RB-57D

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

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

4 months ago

The story of the Chinese SA-2 that shot down a Taiwanese RB-57D spy plane and scored the first ever SAM-Kill

The RB-57D Entering service, the same year as the more famous U-2, the RB-57D helped fill the US Air Force's… Read More

5 months ago

How a Chinese SA-2 shot down a Taiwanese RB-57D and scored the first ever SAM-Kill

The first V-750 lifted off at 12:04hrs, soon followed by two more. About 40 seconds later, as the RB-57D was… Read More

3 years ago

That time a French Mirage III unintentionally buzzed (and scared) a U-2 flying at 65,000ft during a mission aimed to monitor France’s nuclear facilities

After climbing to an altitude of 45,000ft (13,716m), the French pilot engaged his SEPR booster, which accelerated his Mirage to… Read More

4 years ago

60 Years Ago Today, the Surface-To-Air Missile Scored the First Ever Successful Shoot-Down of an Aircraft

On Oct. 7, 1959 an S-75 Dvina surface-to-air missile was fired by China’s People's Liberation Army 2nd surface-to-air missile battalion… Read More

4 years ago