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  • A mismatch made in defense stock heaven (F-16 versus SU-24)

    11/24/2015 2:21:12 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 49 replies
    CNBC ^ | November 24, 2015 | By Jake Novak
    Sometimes it's just too easy and alluring to take advantage of an advantage. That's what may have happened in the skies along the Turkish-Syrian border today as two Turkish F16s shot down a Russian SU-24 bomber. The Turks say the Russian jet was flying into Turkish airspace. The Russians deny that. The political squabbling will go on perhaps for years. But from a military and industrial standpoint, there are things we know now that are crystal clear and they should have an impact on the bottom lines for defense contractors all over the globe. First, I'd like to put this...
  • Missing Planes - WW2 Aircraft Wrecks part 1

    11/22/2015 5:27:36 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 27 replies
    YouTube ^ | Jul 21, 2014 | Wartime Wrecks
    This video contains images of military aircraft shot down, missing during the World War II and found nowadays. Some aircraft have been restored and can fly again!
  • Astronaut Scott Kelly's 'UFO' photo generates extraterrestrial buzz

    11/21/2015 12:58:19 PM PST · by Momaw Nadon · 52 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | November 21, 2015 | FoxNews.com
    The truth is out there . . . maybe. A photo tweeted by astronaut Scott Kelly is generating plenty of extraterrestrial buzz. Kelly, who recently broke the U.S. record for most days in space, tweeted the picture taken from the International Space Station Sunday.
  • Lockheed’s airship gets the green light: FAA approves hybrid vehicle...

    11/20/2015 1:57:39 PM PST · by SatinDoll · 56 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | Nov. 19, 2015 | Ellie Zolfagharifard and Hugo Gye
    Lockheed Martin has been given the green light to build its radical hybrid airship that will launch in 2018. The US Federal Aviation Administration has this week approved a certification plan developed by the company, taking it one step closer to starting commercial deliveries. Lockheed says the airships can transport heavy cargo to remote locations, burn significantly less fuel than conventional aircraft and land on any flat surface, including sand, snow and water.
  • Russia Pounds ISIS With Biggest Bomber Raid in Decades

    11/17/2015 11:21:07 PM PST · by Mariner · 87 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | November 17th, 2015 | David Axe
    The Russian air force just pulled off one of the biggest and most complex heavy bomber missions in modern history—sending no fewer than 25 Backfire, Bear, and Blackjack bombers on a coordinated, long-range air raid against alleged ISIS forces in Syria. The Tuesday mission, which launched under the cover of darkness from a base in Ossetia in southern Russia, signaled a significant escalation of Moscow’s air war in Syria—and heralded the rebirth of Russian heavy bomber squadrons that once had withered from a lack of funding. Gen. Valery Gerasimov, chief of Russia’s general staff, announced the raid on Tuesday, calling...
  • Opinion: This new high-tech bomber is designed to keep China and Russia at bay

    11/17/2015 4:12:20 AM PST · by Cringing Negativism Network · 62 replies
    Marketwatch ^ | Published: Nov 16, 2015 6:21 p.m. ET
    The U.S. Air Force is developing a new bomber that promises to secure the U.S. advantage in modern warfare. The next-generation long-range strike bomber, recently awarded to Northrop Grumman Corp. NOC, +4.36% for development, will not be designed to rely on as yet undeveloped technologies, as is so often the case with new aircraft and weaponry. Instead, the aircraft will combine and fully exploit existing advanced stealth technology, integrated software, ordnance and countermeasures. In effect, the military is consolidating the best of its technology in one package. At the same time, the U.S. Air Force has decided to aggregate all...
  • Calls Key in Terror Case (calls from Albany NY to Syria)

    03/23/2006 7:01:11 PM PST · by prairiebreeze · 18 replies · 1,415+ views
    timesunion.com ^ | March 22, 2006 | BRENDAN LYONS,
    ALBANY -- The spiritual leader of an Albany mosque repeatedly called a phone number in Syria that an FBI report indicates had been used to gather terrorist intelligence for Osama bin Laden, according to classified documents unsealed late Tuesday in U.S. District Court. The FBI report, which was based on information from a confidential informant, was among several once-secret documents that federal authorities say raise questions about Yassin Aref's connections to terrorist organizations across the Middle East. Aref, 35, a Kurdish refugee who moved to Albany with his family in 1999, is in jail without bond while awaiting trial on...
  • Japan's first passenger plane in 50 years makes maiden flight

    11/14/2015 1:30:59 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 16 replies
    Reuters ^ | Wed Nov 11, 2015 1:45pm EST | Tim Kelly
    Japan's first commercial passenger plane in half a century made its maiden flight on Wednesday, in a breakthrough for the country's long-held ambition to establish an aircraft industry able to challenge some of the major players in global aviation. The Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ) successfully completed a 1.5-hour return flight from Nagoya Airport to test Mitsubishi Aircraft Corp's ability to bring the 100-seat class plane into service after three years of delays. The unit of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (7011.T), which built the World War Two-era Zero fighter, is hoping the $47-million regional jet will help it oust Canada's Bombardier Inc...
  • F-16s Could Fly for 92 Years In theory

    11/09/2015 10:27:06 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 31 replies
    WAR IS BORING ^ | November 7, 2015 | DAVID AXE
    Lockheed Martin, which manufactures the iconic F-16 jet fighter, just completed a two-year test that simulated a staggering 92 years of normal flying for one of the single-engine planes. That’s a long time. And amazingly, the F-16 — a 1990s-vintage Block 50 version — held up just fine. “The airframe was then subjected to several maximum-load conditions to demonstrate that the airframe still had sufficient strength to operate within its full operational flight envelope,” Lockheed explained in a press release. The point of the test was to provide data for Lockheed’s coming effort to rebuild 300 or so U.S. Air...
  • ‘Strong & safe’: Syrian Air Force pilots say veteran Soviet fighter jets are effective

    11/07/2015 3:04:22 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 13 replies
    Russia Today ^ | 7 Nov, 2015
    Syrian Air Force pilots are flying desperately outdated fighter jets on their anti-terror missions, loading them with homemade air bombs. But they are in high spirits as they feel they are winning the war against ISIS, they told RT. The latest figures of Russia’s continuing air campaign in Syria show over 260 terrorist targets hit earlier this week. While Russian pilots benefit either from the most advanced jets or fully refurbished and modernized warplanes, their Syrian counterparts’ planes are more basic, with some of their aircraft dating back to the 1960s, RT's Murad Gazdiev reports after visiting a Syrian Air...
  • Russia announces plan to ground all Boeing 737s in the country

    11/05/2015 11:00:45 PM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 22 replies
    theguardian.com ^ | 6 November 2015 | Reuters
    Russia’s airline regulator said it was suspending flying certificates for Boeing 737s in use in the country until it receives notification that the planes are safe to fly.
  • The Airplanes of James Bond

    11/05/2015 3:36:05 PM PST · by EveningStar · 15 replies
    Air & Space Magazine ^ | November 5, 2015 | Rebecca Maksel and Chris Klimek
    ... AFTER 52 HOURS, 22 bags of popcorn, and a trashcan-size soda, the editors at Air & Space have finished watching all of the Bond flicks, counting more than 160 aircraft and spacecraft (both fictional and non-). Bond and company have flown just about everything from "Bird 1" (Ernst Blofeld's fictional two-stage rocket used to capture U.S. and Soviet spacecraft) in You Only Live Twice to the Aerospatiale/Eurocopter helicopter operated by psychopath Xenia Onatopp (who uses her thighs to crush her opponents to death) in GoldenEye to the hot-air balloon blown up by the Cigar Girl assassin in The World...
  • It’s True! A toilet was used as an aerial bomb during the Vietnam War

    11/03/2015 11:03:14 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 18 replies
    As American involvement in the Vietnam War began, the A-1 Skyraider was still the medium attack aircraft in many carrier air wings, although it was planned to be replaced by the A-6A Intruder as part of the general switch to jet aircraft. Skyraiders from Constellation andTiconderoga participated in the first U.S. Navy strikes against North Vietnam on 5 August 1964 as part of Operation Pierce Arrow in response to the Gulf of Tonkin Incident, striking against fuel depots at Vinh, with one Skyraider from Ticonderoga damaged by anti-aircraft fire, and a second from Constellation shot down, killing its pilot. In...
  • Want to fly at 2,500mph? BAE Systems does and is willing to pay £20m for it

    11/02/2015 9:37:22 AM PST · by Red Badger · 10 replies
    www.telegraph.co.uk ^ | 12:01AM GMT 02 Nov 2015 | By Alan Tovey, Industry Editor
    Defence giant BAE Systems to buy a stake in Britain's Reaction Engines, which is developing revolutionary SABRE engines for ultra-fast aircraft How an aircraft fitted with the SABRE engines might look ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Hypersonic air travel and cut-price satellite launches will move a step closer when BAE Systems buys a stake in a UK company developing engines able to power aircraft at 2,500mph and into space. The FTSE 100 group is set to purchase 20pc of Oxfordshire-based Reaction Engines for £20.6m, in a deal that will see the defence giant’s expertise applied to research on the privately-held company’s engine, which combines...
  • Did You Know A Harrier Jet Once Made an Emergency Landing on a Cargo Ship?

    10/27/2015 4:31:03 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 7 replies
    gCaptain ^ | October 27, 2015 | Alex Bering
    With the choice of ditching his Sea Harrier ZA176 in the Atlantic or trying an improbable emergency landing on cargo ship nearly 70 miles away, Sub-Lt Ian Watson choose the latter and it actually worked.
  • Meet 'Viper' - the newest F-16 Fighter

    10/26/2015 9:57:40 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 28 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 26, 2015 | Allison Barrie
    Meet the F-16V Viper - the newest, most advanced fighter in the F-16 family that has just made its maiden flight.
  • Great Planes Northrop F-5 Freedom Fighter

    10/24/2015 6:33:04 PM PDT · by Yardstick · 50 replies
    YouTube ^ | June 12, 2015 | Great Planes
  • The A-4 Skyhawk Was the Navys Best Little Bomber

    10/20/2015 6:21:16 AM PDT · by C19fan · 22 replies
    War is Boring ^ | October 20, 2015 | S.K. Au-Yeong
    On Aug. 2, 1990, Saddam Husseins army stormed into the tiny kingdom of Kuwait with 120,000 troops and 300 tanks. While the invasion certainly shocked the world, the Iraqis did not roll in completely unopposed. Among the first responders were Kuwaiti air force A-4KU Skyhawks, which took off under artillery bombardment and lashed out at the invaders. By the time the little jets and their pilots evacuated Kuwait some landed on highways after their bases were overrun they had gunned down a third of the nine Iraqi helicopters reported destroyed, and wrecked an unknown number of Iraqi vehicles....
  • The F-4 Phantom's Manufacturer Wanted To Give It Swing-Wings

    10/18/2015 10:01:12 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 31 replies
    Foxtrot Alpha ^ | 10/18/15 | Tyler Rogoway
    McDonnell Aircraft Corporations F-4 Phantom was quickly becoming the do-all fighter by the mid 1960s, able to lug thousands of pounds of bombs on one mission and then strictly air-to-air missiles the next. The potential for evolving the already successful Phantom became especially attractive as high-end combat aircraft programs of the 60s began to sputter, namely the Navys F-111B. Enter the F-4(FV)S variable-geometry wing Phantom concept. The F-4(FV)S concept took the F-4 fuselage and omitted its low, bent-wing configuration. In its place was a redesigned highly-mounted swing-wing mated to large wing-root extensions. Within these extensions were the pivot points for...
  • The longest video of the biggest HO scale airport in the world

    10/18/2015 3:20:20 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 20 replies
    YouTube ^ | JAN 2014 | Bastiaan Blinksma
    For all aviation and model hobbyists on FR, this is fascinating. This is a two hour video of the world's largest HO scale model Airport assembled at Miniature Wunderland in Hamburg, Germany. Miniatur Wunderland computer control room It is completely computer controlled where Aircraft of various kinds take off, land, taxi around, park on the tarmac, maneuver into and out of hangers, have emergencies such as engine fires to be met by emergency vehicles, and even have a Space Shuttle landing or a humorously over-sized bumble bee take off (around 18 minutes into the video). The longest video of the...
  • U.S. Will Require Drones to Be Registered

    10/16/2015 5:46:25 PM PDT · by McGruff · 116 replies
    NBC News ^ | October 16, 2015
    The federal government will announce a new plan requiring anyone buying a drone to register the device with the U.S. Department of Transportation, NBC news has learned. The government has been concerned about the rise in close calls between unmanned drones and aircraft flying into and out of some of the nation's biggest airports. The plan is expected to be announced Monday. In July, there was a dangerously close encounter between a drone and a passenger jet with 159 people aboard setting up to land at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport.
  • Stunning images of A-10 Warthogs under the northern lights in Estonia

    10/17/2015 8:08:52 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 41 replies
    business insider ^ | Alex Lockie
    A-10 Warthogs to mari Air Base in Estonia during a stunning atmospheric phenomenon known as Aurora Borealis, Estonian photographer Gen Vagula pounced on the opportunity to take these gorgeous pictures.
  • P- 40 Kittyhawk: Guns Armed

    10/16/2015 9:39:46 AM PDT · by Snickering Hound · 54 replies
    Warbird News ^ | 10-13-2015
    PRESS RELEASE -Visitors to the Warbirds Over Wanaka International Airshow next Easter will be treated to a display which has never been performed at any other airshow in the world.Auckland-based pilot Liz Needham will be at the controls of a P-40 Kittyhawk aircraft as she strafes the airfield with six x .50 caliber machine guns.The display was first performed at Warbirds Over Wanaka by Garth Hogan in 2008 followed by Frank Parker. Liz Needham, who is married to Frank, then performed the display in 2012.The P-40 aircraft was restored some years earlier by Garth Hogan and Charles Darby and the...
  • Last flight of US Airways evokes 'golden age' of air travel

    10/15/2015 8:18:29 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 46 replies
    CNN ^ | October 15, 2015 | Thom Patterson
    It's the end of the line for US Airways. The airline that started as a tiny airmail service 76 years ago is retiring as part of a 2013 merger with American Airlines. The final US Airways flight is scheduled to take off from Philadelphia on Friday.
  • Here's the Russian jet that's terrorizing Syria's anti-Assad rebels (Similar to A-10 Warthog)

    10/15/2015 8:22:03 AM PDT · by upbeat5 · 33 replies
    Business Insider via Yahoo News ^ | October 15, 2015 | Jeremy Bender
    Russian Sukhoi Su-25 Frogfoot ground-attack planes perform during the Aviadarts military aviation competition at the Dubrovichi range near Ryazan, Russia, August 2, 2015. As the Syrian military begins its push to take back opposition-held areas in northwestern Syria, Russia has provided backing through an intensifying aerial campaign. Among the planes Moscow has used to back the Syrian military's attempted advance is a Russian combat aircraft that some have compared to the US's venerated A-10 Warthog. The Russian Su-25 Frogfoot is a low-flying tank-like plane that specializes in providing aerial cover and attacking ground targets. The Frogfoot is a sturdy plane,...
  • Japan's F-2 vs. China's Lethal J-10 Fighter: Who Wins?

    10/14/2015 10:38:41 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 18 replies
    THE NATIONAL INTEREST ^ | October 13, 2015 | Kyle Mizokami
    The rivalry between Japan and China over islands in the East China Sea has triggered close encounters between the two sides in the air. Chinese fighters have intercepted Japanese aircraft patrolling the Senkaku Islands (Diaoyu Islands to China), resulting in Japanese fighters being scrambled to intercept. These aerial encounters in the Western Pacific highlight the Peoples Liberation Army Air Force and the Japan Air Self Defense Force. Chinas Su-27 and J-11 air superiority fighters are well known to outsiders, as are Japans equivalent, the F-15J Eagle. Less well known are the single-engine multi-role fighters that back up their large, twin-engined...
  • Teens Discovery of Skeleton-Filled Fuselage in Jungle Could Be MH370

    10/12/2015 6:02:36 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 69 replies
    New York Post ^ | October 12, 2015 | Emily Saul
    A teenager hunting for birds in the jungle of a Philippine island claims to have stumbled upon a fuselage full of skeletons and a Malaysian flag, and authorities believe it could be from missing Flight MH370. The coastal wreckage in Tawi Tawi was under investigation by local authorities in Malaysias Sabah region Monday. The finding was reported by Jamil Omar of Borneo, 46, who says his nephew made the grim discovery in September, but didnt realize what it was as he has no access to television or newspapers.
  • Gail Halvorsen Berlin Airlift Pilot (turns 95 today)

    10/10/2015 4:01:15 PM PDT · by Borges · 13 replies
    Stern.De ^ | 10/10/2015
    The Berlin children knew exactly when he came. For hours she sometimes waited at the fence of the airport, to a DC-4 came in who wiggled his wings. He, Gail Halvorsen was. Just before the fence flew little parachutes out of the plane, because chocolate and candy. The gesture of a US officer made the Berlin Airlift popular worldwide. They intensified shortly after the war In addition, the German-American friendship and missed the pilot a nickname to which it is proud to present: "Uncle Wiggly Wings" is 95th Halvorsen now lives on a farm in Utah. "I'm doing excellent," he...
  • Less talk, more action: Russian jets destroy ISIS HQs, tanks, munition depots all in just 1 week

    10/07/2015 11:29:57 PM PDT · by Cronos · 37 replies
    RT ^ | 7 October 2015 | Alexei Danichev
    It’s been a tough week for terrorists in Syria. Over seven days Russia delivered over a hundred airstrikes at various jihadist facilities across the country, reportedly igniting panic among some groups. Russia launched its air campaign in Syria on September 30, making 120 combat sorties that hit 110 targets in just over a week, according to the Defense Ministry. Among the objects destroyed are: 71 armored vehicles 30 other vehicles 19 command facilities2 communication centers23 depots with fuel and ammunition6 plants used to make IEDs, including car bombs several artillery piecesseveral training camps 'Terrorists on the run' The apparent goal...
  • American Airlines pilot dies mid-flight during trip to Boston

    10/05/2015 2:36:53 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 24 replies
    The Verge ^ | October 5, 2015 | Chris Welch
    An American Airlines pilot became incapacitated and later died during an early red-eye flight from Phoenix to Boston on Monday. The company has yet to release the pilot's name or details on what caused his death. The plane's co-pilot took over the controls of the Airbus A320 and safely landed the 147-passenger flight in Syracuse around 7AM ET in an emergency attempt to get the pilot medical attention. The flight originally departed shortly after midnight on Monday.
  • BREAKING NEWS: American Airlines captain dies at the controls despite desperate efforts..

    10/05/2015 11:14:32 AM PDT · by PROCON · 49 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | Oct. 5, 2015 | John Hutchinson
    An airline captain has reportedly died at the controls despite a flight attendant with medical training trying to revive him. In a recording, the first officer is heard radioing in the emergency to ground control explaining that the captain has become 'incapacitated.' American Airlines flight 550 was en-route to Boston from Phoenix earlier this morning when the pilot was taken ill at the controls. An air stewardess - apparently a former nurse - fought to save his life but to no avail.
  • Everyone Who Wanted More F-22s Is Being Proven Right

    10/03/2015 12:27:17 PM PDT · by zeestephen · 14 replies
    Fox Trot Alpha ^ | 25 September 2015 | Tyler Rogoway
    As if they suddenly came to an epiphany, the United States Air Force brass is now admitting what many of us have been screaming about for so long: We didnt build nearly enough F-22s, and the F-35 cannot simply pick up the slack.
  • End of an era: The world's last flying Avro Vulcan prepares for its final flight

    10/02/2015 7:40:36 PM PDT · by DFG · 36 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 10/2/2015 | DARREN BOYLE
    The world's last flying Avro Vulcan is preparing for its final ever flights after the decision was made to permanently ground the Cold War veteran jet. The four-engined bomber, which saw action in the Falklands, is undertaking two final missions on October 10 and 11, flying long loops of the country from north to south. Chief pilot Martin Withers, who broke the record for the world's longest bombing mission in April 1982, is currently preparing a route for the final flights, which are being designed so as many people as possible will be able to see the jet.
  • Reno Air Races 2015 Recap Part 1

    10/02/2015 11:37:02 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 32 replies
    The Pylon Place ^ | September 30, 2015 | Marilyn Dash
    What a great time! What a crowd! What amazing racing! This was the best year in a long time! The week started out with great weather but lots of smoke from the many fires in California. When the wind blew in, the smoke blew out but the winds brought a new set of issues. The wind was so bad on Sunday, several classes had to stand down from their allotted course time because the winds were above their limits as addressed in the Rules of Competition. But by Monday, everyone was back on the course and qualifying began...
  • This Hellcat Still Purrs Along Nicely

    09/29/2015 11:58:19 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 39 replies
    WSJ ^ | 29 sept 2015 | A.J. BAIME
    Mine was built in 1944 by Buick in Flint, Mich., with a 975-cubic inch airplane engine in it. According to my records, it was sold as surplus after World War II to the Yugoslavian military, where it was used in the civil war there in the 1990s. Would whoever owns the 1984 Camaro, please move it, or were going to have it towed away. Of course, nobody moved it. With everyone watching, I fired up the tank destroyer and crushed that Camaro. The crowds loved it.
  • Check out 'Trump Force One' Donald Trump's personal Boeing airliner

    09/29/2015 10:47:00 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 43 replies
    Business Insider ^ | July 27, 2015 | Benjamin Zhang
    As Donald Trump's campaign for the White House kicks into high gear, the bombastic billionaire will be jetting across America on his private Boeing 757-200 airliner. Unlike most presidential candidates, The Donald actually owns his campaign plane. "Trump Force One" as some have dubbed the jet will be one of the most visible symbols of Trump's run for the Oval Office. Trump has owned the Boeing airliner registration N757FA since 2011 and has customized the aircraft to his liking. Have a closer look at Donald Trump's personal Boeing 757-200 jet.
  • Must See:Never-Seen Photos Of Boeing's 1960s Stealth Jet Concept That Predicted The Future

    09/27/2015 7:10:12 AM PDT · by lbryce · 9 replies
    Foxtrot Alpha ^ | September 22, 2015 | Tyler Rogoway
    An overwhelming treasure trove on the early days of stealth technology. A plethora of imagery, blueprints,numerous videos on the early days of stealth technology kept very hush hush on the stealth aircraft pioneered by Boeing. For years, all the aviation world knew about Boeings secret stealth project from the 1960s was limited to a name and a single mysterious photo. It seemed like a relic out of time, possessing many stealthy design features that wouldnt exist until decades later, and even then, only in highly classified black projects. Lockheed's Senior Peg: The Forgotten Stealth Bomber Perhaps because it was built...
  • Video allegedly showing Russian warplanes refueling over northern Homs,Syria.

    09/23/2015 12:50:22 PM PDT · by Trumpinator · 32 replies
    youtube.com ^ | 9/20/2015 | شبكة صدى الثورة
    Can anyone ID the planes on video?
  • Boeing sells China 300 planes, agrees plant: Xinhua

    09/23/2015 5:17:38 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 47 replies
    SHANGHAI: US aerospace giant Boeing has reached deals with Chinese firms to sell 300 aircraft and set up a completion centre in China, state media and its local partner said on Wednesday (, as President Xi Jinping began a visit to the United States. The massive order, which was not immediately confirmed by Boeing, demonstrates the vital importance of the Chinese market despite a growth slowdown that threatens to slow the expansion of air travel. The state-owned Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (COMAC) also reached an agreement with Boeing to set up a "completion centre" in China for its narrow-body...
  • Warbirds of America

    09/22/2015 5:55:59 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 10 replies
    https://vimeo.com ^ | September 22, 2014
    Great WW2 footage of the great warbirds of WW2, the people that built them, crewed them, and the men that fought and died in them. We can never repay the debt we owe to them.
  • The WWII-Era Plane Giving the F-35 a Run for Its Money

    09/19/2015 11:40:53 AM PDT · by Forgotten Amendments · 88 replies
    motherboard.vice.com/ ^ | September 18, 2015 | JOHN ISMAY, ADRIAN BONENBERGER, AND DAMIEN SPLEETERS
    ...The A-10 is the best close attack plane ever made, period, Sprey tells me. But the Air Force hates that mission. Theyll do anything they can to kill that plane. He says retiring the iconic A-10, a twin-engine attack jet with 30-mm cannons that hit with 14 times the kinetic energy of the 20-mm guns mounted on Americas current fleet of supersonic fighters, became an article of faith among high ranking Air Force officers, generations of whom had been raised to believe in the redemptive power of technological innovation. That mentality drove production of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, the...
  • FAA says American Airlines flights ground stopped nationwide

    09/17/2015 10:22:14 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 34 replies
    CNBC ^ | 9-16-2015 | Fred Imbert
    The Federal Aviation Administration said Thursday American Airlines flights experienced nationwide ground stops amid computer issues.
  • How a Texas collector ended up with millions worth of World War II fighter planes

    09/16/2015 3:31:04 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 23 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | September 16, 2015 | Dylan Baddour
    Tuesday marked the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, when Royal Air Force pilots took the reins of world history, repelled the prelude to a Nazi invasion and defended the land from which America would lead the D-Day landings four years later. But few folks likely know that West Texas long hosted one of the world's finest collections of WWII-era warplaneslargely because the small fleet of historical aircraft were never advertised or opened for public viewing.
  • When the IAF showed the Soviets who was top gun

    09/11/2015 6:32:47 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    ISRAEL HAYOM ^ | September 11, 2015 | Aharon Lapidot
    The first, and so far last, dogfight between Israeli and Russian air forces took place 45 years ago, on July 30, 1970, as the War of Attrition between Israel and Egypt, Jordan and the Palestine Liberation Organization was winding down. The aerial battle took place southwest of the Suez Canal, over an area the Israeli Air Force had dubbed "Texas" as it was a local "Wild West," a lawless area where the quicker the gunslinger, the bigger the reward. The Israeli force comprised four Phantom and 12 Mirage fighter jets, flown by pilots who together were credited with shooting down...
  • The awesome A-10 video the Air Force doesnt want you to see

    09/09/2015 5:16:15 PM PDT · by WilliamofCarmichael · 57 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Sept. 2015 | Business Insider
    The A-10 Warthog is the only aircraft built for a close-air-support (CAS) mission. It was literally designed around its distinctive 30mm Gatling gun. The gun is more than 19 feet long and weighs more than 4,000 pounds. The distinctive sound made by the weapon (aka the BRRRRRRRRRT . . . .
  • Iraq uses new F-16 jets for first time in raids against Islamic State

    09/06/2015 7:35:39 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 17 replies
    TheGuardian.com ^ | 9/6/15 | Guardian staff
    Iraq has put F-16 warplanes acquired from the United States into action against the Islamic State group for the first time, the commander of the air force said Sunday. Fifteen air strikes were carried out in the past four days, staff lieutenant general Anwar Hama Amin said following a news conference in Baghdad. Smart weapons were used in the strikes, Amin said, without specifying the type. Khaled al-Obaidi, the defence minister, told the news conference that the strikes had achieved important results and that the jets will have an impact on the conduct of operations in the future.
  • Donald Trumps Private Plane Removed From Online Flight Tracker

    09/05/2015 7:00:30 PM PDT · by Helicondelta · 45 replies
    washingtontimes.com ^ | September 5, 2015
    Real estate mogul Donald Trump is the sole candidate among the GOP 2016 who owns his own aircraft, which has come in handy getting him all over the country for campaign events. Mr. Trumps plane a Boeing 757-200, tail number N757FA could be tracked online via FlightAware, a free flight-tracking service, until Wednesday when the notice this aircraft is not available for public tracking per request from owner/operator appeared on the website
  • Man Takes to the Skies in World-First Pentacontakaitetracopter

    09/05/2015 4:43:48 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 39 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Friday 4 September 2015 | Alex Hern
    YouTuber gasturbine101 flies in a 54-rotor homemade vehicleStop the search: the greatest Briton in history has been found sitting astride a makeshift helicopter comprised of 54 drone rotors dressed like one of Monty Pythons Gumbies. YouTuber gasturbine101 built the worlds first pentacontakaitetracopter (thats a vehicle with 54 blades), and flew it almost three meters above the ground,
  • India's Light Combat Helicopter Gets Hot & High

    09/03/2015 7:45:56 PM PDT · by cold start · 3 replies
    These great photos and statement out of HAL today on the LCH's progress, including hot & high tests in Ladakh. Here's what they sent out: HAL successfully carried out the hot and the high-altitude trials of indigenously designed, developed attack chopper Light Combat Helicopter (LCH) at Leh recently. These seasonal trials - including cold weather trials carried out at Leh during February this year - have been completed as part of the certification process. The flight trials at Leh have established hover performance and low speed handling characteristics of the helicopter under extreme weather conditions at different altitudes (3200...
  • France says wing part found on Reunion island definitely from MH370

    09/03/2015 10:26:58 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 15 replies
    Reuters ^ | 9-3-2015
    The piece of wing found on the shore of Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean has been formally identified as part of the wreckage of Malaysian Airlines flight MH370, the Paris prosecutor said on Thursday. The part, known as a flaperon, was found on the shore of the French-governed island on July 29 and Malaysian authorities have said paint color and maintenance-record matches proved it came from the missing Boeing (BA.N) 777 aircraft. The French prosecutor, who had until Thursday's statement been more cautious on its provenance, said a technician from Airbus Defense and Space (ADS-SAU) in Spain, which had...