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Hughes XF-11: The Aircraft That Almost Took Out Its Creator

Hughes XF-11 coming in for a landing

The Hughes XF-11 was a prototype reconnaissance aircraft intended to be operated by the US Army Air Forces (USAAF). It was partially designed by Howard…

Russia Allegedly Develops ‘Hibernating’ Drones That Can ‘Sleep’ for Weeks Before Attacking

Ukrainian military officials standing with Russian drones

After two years of working alongside the Russian Ministry of Defence, a tech firm has reportedly developed a drone – known as the “Joker FPV”…

USS Ticonderoga (CVS-14) Recovered the Crew of the Apollo 17 Space Mission

Frogman standing with the Apollo 17 Command Module, with the USS Ticonderoga (CVS-14) in the distance

On December 7, 1972, a three-man crew was launched into space on the final mission of NASA‘s Apollo program. For 12 days, they orbited space,…

Search for World War I-Era French Minesweepers Leads to Discovery of 1879 Shipwreck

Navarin-class minesweepers at port

A number of ships have fallen victim to the wicked weather of the Great Lakes over the centuries. One, the loss of the SS Edmund…

Martin B-26 Marauder: The Accident-Prone Medium Bomber That Went On to Become One of the Most Successful of WWII

Martin B-26 Marauder 'Big Hairy Bird' in flight

The Martin B-26 Marauder was an American twin-engine medium bomber that saw service during World War II. Taking part in action in all theaters of…

Fairey Swordfish: The Outdated Biplane That Helped Sink the German Battleship Bismarck

Fairey Swordfish Mk II in flight

The Fairey Swordfish was a biplane torpedo bomber, nicknamed “Stringbag,” that primarily served with the Fleet Air Arm (FAA) of the British Royal Navy during…

USS Ticonderoga (CV-14): The Aircraft Carrier That Served In Two Wars and Aided In the Apollo Missions

USS Ticonderoga (CVS-14) at sea

The USS Ticonderoga (CV/CVA/CVS-14) was an Essex-class aircraft carrier built by the US Navy during the Second World War. She was the fourth ship to…

USS Buckley (DE-51): The Destroyer Escort That Took Out a German U-boat With Hand-to-Hand Combat and Grenades

USS Buckley (DE-51) at sea

The USS Buckley (DE-51) was a destroyer escort and lead ship of her class that served with the US Navy between 1943-46. During her wartime…

The Story Behind a Lockheed P-38G Lightning Wreck Off the Southern Coast of France

Wreck of a Lockheed P-38G Lightning on the seafloor

The Lockheed P-38 Lightning was a versatile and highly capable fighter used by the United States and other Allied countries in both the European and…

World War II-Era Hawker Hurricanes Found Buried In Ukraine

Member of the Armed Forces of Ukraine making notes near the rusty fuselage of a Hawker Hurricane

As the fighting continues to wage on in Ukraine as part of the Russo-Ukrainian War, several World War II-era relics have been unearthed. Not only…

The US Has Officially Destroyed the Last of Its Chemical Weapons Stockpile

Two workers walking through a room stocked with M55 rockets

Closing a chapter that dates back to the First World War, the US has declared that the last of its chemical weapons stores have been…

US Navy Identifies Escort Carrier Sunk By Japanese Kamikaze In World War II

USS Ommaney Bay (CVE-79) at sea

The Naval History and Heritage Command (NHHC) has confirmed the location of the wreck of the USS Ommaney Bay (CVE-79) in the Sulu Sea, off…