This Is The Best Military Aviation Shot You Have Seen For A Long Time

One of Europe’s top aviation photographers, Frank Crebas, was along for the ride in a F-16BM as Dutch F-16s intercepted a pair of B-52H Stratofortresses during Exercise Polar Growl. The result was this amazing image of an F-16 over a B-52 with its shadow perfectly aligned on the big bomber’s spine. » 4/08/15 9:52am 4/08/15 9:52am

The US Just Held Long-Range Bomber Drills Over An Area Russia Wants

Two pairs of B-52H Stratofortress bombers, from Barksdale AFB and from Minot AFB, streaked north last week on a long-range exercise dubbed “Polar Growl.” One set of bombers would end up over the far reaches of the North Sea, while the other would cruise high above the Polar Icecap, both areas where Putin's Russia is… » 4/07/15 4:42pm 4/07/15 4:42pm

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