAR While the Kremlin makes grand pronouncements about developing a new PAK-DA stealth bomber, the Russian air force will likely continue to rely on its force of... Read more
The operation remained classified for decades by JOSEPH TREVITHICK On Dec. 24, 1970, an odd airplane touched down at an air base in Thailand. Though it might not have looked like it, this was a top secret U.S. Air Force propaganda plane and the crew had just flown the last... Read more
You should keep calm and call the cops by JOSEPH TREVITHICK Sitting in her trailer home fewer than 20 miles from Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico, Carolyn Massy didn’t think much of it when she heard a military jet fly overhead. But on the hot summer night of... Read more
A Turkish air force F-4E. Photo via Wikipedia Recovery might take a year or more by TOM COOPER The Turkish military has a long history of meddling in the nation’s politics, including no fewer than four coup d’états. In 1960, young officers toppled the democratically elected government amid socio-political turmoil and... Read more
A Turkish F-4. Photo via Wikipedia But the aging planes couldn’t match the rebels’ F-16s by DAVID AXE On the night of July 15, elements of the Turkish military rose up against Pres. Recep Tayyip Erdogan — and very nearly succeeded in killing or capturing their controversial leader. A few military units remained... Read more
U.S. Air Force Predator and Reaper drones. All photos — Air Force Remote strikes are an illegal military strategy disguised as a technological advancement by REBECCA GORDON Think of it as the Trojan Drone, the ultimate techno-weapon of American warfare in these years, a single remotely operated plane sent to take out a... Read more
The PAK-FA. Vitaly V. Kuzmin photo via Creative Commons The PAK FA is roughly comparable to the F-22, but it’s unclear whether the Kremlin will build enough for it to matter by ROBERT FARLEY The PAK FA has played the bugbear for Western air forces for nearly a decade, the terrifying Russian... Read more
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