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The crazy simulator where pilots learn how to fly the F-35

How do pilots learn how to fly a fighter jet that cost a trillion dollars to develop (or a $100 million a pop to make)? By hopping in a total bad ass simulator that mimics everything about the F-35 in basically the sickest video game ever. The pilots in the simulator look like they’re flying some space age ship, with… » 8/17/15 5:42pm 8/17/15 5:42pm

Cool time-lapse of a US aircraft carrier crossing the new Suez Canal for the first time

Watch the USS Theodore Roosevelt navigate through the new Suez Canal with all of its fighter jets on deck. It’s super cool because the aircraft carrier is so big and the water of the canal is so calm that it feels like the Earth is moving around the land formation that is the USS Theodore Roosevelt. » 8/13/15 6:50pm 8/13/15 6:50pm

Watch these amazing F-18 night launches from an aircraft carrier

Here’s a really cool video of F-18s taking off from the USS Theodore Roosevelt at night. It’s so cool to see these flying beasts just kick off in an instant with flames burning at their tails. And it’s even more impressive to see this happen at night. With all that said, my favorite part of this video might be the… » 7/17/15 8:20pm 7/17/15 8:20pm

The most insane airplane low pass yet

If you were standing up straight, your head would be clipped off from this low pass from a fighter jet. That’s how close this Libyan MiG-23 is flying to the ground. The flyby is terrifyingly low and ridiculously fast and it is completely wild, especially considering how Libya only has a smattering of these jets and is… » 7/10/15 3:35pm 7/10/15 3:35pm

Watch a F-16 shoot down a drone in the air

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… » 7/01/15 12:29am 7/01/15 12:29am

Video: MiG-29 flies impossibly close to an airplane's open rear door

This is just plain cool. Imagine opening the rear door of a paratrooper plane and seeing a MiG-29 right in front of you, dancing in the air mere feet away from the aircraft’s opening. This stunt was obviously planned for the photographs but it’s not unlike opening your house’s front door and seeing a giant grizzly… » 6/30/15 2:45am 6/30/15 2:45am

Watch a F-35 fighter jet take off from a ski jump

Here’s the first time an F-35B has taken off from a ski jump. The little boost not only looks cool, like a stunt ramp, but helps the fighter jet take off with a more upward flight path. These type of ski ramps are actually installed on aircraft carriers so it’s important for the, um, troubled (cursed?) aircraft to… » 6/23/15 11:03pm 6/23/15 11:03pm

Seeing B-2 stealth bombers land is like seeing alien UFOs come to Earth

I forget how impressively thin and futuristic looking a B-2 stealth bomber is. I mean, just watch these two stealth bombers land at Royal Air Force Fairford in England, it looks like a UFO has just touched down on Earth and is ready to take over our planet. Or like a sci-fi fighter jet has hopped through a movie… » 6/22/15 9:50pm 6/22/15 9:50pm

Watch a US Navy aircraft carrier launch all its F-18s

You’re only a couple feet away from F-18 Hornets launching from an aircraft carrier. You hear the power of the fighter jets, feel the closeness of these flying killing machines and see the impossibility of their take off. The fighter jet starts moving and get up in the air in such a short distance that it’s always… » 6/03/15 7:10pm 6/03/15 7:10pm

These photos of four F-35s refueling in the air are so amazing

Pumping gas never looked so good. Here’s an awesome photo from Lockheed Martin showing four F-35s sipping fuel from a KC-130j tanker plane. It captures the entire view, from below and to the side to up front and up close. Seeing fighter jets refuel in the air will probably never get old to me, especially when it looks… » 4/29/15 10:36am 4/29/15 10:36am

Bold profile photo of the F-35 makes it look like a future space fighter

The F-35 Lightning II is a comically expensive fighter jet with a host of problems but one thing you can’t deny: it can sure look badass. Like badass in the being able to see a glimpse of the future today badass. Like badass as in this flying killer machine totally looks like it’s from a sci-fi movie badass. Like… » 4/27/15 10:40pm 4/27/15 10:40pm

China's 'Air Force One' gets escorted by 8 fighter jets in cool video

The background: China’s president Xi Jinping was visiting Pakistan so Pakistan sent eight JF-17 Thunder fighter jets to escort China’s presidential plane when it entered Pakistani air space in a nice diplomatic gesture. The cool: I just like seeing small little fighter jets trailing a big jet in a flying-V pattern. » 4/21/15 10:42pm 4/21/15 10:42pm

Watching fighter jets burn through the night is pure awesome

I can pretty much watch these fighter jets rip through the runway at night forever. I mean, what is more awesome than seeing city lights blur and afterburners shoot out fiery power? This footage comes from The Aviationist and includes all kind of fighter jets burning rubber at the Nellis Air Force Base near Las Vegas,… » 4/16/15 11:15pm 4/16/15 11:15pm

This photo of flying F-16s looks so perfect I can't believe it's real

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… » 4/06/15 12:49pm 4/06/15 12:49pm

The perfection of jet takeoffs from aircraft carriers in one photo

Fighter jets and aircraft carriers and fighter jets taking off of aircraft carriers are some of our favorite things in the world for so many reasons. One of them is just how perfect each launch has to be. Just look at how the wheels of the jet reach the end of the aircraft carrier as the fighter jet achieves lift off. » 3/18/15 5:51pm 3/18/15 5:51pm