surface-to-air missile

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

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

1 month 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

4 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

5 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

1 year 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

1 year 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

1 year 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

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

What are those two little dents on the nose of the SR-71 Blackbird? My Dad Richard “Butch” Sheffield (Butch was… Read More

2 years ago

The Israeli Air Force A-4’s “Barrel”: the Yom Kippur War-era modification that extended the Skyhawk’s nozzle to combat the heat-seeking SA-7 SAM

This slight shift farther back from the missile's normal 'hot' aiming point actually made the difference when it came to… Read More

2 years ago

How outdated WWII tactics and Soviet-manned North Vietnamese SAM Systems led to the shooting down of 15 B-52 bombers during Operation Linebacker II

Seventy-five Airmen died supporting the operation, 33 of whom died in the 15 downed B-52 Stratofortress bombers – the primary… Read More

2 years ago

An exclusive sneak peek of the official trailer to the upcoming Thud Pilots II – Rise of the Hunter Killer documentary

Operation Spring High was a costly fatal mission with last minute changes, wrong tactics, improper ordnance, and a high loss… Read More

2 years ago

This OV-10 pilot died after ditching his Bronco to save his observer who couldn’t eject because his parachute was shredded by the explosion of a North Vietnamese SA-7

Captain Bennett was urged by the pilot of an escorting OV-10 to eject. The wing was in danger of exploding.… Read More

2 years ago

The story of the Soviet MiG-19 pilot shot down and killed by Soviet SAMs while he was trying to intercept the already destroyed Francis Gary Powers’ U-2

Because there was no report citing the destruction of Powers’ U-2 the logical conclusion for most of the involved Soviets… Read More

3 years ago

Even if it was faster than the Blackbird, the SA-2 SAM was never able to hit the SR-71. Here’s why.

No Blackbird has ever been lost or damaged due to hostile action: in fact, even though over 4,000 missiles have… Read More

4 years ago