Category: AIRCRAFT

The Republic XF-84H Thunderscreech Was So Loud It Made Ground Crews Sick

Republic XF-84H Thunderscreech taking off

The US Air Force has developed a number of experimental aircraft over the decades, but none was as interesting as the Republic XF-84H Thunderscreech. A…

Pave Low: Converting Search and Rescue Helicopters for Use In Special Ops

Sikorsky MH-53 Pave Low in flight

Sikorsky MH-53 Pave Lows had the ability to perform both search and rescue and special operations missions. “Pave” stands for “Precision Avionics Vectoring Equipment,” the…

F-16 vs F-18: Key Differences Between the US Air Force’s Most Iconic Fighters

General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon and McDonnell Douglas F-18 Hornet in flight

General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon vs McDonnell Douglas F-18 Hornet – which one would win in an aerial battle? These two aircraft are among the…

The US Air Force Panicked When Its Top-Secret Stealth Fighter Crashed Into the California Wilderness

Aerial view of Sequoia National Forest + Lockheed F-117 Nighthawk

In July 1986, a Lockheed F-117 Nighthawk crashed in Sequoia National Forest – not that the US Air Force wanted anyone to know. As the…

Blohm & Voss BV 141: The Asymmetrical German Aircraft That Shouldn’t Have Been Able to Fly – But Did

Ground crews standing around a Blohm & Voss BV 141 parked on a runway

The Blohm & Voss BV 141 was designed as a tactical reconnaissance aircraft. While passed over by the German Air Ministry for the Focke-Wulf Fw…

Photos That Showcase the Durability of American Aircraft During World War II

Pilot looking at a hole in his aircraft + Airman standing on an aircraft, looking at a hole in its tail

Given the numerous theaters American aircraft flew in throughout World War II, it’s no wonder the majority suffered extensive damage at the hands of the…

The V-280 Valor Will Replace the US Army’s Fleet of Black Hawk and Apache Helicopters

Bell V-280 Valor hovering over a grounded aircraft

The US Army has awarded Bell and Lockheed Martin a contract to replace its aging fleet of Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawks and Boeing AH-64 Apaches.…

US Air Force, Pentagon Unveil New B-21 Raider Stealth Bomber

Northrop Grumman B-21 Raider parked on a stage

On December 2, 2022, the US Air Force unveiled the Northrop Grumman B-21 Raider, its new dual-capable penetrating strike bomber. Developed to combat China’s growing…

These Helicopters First Took Flight During WW2

Focke-Wulf Fw 61 in flight + Sikorsky R-4 "Hoverfly" parked in the grass

Whenever someone uses helicopters and war in the same sentence, images of aircraft hovering over dense Vietnamese jungles immediately come to mind. However, while these…

US Air Force, Kratos Successfully Conduct Test Flight of XQ-58A Valkyrie

Kratos XQ-58A Valkyrie dropping an Area-I Altius-600

The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) and Kratos Defense & Security Solutions have completed yet another successful test flight of the XQ-58A Valkyrie at Yuma…

Six Dead In Dallas Air Show Crash Involving Two WWII-Era Aircraft

Douglas B-17G Flying Fortress in flight + Bell P-63 Kingcobra parked on the runway

Tragedy struck the Wings Over Dallas air show on November 12, 2022 when two World War II-era aircraft crashed mid-air. As of publishing, six are…

The Most Unusual Aircraft to Ever Take to the Skies

Blohm & Voss BV 141 in flight + Tupelov Tu-144 in flight

A number of unusual aircraft have been designed over the years, and some are more questionable than others. While many never made it past the…