US Military Aviation
The Grumman A-6 was ugly, but it sure could cook.
May 2009 | By Rafael Lima
On this day in 1975, the last Americans were airlifted from Saigon, bringing an end to the war in Vietnam. Fred Reed, who was a news reporter at the time, was "determined to stay until the end." His account of being evacuated in the middle of the night in a darkened C-130 appeared in our June 1992 ...
April 30, 2009 | By Tony Reichhardt
To residents of Florida’s Gulf Coast, the Joint Strike Fighter says “Won’t you be my neighbor?”
April 24, 2009 | By Richard P. Hallion
After much lobbying and posturing on both sides, there appears to be a decision: The Air Force will cap production of the F-22 fighter at 187 airplanes, according to an op-ed by Air Force secretary Michael Donley and chief of staff Gen. Norton Schwartz (link requires registration) in yesterday's Wa...
April 14, 2009 | By Tony Reichhardt
Meet J.T. Bachmann, the first USMC pilot to fly the Joint Strike Fighter.
April 09, 2009 | By Michael Klesius
Population: Zero. Threat level: High
March 27, 2009 | By Ed Darack
In 1916, eight Curtiss biplanes from the U.S. Army’s 1st Aero Squadron—the country’s entire air force—flew into Mexico for their first military action.
March 19, 2009 | By Tony Reichhardt
You don’t see much bipartisanship in Washington these days, but yesterday all 17 female members of the U.S. Senate, Democrats and Republicans alike, introduced a bill (S. 614) to award the Congressional Gold Medal to the Women Airforce Service Pilots, or WASPs. The medal, previously given to groups...
March 18, 2009 | By Tony Reichhardt
How the Republic F-105 got good at a mission it was not designed to fly.
March 2009 | By Carl Posey
The paintings of Tom Lea, Life magazine's artist-correspondent during World War II.
February 06, 2009 | By Rebecca Maksel
January 2009 | By James A. Jimenez
How a fighter-bomber-recon-attack superstar ended up as fodder for
January 2009 | By Ralph Wetterhahn
It's an addiction. Admitting you have it is the first step.
December 03, 2008 | By Rebecca Maksel
Think of a shipboard chess game with airplanes instead of pawns.
November 2008 | By Mark Wolverton
The war in the Pacific ended as it began, with a surprise attack by Japanese warplanes.
November 2008 | By Stephen Harding
For this famous B-17, surviving 25 missions in World War II was the easy part.
November 2008 | By Mark Bernstein
November 2008 | By Roger A. Mola
Photographs taken from the world’s first warplanes changed the course of battle.
September 2008 | By Robin White
A talk with the commander of the Air Force transition team in Iraq.
September 2008 | By Paul Hoversten
Occasional dispatches from our man in Afghanistan.
August 15, 2008 | By John Sotham