Here’s a photo of a US Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker refueling an A-10 Thunderbolt II over the clouds. The perfect angle of the picture and the lovely nose art of the aircraft makes the fighter jet look like a flying shark machine that has a machine gun as its mouth and scars on its battered nose. It’s such a cool…
What a view. Here’s a KC-135 Stratotanker refueling a F-15 in the air from the perspective of the air tanker. Actually, it’s almost like seeing the whole process from the perspective of the boom, as we see the probe arm reach into the receptacle. It’s such an awesome angle.
It’s truly amazing that anybody survived the Cold War.
When you got one of the biggest guns in the world, you can’t just pop in a new magazine and start firing again. Well, you can but the new ‘magazine’ for the GAU-8 Avenger is so ginormous it needs to be trucked in and requires multiple Air Force guys to get the gun reloaded. It takes time to get giant bullets on board!…
This image looks almost comically serene—and that might in fact be the whole point. This is a security forces Airman shortly after being plunged into a pool as part of his Pre-Ranger Training Assessment Course.
At home, you might be content with a wrench and an oily rag to fix up your car. But that doesn’t cut it for Air Force mechanics.
Meet Fritz. He’s a 125lbs Belgian Malinois employed as a Military Working Dog by the Air Force. They figured it’d be a good idea to get him to attack me so I could write you an article about it. Let’s see how that goes.
In the face of mounting criticism, the Air Force just completed the first test flight of the B61 Mod 12 mock up nuclear bomb in the Nevada desert. This marks the next step in updating a cold war-era weapon that many experts consider to be completely useless today. The military might as well drop a nuke on a pile of…
If there is a future in unmanned commercial aviation, it is currently being explored by NASA in the form of the Lockheed Martin X-56A. Its adaptive structures and modular wing and tail surfaces are meant to be the cutting edge for designing future surveillance drones and transport aircraft. A little less than two…
The Air Force is planning to cut back its drone flights from 65 a day to 60 a day because drone operators are “burning out,” reports the The New York Times.
Many of us know the feeling of posting a regrettable pic or two online. But while your thoughtless photos might be an embarrassment, they (typically) aren’t offensive enough to merit a US Air Force strike. If you’re a terrorist, on the other hand, a wee bit more discretion is probably advised.
One of the US Air Force’s most high-tech weapons is a tool that can’t hurt people — but it kills electronic devices.
The U.S. Air Force’s unmanned X-37B shot off into space for the fourth time today. The extreme secrecy shrouding all three previous missions have fueled plenty of conspiracy theories. But for once, we actually have some inkling of what the X-37B will do.
The U.S military is increasingly making use of drones rather than manned aircraft. But a new report from the Government Accountability Office suggest that many drone pilots don’t get enough training.
Have you ever experienced a sonic boom? A sonic boom so forceful that your dishes fell from the cupboards, your photos fell off the walls, and maybe your ceiling even started to crack? This was the reality that residents of Oklahoma City endured for six months in 1964 — eight times per day.
So you want to join the military police? Well then, get ready to get blasted with a a level-one contamination of oleoresin capsicum. In plain English: You'll be pepper sprayed in a very painful way. And then you'll have to work out!
You can zoom in this 48-megapixel image of the USAF boneyard in Tucson, Arizona—stitched from Bing Maps satellite images—and try to identify all those airplanes. Or you can watch this USAF documentary on how the US stockpiles thousands of planes in deserts around the country to keep the active fleet flying.*
Look at this neat model of air base! Those perfectly executed aircraft models: an AWACS, B-52, KC-135, E-2, F-15, F-16, F-18 and even more. That regiment of lead soldiers! I wanna play with them for hours and hours. Wait, what, this is real?
The unmanned strike aircraft of the U.S. are much sought after by other nations—which means there's a massive export opportunity. Now, the country has decided is to permit the widespread sale of armed drones to allied countries.