The dawn of the jet age saw the skies near major airports raked with thick black smoke trails. These exhaust plumes have largely disappeared from our atmosphere due to continuous jet engine innovations. Here is the story of the jet engine’s amazing change in visual and ecological signature since its introduction into…
This impressive Marine Corps light show is almost as good as any frame from the movie Tron. What you see is actually an AV-8B Harrier preparing to take off aboard the USS Essex (LHD 2) Wasp-class amphibious assault ship during training off the coast of San Diego, on February 24.
A cool photo of a crash crane lifting a damaged Harrier jet off the deck of the US Navy's amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge. The crash and salvage team regularly practice this kind of operations in case of an airplane crash. That crane is surprisingly huge—just look at the guy in the cabin and the airplane itself.
What happens when your front landing gear fails and you are flying a AV-8B Harrier that can land vertically? You ask your ship crew to place a comfy padded stool to softly put your airplane's nose down. That's exactly what happened to this Harrier on the Wasp-class USS Bataan on June 7.
A while back a reader named Evan sent me a box full of mid-century Popular Mechanics magazines, and it's been a treasure trove of great stuff. Like this article I stumbled on to the other day about a British jeep that folds up into something that looks like a credenza.
I came across this crazy video today. It shows the crash landing of a Royal Air Force Harrier plane landing at Kandahar back in 2009. Watch as fire engulfs the plane as the pilot tries to control it, jumping at the very last second, when the flames reach the cockpit.
What is the job with the best views in the world? I thought an astronaut in the ISS. But perhaps I'm mistaken.
The US Marine Corps, they kick ass. Because they are amazing and because they are badass and because their pilots ride Veritech VF-1 Valkyries, as this night shot clearly shows.
A 7-year-old kid came closer to realize every kid's dream than any of us: He bought a real Harrier fighter jet for $113,000 on eBay. Yes, a Harrier Jump Jet T-Bird Aircraft XW269. The whole shebang, weaponry not included.
Poor bastard RAF pilot couldn't quite pull off this landing at Kandahar, Afghanistan, although to his credit he stayed with it for as along as he could before popping the top.
DESPITE A COVER that showed an iPhone filled with apps, JOHN ARQUILLA'S cover story for Foreign Policy, "The New Rules of War", is more about the use of infantry and drones in FUTURE WARS and less of a dependence on
It looks like a special effect, but it's not. What you're watching is an F-35B supersonic stealth jet spend 30 seconds suspended 150ft in the air, for the very first time.