The Fighter Jet We Could Have Built Instead of the F-35

The mid-1990s found the U.S. military in need of a low-cost, supersonic stealth fighter jet that all three armed services branches could field. Easy, right? The subsequent—and highly contentious—design competition between Boeing and Lockheed saw the winner take home a $200 billion defense contract, which in turn… » 7/18/14 12:40pm 7/18/14 12:40pm

B-2 Spirit: America's Best Airplane Since the SR-71

Today marks the 25th anniversary of the B-2 Spirit's inaugural flight. Through its quarter-century of service, the original Stealth Bomber has earned its place among the most elite warbirds in the USAF fleet and remains a vital weapon of the US arsenal to this day. It's a plane that could start—or stop—WWIII… » 7/17/14 11:40am 7/17/14 11:40am

There's No Threat This Foxhound Can't Intercept--Not Even the SR-71

During the Cold War, the US leaned heavily on the insane multi-mach speeds its SR-71 spy plane could achieve. This speed allowed it to outrun virtually every plane, anti-aircraft battery, and guided missile that the Soviets could throw at it. That is, until Moscow rolled out one of the fastest and most far-seeing… » 6/26/14 11:42am 6/26/14 11:42am

Take a Wingtip Ride Aboard Russia's Baddest Supersonic Jet

When foreign military aircraft stray too close to a nation's borders, they're often swiftly met by the local air force's fleet of interceptor aircraft—fast-moving dogfighters built to meet, greet, and then blow invading planes out of the sky. While the US relies on the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and F-22 Raptor to defend… » 6/23/14 5:40pm 6/23/14 5:40pm