The Air Force received its first laser weapons for fighter planes
In 2017, the Air Force Research Lab awarded a $26.3 million contract to Lockheed Martin for the design, development, and production of a high power fiber laser. Named the Laser…
How the British made a jet-powered, flying boat fighter plane
When people think of seaplanes, large propeller-driven aircraft are generally what come to mind. Multi-engined planes like the PBY-5A Catalina and the BV 238 came to define the class. However,…
This ‘Whale’ saved 700 planes during the Vietnam War
When armchair historians discuss naval aviation during the Vietnam War, the focus usually turns to the F-4 Phantom. That’s the multi-service plane flown by the Navy’s only aces of the war — Randall “Duke” Cunningham and Willie Driscoll.
These WWII bombers were converted into gunships
The idea of putting weapons on aircraft to strike ground targets is not a new one. Although the concept has culminated in the deadly AC-130 gunship today, it was employed…
These 7 old warhorses of the sky just refuse to retire
There’s an old saying: “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”
That definitely seems to be the philosophy used by many countries around the world in retaining large numbers of older aircraft as the mainstays of their air forces.
US, Canadian fighters intercept Russian spy planes north of Alaska
Two Russian Tu-142 maritime reconnaissance aircraft lingered in U.S.-Canadian air defense space Monday for hours after being intercepted by fighter jets, defense officials said.
The two Russian planes were intercepted by U.S.
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