This Is How The Air Force Refuels Planes Midair

Have you ever wondered how the Air Force gets fuel into planes in midair? I bet you thought the pilots did it all. They certainly play a big role, but the main person in this operation is a guy (or gal) laying on his stomach, looking out of a huge window in the bottom of the tanker plane, "flying" the fuel boom with a… » 2/28/13 10:33am 2/28/13 10:33am

Air Force Pararescue Jumpers Dive Out Of Helicopters Into Hell

If you ever find yourself lost behind enemy lines with no hope of getting past the bad guys, over the lines, and to the safety of your own people, you're pretty well stuffed. For military pilots, this scenario is a distinct possibility. That's why the Air Force has crews of pararescue jumpers to fly into all sorts of… » 2/18/13 2:29pm 2/18/13 2:29pm

'Oh Crap,' Said Air Force Pilot Who Broke The Sound Barrier And A Bunch…

The Thunderbirds are the U.S. Air Force's crack aerobatics team, so they have to practice a lot to get their routines down. Mistakes can lead to horrible crashes, or, as in the case of a Thunderbird pilot flying over Tucson, Ariz., thousands of dollars in damaged property. » 12/20/12 2:00pm 12/20/12 2:00pm

An SR-71 Blackbird Tail Fin Is For Sale On eBay For $1 Million

A tail rudder from the fastest airplane in the world could be yours — for a cool $1 million. The seller didn't say if it was a spare part, or if it was once part of a functioning SR-71 Blackbird, which is an important distinction given the cost. » 6/01/12 4:00pm 6/01/12 4:00pm