A U.S. Air Force pilot flying an aircraft died last week after a crash at the Nevada Test and Training Range, according to Military.com. Very few details about the incident have been released as the military says information about the incident is classified.
To most people, hurricanes are to be avoided at all cost. The thought of intentionally flying an airplane directly into a hurricane is quickly dismissed as a very bad idea. Yet there are small groups of aircrew and scientists who regularly board planes that will not only penetrate the storm but will spend hours…
The House Armed Services Committee has formally proposed the formation of a ‘Space Corps’, which would act as a distinct branch of the U.S. military under command of the Air Force, similar to the way the U.S. Marines operate within the Department of the Navy. Whom among us is ready to be a Space Marine?
When you think “air force missions,” I imagine a lot of images pop into your head: jet fighters, missiles screaming through the air, Val Kilmer and Tom Cruise playing shirtless volleyball, and that stock footage of an aircraft being refueled in flight I bet are all in the mix. One thing that probably doesn’t come up…
On Friday, the U.S. Air Force cancelled all F-35A Lightning II training flights at Luke Air Force Base just outside Phoenix, Arizona after it was reported five pilots had been experiencing hypoxia-like symptoms since May 2. The one-day pause at the base was to further examine the cause and further educate F-35 pilots…
A radiation-detecting U.S. Air Force aircraft was intercepted by two Chinese Su-30 fighter jets over the East China Sea Wednesday. Details over the exact cause of the intercept are unclear, but such incidents take place when a sovereign nation believes an unauthorized aircraft is in danger of breaching its air space.
The US Air Force’s secretive X-37B spaceplane landed yesterday after 718 days in orbit—just twelve days shy of a full two years. What was it doing up there in the sky? The government won’t say. Even the spaceplane’s budget is a secret. But the X-37B’s landing wasn’t so stealth. The spaceplane caused a sonic boom that…
The United States Air Force is mulling the retirement of the long-running F-15C and F-15D air-to-air fighter and replacing them with upgraded F-16s by the mid-2020s. It’s a process that will no doubt be as controversial as it is complex.
By most standards, Robert F. Dorr lived the most all-American, patriotic life anyone possibly could. He served in the Air Force, he was a diplomat with the State Department from the 1960s to the 1980s, and he went on to be a successful author and TV pundit about military affairs. But as a teenager, Dorr was…
Despite some hints that the Air Force’s tiny re-usable space plane, the X-37B, would be returning to Earth after a long, secretive mission, it looks like that’s not the case, and the little shuttle will continue to circle the globe, conducting its devious, secret little experiments.
The U.S. Air Force won’t consider retiring the A-10 Warthog from service at least until 2021, according to news reports. That’s a relief for ground troops who have come to rely on this workhorse of a plane.
A B-52 Stratofortress landed safely on Wednesday after an engine “dropped out” over an unpopulated area of North Dakota, Defense News reports, holy shit.
The Chinese-built J-20 stealth fighter jet has been the subject of speculation since its first known flight in 2011, and indeed for years prior during its development. Today it finally made its public debut. That didn’t come with many technical details, but the aircraft is most definitely operational.
The bat-winged B-21 will be the U.S. Air Force’s first new heavy bomber in decades. The plane is supposed to complement and eventually replace the B-2 Spirit, B-52 Stratofortress and B-1B Lancer. And now it’s got a real name too: “Raider.”
The F-15 Eagle’s main cannon isn’t quite as colossal as the one on the A-10 Thunderbolt, but like the Wu-Tang Clan, it ain’t nothing to fuck with. The 20mm rounds can be kicked out at the ridiculous rate of 6,000 per minute, and it takes a mechanical monster to load.
The Air Force’s new F-22 Raptor is known for being super complicated and super expensive. That’s probably why the Air Force called up NASA for help last week when it heard that Hurricane Hermine was headed towards Virginia, where thirteen of its F-22s were hanging out at Langley Air Force Base.
Back in May, the US Air Force announced that they had received over 4,600 entries in their crowdsourced naming contest for the new B-21 bomber. The announcement even said that they’d narrowed it down to 15 finalists. So, naturally, I did what any weirdo blogger does: I filed a Freedom of Information Act request to see…
The “B” variant of Lockheed Martin’s F-35 fighter jet is supposed to be able to take off close to vertically and hover. Getting it to work has been problematic since the jet blast is hot enough to melt the concrete it’d be parked on, but it sure does show up spectacularly to this heavy-duty thermal imaging camera.