Why China Is Building The World's Largest "Coast Guard" Cutter

The idea of a Coast Guard is one that has blurred in recent decades, with US Coast Guard vessels serving as far away from home as the Persian Gulf on a regular basis. Still, the Chinese Coast Guard's upcoming 10,000 plus ton super high-endurance cutters are clearly another sign of the country's extra-territorial… » 1/06/15 5:04pm 1/06/15 5:04pm

The USAF's KC-46 Pegasus Tanker Finally Takes Flight

The V-22 Osprey Finally Gets The Missiles And Rockets It Needs

The Osprey has always lacked firepower in its forward hemisphere. Beyond its ramp-mounted gun, various concepts have been tested and fielded in an attempt to provide fire towards where the aircraft is headed, not just where it has been. This issue is compounded by the fact that the Osprey outruns traditional… » 12/09/14 1:10pm 12/09/14 1:10pm

Rocket Through The Majestic Cascade Mountains In An F-15E Strike Eagle

This is quite possibly the best F-15E Strike Eagle video of all time. F-15E cockpit videos are rare to begin with, but one that shows the 'Mud Hen' in its natural, low-level environment in brilliant HD is even rarer. Amazing. » 11/22/14 7:47pm 11/22/14 7:47pm

China And Russia Team Up To Build World's Largest, Most Powerful Chopper

Currently, the largest and most powerful helicopter to have ever entered production is the gargantuan Mi-26 'Halo' of Russian origin, of which many still serve in governmental and commercial roles around the globe. After decades of the 'Halo' being on top, a new record holder is now said to be on the way, with Russia… » 11/21/14 7:09pm 11/21/14 7:09pm

50 Totally Stunning Combat Aircraft Photos Taken Around Alaska

Wildlife is not the only thing that enjoys the vast empty expanses of America's northern-most state. There is so much room to train over Alaska's fully outfitted air combat ranges that there is really no other place in the world quite like it for military aircrews and weapons and tactics testers to push their hardware… » 11/19/14 3:43pm 11/19/14 3:43pm

What It Was Like Being A Topgun Instructor While They Filmed Top Gun

Tom Cruise's Maverick in Top Gun was a fictional character, but the school he described and the people he represented were anything but. Celebrate part of this Veteran's Day by reading Topgun instructor Dave "Bio" Barenek's telling of what it was like to be the real deal. » 11/11/14 12:07pm 11/11/14 12:07pm

The U.S. Special Forces' New Kick Ass Battle Wagon Fits In An Osprey

So Special Operations Command needs a new compact off road fighting vehicle that can transform into different configurations depending on the mission, oh and it has to be transportable by V-22 Ospreys, H-47 Chinooks and H-53 Super Stallions. No problem, the General Dynamics Flyer is ready for flight and for a fight. » 10/16/14 12:40pm 10/16/14 12:40pm

Why The USAF's Massive $10 Billion Global Hawk UAV Is Worth The Money

From Foxtrot Alpha: The Global Hawk has been flying for close to 15 years, and its development has been a twisting road filled with dead ends and wandering requirements. After over $10B spent and almost 50 airframes produced I ventured to Edwards AFB to get a rare close up look at what we actually paid for. » 9/09/14 1:17pm 9/09/14 1:17pm

This Amazing Jet Will Transport Ebola Victims From Africa To The U.S.

From Foxtrot Alpha: How do you pack two patients that are infected with one of the world's deadliest viruses into a pressurized aluminum tube that is filled with healthy care takers and pilots for 12 hours and not get almost everyone infected in the process? You use this old ex-Royal Danish Air Force Gulfstream III… » 8/01/14 8:09am 8/01/14 8:09am

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

Check Out These Photos From The Biggest Air Show Of Your Damn Life

From Foxtrot Alpha: The Royal International Air Tattoo is bigger than any air show you've ever been to, with its guy in a biplane doing loops. Seriously, it's the biggest air show on Earth. And this is what it looks like. » 7/16/14 1:48pm 7/16/14 1:48pm

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 1:29pm 6/15/14 1:29pm

The Navy's Most Vital And Secretive Submarine Base Is In... Idaho?!?

From Foxtrot Alpha: The US Navy's submarine bases are some of the most high-security installations in the world, but one of their most important and shadowy submarine outposts is not in the middle of an ocean, but rather in a lake in landlocked Idaho. » 6/14/14 12:52pm 6/14/14 12:52pm

This Gargantuan Plane Was Almost The Post-WWII Airbus A380

Everyone loves big planes. The bigger they are the more interesting they become. Famed mammoths like the Hughes HK-1 "Hercules," otherwise known as the "Spruce Goose," and Antonov's gigantic An-225 "Dream" conjure up feelings that man has somehow cheated physics by creating such flying hulks. » 6/08/14 11:25am 6/08/14 11:25am