surface-to-air missile

“Wild Weasel sighted SAM site—Destroyed same.” The story of Wild Weasel’s First Kill

“Wild Weasel sighted SAM site—Destroyed same.” The story of Wild Weasel’s First Kill

The F-100F Wild Weasel After the single-seat, supersonic F-100 fighter entered service in 1954, it developed a high accident rate,… Read More

1 month ago

Here’s how two little Dents on the SR-71 Nose prevented Surface-to-air Missiles from Scoring any Hit on the Blackbird

The SR-71 Blackbird In the 1960’s, the US Air Force (USAF) developed the SR-71 Blackbird, a plane that could travel more… Read More

2 months ago

A-10 Pilot explains why MANPADS are like Gollum, the Warthog like Frodo and why the Thunderbolt II is quite survivable against them

The A-10 Warthog The A-10 is the Air Force's premier close air support aircraft, providing invaluable protection to troops on… Read More

2 months ago

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

2 months ago

HUD Video shows Badass F-16 Pilot dodging 6 Iraqi SAMs (without chaff or flares!) over Baghdad during Operation Desert Storm

F-16 dodging 6 Iraqi SAMs Taken during the Package Q air strike into Baghdad on Jan. 19, 1991 the famous… Read More

3 months 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

3 months ago

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

How close did a Blackbird Mach 3 spy plane ever come to being shot down? The iconic SR-71 Blackbird spy… Read More

8 months ago

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

‘One of the real highlights of flying above Mach 3 and above 80,000 feet is nobody is up there with… Read More

11 months ago

US Reveals that a Russian SA-22 Pantsir surface-to-air missile damaged MQ-9 Drone over Syria

In November 2022 a Russian surface-to-air missile came close to striking an American MQ-9 Reaper drone over Syria, passing and… Read More

11 months ago

The story of the Israeli F-4 flight that dodged (at least) 20 Syrian SAMs in a single mission during the Yom Kippur War

“During this flight, we really felt like missile hunters, though we were not sure who would hunt first: the missile… Read More

2 years ago

The story of Mathias Rust, the German teenager who humiliated the Soviet War Machine by landing his Cessna 172 in Moscow’s Red Square

After Mathias Rust’s landing in Red Square, Muscovites joked the place was now Sheremetyevo 3, as Sheremetyevo 1 and 2… Read More

2 years ago

Blackbird RSO tells the story of the first time a SAM was fired at an SR-71 Mach 3+ Spy Plane

‘The time of missile launch was important; we were told countless times by our intelligence experts that the SA-2 missile’s… Read More

2 years ago

Photos and video of Russian Sukhoi Su-25 Frogfoot attack aircraft that safely landed after being hit by Ukrainian MANPADS

As the video and the photos in this post show, a Russian pilot managed to safely land his Sukhoi Su-25… Read More

2 years ago

Germany and Netherlands to supply FIM-92 Stinger Surface-to-Air Missiles to Ukraine

Germany and Netherlands announced over the weekend that they will be supplying anti-tank weapons and FIM-92 Stinger anti-aircraft missiles to… Read More

2 years ago