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The story of the Tupolev Tu-135 Mach 3 bomber, the Soviet XB-70 Valkyrie that never was
Cold War Era / Military Aviation
The story of the Tupolev Tu-135 Mach 3 bomber, the Soviet XB-70 Valkyrie that never was
Sponsored by: Mortons Books
SR-71 Pilot tells the story of when his Blackbird flew So Fast that He and his RSO arrived at Beale AFB almost a Day Before They Left Kadena AB
Cold War Era / Military Aviation / SR-71 Blackbird / SR-71 Top Speed
SR-71 pilot recalls when he and his RSO pushed their Blackbird to Mach 3.5 and outran Gaddafi’s SAMs during a BDA flight of Libya in support of Operation El Dorado Canyon
Photograph of Capt. Allen Lamb (l) and Capt. Jack Donovan (r) snapped just before they took off on the first kill mission.
Cold War Era / Military Aviation
“Wild Weasel sighted SAM site—Destroyed same.” The story of Wild Weasel’s First Kill
Sponsored by: Osprey Publishing
Here’s how two little Dents on the SR-71 Nose prevented Surface-to-air Missiles from Scoring any Hit on the Blackbird
Cold War Era / Losses and Aviation Safety / Military Aviation / SR-71 Blackbird
Here’s how two little Dents on the SR-71 Nose prevented Surface-to-air Missiles from Scoring any Hit on the Blackbird
A-10 Pilot explains how the Mighty Warthog Stacks Up Against MANPADS
Losses and Aviation Safety / Military Aviation
A-10 Pilot explains why MANPADS are like Gollum, the Warthog like Frodo and why the Thunderbolt II is quite survivable against them
The story of when Legendary US Navy F-14 Tomcat pilot Capt Dale “Snort” Snodgrass had a Close Call with an Iraqi SAM during Operation Desert Storm
Cold War Era / F-14 Tomcat / Losses and Aviation Safety / Military Aviation
Capt Dale Snodgrass Wingman recalls when Snort F-14 Tomcat had a Close Call with an Iraqi SAM during Operation Desert Storm
HUD Video shows Badass F-16 Pilot dodging 6 Iraqi SAMs (without chaff or flares!) over Baghdad during Operation Desert Storm
Cold War Era / Losses and Aviation Safety / Military Aviation
HUD Video shows Badass F-16 Pilot dodging 6 Iraqi SAMs (without chaff or flares!) over Baghdad during Operation Desert Storm
USAF U-2 Avionics Technician tells why S-300 and S-400 SAMs would not be able to shoot down the SR-71 Blackbird
Losses and Aviation Safety / Military Aviation / SR-71 Blackbird
USAF U-2 Avionics Technician tells why S-300 and S-400 SAMs would not be able to shoot down the SR-71 Blackbird
USAF pilot recalls when a B-52 Bombardier-Radar Navigator survived although he couldn’t eject from his exploding BUFF after it was hit by a SAM during Operation Linebacker II
Cold War Era / Losses and Aviation Safety / Military Aviation
USAF pilot recalls when a B-52 Bombardier-Radar Navigator survived although he couldn’t eject from his exploding BUFF after it was hit by a SAM during Operation Linebacker II
North Vietnamese Air Defenses hit one Blackbird Mach 3 Spy Plane: the story of the A-12 damaged by SAM debris
Cold War Era / Losses and Aviation Safety / Military Aviation / SR-71 Blackbird
Two Blackbird Mach 3 Spy Planes were Hit by North Vietnamese Air Defenses: one A-12 was hit with shrapnel, another Oxcart was damaged by SAM debris
SR-71 Pilot explains why the only SAM that had a chance to hit the Blackbird was a Nuclear S-300 fired ahead of the Habu
Cold War Era / Military Aviation / SR-71 Blackbird
SR-71 Pilot explains why the only SAM that had a chance to hit the Blackbird was a Nuclear S-300 fired ahead of the Habu
US Reveals that a Russian SA-22 Pantsir surface-to-air missile damaged MQ-9 Drone over Syria
Drones / Losses and Aviation Safety / Military Aviation
US Reveals that a Russian SA-22 Pantsir surface-to-air missile damaged MQ-9 Drone over Syria
The story of the Israeli F-4 flight that dodged (at least) 20 Syrian SAMs in a single mission during the Yom Kippur War
Cold War Era / Military Aviation
The story of the Israeli F-4 flight that dodged (at least) 20 Syrian SAMs in a single mission during the Yom Kippur War
Sponsored by: Schiffer Military
The Unknown Role Played by the F-104 Starfighter During Operation Bolo
Cold War Era / Losses and Aviation Safety / Military Aviation
The Starfighter’s Worst Day: The Story of two USAF F-104 pilots involved in Iron Hand escort missions that were Shot Down on the Same Day by North Vietnamese SAMs
The story of Mathias Rust, the German teenager who landed his Cessna in Red Square
Civil Aviation / Cold War Era / Losses and Aviation Safety / Military Aviation
The story of Mathias Rust, the German teenager who humiliated the Soviet War Machine by landing his Cessna 172 in Moscow’s Red Square
Even if it was faster than the Blackbird, the SA-2 SAM was never able to hit the SR-71. Here’s why.
Cold War Era / Military Aviation / SR-71 Blackbird
Blackbird RSO tells the story of the first time a SAM was fired at an SR-71 Mach 3+ Spy Plane
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