The U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II AKA “Warthog” has become one of the most-recognized and beloved warplanes since it started flying in the 1970s. We’ve been hearing about its impending retirement—and the reason many in the armed services community are against that—for ages, but proposed legislation could keep it…
Fifty years have passed since the Cheyenne Mountain Complex went fully operational. Now, the US Air Force has given us a chance to look inside the legendary military installation made famous by the Terminator series [update: and by Stargate SG-1!].
You need a large room to strip and reassemble an airplane—especially when it’s the biggest one in your fleet. In this panoramic photo you can see a half assembled Lockheed C-5M Super Galaxy during a major inspection at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware.
Airdrop operations never cease to amaze me. This photo shows a special training moment frozen in time: a commando boat slipping out of a Lockheed MC-130J transport aircraft.
The National Museum of the United States Air Force is the world’s largest military aviation museum—and it’s also home to the world’s only remaining North American XB-70 Valkyrie, which was moved to a new hangar a few days ago.
On October 22, 2015 the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) declassified and released 282 rarely or never before seen images and 825 confidential records (a total of 20,681 pages) about the so called Manned Orbiting Laboratory (MOL), the project which would have sent American astronauts to orbit over the Soviet Union…
This golden slice of visual perfection is a Global Positioning System IIF-series satellite. It underwent final encapsulation inside its four-meter diameter protective payload fairing on October 21st at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.
Aerial refuelling photos are always awesome. But this one, taken right after two of America’s best ground attack jets were topped up, easily beats all the similar photos I’ve ever seen.
Meet Fritz. He’s a 125lbs Belgian Malinois employed as a Military Working Dog by the Air Force. They figured it’d be a good idea to get him to attack me so I could write you an article about it. Let’s see how that goes.
Lt. Col. Christine Mau, 33rd Operations Group deputy commander, just completed a training flight as the US’s first female F-35 pilot. Here are photos of her in an F-35A, a fifth-generation single-seat fighter.
It is almost unbelievable that the B-2 is more than 25 years old—they still look like they’re from the future. In this photo, a B-2 is refueled by a KC-10A during a training mission near Whiteman Air Force Base on April 11th. [Staff Sgt. Brian Kelly/U.S. Air Force]
I love this spectacular picture of the US Air Force Thunderbirds flying in perfect unison into the sky because the trail they leave behind look like the fingers of a cloud monster giving the jets a boost into the air. And because they're above the clouds, it almost looks like they're flying on a Hoth-like different…
Lockheed has a new modular sensor system for combat aircraft dubbed the "Legion Pod" that aims at plugging a major hole in US air warfare capability. It provides a bolt-on Infrared Search and Track (IRST) system for optically hunting down enemy aircraft, especially stealthy ones, that our radars have trouble detecting.
If this hadn't been published by the US Air Force, I would think it's a fake and those F-16s from their Thunderbird exhibition team weren't real but cloned and perfectly aligned in Photoshop to form a delta formation. It was shot at the Daytona International Speedway during a practice flight for the Daytona 500…
Looking at this picture it is hard to believe that the United States and Australia were in a bloody no quarter war against Japan only 70 years ago: Spot the Mitsubishi F-2 escorting a Boeing B-52 Stratofortress, the direct heir of the Boeing B-29 Superfortress bombers that obliterated Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
This lovely night shot shows the abdomen of the second largest military transport aircraft made in the United States. I can almost hear the C-17 Globemaster moaning—"I'm hungry!"—but what's actually going on in this photo?
No other plane in history has captured the hearts and minds of the American public quite like the SR-71 Blackbird, providing the West with an unprecedented look behind the Iron Curtain during its 33 year operational career. But before it was cracking the skies over Russia at mach 3.3, the Cold War spy plane had to…
Seven C-17 Globemaster IIIs deploy flares over the Nevada Test and Training Range on Nellis Air Force Base. The photograph was taken during the U.S. Air Force Weapons School's Joint Forcible Entry Exercise 14B on December 6th 2014. Have you seen a better promise of air power recently? [Senior Airman Thomas…
On this day in 1975, the venerable X-24B, an experimental aircraft that paved the way for the Space Shuttle's lifting body design, made its 36th and final test flight in the skies over southern California. To honor that aviation milestone, here is the story of how the plane came to be.
A spectral sunset over a creepy war plane. Airmen from the 1st Special Operations Aircraft Maintenance Squadron work on an AC-130U Spooky Gunship at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in California on November 3rd. [Senior Airman Christopher Callaway/U.S. Air Force]