The Awesome $5-Billion Airborne Laser Is in The Boneyard, Never to Fire…

Despite being a total success, the USAF's Airborne Laser was killed by the Pentagon back in December 2011. Now she's resting wrapped in her death shroud with the rest of planes in "permanent storage" at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona. » 8/31/12 1:20pm 8/31/12 1:20pm

Major Laser: US Military's Airborne Laser Tracks and Engages a Missile,…

The US military released this video of its YAL-1 airborne laser engaging a missile surrogate, all in mid-air. Guaranteed, it's the most laser action you'll see today. » 1/26/10 1:40am 1/26/10 1:40am

Boeing Airborne Laser Weapon Fires for the First Time

Boeing and the US Air Force keep advancing in their airborne high-energy laser weapon, the modified 747-400F that is designed to shoot down missiles as they fly to their targets. Last week they fired the entire laser system for the first time ever at the Edwards Air Force Base in California. » 12/01/08 1:30pm 12/01/08 1:30pm

Boeing Begins Firing Airborne High-Energy Laser, Nearby Planets Run Away

Last week Boeing fired their high-energy chemical laser aboard a C-130 Hercules aircraft for the first time ever, which is the first step in the final sprint to achieve a fully functional laser-based anti-missile system next year. By year's end the Advanced Tactical Laser will be firing at ground targets. According to… » 5/19/08 11:20am 5/19/08 11:20am

Airborne Laser Kicks Missile Ass

Mounted on a transmogrified Boeing 747 is this airborne laser, making the otherwise graceful plane look like a clown-nosed guppy. But this big U.S. Air Force aircraft is the last thing a enemy missile commander wants to see. It can hunt down and kill an evil-doer's missiles from amazing distances—the extent of which… » 11/14/07 1:30pm 11/14/07 1:30pm