Meet the Rocketman Who Made Jet Fighters and Car Crashes Survivable

In the early jet fighter days, nobody knew how much G-force the human body could withstand. Testing the limits of survivability came down to human testing. Today, we owe much of that knowledge to Dr. John Paul Stapp, who strapped himself into a crazy rocket sled to see just what the human body could endure. » 9/27/14 9:31am Saturday 9:31am

USAF's Dubious Priorities Result In Axing Of F-15 Aggressor Squad

For the last few years, the Pentagon's budget blade has been looming over the 65th Aggressor Squadron, the USAF's F-15 unit that are masters at mimicking large enemy fighters like the Su-27. Sadly, the days of F-15s flying in the adversary role are coming to an end as the unit will be shuttered this month. » 9/14/14 1:13pm 9/14/14 1:13pm

Four Pilots Missing As Fireball Engulfs Colliding Tornado Attack Jets

Yesterday, a pair of Italian Tornado attack jets from Ghedi Air Base in Northern Italy had a mid-air collision near the town of Ascoli Piceno. It is unclear whether the jets were in formation, opposing one another for training, or were independently navigating through the area. » 8/20/14 5:14pm 8/20/14 5:14pm

This Is Some Seriously Hardcore Mirage Fighter Jet Porn

From Foxtrot Alpha: With the venerable Mirage F1 light fighter finally being retired from French service, the last F1CRs being taken off operational duties on June 13th of this year, the Armée de l'Air appears to have commissioned a remarkable piece of footage as an homage to the nimble and durable fighter. » 8/03/14 4:27pm 8/03/14 4:27pm

This New MiG-29 Fighter Jet Video Is Absolutely Marvelous

From Foxtrot Alpha: A few months back Mike Ballaban posted one of the coolest combat aircraft videos of the year, called 'Fulcrum Drivers,' that put us right into the cockpit of the mighty MiG-29 during some jaw dropping maneuvers. Well now the Fulcrum and its master are back for 'Fulcrum Drivers II.' » 7/27/14 10:33am 7/27/14 10:33am

Thirty Totally Stunning Photos Taken Around Andersen AFB, Guam

From Foxtrot Alpha: Andersen AFB is located on the island of Guam, about two thirds of the way between Hawaii and Taiwan. Given its location, Andersen is one of America's most strategic outposts, and with it sprawling size it acts like gigantic aircraft carrier and sea base from which the USA can project immense power. » 6/22/14 2:19pm 6/22/14 2:19pm

The designer of the F-16 explains why the F-35 is such a crappy plane

According to the Pierre Sprey, co-designer of the F-16, the F35 is a turkey. Inherently, a terrible airplane. An airplane built for a dumb idea. A kludge that will fail time and time again. Just impossibly hopeless. And judging from the bajillion times the F-35 fleet has been grounded, well, he's probably not wrong.… » 6/17/14 7:39am 6/17/14 7:39am