Israel offers surplus F-16s to Colombia to replace the country's Kfir fighter jets
Washington is upset that Israel added advanced Israeli-made electronic systems to the F-16s, giving Jerusalem an edge over American planes US Secretary of Defense James Mattis has reportedly refused to approve the sale of 12 F-16 combat aircraft to Croatia. The US government must approve the sale of its planes sold to any...
The Story of the Egyptian MiG-15 Pilot that Perfectly Ditched his Stricken Aircraft in Lake Bardawil
Abd el-Rahman Muharram, the pilot of the stricken MiG-15, flew exceptionally well and his subsequent ditching in the shallow waters of Lake Bardawil was a remarkable piece of airmanship Taken in 1956, the interesting photos in this post show the first Egyptian Air Force (EAF) MiG-15 lost in combat during the Suez War. The aircraft, flown by pilot Abd el-Rahman...
The Story of Mike Adams, the only Pilot to lose his life during the X-15 Flight-Test Program
The loads on the airplane built up beyond the structural limits, and the X-15-3 aircraft broke up at approximately 62,000 feet and about 3,800 feet-per-second speed... The X-15 is a famous and significant part of aviation history. Its purpose was to fly high and fast, testing the machine and subjecting pilots to conditions that future astronauts would face. It made...
USMC declares remaining Marines involved in F/A-18 and KC-130 mishap deceased; search and rescue operations Off Japan concluded
U.S. and Japanese ships and aircraft did not, however, locate the crew of the KC-130 Hercules The U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) has pronounced the five remaining Marines involved in the F/A-18 and KC-130 aviation mishap during an air-to-air refueling exercise on Dec. 6, deceased. The change in status comes at the conclusion of...
Operation Nickel Grass: The C-5/C-141 Airlift that saved Israel
It is sufficient to say that U.S. military transport aircraft - much larger than those deployed by other belligerents in Yom Kippur War - delivered no fewer than 22,345 tons of freight in the course of 556 sorties flown by Oct. 24, 1973 Western military observers often emphasise that during the October 1973...
KC-46A Pegasus completes receiver certification testing for F-15E
The receiver certification involving the F-15 is in preparation for the start of KC-46A Pegasus Initial Operational Test and Evaluation (IOT&E) work next year The interesting photo in this post shows a KC-46A Pegasus aerial refueling aircraft connecting with an F-15E Strike Eagle test aircraft from Eglin Air Force Base (AFB), Florida, last...
Lockheed Martin pitches F-22, F-35 hybrid to the USAF too
"The F-35 is a game-changer with its unprecedented combination of lethality, survivability, and adaptability. Bringing this new mission to Tyndall ensures that the U.S Air Force is ready to dominate in any conflict," Gen. David L. Goldfein, Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force The U.S. Air Force (USAF) has indicated...
RCAF to start competition for a fifth-generation fighter in 2019
“The 308th FS is the fourth F-35A squadron at Luke, but the most important part of this activation is that we will be with two partner nations. In a few weeks, the Dutch will start their F-35 training followed by the Danes,” Lt. Col. Robert Miller, 308th FS Commander The 308th Fighter Squadron was reactivated in a ceremony at Luke...
SR-71 Aircrew remembers a Memorable Encounter with a Soviet MiG-31 Interceptor over the Barents Sea
"I assumed the Soviet MiG-31 fighter pilot would like nothing better than an opportunity to fire his missiles at an SR-71 Blackbird. Certainly, the SR-71 Blackbird would be a prized target," Ed Yeilding, former SR-71 pilot As we have explained in a previous article, retired Soviet MiG-31 pilot Major Mikhail Myagkiy took part in several intercept attempts on SR-71 Blackbirds...
USAF and other NATO air forces work together to address pilot shortage
AETC said the pilots were completing a training mission but provided no answer when asked if the flyers had reported an in-flight emergency before returning to the base The pilots of a T-38C training aircraft were making an emergency landing at Laughlin Air Force Base (AFB) when it crashed last month.

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