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Missiles Are Literally Falling Off Britain's Crumbling Jets

While Britain waits (and waits, and waits) for the F-35 to stop breaking, the mainstay of its ground-attack aircraft remains the Panavia Tornado, a ‘70s airframe that is not aging gracefully. Exhibit A: the two Brimstone missiles that accidentally ‘became detached’ during a landing in Cyprus today. » 7/15/15 10:00pm 7/15/15 10:00pm

Electric blue fireworks light up the sky behind a C-130 Hercules plane

Here’s a pretty picture perfect scene of fireworks exploding behind a C-130 Hercules airplane at Yokota Air Base, Japan. I like to imagine all those fanciful blue explosions as a swarm of alien planes that are waiting to come back to the mothership Hercules. Or something like that. » 7/10/15 11:02pm 7/10/15 11:02pm

The Air Force Just Dropped an Expensive (and Useless) Nuke in Nevada

In the face of mounting criticism, the Air Force just completed the first test flight of the B61 Mod 12 mock up nuclear bomb in the Nevada desert. This marks the next step in updating a cold war-era weapon that many experts consider to be completely useless today. The military might as well drop a nuke on a pile of… » 7/08/15 2:30pm 7/08/15 2:30pm

Internet Shutdowns and State Violence in Syria Related, Shows Research

EFF has noted and protested when authorities deliberately cut off Internet access in times of unrest. As a restraint on the freedom of expression of those affected, communication blackouts during protests are unconscionable. But recent research by Anita Gohdes, a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Mannheim,… » 7/02/15 3:22am 7/02/15 3:22am

Landing a Lockheed U-2 Isn't for the Faint-Hearted

It’s easy to forget just how shallow some airplanes are. In this image, you’re looking at a U.S. Air Force Lockheed U-2 reconnaissance aircraft as it flies above Royal Air Force Fairford in England earlier this month. As the Air Force points out, the long wings and shallow body mean U-2 pilots have a very small margin… » 6/25/15 7:15am 6/25/15 7:15am

The Military's Ranger Panties Are My New Favorite Clothes

People love Soffe Men’s Running Shorts, a.k.a. Ranger Panties. That is evidenced in their 1,250 Amazon reviews, the vast majority of which are five stars. People even like to include images of themselves wearing the comically tiny shorts, bragging about how close to exposed your penis is while flopping around on a jog. » 6/23/15 5:57pm 6/23/15 5:57pm

The U.S. Navy Wants to Buy Zero-Day Security Flaws From You

Identified a security hole in a piece of well-known software? You could alert the maker to keep everyone safe — or you could sell it to the U.S. Navy, which will buy the information from you in order to build software to exploit the hole. » 6/15/15 4:15am 6/15/15 4:15am

Noted eagle eye and EFF Investigative Researcher Dave Maass happened on an… » 6/15/15 4:15am 6/15/15 4:15am