The Time A Tanker Saved A Fighter That Was Falling Apart Over The Atlantic

On the 5th of September, 1983, 4 USAF F-4E Phantom jets were flying over the Atlantic en route to Europe along with the support of a KC-135 known as “North Star.” These five aircraft were part of a larger number of Phantoms and tankers on a routine trans-Atlantic flight. To make the crossing, the Phantoms would need… »9/26/15 5:07pm9/26/15 5:07pm


Why Were Old Jet Engines So Much More Smoky Than Newer Ones?

The dawn of the jet age saw the skies near major airports raked with thick black smoke trails. These exhaust plumes have largely disappeared from our atmosphere due to continuous jet engine innovations. Here is the story of the jet engine’s amazing change in visual and ecological signature since its introduction into… »7/30/15 3:03pm7/30/15 3:03pm

Watch This Gaggle Of F-35s Chug Gas From A KC-135 High Over Arizona

The 56th Fighter Wing out of Luke Air Force Base have been pretty active showing off their new toys, these $100M+ F-35A Joint Strike Fighters. Their counterparts over at the 161st Air Refueling Wing, nicknamed the “Copperheads,” took some folks with cameras aboard their KC-135Rs to showcase the new jet: »6/13/15 12:12pm6/13/15 12:12pm