I Built My Own Copy of Iran’s Faux Stealth Fighter
On Feb. 2, 2013, under the smiling gazes of then-Pres. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi, the Qaher 313 Conqueror — Iran’s newest, most advanced fighter plane — was revealed to members of the world media. Parked in a hanger remarkably similar to the one seen in videos... Read more
F’d: How the U.S. and Its Allies Got Stuck with the World’s Worst New Warplane
From all the recent sounds of celebrating coming out of Washington, D.C., you might think the Pentagon’s biggest, priciest and most controversial warplane development had accelerated right past all its problems. The price tag—currently an estimated $1 trillion to design, build and operate 2,400 copies—is steadily going down. Production... Read more
Who’s Going to Win the Race to Mach 5?
It was a breakthrough years in the making. On May 1, 2013, a U.S. Air Force B-52 bomber launched an X-51A Waverider unmanned test vehicle from a wing pylon. The two-ton, missile-shaped X-51 fired a solid rocket booster, quickly accelerating to Mach 4.8. Twenty-six seconds into its flight over... Read more
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