Unmanned Drones Landing Autonomously Next to F-18s Is a Very Big Deal

The days of piloted combat aircraft are quickly coming to an end, soon to be heavily augmented if not outright replaced by UCAS, or Unmanned Combat Air Systems. Just yesterday, the Navy's X-47B demonstrator proved that manned and unmanned operations can take place on the same flight deck. » 8/10/14 2:37pm 8/10/14 2:37pm

Crosswind take-offs suck even if you're riding a fighter jet

Landing or taking off in heavy crosswinds really sucks no matter which plane you're in. It could be the biggest airliner in the world, a prop plane, or these F-18s taking off in 30 to 40-knot crosswinds—it looks fun from the outside, but it really sucks for the pilot and everyone else inside. » 5/07/14 9:00pm 5/07/14 9:00pm