US Military Aviation
On April 13, Bonhams auction house will offer a 1917 Curtiss MF "Seagull" Flying Boat for sale. The MF (which stands for "Modernised F-boat") was developed in 1917 from the original F model, a design the U.S. Navy had been using since 1912/1913. (The F model was the most successful of the pre-war C...
April 09, 2010 | By Rebecca Maksel
Lockheed Martin's F-35B Lightning II fighter hit another mark in its test program on March 18: the first vertical landing. Pilot Graham Tomlinson gently descended from a height of 150 feet after hovering for a minute above the runway at Naval Air Station Patuxent River in Maryland. Watch for yourse...
March 23, 2010 | By Tony Reichhardt
Scenes of a Marine unit flying the incredible, versatile Osprey.
March 15, 2010 | By Rebecca Maksel
The 31 members of Class 136, U.S. Navy Test Pilot School at Patuxent River, Maryland, which graduated last December, pitched in on a deluxe jet plane kiddie ride, wearing Test Pilot School livery and signed by each student. Says Damon Carson of Kiddie Rides USA, "The commanding officer and other st...
March 11, 2010 | By Pat Trenner
U.S. Marine aviators to Malaysian MiG pilots: Show us what you got.
March 2010 | By Ed Darack
Last week, a third Lockheed Martin F-35B—the coolest variant of the F-35, with its ability to take off vertically then go supersonic—joined two others already undergoing flight tests at Naval Air Station Patuxent River in Maryland. (It's shown here leaving the Lockheed facility in Fort Worth, Texas...
February 24, 2010 | By Tony Reichhardt
Learning the art of the dogfight at Red Flag.
February 04, 2010 | By Randy Gordon
Russia's first "fifth-generation" fighter made its debut today on a snowy airfield in the country's far east.Sukhoi test pilot Sergey Bogdan took the company's PAK FA prototype aircraft on a 47-minute flight before returning to the factory runway at Komsomolsk-on-Amur. Bogdan reported that the new ...
January 29, 2010 | By Tony Reichhardt
With its bid to replace the Convair B-36 bomber, did Douglas promise too much?
January 2010 | By John Aldaz and Sir George Cox
Yeah. The A-37 was small. So was Napoleon.
January 2010 | By Stephen Joiner
January 2010 | By Tracy Wilkinson
Grumman's first jet honors a son of the Bluegrass State.
January 2010 | By Barrett Tillman
After 2010, the only spaceplane in the U.S. inventory will be the Air Force's mysterious X-37.
January 2010 | By Michael Klesius
A loud thud. A shower of purple-white sparks. This can't be good.
December 14, 2009 | By Randy Gordon
Today's offering is a post-Thanksgiving smorgasbord of stories (okay, I'll stop with the alliteration).
First, a lovely NASA video of an aurora shimmering above Saturn, with commentary by Caltech planetary scientist Andy Ingersoll, who's been exploring the outer solar system since the Pioneer 10 ...
November 30, 2009 | By Tony Reichhardt
Size matters. (Well, at least in the surveillance world.)And three projects under way take dimensions to whole new lengths. The LEMV (it stands for Long Endurance Multi-Intelligence Vehicle) is a mammoth hybrid airship championed by the U.S. Army as part of a future fleet of reconnaissance vehicles...
November 17, 2009 | By Rebecca Maksel
Backstage stories from Bob Hope’s USO tours.
November 17, 2009 | By Rebecca Maksel
Watch a 57-year-old warbird go from Winona rags to Blue Angel royalty.
November 17, 2009 | By Michael Klesius
According to a report in Flight International, India’s defense ministry is buying Russian-built MiG-29K fighters as "part of a 2004 order...that was incorporated into a deal for the aircraft carrier Admiral Gorshkov.”Wait—India has an aircraft carrier?That navy workhorse, the aircraft carrier, has ...
November 12, 2009 | By Rebecca Maksel
They wouldn't be allowed to do it today, but back in 1959, experienced military pilots would sometimes buzz the Grand Canyon when flying out of nearby Nellis AFB. At the time, RAF pilot Ron Dick was an exchange officer with the US Air Force, training students in a Lockheed T-33. Fellow instructor B...
November 04, 2009 | By Tony Reichhardt