A fascinating view into the US Air Force boneyards

You can zoom in this 48-megapixel image of the USAF boneyard in Tucson, Arizona—stitched from Bing Maps satellite images—and try to identify all those airplanes. Or you can watch this USAF documentary on how the US stockpiles thousands of planes in deserts around the country to keep the active fleet flying.* » 2/26/15 1:51pm 2/26/15 1:51pm

The B-52 Is Becoming A Terrifyingly Intelligent Smart Weapons Truck 

The B-52 has only been able to carry smart weapons on its external pylons, with its internal weapons bay being relegated to nuclear and dumb bombs, as well as some older cruise missiles. Now, the iconic 60 year old Stratofortress is finally getting a new 'smart' rotary weapons rack and other upgrades that will more… » 1/16/15 3:46pm 1/16/15 3:46pm

John Kerry's Plane Keeps Breaking Down

Secretary of State John Kerry was forced to fly home to Washington, D.C. from Vienna aboard a commercial flight on Thursday, after his Air Force C-32 developed a leak in an auxiliary fuel tank. This was the fourth mechanical mishap for the plane this year. » 10/17/14 4:04am 10/17/14 4:04am

Elon Musk: SpaceX Will File Suit Against the U.S. Government

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Elon Musk, CEO and founder of SpaceX, announced Friday that SpaceX is filing suit against the Federal Government to protest and break the US Air Force's awarding of lucrative launch contracts for high priority national security satellites to a sole rocket provider – United Launch Alliance (ULA) – on a non competitive… » 4/26/14 12:13pm 4/26/14 12:13pm

Swiss Air Force Closes At Night, Won't Open To Intercept Hijacking

This week, an Ethiopian Airlines flight was hijacked by its own copilot who was seeking asylum in Switzerland. Italian and French fighter jets responded, but the Swiss didn't. And that's because the Swiss Air Force was closed. » 2/21/14 3:20pm 2/21/14 3:20pm

How To Make A Ton Of Money Off America's Fighter Pilot Shortage

Wanna make an extra $225,000 just to fly planes and kick ass for America? Then the government has got a deal for you! The Air Force is so short on pilots at the moment that they're offering sweet incentive deals for fighter jocks. » 7/22/13 12:30pm 7/22/13 12:30pm

Giant Drone Crashes Near Florida Highway, Explosive Possibly Inside

An Air Force QF-4 unmanned drone has crashed at Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida, the second drone crash to occur there in the last week. Nobody was injured but the status of its onboard explosive device is currently "unknown." That's reassuring. » 7/17/13 11:23am 7/17/13 11:23am

Now this is a Fusion

My job can be pretty awesome. Today was one of those really special days. I visited the Air Force Research Laboratory's Shiva Star. It is the Air Force’s largest pulsed power system. Shiva Star will store nearly 10 million joules of energy (equal to 5 pounds of TNT). It produces a pulse of 120,000 volts and 10… » 5/24/13 9:06pm 5/24/13 9:06pm

Today is Armed Forces Day: Strong and Resilient

I've enjoyed 22 years in the Air Force and wouldn't trade it for anything. I consider it a privilege to serve. And we get to work with some cool equipment. In my case I was in command of up to 50 ICBMs at a time. As I type my son is in Basic Training to become a United States Marine. He's carrying on a long family… » 5/18/13 2:18pm 5/18/13 2:18pm

The Tranquil, Tron-Like Beauty of a Plane Refueling in Mid-Air

You're looking at a C-17 Globemaster III aircraft being refueled by the 151st Air Refueling Wing over southern Idaho last week. But those are just details. What you're really looking at is a shock of beautiful, caught at a moment of technological awesomeness. [Flickr] » 5/16/13 10:47am 5/16/13 10:47am

Watch Boeing's X-51A WaveRider Scramjet Blast Off to Mach 5.1

Boeing's X-51A WaveRider Scramjet has had its share of bad luck. While its first test flight in 2010 went fine, the two that followed ended with unsatisfactory plops. Now, the USAF has just completed the fourth and final test, and the result was a screaming 370 seconds of scramjet glory and literally hypersonic speeds. » 5/04/13 12:27pm 5/04/13 12:27pm

Why Does The United States Air Force Have The Weirdest Twitter On Earth?

The US Air Force has spent over $60 billion on the F-22, a fighter that doesn't really work and sometimes chokes people. How much is it spending on Twitter? Judging by the output, negative $50,000. » 10/05/12 2:20pm 10/05/12 2:20pm

There Are Two F-16s Hiding In This Picture

I hope you're not as easily fooled as I am because I totally missed the two F-16s in this picture. I have an excuse! I was totally looking at the left hand side of the picture. And the picture I saw was really small! Like thumbnail-sized! » 5/03/12 11:15am 5/03/12 11:15am

The Coolest Photo Of Grounded F-16s Ever Taken

These F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter aircraft are demonstrating what the U.S. Air Force "propaganda artists" (Hat tip to Jalopnik photographer and former U.S. Air Force "propaganda artist" "Special K" for the term!) call an "Elephant Walk" as they taxi down a runway during an exercise at Kunsan Air Base, in the Republic… » 3/06/12 4:00pm 3/06/12 4:00pm

The mighty United States Air Force summarized in two minutes

The F-22 may have not been a resounding success, but this video gives a good idea of the power of the US Air Force, complete with some pseudo-Wagner(ish) music that makes me want to invade Poland » 12/14/11 10:00pm 12/14/11 10:00pm

Let's not lose America's newest killer drone in Afghanistan

General Atomics' Avenger—the newest iteration of the classic Predator—is headed to war for the first time, Danger Room's David Axe reports. It's got F-35 sensors, loads of stealth weapons bays, and terrain-sweeping radar. Iran: start licking your lips. » 12/14/11 10:30am 12/14/11 10:30am

The sad odyssey of the F-22: America's big broken toy

The F-22 has been okayed to fly again, after being grounded, cleared, grounded, then cleared once more—all within a year. And yet, the Air Force hasn't fixed the plane's life threatening flaw. It doesn't seem like it cares. » 10/27/11 6:00pm 10/27/11 6:00pm

Surprise, the $150 million F-22 fighter is shut down again

Last month, the Pentagon gave the OK to the nation's fleet of extremely expensive F-22 jets, despite failing to fix the plane's oxygen deprivation problems. They decided to just see how things went. They didn't go well: it's broken again. » 10/24/11 4:00pm 10/24/11 4:00pm

Navy fighter jet gets ride home from Afghanistan in cargo plane

How a U.S. Navy F/A-18 Super Hornet carrier fighter aircraft managed to get stranded in Afghanistan isn't clear, but the U.S. Air Force had a unique solution for getting it back to home base in San Diego: A ride in a cargo plane. » 8/31/11 3:00pm 8/31/11 3:00pm

The Air Force's AC130U "Spooky" is more like terrifying

Seeing this plane in the skies above you generally means you're about to have a really shitty day. It's the Spooky, a close air support variant of the Lockheed AC-130 Hercules aircraft. » 8/15/11 9:30pm 8/15/11 9:30pm