Check Out These Stunning Images From Israel's Blue Flag Air Combat Exercise

Israel’s second Blue Flag air combat exercise is wrapping up this week at Ovdat Air Force Base, Northwest of Eilat. The exercise saw USAF F-15Cs, Polish and Greek Block 50/52 F-16C/Ds, along with front-line Israeli F-16Is, F-15C/Ds take on Israel’s famous “Flying Dragon” aggressor squadron in the air and on the ground »10/29/15 3:53pm10/29/15 3:53pm


First F-16V Flies But Its New Features Won't Show Up On USAF Models

Lockheed’s F-16V testbed flew for the first time yesterday. This face-lift of the F-16 is almost entirely internal, but it gives the most successful 4th generation fighter a quantum leap in capabilities. But don’t expect the F-16V’s game-changing features to show up on USAF F-16s anytime soon, and that is a major… »10/22/15 5:30pm10/22/15 5:30pm

F-16 Takes Battle Damage From Small Arms Fire Over Afghanistan

A U.S. Air Force F-16 was struck by ground fire causing damage to one of its horizonal stabilizers during a mission over Afghanistan last Tuesday, according to reports released today. The stricken jet returned to base to make an emergency landing after dropping its external fuel tanks and its air-to-ground munitions… »10/19/15 5:21pm10/19/15 5:21pm

Historic Photo Shows 3rd, 4th and 5th Generation Combat Jets In Formation

Our good friend and flying photog Frank Crebas was out in the Majove Desert at Edwards Air Force Base this week to take some shots of the F-35’s testing. In the end he ended up with something even more exciting — three consecutive generations of tactical combat jets in formation.… »8/27/15 8:50pm8/27/15 8:50pm

U.S. F-16 Crashes Into Bavarian Forest, Pilot Ejects With Light Injuries

A Block 50 F-16CM from the U.S. Air Force 480th Fighter Squadron, the “Warhawks,” based at Spangdahlem Air Base in Germany, crashed into a forest at around 9:30 a.m. local time while on a training mission near the U.S. Army Garrison in Grafenwoehr. The pilot safely ejected and is being held at the hospital with only… »8/11/15 10:51am8/11/15 10:51am

Thunderbirds Buzz The Tetons and Niagara Falls In These Stunning Images

The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds have been on a roll making the best of their cross-country flights between their home at Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas to air shows around the country by making some slight detours over amazing scenery to capture some stunning images. In the last two weeks they swung over Niagara… »7/28/15 2:27pm7/28/15 2:27pm

The F-35 Can't Beat The Plane It's Replacing In A Dogfight: Report

We’ve heard of significant shortcomings before with the fighter jet that’s supposed to be America’s future, but this is just as bad as it gets. The F-35 performed so dismally in a dogfight, that the test pilot remarked that the it had pretty much no place fighting other aircraft within visual range. »6/29/15 5:30pm6/29/15 5:30pm

Iraqi F-16 Crash In Arizona Is Another Blow To Troubled Training Program

An Iraqi Air Force F-16D went down near the town of Douglas, along the Arizona-New Mexico border late last night. The jet was reportedly the inaugural F-16 delivered with Iraqi colors and the condition of its pilot, reportedly an Iraqi airman training in the U.S., remains unknown. The crash has sparked a large fire… »6/25/15 3:03pm6/25/15 3:03pm

Why Don't The Newest US Air Force F-16s Use These High-Tech Fuel Tanks?

Fuel is the ever-present specter that looms over every pilot. It’s great when you have enough of it, and terrifying when you don’t. This is especially true for notoriously fuel hungry tactical fighters. Conformal Fuel Tanks (CFTs) have become an increasingly popular way to add range to existing fighter designs, such… »6/22/15 2:03pm6/22/15 2:03pm

Watch This Dutch F-16 Pilot Try To Kill An American F-15 In Mock Combat

Dutch F-16AMs and American F-15Cs had at it last April during the Florida and Oregon Air National Guard’s composite deployment to the region as part of Operation Atlantic Resolve. The awesome video below gives us an in-the-cockpit look at what it is like to spar with an Eagles high over the North Sea. »6/04/15 1:54pm6/04/15 1:54pm

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 7:20pm5/21/15 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 10:21am5/11/15 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 1:21pm5/08/15 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 9:52am4/08/15 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 1:09pm3/21/15 1:09pm