Dutch F-16 Pilots Now Flying Over ISIS Territory With Sub Machine Guns

After a Jordanian F-16 pilot was captured and burned alive in a steel cage, Dutch F-16 crews are being armed with Brugger & Thomet MP9 sub-machine guns. The idea being: if a pilot ejects, they can hold off the enemy long enough for a combat search and rescue unit to arrive. More firepower gives them a fighting chance. » 5/21/15 7:20pm 5/21/15 7:20pm

Moroccan F-16 Fighter And Saudi AH-64 Attack Helicopter Down In Yemen

A Moroccan F-16 and a Saudi AH-64 Apache both went down while operating over Yemen yesterday. The crew of the Apache has supposedly fallen into Houthi Rebel hands while the F-16’s pilot fate remains less clear, although grisly images of a body said to be located at the crash site are making their rounds on Twitter. » 5/11/15 10:21am 5/11/15 10:21am

These Fighter Pilot Brothers Spent Time Waging A Mock Air War Together

Nowhere has there been a better opportunity for a little competitive sibling bonding time than what Jarrod “Bluto” Allen and his brother Jacob “Apollo” Allen experienced recently during exercise Max Thunder in South Korea. Because they just flew alongside one another in a giant aerial war game. » 5/08/15 1:21pm 5/08/15 1:21pm

This Is The Best Military Aviation Shot You Have Seen For A Long Time

One of Europe’s top aviation photographers, Frank Crebas, was along for the ride in a F-16BM as Dutch F-16s intercepted a pair of B-52H Stratofortresses during Exercise Polar Growl. The result was this amazing image of an F-16 over a B-52 with its shadow perfectly aligned on the big bomber’s spine. » 4/08/15 9:52am 4/08/15 9:52am

USAFE F-16s Train With Romania's MiG-21 Lancers During Dacian Warhawk

As part of America's continued initiative to show greater military readiness and fighting capability in Europe in order to reassure NATO allies and deter Russian aggression in the region, USAFE has sent six of its F-16CJs from Germany to train with some of the oldest jets in NATO, Romania's ancient MiG-21 Lancers. » 3/21/15 1:09pm 3/21/15 1:09pm

This Air Force Father-Son Duo Spent Some Quality Time Dogfighting 

Some people like going to a baseball game with their old man, or maybe curating a common stamp collection, but for this pair of USAF fighter pilots, dogfighting is the preferred medium for a little quality bonding time. Capt. Taylor Wight flies the F-15E Strike Eagle, while his dad, Col. Al Wimmer, flies the F-16C… » 12/26/14 3:30pm 12/26/14 3:30pm

ISIS Captures Jordanian F-16 Pilot Downed Over Raqqa, Syria

One of the anti-ISIS air coalition's biggest fears have come true: A pilot being captured by ISIS militants. The Jordanian F-16AM was flying over the ISIS stronghold of Raqqa, Syria this morning when some say it was engaged by a shoulder-fired heat seeking missile. Later, images appeared on twitter of pieces of the… » 12/24/14 8:53am 12/24/14 8:53am

Massive Storm Tosses Jets At Air Force Boneyard Around Like Toys

Winds in excess of 65mph gusted through Tuscon, Arizona last weekend, the home of America's expansive AMARG aircraft storage and 'boneyard' facility, causing an F-16 to break free from its tie-downs and take to the air once again. Sadly, its flight was short lived and it landed upside down on another Viper stored… » 7/16/14 3:38pm 7/16/14 3:38pm

The USAF's Deadliest F-16 Viper Pilot On Women, Combat, And The F-35

20 years, over 600 combat hours, 151 combat missions, 21 hard kills on surface-to-air missile sites, four Distinguished Flying Crosses with Valor, eight Air Medals with Valor, five Meritorious Service Medals, one Purple Heart. Dan Hampton is one of America's most decorated fighter pilots of modern times and he… » 7/14/14 12:37pm 7/14/14 12:37pm

The F-16 Gun Pod That Tried To Shoot Down The A-10 Warthog

The USAF has been trying to kill the A-10 for as long as the Warthog has been in service. Part of this effort saw the A-10's huge GAU-8 Avenger 30mm cannon shrunk down into a pod that could be carried by sexier fighters, primarily the F-16. The results of which were far from impressive... » 7/01/14 4:17pm 7/01/14 4:17pm