This here is one helluva shot. The F-16 looks suspended in space and time, perfectly perpendicular to the ground and the horizon while shooting straight up to all that is holy. The vertical pose reveals the weaponry on its underside and the super slick maneuver shows just how incredible these airplanes are. Great,…
Here’s a video showing an F-16 shooting down a drone in the air and popping off flares in a live fire exercise. One day, the drones will probably start fighting back as revenge for all these training exercises but until that day comes, let us enjoy the amazing powerful flying machines controlled by humans that allows…
I wouldn’t want to stand in front of a fighter jet like this or see one in my rear view for fear of soiling my pants. The F-16 is just on the ground and undergoing pre-flight inspection and it still has such a commanding presence. Killer machine birds.
I never get sick of photos of the USAF Thunderbirds doing their thing because they make real life look way cooler than any sort of movie or video game or fake effects. This picture of four Thunderbirds doing the “Diamond Bottom Up Pass maneuver” is taken at such an angle that they don’t even look like planes.
What a perfect picture. The timing is perfect, the angle is perfect, the sky is perfect, the F-16 Fighting Falcons are perfect. I mean, the photo is so perfect that it almost doesn't feel real. Like they've been CGI'd to look like that. Or that they're toy models strung in the air. But nope, they're real. And they're…
Boeing has successfully tested the QF-16 against live fire for the first time. The QF-16 is a a modified version of the F-16 Fighting Falcon designed to be controlled remotely by a human pilot so companies can test new weapons systems against it. It's pretty awesome to see it dodging the bullet in the skies.
Enjoy this cool video of some Royal Danish Air Force's F-16s flying low level over Greenland. I imagine the pilots wearing rebel helmets looking for Imperial AT-AT walkers. Pew pew.
According to the Pierre Sprey, co-designer of the F-16, the F35 is a turkey. Inherently, a terrible airplane. An airplane built for a dumb idea. A kludge that will fail time and time again. Just impossibly hopeless. And judging from the bajillion times the F-35 fleet has been grounded, well, he's probably not wrong.…
This video doesn't show much—and that's why it's so damn scary: Two US Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon jets approach a KC-135 tanker for refueling in the middle of the night. With no moonlight, the pilots and the fuel boom operator can only see the lights as they get closer and closer until they connect.
A pretty and rather unusual selfie of an F-16 pilot as he was diving and spinning perpendicular to the ground. The dark sky contrast with the spherical view of the world on his helmet, colorized by its visor tint.
You can just see it in his eyes. It's a combination of fear, disbelief in what he's seeing, discomfort and general awesomeness blended together. It's like he's saying, "Holy crap what did I just get myself into oh my god this is fantastic wait how long can I last before I pass out."
It's called a Calypso Pass. That's when two jets fly in a mirror image pattern like this, often only inches apart. A few weeks ago, two U.S. Air Force Thunderbird F-16 Fighting Falcons did just that. Show me a drone with this kind of style.
It never gets old. My mind never stops being blown. The US Air Force pilots who somehow fly their Thunderbird F-16s so impossibly close like this will never become any less impressive. I wouldn't even walk this close to another human, let alone touch tails in mid-air.
The Aviationist's David Cenciotti argues that F-16 pilots take the most amazing selfies because of the fighter's bubble canopy. Looking at the evidence, it's impossible to debate his argument. That rounded glass gives the very best view of any of the modern jets—perhaps even better than good old P-51 Mustang.
This is something you don't see every day: Two fighter jets landing simultaneously in perfect synchronization on the same runway.
Norway—like all the Scandinavian countries—is an incredibly beautiful country, especially when it's sunny. Its endless Tolkienesque landscapes of little islands, fjords, and mountains are a pleasure to watch from an F-16 jet fighter. A perfect way to start your morning.
Here's Senior Airman Nate Hall inspecting the engine of an F-16 Fighting Falcon on July 5, 2013, at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan—right inside the engine itself.
It's 2013. Of course Santa Claus has traded in his sleigh and reindeers for a fighter jet. That way he can zip around the world in the coolest rig possible. The US Air Force posted this picture of a pilot in a Santa costume for a bit of holiday cheer. Happy Holidays everybody!