The USAF Thunderbirds in a perfect formation

If this hadn't been published by the US Air Force, I would think it's a fake and those F-16s from their Thunderbird exhibition team weren't real but cloned and perfectly aligned in Photoshop to form a delta formation. It was shot at the Daytona International Speedway during a practice flight for the Daytona 500… » 3/04/15 9:31pm Yesterday 9:31pm

A fascinating view into the US Air Force boneyards

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.* » 2/26/15 10:14pm 2/26/15 10:14pm

Nobody would have believed this 70 years ago

Looking at this picture it is hard to believe that the United States and Australia were in a bloody no quarter war against Japan only 70 years ago: Spot the Mitsubishi F-2 escorting a Boeing B-52 Stratofortress, the direct heir of the Boeing B-29 Superfortress bombers that obliterated Hiroshima and Nagasaki. » 2/25/15 1:31am 2/25/15 1:31am

Drone footage of Russia's Air Force Museum shows a heaven for planes

All these fighter jets and war planes and attack helicopters are on display at Russia's Central Air Force museum just outside of Moscow. They're advanced killing machines. And yet this drone footage makes them look so peaceful, resting and hibernating in the Russian winter snow. It's as if we've stumbled upon a… » 2/24/15 12:44am 2/24/15 12:44am

Cool picture of five airplanes ready to take off feels like CGI

It may be the weird combination of airplanes, their colors, or the texture of the runway, but this photo of two Bangladesh F-7BG Defenders, a BAF C-130B Hercules and two U.S. Air Force C-130H Hercules as they prepare to take off from BAF Base Bangabandhu, Bangladesh, feels like a 3D render to me. » 2/03/15 7:03pm 2/03/15 7:03pm

Striking images of the first war that felt like a video game

The USAF Air Combat Command just tweeted this photo: "Today in 1991, US-backed coalition air forces attained air supremacy over the Iraqis." Aside from any geopolitical consideration, there's something unsettling about it. It is simultaneously imposing for what it shows and terrible for what it doesn't. » 1/27/15 6:27pm 1/27/15 6:27pm

These videos of airplanes launching from aircraft carriers are badass

Once again, the French Navy shows they make the best airplane videos there are. This one shows the flight deck operations onboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Charles DeGaulle. Although I would have preferred no soundtrack, it helps that, instead of using dubstep, they slapped in AC/DC's Thunderstruck. » 1/07/15 7:49pm 1/07/15 7:49pm

The Trillion Dollar F-35 Won't Even Be Able to Shoot Its Gun Until 2019

At this point, it's not even funny how much the Pentagon has screwed up the development of its new stealth fighter jet, the F-35. But the latest report that the jet's 25mm cannon won't be operational until 2019 at the earliest is just laughable. Even more laughable is that it probably doesn't even need the gun to… » 12/31/14 2:48pm 12/31/14 2:48pm

The SR-71 Blackbird Took Its First Flight 50 Years Ago Today

No other plane in history has captured the hearts and minds of the American public quite like the SR-71 Blackbird, providing the West with an unprecedented look behind the Iron Curtain during its 33 year operational career. But before it was cracking the skies over Russia at mach 3.3, the Cold War spy plane had to… » 12/22/14 3:43pm 12/22/14 3:43pm

Watch Airbus' mad stunt with $1.5 billion worth of airplanes

I have to give kudos to Airbus for having the guts to do this using five test A350-900 XWB airplanes, its newest wide-body airliner. I know the stunt was well calculated and the pilots—all of them ex-military aviators—knew exactly what they were doing, but the entire thing still looks insane. » 12/22/14 9:32am 12/22/14 9:32am

Climate Change Could Make It Harder for Airplanes to Get Liftoff

Every once in a while, unlucky passengers get bumped because an overbooked airplane is too heavy. It's maddening, and it makes you question the airline's ability to do arithmetic. But there is a method to weight restrictions, and Earth's rising temperatures could make it increasingly hard for planes to take off… » 12/18/14 10:08am 12/18/14 10:08am