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.
After a stunning 15 years of development and countless delays, the US Air Force just declared the first squadron of F-35A fighter jets ready for combat. The 34th Fighter Squadron at Utah’s Hill Air Force Base can now go fight bad guys anywhere in the world.
Last week the Department of Justice announced the conviction of Wenxia Man by a federal jury. The crime? Conspiring to export military jet engines and drones to China. Not plans. Not components. Entire jet engines and drones.
The United States is getting a brand-new bomber, called the B-21, for the first time since the 1990s. That’s normally the sort of thing defense-minded types like to hear, but U.S. Air Force programs of the past few decades have a tendency to go completely off the rails. These are the questions that the American…
After evaluating the Eurofighter Typhoon, Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornet and Lockheed Martin F-35 as Denmark’s next primary fighter jet, the country’s government is recommending the F-35 “unequivocally” as superior in “strategic, military, economic, and industrial aspects.” Is this a needed win for this troubled jet?
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…
After years of infighting, the U.S. Air Force finally gave in and spared the A-10 Warthog from the slaughterhouse. The alarming part is that it took a new war and a looming Cold War for the jet’s masters to acquiesce, and they still plan on to begin killing the respected attack aircraft far before most realize.
We’ve heard of significant shortcomings before with the fighter jet that’s supposed to be America’s future, but this is just as bad as it gets. The F-35 performed so dismally in a dogfight, that the test pilot remarked that the it had pretty much no place fighting other aircraft within visual range.
These ideas were obvious failures before they were even built, and yet, they were built anyways.
Yesterday, the Daily Beast ran a scathing report on the F-35's Electro-Optical Targeting System (EOTS), an internal system which serves in the same role as fighter's laser targeting pod. The article claimed that EOTS is based on old technology and that it sorely lacks certain key features found on modern targeting…
We are finally getting information as to what caused the F-35A engine fire that has left the entire program progressing at a snail's pace due to strict flight restrictions.
The F-35B recently completed wet runway and crosswind landing tests, which is good, considering that we've already bought 47 of the $252M fighters. Hopefully this isn't the first time the good folks at Lockheed Martin have tested the F-35B's that ability, since weather is still a thing that happens.
How much more American could the F-35 Lightning II-themed 2015 Ford Mustang be? None. None more American. Ford just released the first live shots of the custom car headed to a charity auction soon, and it's looking sharp.
From Foxtrot Alpha: So Ford is spiffing up its new 2015 Mustang to look like the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, specifically the Navy's F-35C as the Pony Car in question shares the F-35C's developmental tail-flash, as a promotional vehicle that will be featured at this year's EAA AirVenture super fly-in and air show in…
So Ford is spiffing up its new 2015 Mustang to look like the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, specifically the Navy's F-35C as the Pony Car in question shares the F-35C's developmental tail-flash, as a promotional vehicle that will be featured at this year's EAA AirVenture super fly-in and air show in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
A video is making its way around the net right now that featuring an interview with F-16 co-designer and king of the 1970's era "Fighter Mafia," Pierre Sprey. In it he slams the F-35 in almost every way possible. Sadly, about half of what he says is totally relevant, the other half is totally bullshit.