This Illustrated Guide Shows You How to Properly Perform a J-Turn

Chances are if you haven't heard of a J-Turn, you've at least seen one in TV shows or movies. A J-Turn is when the driver pulls away from something in reverse, swings the car around, and then drives forward in the same direction. This guide explains how to do it. » 9/19/14 1:24pm 9/19/14 1:24pm

Why Can't We Protect Commercial Planes From Attacks?

Last week's downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 over the disputed territory of Eastern Ukraine has set off worldwide outcries against the conflict, and calls to better defend commercial airlines from missile attack. But is it even possible to defend civilian jets against military-grade weapons? » 7/24/14 12:52pm 7/24/14 12:52pm

Here's What Yesterday's Successful Missile Defense Test Really Means

On Sunday, a ground-based interceptor fired from Vandenberg Air Force Base destroyed a mock enemy warhead launched from the Marshall Islands. The Pentagon hailed it as a major success for the troubled national missile defense system, which has cost $40 billion since 2004. But, in truth, it changes little. » 6/23/14 2:34pm 6/23/14 2:34pm

Safe Airports Are a Myth

Shotguns are not allowed through airport security. But what does that matter if you can build one from items purchased in an airport gift shop? The break-action shotgun pictured above was made from Red Bull cans, a hair dryer, batteries and a can of Axe body spray – and it can blast a handful of pocket change through… » 12/03/13 2:24pm 12/03/13 2:24pm

These Abandoned Tanks Are Rusting Mementoes of the Wars of the Past

Swords may be driven into ploughshares when they've finished their fighting, but tanks are often left to rust, in graveyards of military vehicles or on the battlefields where they fell. » 8/11/13 6:00pm 8/11/13 6:00pm

Fighter Planes That Became Battle-Scarred War Monuments

These historic fighter planes have become literal parts of history. Incorporated into war monuments, these incredible machines remind us of battles won and lost. » 7/26/13 1:46pm 7/26/13 1:46pm

A Fleet of Blimps Will Soon Serve as a Missile Shield Over Washington

A still-chilling consequence of post-9/11 America is that we remain all too aware of the fact that we could be attacked at any moment. And so with worst case scenarios in mind, the military is constantly upgrading our defense systems in increasingly creative ways. Washington DC is next in line. It's getting blimps. » 7/24/13 11:15am 7/24/13 11:15am

Four Insane 60s Military Prototypes That Crashed and Burned


If the music‘s anything to go by, pretty much everyone was on something in the ’60s — and that includes the engineers. BAE Systems has recently dug up some totally batshit-crazy ideas that were seriously being kicked around by its ‘crack’ team of engineers, and they’re both totally ridiculous and dangerously awesome. » 6/18/13 3:40pm 6/18/13 3:40pm

DARPA is one step closer to its flying Humvee

When you or I ask for a flying car, we get "Terrafugia's Transition," a roadable aircraft. When DARPA asks for a flying car, they get a Hummer like the one pictured up top — a Hummer that is capable of taking off and landing vertically; traversing off-road terrain with ease; and withstanding small-arms fire, all while… » 11/01/11 4:15pm 11/01/11 4:15pm

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

The entire U.S. stealth fighter fleet is grounded

In the past few decades, the U.S. Air Force has spent untold billions researching and developing a family of stealth fighter jets that are supposed to be generations ahead of any dogfighters in the sky. » 8/15/11 12:00pm 8/15/11 12:00pm

This is a gas station located 30,000 feet over Afghanistan

These 40 bundles dropping out of a U.S. Air Force Globemaster III over Afghanistan last December aren't just any supplies, they're filled with liquid fuel. That's right, this is a shot of a gas station operating at 30,000 feet. » 6/15/11 2:00pm 6/15/11 2:00pm