The unknown story of U-2 flight that went lost over the North Pole and nearly escalated the Cuban Missile Crisis
Two Air Defense Command Convair F-102 Delta Dagger interceptors were scrambled to counter the MiG-19s and guide the U-2 home. On each Delta Dagger were nuclear-tipped GAR-11 Nuclear Falcon missiles... If there was any one factor during the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962 that could have escalated the situation out of the...
Russian Ministry of Defense to close the Central Air Force Museum in Monino leaked online
Some of the historic aircraft at the Central Air Force Museum will be relocated to Patriot Park and become interactive displays. But former pilots at the Monino museum, however, argue that disassembling the aging aircraft for transport to Patriot Park will irreparably damage them A plan by the Russian Ministry of Defense to close...
NATO to lease 2 An-124-100 airlifters from Ukraine
The An-124 contract had been signed in the framework of Strategic Airlift Interim Solution program NATO has given Antonov a three year contract to lease two An-124-100 cargo planes under the Strategic Airlift Interim Solution (SALIS) program. Actually the contract signed in the framework of SALIS has been...
Here’s why the B-58’s Tail Gun Rounds moved Backwards when They Left the Muzzle
The tail gun of the B-58 boasted many firsts for an aircraft defensive gun including the first fully automatic defensive gun fire control system The U.S. Air Force's first operational supersonic bomber, the B-58 made its initial flight on Nov. 11, 1956. The four engine delta winged aircraft was the world’s...
F-16/Su-57 and F-35/J-31 Aggressor Paint Schemes unveiled
The F-16/Su-57 camo will be most probably realized for early summer The interesting pictures in this post show the new paint scheme (aimed to reproduce the Russian Su-57 Stealth Fighter) of Nellis F-16 Aggressors which will be most probably realized for early summer.
China deploys DF-26 ballistic missiles after latest U.S. Navy "freedom of navigation" operation near contested islands in South China Sea
China claims that DF-26 missiles are "capable of targeting medium and large ships" As reported by CNN Philipinnes, China claims to have deployed missiles "capable of targeting medium and large ships" days after the latest U.S. Navy "freedom of navigation" operation near contested islands in the South China Sea, state media announced....
125 retired pilots, other officers to return to USAF since May to help alleviate manning shortages
Of the 125 total applicants, 50 are pilots The U.S. Air Force (USAF) says 125 retired pilots, combat systems officers and air battle managers have applied to return to active duty since May. As reported by Air Force Times in fact, the service is trying to bring...
How U.S. secretly tested the A-12 RCS during the Cuban Missile Crisis
During the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis, nineteen SA-2 missile sites were constructed on the island supported by P-14 "Tall King" radars. Oxcart planners realized they had a unique opportunity to test the sensitivity of the latest in Soviet defense radars When the Lockheed U-2 made its first overflight of the Soviet Union...
Croatia to buy Israeli second-hand F-16C/Ds
Israeli senior officials will travel to Central Europe this week to inform the Croatian Ministry of Defense Ynetnews reports that the sale of surplus Israeli Air Force (IAF) F-16s to Croatia has failed to get clearance from the US. Defense Ministry Director-General Udi Adam and Michel Ben-Baruch, the...
The “ADCOM F-14:” the Tomcat that USAF never bought
Studies indicated 170 “ADCOM F-14 Tomcats” could provide the same level of Defense as 290 F-15 Eagles Taken at the Grumman Calverton test facility in the summer of 1972, the interesting photos in this post show the mock-up of the so called “ADCOM F-14” created by Grumman in response to an U.S....

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