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 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.
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.
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.
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.
The F-35 fighter jet can be fitted with a variety of armaments, including this GAU-22 four-barrel gun pod capable of rattling off 50 25mm rounds per second. The destructive bore is impressive, the sound is downright terrifying.
The U.S. Air Force Inspector General tracks all their investigations on fraud, abuse, and everything else down to office disputes in a database maintained by Lockheed Martin. Now it looks like somebody broke it, destroying data collected since 2004.
The U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II AKA “Warthog” has become one of the most-recognized and beloved warplanes since it started flying in the 1970s. We’ve been hearing about its impending retirement—and the reason many in the armed services community are against that—for ages, but proposed legislation could keep it…
A brand-new camera stabilizing rig was created solely to capture the majesty of the Saab Gripen fighter jet cutting open the ice cold air above Sweden. Worth it? Take a look for yourself!
The Department of Defense is pulling out all the stops during this year’s Emerald Warrior irregular warfare exercise. The most recent training mission involves a late night aerial refueling with an Air Force tilt-rotor CV-22 Osprey caught on a night vision camera.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.