U.S. Navy

Naval Aviator tells why you don’t want to get used to G-forces generated by cat shot

Naval Aviator tells why you don’t want to get used to G-forces generated by cat shot

Aircraft carriers’ catapults Aircraft carriers are the centerpiece of America's Naval forces – the most adaptable and survivable airfields in… Read More

4 days ago

‘Watch the Canopy!’ Former F-14 Pilot explains why Goose impacts his Tomcat’s canopy in Top Gun ejection scene

Goose impacts his F-14 Tomcat’s canopy in Top Gun ejection scene We are all familiar with the scene from the… Read More

6 days ago

US Navy Operations Specialist tells why an F/A-18 fighting against an F-22/F-35 is like a shooter hunting a sniper wearing a ghillie suit

The Super Hornet The Super Hornet is the second major model upgrade since the inception of the F/A-18 aircraft program… Read More

1 week ago

US Navy F-4 Phantom II Pilot Randy Cunningham recalls the epic 1 V 1 dogfight that made him America’s First Ace Pilot since Korean War

The F-4 Phantom II Built as a high-altitude interceptor, the F-4 (F4H) Phantom II quickly demonstrated that it was a… Read More

1 week ago

Tomcat RIO recalls Challenging Long-range Practice Strike where his F-14 flew with an overlooked protective cap on one AIM-9 Sidewinder

Tomcat RIO So there we were, Hap and me in our F-14A Tomcat, in filthy mid-November weather at 3 AM,… Read More

2 weeks ago

Naval Flight Officer explains why the US Navy doesn’t use jet seaplanes like the Martin P6M SeaMaster

The Martin P6M SeaMaster The Martin P6M SeaMaster jet seaplane was an experimental strategic bomber flying boat developed and built… Read More

2 weeks ago

Here’s why before TOPGUN, Navy F-4 Phantom II fighter crews in Vietnam managed only a 2.5:1 kill ratio versus Soviet-built MiG-17 and MiG-21 fighters

Roger Ball! He was the second of two children and born on 25 January 1940 in Shandon Baptist Hospital in… Read More

2 weeks ago

F/A-18 pilot can command MQ-25 unmanned aerial tanker for aerial refueling

F/A-18 pilot can command MQ-25 for refueling Boeing has advanced its manned-unmanned teaming (MUM-T) technology using a digital F/A-18 Super… Read More

2 weeks ago

US Navy Aircrewman recalls seeing Japanese Military Helicopters Hovering in place all day long at NAF Atsugi

Hovering The defining characteristic of a helicopter is its ability to hover at any point during a flight. According to… Read More

3 weeks ago

US Navy Flight Instructor explains why cross training an experienced Ukrainian fighter pilot on the F-16 could likely take longer than anticipated

Ukrainian Air Force F-16 fighter jet American-made F-16 fighters will arrive in Ukraine this summer: in fact as already reported, the… Read More

3 weeks ago

Assistant CIC Officer recalls when after a North Korean MiG-21 shot down a US Navy EC-121, carriers were alerted to support a USAF nuclear strike on Pyongyang

North Korean MiG-21 fighter shoots down a US Navy EC-121 In 1969, a North Korean MiG-21 fighter shot down a… Read More

4 weeks ago

US Navy F-14 pilot recalls when he and his RIO fired six AIM-54 Phoenix missiles against six different targets simultaneously during the six-on-six missile shot test

The AIM-54 Phoenix Designed in 1968 to take the place of the controversial F-111B, then under development for the Navy’s carrier… Read More

4 weeks ago

Did you know that even though the A-3 Skywarrior didn’t have a bombsight was the most accurate dive bomber during the Vietnam War?

The A-3 Skywarrior The Douglas A-3 Skywarrior was designed as a strategic bomber for the United States Navy and was… Read More

4 weeks ago

In 1945 USS Laffey destroyer was attacked by 22 kamikaze, was hit by 6 aircraft and 4 bombs. She survived, was repaired and reactivated.

USS Laffey destroyer USS LAFFEY (DD-724) is the most decorated World War II era US Destroyer still in existence. DD-724… Read More

4 weeks ago

The dogfight where US Navy A-1 Skyraider attack aircraft scored 1 confirmed and 2 probable MiG Kills

The A-1 Skyraider The “Able Dog” or “Spad,” as the A-1 Skyraider was called, earned its stellar reputation as one… Read More

1 month ago

US Navy Electronic Warfare Technician tells how close the escort ships of a carrier strike group typically sail in relation to a carrier

The carrier battle group The CVBG was first used in World War II, primarily in conflicts between the United States… Read More

1 month ago

That time a former US Navy F-4 RIO undergoing pilot training flew an Unauthorized Engagement with his T-2 against another Buckeye student pilot

Roger Ball! He was the second of two children and born on 25 January 1940 in Shandon Baptist Hospital in… Read More

1 month ago