The United States is getting a brand-new bomber, called the B-21, for the first time since the 1990s. That’s normally the sort of thing defense-minded types like to hear, but U.S. Air Force programs of the past few decades have a tendency to go completely off the rails. These are the questions that the American…
Plenty of landowners have fought the government over plans to seize their property. But the Sheahan family of Nevada have not spent decades defending some mundane corner of farmland from being covered by a proposed interstate. The Sheahans’ ancestral mining land is getting seized over its very unique next-door…
The US Air Force is shopping around for 54 Kawasaki KLX110L “motorcycles” (dirt bikes) with skid plates, infared lights, and milspec desert tan paint jobs. I mean, awesome. But why?
Here are twelve KC-135 Stratotanker refueling airplanes all lined up on the runway like a dozen ducks in a row. It was part of an aerial exercise at the Kadena Air Base in Japan where the Stratotankers pumped 50 aircraft with 800,000 pounds of fuel.
Sources are saying it was a Cold War era U2 spy plane that shut down the ATC Center in Palmdale, California on Wednesday afternoon.
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…
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…
What's going on in the Middle East and Central Asia? According to The Aviationist, that's the sort of question that comes to mind when you see a bunch of A-10 attack aircraft normally stationed in Arizona sitting on the tarmac at a Massachusetts air base.
Wildfire continues to rage across much of the west, and the military has responded by dispatching tanker planes to help battle the blazes. This video shows an Air National Guard crew dropping chemical fire retardant over one of Colorado's wildfires with a C-130 Hercules.
The Italian Campaign of World War II happened to coincide with the last major eruption of Mount Vesuvius. Bad news for the 340th Bombardment Group of the US Army Air Forces, which happened to be based at Pompeii Airfield at the time of the eruption. Yeah. That Pompeii.
The U.S. Air Force's X-37b unmanned space shuttle landed at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California today following 220 days in orbit, touching down in darkness. Its mission? "Experimentation." Next one launches in spring.
Maj. John Baum, the No. 2 pilot with the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, gives a "rock on" signal while refueling his F-16 Fighting Falcon after an air show at Grand Forks Air Force Base, N.D. last month. Photo Credit: USAF