This B-1B Depature Will Melt Your Face Off

Watching a B-1B takeoff at night is like watching Han Solo's beloved Millennium Falcon blasting out of a spaceport. Some of you mentioned seeing fully loaded B-1B departures from the hot desert runways of Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar. Alas, video of exactly this has emerged, and yes, it is glorious. » 3/19/15 9:05pm 3/19/15 9:05pm

Heavy Iron Heading To Crimea As Tu-22M3 Backfires Ready For Snap Drills

Once again, Russia has upped the air combat capability ante on the Crimean Peninsula with Tu-22M3 Backfires reportedly deploying there as part of widespread 'snap' readiness drills among Russian forces. This marks the first time a Russian strategic asset like the Tu-22 has operated from Crimea since the territory was… » 3/18/15 9:19am 3/18/15 9:19am

Watch This B-2's Refueling Receptacle Disappear Before Your Very Eyes!

Our good friend David Cenciotti posted a very cool USAF video showing a B-2 Spirit being refueled high over Montana. Watching the flying wing's control surfaces working to keep it stabilized below the KC-135 is always amazing, but the real payoff comes at the end when we see the jet's revolving refueling receptacle… » 3/11/15 11:41pm 3/11/15 11:41pm

A B-1B "Bone" Night Launch Is An Otherworldly Experience

I have stood alongside runways as B-1s blasted off for training missions and one phrase can describe it: Loud as f@#k. Four General Electric F101s in full blower pushing a big gas and bomb container along the runway is pretty outrageous, but that same thing at night is downright otherworldly. » 3/09/15 2:33pm 3/09/15 2:33pm

XB-43 Jetmaster: The Weird History Of America's First Jet Bomber

To understand America's first jet bomber, the XB-43 Jetmaster, you have to understand the XB-42 Mixmaster, an aircraft that was equally as impressive and even more exotic. Even though neither of these amazing aircraft made it to the front lines, many of their unique innovations and lessons learned from operating them… » 3/04/15 5:08pm 3/04/15 5:08pm

Is This The Shape Of Russia's Next Generation Long-Range Bomber?

While America's aerospace industry is hard at work creating the USAF's next generation bomber, Russia has a similar ongoing program known as the the PAK-DA. Now, after years of requirements changes, it appears that a blended wing, subsonic design, much like the one pictured above, will be the new jet's overall… » 3/02/15 3:32pm 3/02/15 3:32pm

There Are About To Be Two Airworthy B-29s

For many years, only one flying example of the B-29 Superfortress has been worthy of soaring above the clouds. The B-29 is the same plane type that effectively ended World War II on the Pacific front by dropping atomic bombs on Japan. That single flyable plane, known as "Fifi" is about to be joined by her sibling,… » 1/10/15 2:02pm 1/10/15 2:02pm

The B-1B Bomber That Got Put Up 'For Sale,' As Is, No Warranty

Here is the story about a B-1B bomber and practical joke involving a hardware store 'for sale' sign and great timing. It would have gone down in the annals of unsubstantiated aviation lore if it were not for a news reporter from the local paper and a long lens equipped camera. » 9/18/14 7:01pm 9/18/14 7:01pm

The Supersonic Nazi Rocket Concept Designed to Bomb Any City in 1 Hour

When WWII ended, American engineers examined a trove of Nazi concepts for rocket-powered weapons and airplanes. One of the most terrifying was Eugen Sänger's antipodal bomber, a manned supersonic plane designed to reach any city on Earth in one hour. Thank heavens it never worked. » 8/09/14 5:17pm 8/09/14 5:17pm

Watch This Bomb Bay View Of A B-52 Carpet Bombing An Island

You are looking at 45 surplus M117 750lb general purpose bombs being dropped out of the weapons bay of a B-52H Stratofortress in under two seconds. You can see the impacts seconds later on the island far below. » 7/25/14 6:42pm 7/25/14 6:42pm

Russian Bombers Have Buzzed The California Coast

Good news! As Russian forces bear down on eastern Ukraine, the country's air force has been sending long-range nuclear bombers, like the Tupolev TU-95, to approach American interests around the world. And those US interests include Guam, where we have a big base, and a place called "California." » 5/06/14 8:00pm 5/06/14 8:00pm

Owner Of Ohio Airplane Graveyard Dies

Walter Soplata, owner of the secret backyard Ohio warplane collection, died earlier this month at the age of 87. His family has not said what would happen to his cache, but several of his "saves" will fly again. » 11/29/10 5:15pm 11/29/10 5:15pm