interceptor

USAF F-86D Pilot recalls when He Lit his Sabre Dog’s Afterburner in the Hangar to Take Off during a Scramble. And tells why He Never did it Again.

USAF F-86D Pilot recalls when He Lit his Sabre Dog’s Afterburner in the Hangar to Take Off during a Scramble. And tells why He Never did it Again.

The F-86D Sabre Dog In the late 1940s, the US government along with the USAF, began a massive effort to… Read More

3 months ago

RAF Lightning pilot recalls when with both engines missing compressor blades from stage eight onwards he was able to land after having experiencing a double engine failure on take-off

The English Electric Lightning Conceived an interceptor to defend the V-Force airfields during the Cold War, the English Electric Lightning… Read More

5 months ago

RAF Lightning pilot recalls when he accelerated to the fighter max speed of Mach 2.2 and zoomed to 87,800 feet establishing the (unofficial) world altitude record of the Lightning

The RAF Lighting interceptor. Conceived an interceptor to defend the V-Force airfields during the Cold War, the English Electric Lightning… Read More

6 months ago

The story of the Royal Air Force CF-105 Arrow All-Weather Fighters that Never Were

It was on the basis of the Arrow’s future potential, more than CF-105 then-current design, that it was considered as… Read More

8 months ago

The story of the most famous ejection from a RAF Lightning interceptor

The RAF Lightning The Lightning was the Royal Air Force’s first truly supersonic aircraft and its introduction immediately doubled maximum… Read More

11 months ago

In 1978 this Korean Air Lines Boeing 707 strayed into Soviet airspace. And a Su-15 Flagon attacked it forcing the airliner to crash land.

Su-15 pilot Aleksandr I. Bosov fired a single R-98MR missile, reporting an explosion and saying that the target was losing… Read More

2 years ago

Strange but true: the Soviet Su-9 flew better without pilot. The incidents where pilotless Fishpot-Bs landed on their own.

The Su-9 was famed for its 'willingness to fly', and the type's service record includes a few truly amazing incidents.… Read More

2 years ago

In 1985 an SH 37 Viggen in reconnaissance mission performed aerobatic manoeuvres at low altitude to shake off two Soviet Su-15s. One of the Flagons crashed.

Royal Swedish Air Force commander Lt.-Gen. Sven-Olof Olson officially expressed his regret about the incident. However, the Soviet Union did… Read More

3 years ago

Here’s why the Lippisch P.13a Mach 2.6 experimental ramjet-powered delta wing interceptor designed by Luftwaffe during WWII is the weirdest aircraft ever conceived

The Lippisch P.13a never made it past the drawing board, but testing of wind-tunnel models in the DVL high-speed wind… Read More

3 years ago

That time a Sukhoi Su-15 crashed after ramming an Iranian Canadair CL-44 carrying smuggled weapons through Soviet Airspace

Moving into line astern formation, the Su-15 pitched up into a climb and sliced off the CL-44's starboard tailplane with… Read More

3 years ago

The story of the English Electric P.8, the Super Lightning that never was

With development work on the P.1 research aircraft well advanced and the F.155T in-service date looming, English Electric designed the… Read More

4 years ago

A quick look at why the F-104 Starfighter was the Best Interceptor of its Time

The F-104 Starfighter’s interception times from being scrambled were superior to those of the F-106A, and it could perform interceptions… Read More

5 years ago

The incredible story of the Lightning interceptor that suffered a reheat fire at supersonic speed. And landed safely.

"I scramble down it to see what the fuss is all about. Moving to the rear of the Lightning, the… Read More

6 years ago

Video shows MiG-31 catching fire on the runway

The fire started from the right engine. Both pilots have been saved; no one has been injured. A MiG-31 caught… Read More

6 years ago

MiG-31 FOXHOUND SUPERSONIC INTERCEPTOR CRASHES IN RUSSIA

Both crew members reportedly ejected safely and a search and rescue helicopter was dispatched to the site of the incident… Read More

7 years ago

A LOOK AT THE PAST: THE F-106 DELTA DART INTERCEPTOR AND THE AIR-2 GENIE AIR-TO-AIR NUCLEAR ROCKET

The F-106 used the Hughes MA-1 electronic guidance and fire control system that supported the Genie and Falcon missiles The Convair F-106… Read More

7 years ago

GORGEOUS COLD WAR ERA VIDEO SHOWS ROYAL AIR FORCE LIGHTNING INTERCEPTORS PERFORMING A SCRAMBLE

The Royal Air Force Lightning After the article featuring the cool video of the U.S. Air Force (USAF) F-4 Phantoms… Read More

7 years ago