SAM

Capt Dale Snodgrass Wingman recalls when Snort F-14 Tomcat had a Close Call with an Iraqi SAM during Operation Desert Storm

Capt Dale Snodgrass Wingman recalls when Snort F-14 Tomcat had a Close Call with an Iraqi SAM during Operation Desert Storm

Dale “Snort” Snodgrass’ After achieving his B.S. in Biology and successfully completing ROTC training, legendary Naval Aviator Dale “Snort” Snodgrass… Read More

4 weeks ago

USAF U-2 Avionics Technician tells why S-300 and S-400 SAMs would not be able to shoot down the SR-71 Blackbird

The SR-71 Blackbird The SR-71 spy plane, the most advanced member of the Blackbird family that included the A-12 and… Read More

2 months ago

The Night of the Intruder: the story of the A-6 crew that evaded multiple SAMs and destroyed a heavily defended Rail Ferry near Downtown Hanoi

The mission was publicized for years after as the textbook example of how to use a single A-6 Intruder in… Read More

9 months ago

F-105 pilot Merlyn Dethlefsen made multiple passes to destroy a North Vietnamese SAM site with his Thud heavy damaged by AAA and engaged by MiG-21s

For his conspicuous gallantry at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty, Capt. Dethlefsen was… Read More

2 years ago

This RF-101C pilot had his Voodoo hit by ground fire during a dangerous recce mission over North Vietnam but he continued on the photo run until it exploded and crashed

On Jul. 29, 1965, RF-101C Voodoo pilot Capt. Jack Weatherby volunteered to lead an extremely dangerous photo mission against a… Read More

3 years ago

The Story of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan Air Force, the most potent branch of the Taliban military

In the late 1990s and early 2000s, the Afghanistan-based branch of al-Qaeda actually established a small air arm of its… Read More

3 years ago

David’s Sling, Israel’s advanced SAM, seized by Russian army after landing in Syrian territory

The SAM was retrieved and neutralized and then shipped to Russia, to give Russian engineers an opportunity to study the… Read More

4 years ago

‘Blackbird’s Top Speed was Officially Mach 3.2 but the SR-71 was Much Faster Than That,” former Skunk Works Engineer Says

‘Shul’s narrative of flight at or above Mach 3.5 is so far the most detailed evidence available of SR-71 top… Read More

4 years ago

Iranian SAM shoots down U.S. Navy MQ-4C Triton Drone in international airspace over the Strait of Hormuz

The MQ-4C Triton shoot-down is sure to trigger serious discussions within the Trump administration about how to respond to a… Read More

5 years ago

The Unknown Story of the SR-71 Blackbird that was saved by a Tanker after a Double-Engine Flameout over Northern Laos

“Excitement, adrenaline pumping, and we dropped like a rock into Northern Laos!” Col. David P. Dempster, former SR-71 Blackbird back… Read More

5 years ago

Former USMC A-6 Pilot explains why the Intruder was the perfect CAS Aircraft

"During Operation Desert Storm the B-52s heavily involved in CAS missions flew ten-hour missions from Diego Garcia. None had the… Read More

5 years ago

The Incredible Story of the A-6 Intruder that dodged 5 SAMs before conducting a perfect Attack on Heavily Defended Ferry Docks near Downtown Hanoi

'Intelligence reported that the SA-2 couldn't track below 1500 ft. We were disturbed to see that their assessment was incorrect',… Read More

5 years ago

“Our Il-20 had been shot down by Syrian S-200 SAM after attacking Israel’s F-16s used it as cover,” Russsia’s Defence Ministry says

A U.S. official said Washington believed the Il-20 Coot-A Elint aircraft was inadvertently shot down by anti-aircraft artillery operated by… Read More

5 years ago

That time North Korea fired SA-2 SAMs at SR-71 Blackbird

SR-71 pilot Maj. Maury Rosenberg and RSO Maj. E. D. McKim were making their final pass on the DMZ, heading… Read More

6 years ago

The story of the SR-71 Blackbird that outran Gaddafi’s SAMs during a BDA flight of Libya in support of Operation El Dorado Canyon

"It is a race the SR-71 will not let us lose. The Mach eases to 3.5 as we crest 80,000… Read More

6 years ago