Why The US Navy Should Build Smaller Aircraft Carriers

From Foxtrot Alpha: The aircraft carrier inventory question has always been up for debate, but it has largely centered on the number of hulls and not the physical size of each carrier. In an age of shrinking defense budgets, smaller wars, and the Pacific Pivot, the U.S. should ditch its supercarrier-only policy and… » 7/09/14 1:21pm 7/09/14 1:21pm

Axing The F-35's Alternative Engine Was An Incredibly Stupid Move

From Foxtrot Alpha: The DoD painted the F-35's alternative jet engine as a huge unneeded expense, one that was more about congressional pork than necessity or logic. Now with the fleet grounded due a mystery engine fire, we are reminded of how stupid it was to cancel the jet's other engine. » 7/08/14 10:08am 7/08/14 10:08am

The First Submarine Attack Happened During The Revolutionary War

From FoxtrotAlpha: At 11pm on September 6th, 1776, Sargent Ezra Lee began cranking away on a lever that propelled the tiny submersible that he sat inside of. His goal was to make his way to the British Flagship HMS Eagle and attach a crude explosive charge to it, then make haste (at 2mph) safely out of the area. » 7/05/14 1:35pm 7/05/14 1:35pm

Helmet Cam Shows What It's Like To Launch A Jet From A Carrier Deck

From Foxtrot Alpha: The ultimate pit crew? Maybe, as the Slot Check is the last chance deck handlers and an aircraft's crew have to catch something wrong before the plane is hurtled off the deck by a steam powered piston at 200 mph. Check out what it looks like in first person in the amazing video below: » 6/16/14 4:33pm 6/16/14 4:33pm

Can We Learn Something From The Defunct A-7F "Strikefighter?"

From Foxtrot Alpha: The A-7 Corsair II, known also as the SLUF, as in "Short Little Ugly Fucker," was a conservative balance of economy, persistence, payload, and technology, and its final design evolution, the A-7F, could have been the right fighter for the wars to come in the new millennium. » 6/15/14 6:31pm 6/15/14 6:31pm

Is This Japan's Secret Stealth Fighter?

The following image, which is sourced from David Cenciotti of The Aviationist (in turn claimed to be from "Chinese Internet," the catchall usual suspects of anonymous aero-defense news) purports to be a manned flying prototype of the Mitsubishi ATD-X, a stealth demonstrator leading the way for Japan's effort to build… » 6/15/14 3:06pm 6/15/14 3:06pm

The U.S. Air Force's New AC-130 Gunships Are Really Bomb Trucks

From Foxtrot Alpha: The AC-130 flying gunship fleet is one of the most fabled and feared assets in the entire USAF inventory. Known for its ability to unleash a broadside of cannon fire in the dead of night, the newest of the AC-130 lot is more about smart bombs than raining lead and howitzer shells down on the enemy. » 6/02/14 3:30pm 6/02/14 3:30pm

Confessions Of A USAF KC-135 'Flying Gas Station' Boom Operator

From Foxtrot Alpha: It's one of the coolest jobs in the entire U.S. military, "Booms" as they are affectionately called, are the folks who directly provide sustenance to America's thirsty air power as the gas station's of the sky. From flying over war zones to fueling top secret experimental aircraft, being a Boom is… » 5/20/14 1:04pm 5/20/14 1:04pm

The Air Force's Rationale For Retiring The A-10 Warthog Is Bullshit

From our military blog: The fact that the USAF is so willing to throw away 300 of the finest close air support platforms ever invented just to save the cost equivalent of 30 F-35 Joint Strike Fighters is total bullshit and both the American taxpayer and those who bravely fight our wars on the ground should be furious. » 5/16/14 1:35pm 5/16/14 1:35pm

The New Marine Chopper Can Swallow Humongous Loads

The CH-53E Super Stallion is the Marines' big and battered workhorse. These tri-motored flying barns have seen continuous service in both Iraq and Afghanistan, and were involved in almost all of America's conflicts since they entered service in 1980. The USMC need a big ass new chopper, and the CH-53K "King Stallion"… » 5/06/14 11:34am 5/06/14 11:34am

This Is Quite Possibly The Best F-15 Video Of All Time

The 2013 Raytheon Trophy has been awarded to the 67th Fighter Squadron, an F-15C unit that is forward based in Okinawa. The award is supposed to highlight a fighter unit that exemplifies air-to-air combat excellence and it has been given out for sixty years. This is the sixth time the 67th FS has won the coveted award. » 5/05/14 5:25pm 5/05/14 5:25pm