U.S. Air Force

First F-16 Viper pilots to engage the MiG-29 in mock air combats explain what it’s like to dogfight against the Fulcrum

First F-16 Viper pilots to engage the MiG-29 in mock air combats explain what it’s like to dogfight against the Fulcrum

Below 200 knots, the MiG-29 Fulcrum has incredible nose-pointing capability down to below 100 knots. The F-16 Viper, however, enjoys… Read More

24 hours ago

The USAF Won’t Purchase Hypersonic Missiles in 2024

Instead, the USAF continues to focus on research and development of the Air-Launched Rapid Response Weapon, which features a boost-glide… Read More

3 days ago

FRED pilot recalls the “Cockpit Cat Fight” erupted between two Female Navigators on their first C-5 Mission

“We pilots grew frustrated with the argument; we just needed someone to tell us which way to turn. We were… Read More

6 days ago

Did you know the solid quartz glass of the canopy of the SR-71 Blackbird cockpit was 1.25 inches thick and was hot to the touch from the inside?

SR-71 Blackbird Pilots and RSOs, even with gloves on, couldn’t keep their hands by the glass for more than a… Read More

7 days ago

Pentagon releases USAF MQ-9 camera footage of Russian Su-27 Black Sea Intercept

The declassified footage shows a Russian Su-27 aircraft conducting an unsafe/unprofessional intercept of a USAF MQ-9 in international airspace over… Read More

1 week ago

USAF is Subtracting A-10 from ‘4+1’ Fighter Plan given that all Warthogs will be retired by 2029

USAF Chief of Staff Gen. CQ Brown Jr. said on Mar. 7, 2023 the service would likely retire all its… Read More

1 week ago

Ghosts of Groom Lake: the story of the F-101 Voodoo aircraft tasked to support the then top-secret A-12 program test flights at Area 51

In addition to their A-12 chase and training duties, these F-101 Voodoos were tasked with the interception of any unauthorized… Read More

1 week ago

USAF wants to retire 310 aircraft (including 42 A-10s and 32 F-22s) to put greater dollars toward NGAD fighter and Collaborative Combat Aircraft

In FY24, officials are asking Congress permission to bid adieu to fleets like the E-8 Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar… Read More

1 week ago

B-21 Will Be ‘Backbone’ of Bomber Fleet, B-52 will remain in service with a projected service life of 100 years, AFGSC Boss Says

As the B-2 and B-1 will come offline in favor of the B-21, the USAF is moving from a three-bomber… Read More

2 weeks ago

Meet A-10 pilot Kim “Killer Chick” Campbell, the Heroic Warthog driver who Landed Her Damaged Thunderbolt II Using Only ‘Cranks and Cables’

After her last rocket pass, Kim “Killer Chick” Campbell was maneuvering off-target when she felt and heard a large explosion… Read More

2 weeks ago

Cool footage shows B-36 takeoff and landing in James Stewart’s Strategic Air Command Re-edited in 4 K

The cool video in this post shows some neat clips of the awesome Convair B-36 strategic bomber taking off and… Read More

2 weeks ago

Secretary of the Air Force Frank Kendall reveals that the USAF Plans to buy 200 NGAD Fighter Jets and 1,000 Collaborative Combat Aircraft

The USAF will field 200 NGAD fighter jets and notionally 1,000 Collaborative Combat Aircraft, and will request funds in the… Read More

2 weeks ago

The Pardo’s Push: USAF F-4 Phantom II pilot Bob Pardo remembers the most exciting day of his life

‘The F-4 was an awesome aeroplane in combat. It could even push a 28,000-lb aeroplane on a piece of one-inch… Read More

2 weeks ago

Former F-104 Pilots explain why despite the Starfighter many limitations they loved flying the Zipper

Despite the Starfighter shortcomings, the pilots who flew the F-104 fell in love with it. The Lockheed F-104 was the… Read More

3 weeks ago

F-22 Raptor Formal Training Unit begins move from Eglin Air Force Base to Joint Base Langley-Eustis

Following the Hurricane Michael, Tyndall-assigned F-22 Raptor jets were temporarily relocated to Eglin Air Force Base where they continued to… Read More

3 weeks ago