F-35. U.S. Air Force photo Official claimed it’s difficult to stress the new stealth fighter by DAVID AXE It’s no secret that we at War Is Boring are skeptics when it comes to the F-35 Lightning II. The new, radar-evading, “fifth-generation” warplane is years late, over-budget and — by virtue of its many, sometimes... Read more
A pair of recently-overhauled Mi-25s of the SyAAF — serial numbers 2820, left, and 2830 — during a military exercise in late 2011. Syrian Ministry of Defense photo Aging helicopters attack indiscriminately by TOM COOPER For three weeks starting in early June 2016, the Damascus suburb of Darayya was exposed to merciless aerial bombardment carried... Read more
New details about America’s pilotless aerial tanker by JOSEPH TREVITHICK Since at least 2007, the U.S. Navy has been toying around with the idea of adding drones to its carrier air wings. During the same period, the sailing branch, the Pentagon and American lawmakers have repeatedly sparred over exactly what... Read more
A German F-4 Phantom in 2013. U.S. Air Force photo Phantom jets overcame their flaws by SEBASTIEN ROBLIN The McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II is a legendary aircraft — an icon of the Vietnam War and the archetype of the third-generation jet fighter designs that entered service in the 1960s. More than 5,000... Read more
Hundreds of missions helped establish a ‘pattern of life’ by JOSEPH TREVITHICK On Jan. 14, 2014, USS Elrod left her home port in Norfolk, Virginia for what, to outsiders, might have seemed like a routine six-month trip to the Mediterranean. Carrying a detachment of four MQ-8B Fire Scout drone helicopters,... Read more
Michael Seeley/Flickr photo Took just a few days by JOSHUA KOPSTEIN The second week of June 2016, the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office launched NROL-37, carrying its latest spy satellite into geosynchronous orbit via Delta IV-Heavy rocket. But it only took amateur space enthusiasts a few days to locate the mysterious new craft... Read more
A U.S. Air Force F-15E. U.S. Air Force photo Air supremacy isn’t what it used to be by WILLIAM ASTORE In the era of the long war on terror, June 2, 2016, was a tough day for the U.S. military. Two modern jet fighters, a Navy F/A-18 Hornet and an Air Force... Read more
An A-10 Warthog touches down on a highway in Estonia on June 20, 2016. U.S. Army photo The U.S. Air Force practices dispersing aircraft by ROBERT BECKHUSEN Thirty-two years ago, A-10 Warthogs landed on a German highway while practicing for war. It was an exercise born of the necessity of... Read more
The warplane boneyard at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. Photo via Wikipedia F-35 delays mean desperate measures by DAVID AXE The U.S. Marine Corps has received the first two old F/A-18 Hornet fighters that Boeing is pulling out the U.S. military’s retired-warplane storage facility in Arizona and refurbishing for continued service.... Read more
T-50s. Alex Beltyukov photo via Wikimedia It’s the engines by DAVE MAJUMDAR United Aircraft Corporation is gearing up to start serial production of the Sukhoi T-50 PAK-FA fifth-generation stealth fighter, according to Russian media reports. The eighth prototype T-50 — which is nearly compliant with Moscow’s requirements for a next-generation fighter — is set to... Read more
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