Russia has said it will greatly increase its fighting capability along its border with NATO countries — including the deployment of tactical ballistic missiles — if the U.S. follows through with its plan to store tanks, artillery and other equipment at forward staging areas in Poland, Romania, Bulgaria and the Baltic… »
34 years ago, the USAF set out to build a fighter that could guarantee American air superiority for decades to come. $75B, 563 less aircraft than planned, and a decade after being declared operational later, the F-22 still doesn’t have what some MiG-21s have, a Helmet Mounted Sight and a missile to go with it.
Renowned photographer Blair Bunting has taken a turn toward aviation subjects recently, and we are very thankful for him doing so. He captured a Thunderbird F-16 in his uniquely dramatic style, and now he attacked the world’s only operational 5th generation super fighter, the F-22 Raptor, with outstanding results. »
Hawaii Air National Guard F-22A Raptors from the 154th Fighter Wing and C-17As and KC-135Rs from the 15th Wing, based at Hickam AFB on the island of Oahu, took part in an evolving rapid deployment concept, aptly named "Rapid Raptor." The exercise would see a handful of the world's most advanced fighters being deployed… »
There is a very Star Wars-ish 'Rebel Alliance' vs the 'Galactic Empire' juxtaposition going on between the two types of aircraft and the environments in which they are being refueled in the video below. »
The world's only operational 5th generation stealth fighter has waded into combat for the first time in its almost decade old career with the USAF. Ironically, an aircraft that was built to be the ultimate air-to-air fighter went to war for the first time slinging bombs. Regardless of its mission, the first combat use… »