U.S. Navy

F-15 Eagle Vs F-16 Fighting Falcon Vs F/A-18 Hornet/Super Hornet: the Aircrews’ Perspective

F-15 Eagle Vs F-16 Fighting Falcon Vs F/A-18 Hornet/Super Hornet: the Aircrews’ Perspective

F-15 Vs F-16 Vs F/A-18: how would these exceptional fighter jets fare one versus the other in dogfight? The… Read More

1 day ago

Naval Flight Officer explains why the EA-6B Prowler had “nuclear trefoil nose art”

‘The “trefoil” helped Paddles confirm visually whether it was a Prowler or Intruder in the groove,’ Andy Burns, US Navy… Read More

3 days ago

B-52H drops inert JDAM QuickStrike Extended Range mines from standoff distance of more than 40 miles advancing maritime capabilities in a contested environment

The QS-ER mine marries the concept of a Mk64 underwater mine to that of the GBU-64v1 JDAM Extended Range variant.… Read More

3 days ago

Nuclear Submarine Officer recalls when his submarine’s periscope hit small one-man fishing boat knocking the fisherman overboard

‘I’m sure that he’s still telling the story of “something” hitting his boat, knocking him overboard, but then never appearing,’… Read More

6 days ago

After Almost 6-Year-Long Refueling Overhaul Aircraft Carrier USS George Washington Leaves Newport News for sea trials

The different maintenance schedule, the effects of the COVID-19 lockdown on HII’s workforce and delays in funding the mid-life maintenance… Read More

1 week ago

F-14 Tomcat pilot and TOPGUN instructor explains how he was able to nail MiG-29 Fulcrum in a 1v1 Dogfight

“I saw his two afterburners. He is probably doing 500 knots, straight downhill, with both afterburners. And I thought, ‘Gotcha!’… Read More

1 week ago

Former XO of USS Florida explains why using an Ohio-class SSBN as Hunter Killer is like using B-2 Stealth Bomber to dogfight against an F/A-18 Strike Fighter

‘Doesn’t matter what weapons you carry, if you can’t turn the ship in time to attack or evade, you are… Read More

2 weeks ago

The Fearsome Crusader scored its last MiG Kill against North Vietnamese MiG-17 pilot that chose to eject when he found his opponent was an F-8 instead of an F-4

Lt Jerry Tucker kill was disallowed on the grounds that it had been achieved without the use of any weapons,… Read More

2 weeks ago

SR-71 pilot explains why the F-15 radar couldn’t see the Blackbird during Eagle Bait sorties

‘One of the interesting discoveries from the Eagle Bait was that F-15s couldn’t even find us when everything was shut… Read More

2 weeks ago

The story of when US Navy F-14 Tomcat fired six AIM-54 Phoenix missiles against six different targets simultaneously: the six-on-six missile shot test

A new capability introduced by the AIM-54 was strictly linked to its radar: the AWG-9 had the unprecedented ability to… Read More

2 weeks ago

Navy Pilot explains what would have happened in real life to Maverick after having buzzed the tower in full AB and broken the hard deck on the first day of his Top Gun training

‘Since we’ve stopped flying rubber dog s**t out of Hong Kong for environmental reasons, you will likely never fly a… Read More

2 weeks ago

US Navy EA-18G pilot explains why the Growler is very capable offensive counter air and defensive counter air Asset

‘For all intents and purposes, the Growler weapons are there to help penetrate enemy air defenses and that sounds pretty… Read More

3 weeks ago