As the U.K.’s Royal Navy and Royal Air Force continue handing off search and rescue operations to private firms, they’re paring down their fleets of Sea King helicopters. Why buy a nice, running car when you could put a six-ton derelict helicopter on your lawn?
The Royal Air Force, Fleet Air Arm and the Army Air Corps have shrunk dramatically over the last decade, but the recent Strategic Defense and Security Review has ordered the UK begin to reinvest heavily into its air arms. Our good friends from Contemporary Issues and Geography have made this awesome graphic showing…
The French Air Force and Royal Air Force have sent their finest equipment and crews to Langley AFB in Virginia to take part in an inaugural exercise, dubbed simply “Trilateral Exercise,” alongside the 1st Fighter Wing’s F-22 Raptors. This international air combat force will focus on integrated training for taking on…
Following the attacks on Paris, the parliament debate over the use of Royal Air Force aircraft entering the air war over Syria against ISIS re-ignited in spectacular fashion. That debate has now come to a close with a 397 to 223 vote decision being made to immediately begin striking ISIS targets in Syria, not just…
This awesome video explains moment-by-moment what is going on as a Royal Air Force Hawk T2 crew rips through a low-level route in the UK. It is fascinating to hear all that goes on in the cockpit during what looks like just a couple fighter pilots having a ball flying around down in the weeds.
Only 86 Handley Page Victors were made from 1952 to 1963. Originally designed to be part of the United Kingdom’s airborne nuclear deterrent, these were weird planes.
Today's military ads are filled with steely-eyed gazes of people doing extreme things and looking very resolute about it. Vintage British promo videos are more like Austin Powers does the Royal Air Force.
A Polish oil worker recently stumbled upon a wrecked World War II fighter plane that's been sitting in the Sahara Desert unmolested for the past 70 years.
Before the Jump Jet was retired and its flight manual posted online, Top Gear presenter James May rode in one and experienced the awesome aerodynamic freak show known as viffing: vectoring in forward flight, the Harrier's signature move.
The Harrier made its final flight with the British RAF last week, marking an end to the jet famous for being able to take off and land vertically. The jet's recently declassified flight manual shows just how extraordinary it was.